Wombarra is one of the many quaint, seaside towns along the Lawrence Hargrave Drive between Sydney and Wollongong - towns which give the impression they are about to slide into the sea.
The drive hugs a spectacular stretch of coastline – specifically between the towns of Stanwell Park and Thirroul – and hosts several of these little villages which were once home to coal miners and are now being taken over by city workers who don’t mind commuting to the big city centres.
Stanwell Park is a great favourite of hang-gliders, and many Sydneysiders venture down this way at weekends to watch these daredevils tempt fate as they soar from the heights down to the sandy beaches below.
Wombarra itself commands magnificent views of the ocean. It's a pleasant diversion along Lawrence Hargrave Drive, and certainly a contrast to the frantic Southern Freeway favoured by commuters.
Little beaches backed by cliffs dot this coastline, and there are some terrific views out to sea and up and down the coast from various vantage points. You can also get to Wombarra by taking the spectacular train journey between Sydney and Wollongong.