City of Wollongong (New South Wales)

The city of Wollongong is included to the state New South Wales and to the region Wollongong City Council

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Wollongong

Wollongong is the tenth largest city in Australia, with a population of nearly 300,000 people. It is located just south of Sydney on the country’s east coast bordering the Pacific Ocean. The name Wollongong is thought to mean “seas of the South” in Aboriginal language. The city is known for its unique geography, as it is located on a narrow coastal plain between the Tasman Sea and the sandstone cliffs of the Illawarra escarpment, which provide remarkable city and ocean views. It has an oceanic climate, with average high temperatures of 17°C in winter and 26°C in summer.Long ago, Wollongong was home to the Turuwal Aboriginal group, with the first European settlers arriving in the area in the early 1800s. Today, Wollongong is an important port city and a center of the Australian fishing industry. It is also known for its history of heavy industry, including coal mining, steel works, and locomotive workshops. It is also home to the University of Wollongong.

Points of interests / things to see

Nan Tien Temple

You may be surprised to learn that the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere is Wollongong’s Nan Tien Temple. The temple offers guided tours that allow you to try Chinese cultural activities such as tai chi, calligraphy and origami and teach you about Buddhism. However, you can also explore parts of the temple on your own. The Main Shrine is the site’s most important building, and contains the five Buddhas of confidence, peace, wisdom, longevity and inner beauty, as well as an impressive collection of 10,000 smaller buddhas. Be sure to look out for the gong and drum, important instruments that are sounded each day at 6 am and 4:30 pm. Other sites include the Front Shrine, the Meditation Hall which offers meditation classes, and the beautiful Lotus Pond. Many visitors are fascinated by the eight story tall Pagoda, which contains the remains of devotees and has a wishing bell that you can use to make a wish. There is also a museum dedicated to the history, culture, and art of China and Buddhism that is full of fascinating displays. Visitors should take care to be considerate as the temple is a religious site, and therefore should wear appropriate clothing, remove shoes and hats before entering shrines, and be respectful of the no photography rule.Location: 180 Berkeley Road, Berkeley (8 km from Wollongong city centre)Hours: Tues through Sun 9:00 to 17:00Website: http://www.nantien.org.au:88/en/

Wollongong Botanic Garden

Nature lovers should be sure to visit the Wollongong Botanic Garden. It contains an impressive collection of gardens of all kinds that are connected by walking paths. If you want, you can go for a 1.5 hour tour with the garden’s staff members, or you can just explore the gardens on your own. The Australian Open Forest and Grasslands area features forest plants from the country’s east coast, including a canopy of eucalyptus trees that are home to birds, possums, and sugar gliders. The Azalea Bank features beautiful azaleas in summer, while the Discovery Kitchen Garden is full of edible plants, herbs, and organic produce. The Rainforest Garden is home to over 80 tree species, and the Towri Bush Tucker Garden teaches visitors about how Aboriginal people used native plants for medicine and food. There are many other gardens, but the favorite is the Rose Garden, a popular local wedding location with a gazebo that is full of blooming roses between mid-October and April. If your kids aren’t interested in the beautiful plants, then stop by the playground complete with swings, a sand pit, a climbing net, a viewing platform, and a fun maze for young children. The garden also offers activities, including guided walks and workshops, theatre performances, and film screenings.Location: Murphys Avenue, Keiraville (3 km from Wollongong city centre)Hours: Open daily from 7:00 until 17:00 (18:00 weekdays and 18:45 weekends during Daylight Saving Time)Admission: FreeWebsite: http://www.wollongong.nsw.gov.au/botanicgarden/Pages/default.aspx

Mount Keira Summit Park

Mount Keira is a 464 m high mountain formed between 60 and 80 million years ago as part of the Illawarra escarpment. It is an important local landmark that provides impressive views of the area, and also hold historical importance due to its use as a site for coal mining. At the top of Mount Keira, you’ll find Mount Keira Summit Park. The park’s most popular feature is its two lookouts with remarkable views of the Illawarra coastline as far as Royal National Park, as well as the city of Wollongong. However, the park also has plenty more to offer, including a picnic area perfect for barbecues in the warm weather and the Mountain Top Restaurant, where you can have a delicious meal. There are also several walking paths that allow you to explore the mountain. The most popular is the Mount Keira Ring Track, which is 5.5 km long and takes between 3 and 5 hours. As you walk through the rainforest, you may come across all sorts of Australian wildlife, from wallabies and lyrebirds to echidnas and brush turkeys. The Dave Walsh Track takes you through a eucalyptus forest, while the Mount Pleasant Management Trail is great for hikers and bikers alike with many opportunities for birdwatching.Location: Mount Keira Summit Park is located approximately 8 km northwest of Wollongong city centreHours: Open daily during daylight hours

Illawarra Museum

Illawarra Museum is a museum dedicated to the local history of the Wollongong area and its pioneers. It was opened in 1966 by the Illawarra Historical Society. The museum contains a variety of fascinating exhibits that will teach you about the region. The ground floor contains rooms used for temporary exhibitions as well as a craft room, while the courtyard holds a colonial kitchen, laundry, blacksmith’s shop, and a shed with farm tools. A favorite exhibition is the air raid shelter built during World War II, back when the museum building was used as government offices. Displays inside the shelter include many interesting items used by the locals during wartime, from knitting patterns and sheet music to gas masks and war posters. There is also an old wireless set which you can use to listen to recordings from that distant era. The museum also has a typical stockman’s hut created from split timbers that date back to the early 1800s. Children will be intrigued by the historical schoolroom on the upper level, complete with old wooden desks and slates, a collection of of old storybooks, and a teacher’s cane.Location: 11 Market St, WollongongHours: Open Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun and public holidays from 12:00 to 15:00 Admission: Adults $4, Students and seniors $2, Children $0.50Website: http://www.illawarramuseum.com/

Minnamurra Rainforest Centre

Much of Australia’s tourism industry is centered on nature, which should come as no surprise given the country’s diverse and unique ecosystems. A visit to the Minnamurra Rainforest Centre gives you the opportunity to take advantage of the natural beauty of the area and see what the Illawarra rainforest used to be like. Inside the centre, you’ll find displays about the park, as well as a collection of Aboriginal artifacts and a gift shop full of fun souvenirs. After you’ve visited the centre, you can take the Falls Walk past mossy rocks and ferns under the rainforest canopy and take in breathtaking views of Minnamurra Falls from the two viewing platforms at the upper and lower falls. There are plenty of places to stop and rest, as well as look for the park’s wildlife, including butterflies, swamp wallabies, eastern water dragons, and lyrebirds. The Falls Walk is 2.6 km long and takes approximately two hours. If you don’t have that much time, you can instead stop at the Jamberoo Lookout, which boasts some of the best views of the area’s rolling hills all the way out to the Pacific Ocean. On a clear day, you might even be able to take a photo of Lake Illawarra or the Five Islands off the coast of Wollongong.Location: Minnamurra Rainforest Centre is located in Budderoo National Park, approximately 35 km southwest of WollongongHours: Open daily 9:00 to 17:00, Lyrebird Cafe only open weekends/holidays 9:00 to 16:00Website: http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/budderoo-national-park/minnamurra-rainforest-centre-and-lyrebird-cafe/tourist-information

Wollongong Beaches

On a nice day, enjoy Wollongong’s beautiful weather and soak up some sun at one of the city’s 17 beaches. Beach activities include surfing, swimming, skimboarding and rock fishing. There are also companies that provide skydiving packages if you’re looking for some added excitement. The city’s most popular beaches are North Wollongong Beach and Wollongong City Beach, which are both perfect for surfing, sunbathing, or relaxing under shady trees. Experienced surfers might want to check out the waves at Scarborough Beach, while Stanwell Park Beach is known as a great barbecue and picnic site. Remember to stay safe and swim with a friend between the red and yellow flags. Many of the beaches also provide lifeguards from September through April.

Wollongong Lighthouses

Wollongong is the only city on the east coast of Australia to have two lighthouses located within walking distance from each other. It is certainly worth a visit to the harbour to see these impressive structures that are used to guide local maritime traffic. Wollongong Head Lighthouse overlooks the Tasman Sea from Flagstaff Point, and was built in 1936. It was the first fully automatic electric lighthouse in the country, and was built with cannons installed at the base in order to protect against possible attacks from the Russian navy. The lighthouse is a popular local picnic site. Nearby is Wollongong Breakwater Lighthouse, built in 1871 and made of wrought iron. Although it is no longer in use, it is an important historical monument in the city and is still occasionally lit for special occasions.

Wollongong Art Gallery

Art lovers will be fascinated by the unique collections of Wollongong Art Gallery, which gives you the opportunity to see a diverse array of Australian, Aboriginal and Asian art. The Colonial and Early Australian art collection focuses on art from the Illawarra and New South Wales coast, including paintings of Australian landscapes and English porcelain and miniatures. The intriguing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection displays contemporary Aboriginal art as well as wood and stone carvings, and focuses on teaching about the cultural diversity of indigenous Australians. The gallery also has a collection of Asian artifacts including Chinese furniture, Japanese boxes, and various funerary objects and ceramic vessels. Location: Corner of Kembla and Burelli Streets, WollongongHours: Tues through Fri 10:00 to 17:00, Weekends 12:00 to 16:00 Website: http://www.wollongongcitygallery.com/Pages/default.aspx

Symbio Wildlife Park

If you love animals, then be sure to make a visit to Symbio Wildlife Park. There are tons of animals from Australia and around the world to see, including spider monkeys, wombats, crocodiles, kookaburras, mini ponies and echidnas. The park also provides plenty of fun activities, including meerkat, reptile, tiger, and koala presentations as well as little monkey and dingo feedings. You can also book an encounter with some of the animals, such as koalas, meerkats, red pandas, and dingoes!Location: 7-11 Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Helensburgh, approximately 32 km north of WollongongHours: Open daily 9:30 to 17:00Admission: Adults $27, Students and seniors $22, Children $15Website: http://www.symbiozoo.com.au/

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Time in wollongong

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Local time and timezone in wollongong

Wollongong time
Timezone
UTC +1:00 (Australia/Sydney)
Summer time UTC +9:00
Winter time UTC +1:00

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Country :
Australia
Locality :
Wollongong
Administrative area 1 :
New South Wales
Administrative area 2 :
Wollongong City Council
Postal code :
2500
Country code :
AU
Latitude :
-34.4278121
Longitude :
150.8930607

Surrounding towns

  • Shellharbour City Centre ~16 km
  • Shellharbour ~17 km
  • Horsley ~13 km
  • Woonona ~10 km
  • Thirroul ~13 km
  • Blackbutt ~17 km
  • East Corrimal ~6 km
  • Tarrawanna ~6 km
  • Berkeley ~7 km
  • Yallah ~15 km
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How to get there ?

How to get there

By plane: Sydney Airport (SYD) is the nearest international airport to Wollongong. It is the busiest airport in Australia, with connections to many international destinations across the world. Sydney Airport is located 75 km north of Wollongong, approximately one hour by car.Website: http://www.sydneyairport.com.au/By train: Wollongong is connected to the railway network and provides hourly train services to Sydney on the South Coast line. There are also regular services to Nowra and Kiama, located south of Wollongong.By car: Wollongong is well-connected to other major Australian cities by the road network. The primary road connecting Sydney and Wollongong is the Princes Motorway.Getting aroundBy train: There are several train stations in Wollongong. Visitors wishing to visit the northern coastal suburbs should have no problem finding train connections to these areas of the city. By bus: It is easy to get around Wollongong by bus, as its network is part of the Sydney public transportation network. There is also a free city loop bus that operates a few times per hour between the university area and the city centre. Bus companies include Premier Illawarra, Greens Northern Coaches, and Dions Bus Service.By car: Visitors can easily rent a car in Wollongong, which provides free parking at its beaches.

Hotels in Wollongong (New South Wales)

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