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Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band Comes to Wollongong

The stars of ABC Kids are coming to Wollongong!

This is your chance to join Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band as they perform LIVE in concert at Woonona Bulli RSL on Saturday, 27 July.

The Stripy Sock Club is for every girl and boy (and mum and dads too!). So grab your stripes and get ready to dance!

The leader of the Stripey Sock Club, Lah-Lah will be joined on stage by her bandmates Buzz the Bandleader, Mister Saxophone, Squeezy Sneezy, Tom Tom and of course Lola the Dancing Double Bass.

Lah-Lah’s shows are a truly magical experience for young active minds providing a totally interactive and hands-on experience that will capture the imagination.

Not only are children encouraged to dance, clap and sing along, they are also invited to meet their favourite Lah-Lah characters after the show and test out their skills on the musical instruments.

Meet Lah-Lah and the band, touch and try the real musical instruments, have your photo taken with the stars, and collect their autographs – it’s all included in your ticket.

This visit to Wollongong will be a return home for opera-trained singer and mother of two, Tina Harris (aka Lah-Lah), who is a former Kiama High School student and University of Wollongong graduate.

With a passion for educating and introducing children to the wonderful world of music, this is going to be one ‘toe-tapping’ good time.

We’re all so excited about this year’s tour. The Stripy Sock Club Live Show has been created around the new TV series and features new songs and dances, which Aussie kids will be able to see on TV later this year.” – Tina Harris, lead singer and co-creator of Lah-Lah.

So how do we know the show is going to blow your stripey socks off?

With two mini groovers in tow, we have had the delight of attending previous Lah-Lah performances in Wollongong and the mini groovers are still talking about it!

The mini groovers are counting down the days until Lah-Lah’s next performance, so we think it’s safe to say that Lah-Lah is a winner!

If you’re looking for the best musical experience for your child, this is it. Up close, no stadiums, 100% live and playing at Woonona  Bulli RSL on Saturday, 27th July.

A Lah-Lah concert is simply jump out of your seat fun!

Strictly Limited Pre-Show VIP Meet & Greet Tickets While Stocks Last

Lah-Lah’s famous pre-show VIP meet & greet is returning in 2019 with strictly limited tickets available. Enter the auditorium ahead of the rest and experience an up close and personal session with Lah-Lah and the band. Children will jam with the band with a special musical gift from Lah-Lah. Plus you’ll have the chance to take a special family photo with the band before having a moment to settle into the best seats in the house! A must have experience for serious Lah-Lah fans, limited to only 20 families per show.

Don’t miss your opportunity to start your children’s musical adventure with Australia’s favourite kids’ band.  Get your tickets today!

When

Saturday, 27 July 2019
11.00am – 12.00pm

Where

Woonona Bulli RSL Club
455 Princes Highway
Woonona NSW

Tickets

All tickets $27.50
(Children under 12 months on the day of the concert are free).

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Guide to Australia Day in Wollongong

There’s no doubt about it, Australia Day in Wollongong is simply iconic!

With an itinerary jam-packed full of fun and adventure for all ages, we’ve put together a list of the top events not to be missed.

What are you waiting for? Come soak up an iconic Australia Day in Wollongong!

MMJ Australia Day Aquathon + the Warrigal Fun Walk-Run-Roll

Come along and join in the celebrations as the Australia Day Aquathon celebrates its 20 Year Anniversary against the spectacular backdrop of Wollongong Harbour.

This iconic Australia Day event is open to all ages, abilities and fitness levels.

Online entries close 12pm 25/1.  Late entry takes place at Wollongong Harbour (Belmore Basin) from 6.30am right up to 20 minutes prior to each event. What are you waiting for – SIGN UP NOW

With four ‘swim and run’ events plus a Fun Run-Walk charity event, there’s something for everyone.

Do it for fun, race your mates or set a goal and challenge yourself.
Stick around after as the fun continues in the huge Australia Day festival.

Visit aquathon.com.au for full details plus registration details.

Australia Day at Windjammers

Sit back and soak up the stunning ocean views at Windjammers.

Located at the Novotel Wollongong Northbeach, you and your guests will celebrate Australia Day with a full seafood buffet BBQ, 3-hour drinks package plus live music and giveaways!

Pricing

Adults – $90 | Accor Plus Members – $80
Children 13-16yrs – $30 | 5-12yrs $15 | 0-4yrs FREE

Bookings are essential.

Book now at novotelwollongongnorthbeach.com.au 

Wollongong Comedy returns to the Builders Basement

Complete your Australia Day celebrations with a darn good laugh with the hilarious guys from Wollongong Comedy.

Kicking off 2019 with a bang, comedians Harry Jun, Jamal Abdul, Seizure Kaiser, Thao Cao, Umit Bali +more will take to the stage for a night of outrageous fun!

Tickets

Online: $18.00 per adult
Door sales: $23.00 per person (subject to availability).

Book online now at wollongongcomedy.com.au 

Sunset Cinema Wollongong

Recline under the stars within the tranquil surrounds of the Wollongong Botanic Gardens at Sunset Cinema over the Australia Day long weekend.

Pack a picnic or take advantage of the tasty food fans onsite plus there’s a delicious variety of Grant Burge Wines and Young Henrys Craft Beers & Cider available (No BYO).

Thurs, 24 Jan – Bohemian Rhapsody
Fri, 25 Jan – Greatest Showman (Sing-a-Long)
Sat, 26 Jan – Bumblebee

Book online at sunsetcinema.com.au 

Australia Day at Wollongong Harbour

Wollongong Council will host Australia Day celebrations along the foreshore at Wollongong Harbour from 8 am.

This free family-friendly, alcohol-free and plastic-free event is a highlight on the Wollongong calendar.

People of all ages will enjoy live performances, games, food stalls plus so much more.

Activities and events will be spread out across four locations; Wollongong Harbour, Osborne Park, Lang Park and Flagstaff Hill.

The fun includes:

  • Telstra Main Stage
  • Thong Race
  • Kite Flying
  • Ozzy Doggy Show
  • Car Display
  • Remondis Youth Chill Out Zone
  • Battle of the Bands
  • Lantern Parade
  • Food and Novelty Stalls.

The fun will conclude at 9 pm with a spectacular fireworks display.

For more information including Citizenship Ceremonies, Awards and Recognition and Road Closures and transport visit wollongong.nsw.gov.au

Criniti’s Italian Cuisine Now Open in Wollongong

Food lovers across Wollongong rejoice! Multi award winning family-owned restaurant Criniti’s Italian Cuisine is now open in the heart of Wollongong.

South Coast fans of the authentic Italian cuisine have been flocking to the new premises on Crown Street and newbies are quickly discovering what all the fuss is about.

Ticking all the boxes for delicious food, superb service, and a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, Crinitis is definitely upholding their exceptional reputation for excellent dining.

“When you’re here, you’re family….salute!”

There’s always something special and cosy about dining at a family-owned restaurant that you simply can’t beat.

From the warm welcoming, the comfortable setting to the outstanding abundance of freshly cooked food, you always leave with a smile on your face and a very full belly!

Frank Criniti has a saying…”when you’re here, you’re family…salute!“…and they certainly deliver on that.

Establishing the first Crinitis in Parramatta in 2003, it is now a multi-award winner of ‘Australia’s Favourite Italian’ with 8 locations across NSW and Victoria including Wollongong.

Traditional Italian Meets Contemporary Dining

Where to start! Bringing a fusion of traditional Italian cuisine  and contemporary dining together in perfect unison, this is one place you must visit if you love amazingly good food.

The menu is simply outstanding…..and enormous! Whether your coming for a family dinner, a catch up with friends or a celebration, you will absolutely adore the range.

You are sure to find a crowd pleasing dish for everyone and they also cater to a range of dietary requirements including vegetarian dishes. Check out the full menu here.

Experience Criniti’s

There had been many expressions of deep foodie-love from those that had already experienced the Italian sensation so I was excited for my first visit.

With the family in tow, I set off with an  empty stomach and high expectations. Boy were we all in for a treat!

After receiving a warm welcome and checking out the funky decor and family photos , we couldn’t wait to begin.

We kicked off proceedings by sharing the Mozzarella Stick, a 1m wood fired bread stick filled with mozzarella, Italian herbs, rosemary and sea salt flakes.  As you can see below, it was a winner!

 

What followed was nothing short of a taste sensation, little mickie’s pizza with crispy bacon and garlic prawns, a special family recipe Criniti’s lasagne (complete with a mamma rosa’s meatball) and beef nachos.

My family all have varying tastes but I have to say we loved sharing our meals and simply devoured the lot!

Saying we were full after this was an understatement but there’s always room for dessert….right?!

With an extensive choice of desserts including classics, crepes, pancakes, authentic Italian gelato, fried desserts and so much more it was a difficult decision, but one we enjoyed pondering.

We finally settled on Oreo sliders! Battered and fried oreos with vanilla, salted caramel and nutella gelato with Criniti’s mascarpone cream topped with hot white choc fudge, dusted with icing sugar.  Delicious! I shared with the kids but I’ll seriously be getting my own plate next time.

Visit Crinitis

Criniti’s Wollongong
200 Crown Street
Wollongong NSW

Open 7 days a week for lunch & dinner.

Reservations

Phone: 1300 CRINITIS OR (02) 8026 7700
Visit crinitis.com.au for further information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brokers Nose | Family Friendly Bush Walk in Wollongong

Finding a bush walk that is suitable for everyone to enjoy can be tough but that’s why we love Brokers Nose in Wollongong.

Suitable for children, beginners and those with low fitness, the terrain is easy going and you are rewarded with the most amazingly beautiful views views!

There is plenty of adventure too with manageable but completely awesome fun rock hopping along the way. Big and little kids will love it.

Located within the Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area, the wonderful thing about this trail is that you can look one way and see the glorious green of the Escarpment and on the other, the epic blue of the ocean.

It’s adventure time!

Where Is it

Brokers Nose is located approx. 3 km west of Corrimal and about 5 km south-west of Bulli. The summit sits approximately 440m above sea level.

If you look back towards the Escarpment from around Corrimal, you should be able to see a BIG television transmission tower sitting on top of the cliff face. That’s where you’re headed! It’s totally worth it.

Where to Start

The entrance to the track is located on the side of Mt Ousley Road.  If you’re heading north from Wollongong, take the Picton Road exit and turn immediately right, taking the exit back onto Mt Ousley Road (you would now be heading South back towards Wollongong).

Stay in the left hand lane and pull off at the first Truck Stop. Please be aware there is limited parking here.

Note: If you are at the Truck Stop with the toilets you are on the wrong side of Mt Ousley and need to follow the above instructions (we know this from experience!).

You will see a green gate and that is the entrance to the trail where you will begin your walk.

It does feel a bit wrong standing on the side of such a busy road however you will soon enter one of nature’s beautiful playgrounds and the sound of passing trucks will soon be forgotten.

Parking at the Truck Stop on Mt Ousley Rd, Wollongong heading South

 

 

 

 

Where to Next

Follow the main trail and before long you will come to an amazing sweeping view over Balgownie and beyond.

Take your time, breath in the fresh air and immerse yourself in the view. This also happens to be a great spot for the kids to have a snack, do a few cartwheels and shake their silly out.

As you move off you will notice different trails branching off here, there and everywhere. We have been told by those ‘in the know’ that there are several shortcuts up to Brokers Nose but we decided to stick with the main track.

Apparently as long as you follow the cliff line (heading North) you’ll be fine but pick your adventure wisely!

From here we continued to follow the track until the path was wide enough for cars (i.e. service road). Look up to your right and you will see the television transmission tower. You need to head directly for the tower (do not turn around, do not pass ‘go’, just head for the tower!).

As you approach the tower you’ll probably be thinking “Is this it?” but boy oh boy are you in for a treat once you get past the tower. Absolutely stunning sweeping views over Wollongong and beyond.

Almost there. Walking along the service track towards the tower.

 

 

Brokers Nose Summit

Once you pass the tower this will be your reward!

Take lots of photos and move around the cliff to get all sorts of views and angles but keep in mind that the area is not fenced and it’s a darn good drop if you did fall.

Keep your eye on little ones! If it’s windy stay well away from the edge.

Try your luck at spotting some key locations around Wollongong such as the lighthouse and Stuart Park….you might even find your house.

Watch out for a passing train too, they look like they are in a model train set.

Highlight for the adults: Gorgeous ‘forget your worries‘ views.

Highlight for the kids: Spotting the roof of Bunnings at Bellambi (I’m not kidding!).

The stunning view!

 

Inscribed Rocks

Don’t forget to look under your feet when you get there. You’ll find inscriptions on the rocks dating back as far as 100 years ago.

Time Taken

This is a tricky one to answer. We were given an estimate of 1.5 hours round trip. It is approximately 3.5km return.

We were travelling with a very experienced (well for his age!) almost 3 year old bushwalker and a couple of 6 and 8 year olds. There was plenty of stopping, skipping, dancing and just general chit chat along the way.

We took our time and enjoyed a few snack breaks along the way. It took us 3 hours return. So really it depends who you have with you and what there walking pace/physical fitness is like.

When to Go

This walk was taken during the July school holidays and it was a perfect clear day. You could see the fauna was starting to flower and although there was a puddle here and there, it was pretty easy strolling.

This would definitely be an all-year-round amazing walk. Spring would be fantastic! We would recommend avoiding windy days or after heavy rainfall (slippery rocks and BIG puddles).

What to Take

  • Water, snacks
  • Sunscreen, hat
  • Insect repellent
  • Leech repellent (we didn’t see any but you can’t be too prepared)
  • A jacket, especially in cool or windy weather
  • Comfortable walking shoes/runners
  • Long pants
  • Mobile phone for pictures and those unexpected situations
  • Binoculars for the great views and birdwatching
  • Friends and/or family (always travel with at least 3 people)
  • Tell someone where you are going and the approximate time you expect to return.

The first breathtaking view along the track – enjoy!

Recommendations

If your after something that takes less time and would be suitable for toddlers or you want something a bit more challenging and suitable to those with a bit more experience, check out our blog on The Cascades Walk and Jump Rock at Macquarie Pass National Park.

The Cascades Walk and Jump Rock | Macquarie Pass National Park

Explore a natural adventure playground at Macquarie Pass National Park located just 30 minutes from Wollongong.

Providing an abundant rainforest you’ll see amazing plant life, birds and native wildlife together with breathtaking views.

Conveniently close to both Robertson and the coastal town of Kiama, this is easily a fantastic one day road trip or a chance to spend a few days away with friends and family.

The Cascades Walk

Location: Base of Macquarie Pass
Distance: 2km return
Time: Allow approx. 45 – 90mins
Pace: Leisurely/family friendly

With a mostly flat terrain we enjoyed the Cascades Walk at a leisurely pace with a 5 and 8 year old in tow.

If coming from Albion Park, you will find a carpark on the right hand side at the base of Macquarie Pass. Simply cross the grass area in front of the carpark where you will find the beginning of the path.

Please note there are steps along the path but nothing that caused complaint. The kids happily ran ahead more excited about what they could discover.

With the sunshine magically peeking through the rainforest canopy, we stopped many times along the way to enjoy the scenery, climb rocks, test our balance skills across a fallen log  and spot native animals including lizards and birds.

Your prize at the end of the track is the beautiful waterfall and natural pool, a photographers dream.  A perfect spot to just stop and take it all in.

Just a word of warning – be careful of slippery surfaces at the waterfall. I may or may not admit to taking a slip waist dip into the refreshing water. That’s a story for another day!

Recommendations

  • The track can include water and mud – don’t wear your best shoes.
  • Don’t forget your water, hat, sunscreen and snacks.
  • Take the insect repellent and some salt (leeches present).
  • Pack a picnic and take advantage of the Cascades picnic area.
  • Take your rubbish with you.

More Info

More info regarding the Cascades Walking Track can be found at nationalparks.com.au

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Jump Rock

Location: Track commences base of Macquarie Pass.
Distance: Approx. 3.5km return
Time: This would depend on your level of experience and who you are travelling with. We had young children and it took us 3 hours return. Experienced or fit walkers may take approx. 1.5 hours.

Located on the left hand side (if coming from Albion Park) at the base of Macquarie Pass, this was our unexpected adventure!

There are no signs but the path commences from the small carpark and is fairly obvious.

As you progress along the initially flat walkway, the path begins to fork giving you the option of travelling closer to the water or ascending higher. We took the higher road where we navigated some tricky situations including steep slopes and muddy, slipper surfaces. At times we felt like mountain goats but  we were loving the challenge!

With a 5 and 8 year old in tow we really had to work as a team to ensure safety and we recommend you do some research prior if you plan on taking young ones (be smarter than we were!).

You will discover stunning scenery along this walk with views of water pools, plant life, birds, astounding rock formations plus massive tree roots along the way.

There are also plenty of places to stop along the way to have a rest or cool off in the creek water.

So what did we discover when we reached Jump Rock? Stunning natural pools of water cascading down over massive boulders creating a stunning landscape. It’s absolutely beautiful.

You will find beautiful pools of water which are brilliant for dipping your toes or taking a swim (it’s a bit chilly in that fresh water!) so pack some swimmers and a towel.

There are ropes tied in various places to help you climb the large rocks and people were climbing the rocks and jumping from various platforms 3-10 meters back into the water. We did not do this and cannot comment on the safety of doing so (do your research before participating!).

This walk took us 3 hours return but keep in mind we had young children in tow. I would recommend you do your research before heading off on this walk to determine if it is right for you and your company.

Recommendations

  • Do your research – check out Bush Walk the Gong for more information.
  • Wear old shoes, there’s plenty of water and mud.
  • Take plenty of water, sunscreen, hat and snacks.
  • Be prepared for leeches – take some salt.
  • Safety first, let someone at home know when you are going and when you’ll return.
  • Take your rubbish home.
  • If planning to do this with young children, please ensure they are up for the challenge prior to departure. Our 5 and 8 year old, although champions along the way, were absolutely exhausted after this walk.
  • We have heard that Jump Rock can be very popular in Summer months so plan accordingly.

More Info

More detailed information can be found at Bush Walk the Gong and Pioneer Walks.