Population: 292,190 (9th)
Postcode: 2500
Elevation: 5 m (16 ft)
Time zone:
Summer (DST)
Location: 84 km (52 mi) S of Sydney
Local Government Area:
  • City of Wollongong
  • City of Shellharbour
  • Municipality of Kiama
  • Region: Illawarra
    Federal Division:
  • Cunningham
  • Throsby
  • Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
    21.8 °C 13.3 °C 1,320.9 mm

    Wollongong is a seaside city located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. It lies on the narrow coastal strip between the Illawarra Escarpment and the Pacific Ocean, 82 kilometres south of Sydney.

    With a population of 292,190 Wollongong is the 3rd largest city in New South Wales after Sydney and Newcastle, and the 9th largest city in Australia. The metropolitan area extends from Helensburgh in the north to Gerroa in the south, and is administered by the Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama councils. Geologically, the city is located in the south-eastern part of the Sydney basin, which extends from Newcastle to Nowra.

    Sometimes referred to as the Gong, Wollongong is a city with a long history of mining and industry, with coal mines, a steelworks and an industrial port. The city also attracts numerous tourists each year, and is a regional centre for the South Coast fishing industry. The local University of Wollongong has around 22,000 students and is internationally recognised.

    Wollongong is noted for its numerous surfing beaches, scenic lookouts and botanic gardens. It has two regional cathedrals, churches of many denominations and the Nan Tien Temple, one of the largest Buddhist temples in the southern hemisphere.

    The name Wollongong is believed to mean "sound of the sea" in the local Aboriginal language, although other explanations have been offered, such as "great feast of fish", "hard ground near water", "song of the sea", "sound of the waves", "many snakes" and "five islands".

    Private Guided Tour: Southern Highlands, Kangaroo Valley & Fitzroy Falls more_vert
    $850.00 AUD Book
    One of Australia’s hidden gems, Kangaroo Valley is nestled between the Cambewarra and Barrengarry mountains. Enjoy a famous pie for lunch, explore waterfalls and visit the welcoming town pub and discover the colonial history. Being a private tour there will be opportunities to explore the attractions and local area at your own pace. Tours start from Sydney at a time that suits you (7.30 am approx) with pick up from your hotel, travelling aboard a new minivan with leather interiors, climate control, and enjoy chilled bottled water throughout the day.
    • A private tour
    • Hotel pick up and drop off at Sydney
    • Fitzroy Falls and Kangaroo Valley
    • The Hampden Bridge
    • The Nan Tien Temple
    • Sea Cliff Bridge 
    • Kiama Blowhole (depends on time availability)
    • Flexibility

    This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Grand Pacific Drive - Sydney to Wollongong and Beyond, From Royal National Park to Bomaderry, Wollongong, New South Wales 2500 Australia

    Grand Pacific drive from Sydney

    Duration: 15 minutes

    • $850.00
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    45 Minute Wollongong Waterfall & Canyon Safari more_vert
    $440.00 AUD Book
    Discover the most spectacular waterfalls in the Southern Highlands flying over steep canyons visiting Carrington, Belmore, Fitzroy and Gerringong Falls. See the rainforest, cliff faces, gorges and chasms of the Great Dividing Range.
    Tour Highlights
    • Only minutes flying time from base to the cliff faces of the mountain escarpment
    • A packed 45 minute schedule of spectacular mountain and ocean views
    • Rainforest, cliff faces, gorges and chasms of the Great Dividing Range
    • Spectacular Carrington, Gerringong, Fitzroy and Belmore Falls
    • Lush mountain foothills and the quaint country villages of Jamberoo and Kangaroo Valley
    • Views of Lake Illawarra and the beaches of the South Coast
    • The unique thrill of a helicopter take-off and landing

    Minutes after take off, as we track towards the mountain ranges, keep a lookout for the tree top walking platform and viewing tower of the Illawarra Fly. Turning south, we continue to follow the rocky cliff edges of the Great Dividing Range towards Jamberoo mountain and the ancient aboriginal bushlands of Barren Grounds Nature Reserve. Then via the meandering mountain escarpment we visit the spectacular Gerringong and Carrington Falls. Onward towards Kangaroo Valley and some of the most beautiful countryside in Australia. See the Hampden iron and wooden suspension bridge spanning the gorge of the Kangaroo Valley River before overflying the dramatic Fitzroy and Belmore Falls. From Belmore Falls we meander back towards base taking a diversion over Macquarie Pass National Park. As you fly overhead the national park, just about visible beneath the rainforest are the tumbling waterfalls of the Macquarie Rivulet. Then looking up, the whole of the Illawarra laid out before you.

    • $440.00
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    • flight_land New South Wales