Visit Wollongong - Best of Wollongong

Known for its pristine beaches that border the high mountains, Wollongong is a cosmopolitan city in North Wales that has added a whiff to Australia’s tourism. Endowed with a dramatic landscape where nature offers the best of wonders, the city is affectionately known as 'the gong'. Apart from the cultural and natural attractions, the city is a must visit if you are seeking some thrill and adventure. Surf the waves of Wollongong and experience the marine beauty with its spectacular underwater currents. Situated on a beautiful harbor, you won’t have to travel much in order to locate its beaches. They are situated right next to the city. Apart from the beaches that constitute your basic itinerary of Wollongong, there are other natural vistas that you can’t afford to miss here such as Lake Illawarra and Mount Keira.

The city is also home to the biggest Buddhist temple Nan Tien in the Southern Hemisphere. Close to Sydney, the city is visited for its laidback lifestyle and relaxed environs. Visit Wollongong if you want to discover more of Australia other than Sydney. 

Wollongong Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Wollongong tips for your visit

  • It’s important to be aware of potential environmental hazards, such as bushfires, rough surf and extreme desert heat. 
  • Australia is generally a safe destination with tourists enjoying unhindered travel experiences in terms of their personal safety and security.  However, as with all travel at home or away, you should observe the same precautions with your personal safety and possessions.
  • The Australian sun is very strong. Always wear a shirt, hat, sunglasses and SPF 30+ sunscreen lotion, even on cloudy days. 
  • When planning a bushwalk or hike, check the length and difficulty of the wallk.

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Facts and Stats for Wollongong*

  • Pollution Statistics in Wollongong

    Know the pollution level of Wollongong before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 40 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 47.5 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 44.44 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 20 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 40 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 37.5 (Low)
  • Wollongong: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Wollongong for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Wollongong.

    • Burglary and Theft 40.91 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 38.64 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 36.36 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 31.82 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 30.68 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 35.23 (Low)
    • Attacks 44.05 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 53.41 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 69.32 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 36.36 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 54.55 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 31.82 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 50 (Moderate)
  • Living in Wollongong - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 55.87 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 94.3 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 32.46 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 55.67 (High)
    • Health Care Index 52.78 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 5.39 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Wollongong

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Wollongong

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 13.07 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 47.7 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 96.79 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 65.33 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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