Sydney with Scoot: Illawarra, Wollongong Day Trip - Alvinology

Sydney with Scoot: Illawarra, Wollongong Day Trip

On the third day of my trip to Sydney with Scoot, we made our way to Illawarra,Wollongong for a day trip hosted by Red Carpet Custom Tours, Tourism Wollongong and Destination New South Wales.

Me with the friendly lady from Tourism Wollongong
Me with the friendly lady from Tourism Wollongong

The managing director of Red Carpet Customs Tour, Don Rosenfeldt came to picked up us personally at our hotel and was our guide cum driver for the trip. You can find out more about Red Carpet via their official website.

Red Carpet Custom Tours
Red Carpet Custom Tours coach bus

Sydney to Illawarra takes around one hour. We headed south of Sydney along the Princes Highway and weaved through the scenic Royal National Park, the world’s second oldest park.

We made a stopover at Bald Hill Lookout to take in the spectacular 360 degree ocean views. The area is internationally renowned as a hang gliding mecca and we witnessed many hang-gliders in action when we arrived.

Group photo
Group photo
The beautiful coastlines
The beautiful coastlines
Can you spot the hang-glider?
Can you spot the hang-glider?
Close-up of a hang-glider
Close-up of a hang-glider
Flying above the sea
Flying above the sea
Me enjoying the breeze
Me enjoying the breeze

Next, we passed the Sea Cliff Bridge, which hugs the coastline between Coalcliff and Clifton. The bridge is an impressive 665m bridge that hangs out over the ocean. It offers a safe pedestrian walkway over the entire length of the bridge and offers a fantastic viewing point over the ocean. Coupled with the cool breeze blowing, I felt on top of this world!

About the Sea Cliff Bridge
About the Sea Cliff Bridge
Standing on the Sea Cliff Bridge and taking a photo of it
Standing on the Sea Cliff Bridge and taking a photo of it
Beautiful sky, gorgeous scenery
Beautiful sky, gorgeous scenery
Interesting signboard
Interesting signboard

We then met up with a group of Harley Davidson riders from Just Cruisin’ Motocycle Tours. We will be riding pillion with the lads, traveling along the Grand Pacific Drive which encompasses some of the most spectacular coastlines in New South Wales.

I chose to ride on a Victory bike instead of a Harley, having experienced a Harley bike tour at Bondi Beach during my previous Sydney trip.

The Harley riders
The cheery Harley bikers
Chatting with the bikers
Chatting with the bikers
Helping us put on leather jackets for the Harley biker look
Helping us put on leather jackets for the Harley biker look
Getting on the Harley bikes
Getting on the Harley bikes
The beautiful white Victory bike I rode on
The beautiful white Victory bike I rode on
Victory bike logo
Victory bike logo
Victory bike jacket my rider was wearing
Victory bike jacket my rider was wearing
June from Razor TV putting on her helmet
June from Razor TV putting on her helmet
Riding pillion on a Victory bike
Riding pillion on a Victory bike
One of the houses we pass by
One of the houses we pass by
Blogger Dawn Yang riding pillion
Blogger Dawn Yang riding pillion
The Razor TV team
The Razor TV team
Passing by a graveyard
Passing by a graveyard
Pillion view
Pillion view
Me with my Victory bike rider
Me with my Victory bike rider

After the fun bike ride, we were headed to Skydive the Beach for serious adventure –  Skydiving!

I know I do not look like the adventure sort, but I really wanted to try skydiving. So much so I even rejected a hosted two weeks villa stay in Southern France to make this trip! I will cover my skydiving adventure as the final blog post to wrap up my Sydney with Scoot series. Stay tuned. 🙂

Meanwhile, as I was scheduled to skydive in the second group, I made my way to The Illawara Brewery for lunch with my group in a short coach ride. Located directly opposite Wollongong’s city beach, the brewery boasts ten local beers with no chemicals or preservatives. Sadly, none of us was game for beer before a skydive as we do not want to be flying “merlion”.

The Illawara Brewery
The Illawara Brewery
My fish and chip lunch before skydiving
My fish and chip lunch before skydiving
Someone else ordered a burger which looks pretty good too
Someone else ordered a burger which looks pretty good too
Apple juice, not beer LOL
Apple juice, not beer LOL
Visit them on Facebook
Visit them on Facebook

The fish and chip was good though. Initially, I did not want to eat too much to avoid getting sick up in the sky before my dive, but I ended up gobbling everything.

After a hearty lunch, we were driven back to Skydive the Beach. You have to read till my last blog post in this series to find out what happen on my first skydive attempt. 🙂

Read my other Sydney with Scoot blog posts:

Dinner and Theatre at The Star

Wild Life Sydney and Madame Tussauds Sydney at Darling Harbour

Sydney Harbour Bridge BridgeClimb and Lunch at Otto Ristorante

Opera House Tour and Dinner at Cruise Restaurant

Quarter Twenty One Cooking Class

Scooting to Sydney with HTC One X on Instagram

New Singapore Low-Cost Carrier Scoot launched its Worldwide Inaugural Flight from Singapore to Sydney

Alvinology is Going On Scoot’s Inaugural Flight to Sydney, Australia!

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