Life in Wollongong
Life in Wollongong
Welcome to Wollongong. We know you are going to love living in Wollongong and have a great time if you are passing through.
Is Wollongong a good place to live?
Yes, Wollongong is a great place to live or visit. Below our guide to Wollongong will give you all the information you need to make moving here easier or make your trip a more informed and enjoyable one.
Visas required to live in Wollongong
If you happen to be a citizen from a country other than Australia and are looking to move to Wollongong, you are going to need a visa to do so. Australia has many visas on offer that could allow you to live and work in Wollongong. Due to there being many different visas, each with it’s own rights and obligations, it is best to take our Free Visa Assessment so we can provide accurate advice on the visa options available to you in your specific circumstances.
If you are moving to Wollongong and want to find a job in Wollongong we have a guide specifically on how to find and apply for jobs in Wollongong for new arrivals. Always make sure you have secured a visa that allows you to work before starting your new job.
Map of Wollongong
Weather in Wollongong
Wollongong ( WUUL-ən-gong), informally referred to as “The Gong“, is a city located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. The name is thought to be derived from the word woolyungah in the language of the Aboriginal inhabitants at the time of settlement, meaning five islands. Wollongong lies on the narrow coastal strip between the Illawarra Escarpment and the Pacific Ocean, 85 kilometres (53 miles) south of central Sydney. Wollongong had an estimated urban population of 302,739 at June 2018, making it the third-largest city in New South Wales after Sydney and Newcastle and the tenth-largest city in Australia by population. The city’s current Lord Mayor is Gordon Bradbery AM who was elected in 2021.
The Wollongong area extends from Helensburgh in the north to Windang and Yallah in the south. Geologically, the city is located in the south-eastern part of the Sydney basin, which extends from Newcastle to Nowra.
Wollongong is noted for its heavy industry, its port activity and the quality of its physical setting, occupying a narrow coastal plain between an almost continuous chain of surf beaches and the cliffline of the rainforest-covered Illawarra escarpment. It has two cathedrals, churches of many denominations and the Nan Tien Temple. Wollongong has a long history of coal mining and industry. The city attracts many tourists each year and is a regional centre for the South Coast fishing industry. The University of Wollongong has around 38,000 students.
Hotels and Accommodation in Wollongong
There are all types of accommodation available in Wollongong. The best place to find Hotels, serviced apartments or holiday lets is via Book Direct and Save Bookdirectandsave.com
This website lists the exact same properties as Airbnb and booking.com but does not charge the high commissions so their nightly accommodation rates are cheaper.
Or contact any of these great local hotels, apartments or holiday accommodation businesses.
Wollongong is full of great businesses and helpful services. Below are a selection of our best.
Accountants in Wollongong
Banks in Wollongong
Cafes in Wollongong
Carpet Cleaners in Wollongong
Dentists in Wollongong
Doctors and Medical clinics in Wollongong
You can make an appointment at any of these local doctors or clinics.
Contact one of the Wollongong Electricians below
Hospitals in Wollongong
Mechanics in Wollongong
Newspapers in Wollongong
Pest Control in Wollongong
Plumbers in Wollongong
Real Estate Agents in Wollongong
Restaurants in Wollongong
Schools in Wollongong
Solicitors in Wollongong
Supermarkets in Wollongong
Vets in Wollongong
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