My husband and I spent several hours in this beautiful environment and we so enjoyed soaking in the peace and tranquillity. It is only a trip of max 1.5 hours from Sydney and can be done easily on a day, but we decided to stay the night in Wollongong. There is no entry fee and one can walk around freely around the grounds, inside and out. We enjoyed a lovely vegetarian lunch in the hall for only $12. The Temple is open from Tuesdays until Sunday from 9 - 5pm. They do tours for only a few dollars at 1pm, but make sure you book in when you get there. However, you can also do the sights by yourself in your own time. Make sure you go for a walk in the lovely grounds behind on the hill, it is superb and there is a lovely view. You can ring the big Gratitude bell and send Blessings to your parents while doing it. The Pagoda is also very recommended. The museum is small, but part of the experience and they only ask for a small donation. The bookshop has some fabulous books about Buddhism, Meditation and Mindfulness, and I definitely recommend to look through if you are interested. At 16.30 a nun plays the big drum and afterwards the gongs, which is hauntingly beautiful. I have also done two silent weekend retreats in the Temple a couple of years ago, which I really recommend if you want to get away from every days hustle and bustle and stress. Don't forget to take your camera as there are some great photo opportunities, but you are not allowed to take photos inside the temple.
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