Welcome to Wollongong, where you can Live, work and play –Your way™
Wollongong is the third largest city in New South Wales, less than 90 minutes south of Sydney. Its close proximity to Sydney and Canberra (two and a half hours away) makes Wollongong an ideal place to visit. The relaxed, coastal lifestyle Wollongong offers is a real draw-card for the city, which is home to more than 200,000. Wollongong is the capital of the Illawarra, a coastal region (delimited by the Illawarra Escarpment and centred on Lake Illawarra) stretching further south to include Shellharbour and Kiama. The Illawarra is one of the fastest-growing regions in Australia, due to its lifestyle appeal and the flood of investment pouring into Wollongong, which is fast-becoming the technology capital of Australia –our own ‘Silicon Valley’ of sorts.
Wollongong is one of the most diverse and dynamic economies in Australia. Historically a steel-making and mining city, Wollongong has evolved into an international trade and logistics hub and today is a veritable hotbed for technology and ICT investment.
The $170 million upgrade of Port Kembla Harbour is now complete, with another $700 million of staged development planned. The University of Wollongong is spending $500 million constructing its new ‘innovation campus’, which will provide research and office space for some 5,000 people. Perhaps the most popular development to date is GPT’s $200 million extension of Wollongong Central and Wollongong Council’s $15 million refurbishment of the Crown Street Mall. With the Port Kembla smoke stack demolished in February, a completely different city is set to emerge in 2014.
Overlaying all this, of course, is Wollongong’s thriving tourism industry. Wollongong’s pristine beaches, lush rainforests and national parks, and bustling nightlife and entertainment make it ‘win’ for both tourists and locals alike. There are several ways of getting to Wollongong by road, but the best way, for tourists and sightseers at least, is to take the Grand Pacific Drive, which starts from Royal National Park and goes all the way down to Kiama. The most iconic feature of this scenic route, and of Greater Wollongong itself, is the Sea Cliff Bridge. Accommodation-wise, there’s plenty on offer in Wollongong! Hotels, motels, bed-and-breakfast accommodation –You’re sure to find something suitable for your taste and budget. To start looking, simply select your check-in and check-out dates and click ‘Search’ on the accommodation box above. We hope you enjoy your time in Wollongong!