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About Grand Pacific Drive, Wollongong

Wollongong (/ˈwʊləŋɡɒŋ/ WUUL-ləng-gong), informally referred to as "The Gong", is a seaside city located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. Wollongong lies on the narrow coastal strip between the Illawarra Escarpment and the Pacific Ocean, 82 kilometres (51 miles) south of Sydney. Wollongong had an estimated urban population of 292,388 at June 2015, making Wollongong the third largest city in New South Wales after Sydney and Newcastle, and the tenth largest city in Australia. The Wollongong metropolitan area extends from Helensburgh in the north to Shell Cove in the south. It sits within the Wollongong Statistical District, which covers the local authority areas of Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama, extending from the town of Helensburgh in the north to Gerroa 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, the largest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere. Wollongong has a long history of coalmining 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 37,000 students and is internationally recognised. The name "Wollongong" is believed to mean "seas of the South" in the local Aboriginal language, referring to NSW's Southern Coast. Other meanings have been suggested, such as "great feast of fish", "hard ground near water", "song of the sea", "sound of the waves", "many snakes" and "five islands".

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Overview of Grand Pacific Drive

Walking past the city of Wollongong, you will come across Grand Pacific Drive. Grand Pacific Drive is easily missed on a visit to Wollongong.

Top attractions of Wollongong worth your visit include Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong Botanic Garden, Wattamolla Beach, Wollongong Breakwater Lighthouse and Wollongong To Thirroul Bike Track. Visit these and also discover other interesting things to do in Wollongong before planning.

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Address: 93 Crown St., Wollongong NSW 2500, Australia

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  • I drive a bus along here every day, be nice if cars could stay on there side of the road

  • A great drive, best if you start it early in the morning so you can drive the length of it at your leisure over the course of a whole day.

  • Excellent entrance into Wollongong and a great view of the city.

  • cool spot for some nice clicks

  • Its all worth it!

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