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Wollongong Highlights

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     The gateway to the South Coast. 

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     Has a steelworks and the pollution that goes with it. 

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     a great place to spend the weekend 

Wollongong Things to Do

  • Flagstaff Hill

    Take a walk along the port of Wollongong and you will see this great light-tower next to some cannons on top of a small hill that gives you also a good panorama-view of the town and its beaches. Close to that lighttower you will find a great beach with toilets, changing facilities and even showers, totally free of charge and open all day and night.

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  • Mt. Keira Ring Track Bushwalk

    Ive lived here for 28 years with this gorgeous bushwalk at my feet and have never done it up until about a month ago. Its a relatively easy track. It took Leigh and I about 2 hours to do it I think its about 4km long. Stunning scenery and a well established track as well, perfect for all fitness levels.

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  • Mt. Keira Lookout

    What an amazing viewpoint to see the whole coastal region of the Illawarra from. And only about a 15 minute drive from my place. Sadly Mt. Keira lookout was closed for many months recently as it needed major work done to it, community groups pitched it and got it back up to scratch again. Leigh and I visited about a month ago.Enjoy our photos :)

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Wollongong Restaurants

  • Affordable fine dining

    After a big day out of sightseeing and shopping with a friend, we went looking for somewhere to have a mid-afternoon glass of wine to end our perfect day. I found this place "Johno's at North Beach" and it did not disappoint. Easy to find and plenty of parking nearby, it was affordable and well presented. We only wanted a glass of wine, but had to...

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  • Delicious Thai in a great atmosphere

    Centrally located on Keira Street, only one block away from Crown Street you will find Nirand Thai. What I really loved about this place was that it was not busy, chaotic and noisy and we were able to have a lovely meal in quiet surroundings!First visit here was November 2010, but I will be back I am sure of that. Reasonable prices, decent servings...

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  • Long lovely lunches

    Meals at Piato Grand are not what I would call cheap .... but they are definitely lovely!This Restaurant has a modern decor and a complimenting modern menu, and situated in downtown Wollongong in Market Street. Today I savoured a meal of crumbed veal on feta mash with a rocket salad for $21.90 and it was absolutely scrummy. Ive also eaten their...

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Wollongong Nightlife

  • Wollongong has some nice pubs

    This isn't actually one of them.I mean it will do at a pinch - but what has gone wrong?I think it was an older type pub that got renovated in bits and bobs and not thought out properly. There is a rather cheerless beer garden at the front.Then a small TAB section (non smoking) at the front with the older guys who like betting. But they also usually...

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  • For the oldies...

    Very nice bar! They have a huge wrap around type fish tank with huge tropical fish, enough to keep me mesmerised!!!This place is for the older crowd, in saying that I mean 25 plus. Its always very packed, and they have a large dance floor area.Drinks are a bit pricey, and you'll be likely to wait at the bar. Dress to impress.

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  • "The North Gong"

    This pub is really popular with the young crowd, especially in summer, especially on Thursday nights and Sundays. (It also holds the biggest new years party in Wollongong.)They are obviously doing well, as they have just gotten hold of the block next door in order to do extensions.Very nice atmosphere. I like this place myself. Casual or dressy....

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Wollongong Transportation

  • get to Woolongong by car

    I drove to Wollongong in my rental car, and the right roads were quite easy to find, as Wollongong was written on almost any signposts along the highway in the south of Sydney.You will find a lot of parking-spaces in that town of 280.000 inhabitants, just take a look around, the parkingspaces in the centre of town will be restricted to...

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  • take the train to Wollongong

    Wollongong has its own train-station and passanger-trains are going there as well, so it will be very easy to get to Wollongong by train as an easy daytrip from Sydney.Just be aware that the carmuseum is about 20km from that train-station and I dont know how much a taxi would be or if there would be a public bus to the carmuseum.Read more about...

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  • GETTING THERE BY TRAIN

    WOOLONGONG I took the train to Woolongong from Sydney Central railway station. Of course there are are many other options to get to Woolongong also by bus and car, BUT by train, one must go from Sydney Central. The journey is a very pleasant one and once out of the city southern suburbs the journey is mostly National Parks and coastal towns and...

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Wollongong Shopping

  • a great place for shopping

    There is an excellent shopping-mall in the pedestrian zone of Wollongong and you will find all shops there that you might need when travelling through Australia as a tourist.What I found quite strange in the big electronical shops there is the fact, that I was able to "haggle".I bought an adapter for loading my european batteries by the car-battery...

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  • Discount or fashion it's there.

    You have so much choice from Myer to David Jones to many smaller discounters and speciality stores.It's up to you. Well I shop quite a lot for travel tickets to Asia but you may not. ;-) I can say there ia a good range of clothing shops in the City and some great little cafe's for when it's all a bit too much. Up to you.

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  • Shellharbour Square

    Shellharbour Square is about a 15/20 minute drive south of Wollongong. I personally hate this place! It is absolutely jam packed at all times. Parking is a nightmare, and it seems to be a haven for young mothers and their 5.5 kids. Its aweful. But if by chance you cant find what your looking for in Wollongong, it is an option. It also has the...

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Wollongong Local Customs

  • Aboriginies Art in Woolongong

    I found some great mosaiques, made in the kind of Aboriginees art in the pedestrian zone of Woolongong, just take a look at my extra pictures here as well: in my 4th and 5th picture: some great mosaiques as well on a zebra-crossing next to the theatre of Wollongong and next to the new townhall & the tourist information !

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  • Visit the mall and shops

    Most of the city's former main street has been closed off now and has a cascading series of fountains flowing down it and plenty of shops for you to check out.So take a stroll through the mall and look around, take your time.

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  • The unspoken rules of driving...

    If your from interstate or overseas here are a few of the unspoken driving rules that not only apply for Wollongong, but pretty much all over Sydney...1. If lanes are merging, you only have to let in one car at a time! Then each car behind you will also let in one car, therefore allowing the easy flow of traffic.2. If someone allows you infront of...

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Wollongong Warnings and Dangers

  • Swim Between The Flags!!

    This warning really applies to any Australian beach. Each year people (particularily tourists) drown in unpatrolled areas. Please swim only on beaches patrolled by lifeguards, and swim only between the flags. The lifeguards check conditions each morning and will only place flags in safe areas. Rips can be quite strong, and can be very difficult to...

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  • Bike Theft

    Warning--Wollongong is full of theft. In my 10 month stay there, 3 of my friends' rented homes were broken into and cleared out... My boyfriend and I had 4 bikes stollen between the two of us...two were stollen while locked up near the train station...and the next two we bought (one was worth 2300!!) were taken out of our locked, attached garage...

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  • Be careful driving, know the road...

    If you've never driven in and around Wollongong and the South Coast before, be careful. Know the road rules, and pay particular attention to the speed limits where you choose to drive.We have a zillion speed cameras, and red light cameras. They are everywhere, and where they are not, the boys in blue are sure to be...I feel our speed and red light...

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Wollongong Tourist Traps

  • by Alondo Updated Apr 3, 2004

    There isn't really any major trap, but the Aussies do make a grip off of all their study abroad kids. The "uni" bar is a great meeting place for all of these tourists and the beer is not too much more than other pubs. If there is a "trap" this was mine.

    Fun Alternatives: The North Gong Pub is cheap and has the same crowd of internationals and Aussies.

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Wollongong What to Pack

  • If you forgot it, you can buy it here!

    Remember to bring your swimsuit, hat, sunscreen, beach towell, umbrella etc. Insect repellant is a must. If the flies dont get you in the day, the mozzies will get you at night! Dont forget your camera, spare batteries and film. However, if youve forgotten, dont stress! Like I said, you can buy it all here!

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  • Packing List

    If you are going down for the day and by car, all you need (especially in Summer) is some sort of light backpack, enough to put everyday stuff in...In the summer you will need plenty of beach accessories. ie: suncream, towel, bottled water. And also, a lot of patience if you want to find a parking spot near the beach. Otherwise, you may find...

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Wollongong Off The Beaten Path

  • The Illawarra Museum

    The Illawarra Museum is a museum about the Illawarra-district, that is the area around of Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama in the south of Sydney. This building was built in 1882 as the Post Office of Woolongong.The adress is :11 Market St / Wollongong NSW, Australia 2500The Illawarra Museum is open for visitors: Wednesday & Thursday:Noon - 3...

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  • The townhall of 1927

    This facade of the townhall of 1927 is nothing else than a mural on one of the back-walls of a museum of fine arts. You will find some other murals there as well - see them in my other pictures here. You will find it opposite of the new townhall and the tourist-information and next to the theatre.

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  • The old Court-Houses of 1858

    Yes, 1858 that is in fact quite old for Australia, that was settled at the beginning of the 19th century. From 1858 till 1903 this building was used as a courthouse, then it became the Army Drill till 1973 and finally it was used for the headquarters of the Naval Reserve Cadets till 1999.Nowadays the old courthouse is the Environment and Heritage...

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Wollongong Sports & Outdoors

  • Surfing at The Farm

    The Farm is a great beach for surfing, it is located just south of Wollongong, near Bass Point. You have to have a car to get here, and there is a short 5 minutes walk from the parking lot to the beach, but totally worth it! It is a sand bottom beach with rocks on the sides, a great place for beginners and experienced surfers. You will need board...

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  • Spectator Sports

    Wollongong residents really back their local teams ie. Wollongong Wolves (soccer), Wollongong Hawks (Basketball), St George Illawarra Dragons (Rugby League)...The streets of Wollongong can be crazy after a home game of any sort...Parking can be extremely difficult to find, even hours before a game. My hot tip is to use public transport, or if your...

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  • Surfing Spots

    Wollongong is the gateway to the South Coast. Some better known surfing spots would consist of Helensburgh, Sandon Point and Bellambi Point in the North. Windang Island and Redsands to the south. There are many beautiful beaches with surfing oppotunities, these are just a sample... Dont forget Sunscreen!

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Wollongong Favorites

  • Wollongong's North beach

    The best swimming beach in Wollongong is the North beach in front of the Novotel hotel.This is a very popular place to hang out in the summer months especially. The mountains and the sea....so close together.The coastline views are excellent.

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  • Nan Tien temple

    Nan Tien buddhist temple is just on the outskirts of Wollongong. Unfortunately the grounds were closed for the day when we were there so we couldn't get a good look at it. It's quite a sight as you first see it from the highway, which is why I've included it as something to see.

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  • Visit the Pagoda

    The Pagoda is of great spiritual importance to buddhists. Inside the Pagoda you can make a wish and sound the bell. We had great fun here too, posing in front of the Pagoda like this. The photo turned out quite well I think, and if I told you it was taken somewhere in Asia I could fool you!!

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