Nestled away, down south in Berkeley a suburb of Wollongong is Nan Tien Temple. Nan Tien Temple is the biggest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere, and translates to 'Paradise of the South'. The Buddhist temple officially opened in October 1995, with the future role of the temple focused on the nourishment of talents, serving the community with compassion, practicing Buddhism and forging towards a future with Bold Spirits. The temple provides a place for the community to pray, practice meditation and read scriptures, with events and classes being held at different times throughout the year.
The surrounding gardens are beautiful and the peaceful atmosphere allows for an escape from the usual hustle of your day. The temple allows for guided tours for bigger groups, and you can also walk around unguided. This is what I did when I visited solo, and I enjoyed exploring at my own pace. I would set aside half a day of exploring.
Nan Tien Temple is accessible via bus (34) or driving, with plenty of parking available. So if you're looking to explore something different that allows you to stop and be present for an afternoon, I would definitely recommend a visit to Nan Tien Temple - because our lives are always getting busier and busier. Regardless of whether it's due to work or other factors, I think it's vital to stop every now and again and be in the moment, enjoy the little things and be thankful for all the good in your life. It's the little things that make you realise what's important, and that stressing over stuff that is out of control isn't worth it. So be present, enjoy the moment.