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Wollongong Head Lighthouse
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Wollongong is a coastal town in the Illawarra region, 82 km (51 mi) south of Sydney, in New South Wales, Australia. With a population of 390,000 people (2012 estimate), it is the third largest city in New South Wales behind Sydney and Newcastle. The city is famous for its many surfing beaches and scenic views.

Guide to Wollongong Hotels

Here's a list of hotels in Wollongong that you can book online, with full description, star rating, address, location map, evaluation, and prices as offered by different booking sites. This helps you to make your room booking with the site that offers the best price.

St Michael and All Angels Pro-Cathedral, Wollongong
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More on Wollongong

Wollongong is a name that comes from the local Aboriginal language variously translated as "sound of the sea", "great feast of fish" and others. The area was originally inhabited by the Dharwal people. In 1796 European navigators George Bass and Matthew Flinders arrived in the area. Their survey led to the settlement established around 1812.

View towards Wollongong from the Escarpment above Wombarra
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Civic infrastructure in Wollongong were built in the 1830s, among them a court house and military barracks. Wollonggong Harbour was completed in 1861 while its old lighthouse built ten years later. The initial court house built in 1834 was replaced in 1858 and again in 1885. This present structure, in the Classical Revial Style, is today listed on the Register of the National Estate.

The availability of coke and coal led to the founding of a coke works at Wollongong Harbour in 1870. It also helped Wollongong develop its heavy industry. In 1928 a steelworks was established at Port Kembla, a few kilometers to the south. Over the decades the Port Kembla industrial complex grew to become the largest single concentration of heavy industry in the country.

Gleniffer Brae Manor House, Wollongong
Author: Grogan deYobbo (public domain)

Today Wollongong is a modern, developed Australian city. The economy is diversified, embracing higher education, retail, residential construction as well as the traditional manufacturing and heavy industies, which went into decline in the 1980s.

Visiting Wollongong

National Route 1 (Pacific Highway) is the main highway linking Sydney with Wollongong. The journey takes about 70-90 minutes depending on traffic. There are hourly train services between Sydney and Wollongong on the South Coast Cityrail line. Going by train affords you the opportunity to enjoy the scenery. Some of the ocean views can be quite nice.

Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong
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Places of Interest in Wollongong

  1. Nan Tien Temple
    One of the largest Buddhist temples in the Southern Hemisphere.