Welcome to Wollongong
Welcome to Wollongong – The city of incredible landscapes
Located only one hour away from Sydney, Wollongong is one of the biggest and most beautiful coastal city in Australia. The panoramic views of the ocean, of the harbour and of the town centre are numerous and breathtaking.
As the ocean is very important to the city, there are many activities around it such as surfing, sailing, hang-gliding, fishing, swimming … AND MANY MORE !
Information and facts
Most of the sites you can see in Wollongong are related to nature. Here are some sites you may want to visit during your stay in Wollongong :
The Royal National Park. It is situated on more than 15,000 hectares and used to be one of the biggest parks in the world. Here you can appreciate wonderful landscapes thanks to a variety of habitats such as rainforests, open woodlands and estuarine systems.
The Illawarra Lake. It is the place to go if you like aquatic activities (like the ones mentioned previously) or simply to visit a postcard-like site.
The Hill 60 Lookout Point. You can reach it by a walking track and it gives you a spectacular view of the coast line. Other lookout points are on the way if you want to see more of Wollongong's beauty whilst hiking.
The main shopping area in Wollongong is Wollongong Central. It is a shopping centre in the Illawarra region and it is now the leading retailer/lifestyle destination in the area thanks to its wide range of fashion shops and unique look. The city centre of Wollongong also gathers many shops. From women's fashion shops, entertainment to dining places, you will find everything you need in the streets of Wollongong.
You can find in Wollongong a bus network that covers a large distance around the city. These buses are free to use and enable you to have access to the whole city (including the suburban area). Even though the system is really useful and practical, you can only use it in the city of Wollongong. That is why if you would like to travel further, you can use the train station located in the centre of Wollongong.
The New South Wales region, where Wollongong is located, has a climate alike the Mediterranean region, with sun almost all year long. The summers are warm and the winters are mild, so you can go there during any season, as the weather will still be fantastic. Moreover, rainfall spread are very irregular throughout the year – you can throw your umbrellas away during your stay, you probably won't need them !
Wollongong is located on the Australian Eastern Standard Time, which correspond to a GMT+10 time zone.