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Visit, Live, Study & Invest in Wollongong::

Wollongong is a vibrant city nestled between seaside mountains and the Pacific Ocean


Wollongong is Australia’s ninth largest city with a population approaching 200,000.

Wollongong is located 80km south of Sydney on a narrow coastal strip bordered by the Royal National Park to the north, Lake Illawarra to the south, the Tasman Sea to the east and the Illawarra Escarpment to the west.
Area: 714 sq km
Climate: temperate
Average temperatures: summer 18-26ºC and winter 8-17ºC


Key economic sectors: manufacturing, education, technology research & development, coal mining, retail services, tourism, port activities, health and community services.


The Wollongong Economy


Renowned for its world-class steel making and coal mining industries, Australia's City of Innovation is today also an important knowledge services centre, international trade hub and a leading university city. It is globally connected, has superb liveability and supportive business environment.

Wollongong is one of Australia’s major cities and is located just 85 kilometres south of Sydney. This proximity to the nation's largest and most dynamic economy means Wollongong has superb connectivity. We're also just an hour's drive from Sydney International Airport.

As Wollongong transitions into a knowledge services hub, the key industry sectors driving growth in the area include:

  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Funds Administration
  • Business and shared services
  • Education and Research
  • Creative Industries
  • Logistics
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Mining Services Technologies
  • Health and Aged Care and Community Services
  • Tourism.


The revitalisation of the City Centre is expected to continue to drive this growth further. In the last 12 months more than $700 million worth of major developments are underway or completed in the City Centre.


These include:

  • Council’s $19.4M refurbishment of the Crown Street Mall.
  • GPT’s $200M West Keira shopping development.
  • Expansion of Wollongong Public Hospital - $134M
  • Establishment of new Wollongong Private Hospital - $120M
  • Purpose built Australian Taxation Office - $16M.

Council's role in Economic Development


Council supports economic development by fostering greater investment and jobs growth in the LGA, sending a strong message that Wollongong is open for business. 


Wollongong’s expansion will need to be facilitated through appropriate planning arrangements and infrastructure delivery, in line with the NSW Illawarra Regional Growth Plan.

Council has a direct impact on many aspects of business operations including planning, infrastructure and business support. Consequently, we can contribute to economic development by ensuring there are efficient planning processes and that the city’s public amenity is well maintained. These operational roles will encourage investment from the private sector.  

Advantage Wollongong Investor Prospectus


The Advantage Wollongong Investor Prospectus is a resource for investors and businesses considering relocating or expanding to Wollongong. The prospectus details Wollongong's competitive advantage as a region to invest and do business. The prospectus also provides information on the region's office and industrial markets and how they compare to other regions.


The prospectus was officially launched at the Advantage Wollongong Event at Parliament House on 15 May 2014.



Visitor's Information


Welcome to Wollongong, gateway to the South Coast of NSW. Wollongong is one of Australia's most liveable regional cities located just south of Sydney. 

Plenty of Things to do and Experience


Bordering the southern suburbs of Sydney (only a 40min to 1hr drive from Sydney) and stretching south along the coast, the city is nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Illawarra Escarpment.


Wollongong has everything you require to make your holiday an enjoyable one. To suit the needs of families, couples, business delegates and solo travellers, Wollongong provides an experience to suit all needs at a price to suit all budgets. Wollongong offers itself as the most liveable regional city on the South Coast.

Destination Wollongong


Destination Wollongong is great resource for any visitor to the area. Destination Wollongong's website lists:

  • Accommodation options for all kinds of budgets
  • Key activities and places of interest
  • Places to eat
  • Shopping and entertainment
  • Travel Information and getting around the city
  • Events calendar for what's happening when you visit Wollongong
  • City Centre events management
  • Destination marketing