Wollongong City Council looks after 17 patrolled beaches and 9 public pools between Stanwell Park and Windang. Council lifeguards patrol six days a week, and on Sundays there are volunteer lifesavers from Surf Lifesaving Australia.
All of our beaches are patrolled from the start of the September school holidays til the end of the April school holidays. To find locations and patrol hours, visit the Our Beaches page.
North Wollongong Beach is our only beach that's patrolled year-round - during winter it's patrolled seven days a week from 9am to 4pm.
Please see beach and pool safety for more information on safety.
The beaches aren’t just for swimming, either. Whether you want to surf, sailboard, scuba dive or play volleyball, you’ll find a beach to suit. Plus, eight of the area’s beaches have rock pools to explore.
When you do visit our beaches, we’d encourage you to help us keep them looking good by putting your rubbish in the bins provided.
If you prefer pools to waves, try one of Wollongong’s many public swimming pool options. We’ve got rock pools, saltwater pools, freshwater pools and, at Beaton Park Leisure Centre, an indoor pool. Public pool opening hours.
We recognise that aquatic recreational activities have evolved over time, so Council has adopted a 10 year strategy that will help to achieve our vision:
’Wollongong City is host to a variety of highly used and appealing aquatic recreational opportunities that meet our community’s needs of today and their desires of tomorrow’