Wollongong Tourism

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. 

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

    • Air Pollution 17.65 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 36.36 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 43.18 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 40 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 18.18 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 36.36 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 23.08 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 34.09 (Low)
  • How safe is Wollongong for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Wollongong.

    • Burglary and Theft 43.48 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 42.39 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 40.22 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 34.78 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 38.04 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 39.13 (Low)
    • Attacks 47.73 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 59.78 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 65.22 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 31.52 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 58.7 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 39.13 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 54.35 (Moderate)
    • Safety Index 51.39 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 94.3 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 29.82 (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.

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

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.11 USD
    • International Movie per seat 13.02 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 50.62 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 96.91 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 70.5 USD

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

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