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Wollongong, New South Wales

Wollongong New South Wales
Overlooking Wollongong Harbour to the CBD and beyond toward Mount Keira and the Illawarra Escarpment.
Australian Place
StateNew South Wales
Population292190 (9th)
Elevation5 m 16.4 ft
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10)
- Summer (DST)AEDT (UTC+11)
Federal DivisionCunningham

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Wollongong (c-eniconˈwʊləŋɡɒŋ ) 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 (51 mi) 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.

Known affectionately 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".

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Here is a look at the old disused railway tunnel, and what's left of the station at Helensburgh, New South Wales, Australia. Having a bit of fun with the eeriness of the tunnel that use to carry the rail line to down the South Coast to Illawarra. Some of the famous people to travel on it include authors, DHLawrence and Robert Louis Stevenson... if only the tunnel walls could speak..... but who knows what may happen sometimes if your imagination takes over..... And have a look at GHOST TUNNEL - GLOW WORM CITY where three locals go to explore for the glow worm in this same tunnel.
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See what life is like in Sydney, Australia. Jobs, climate, houses, schools - a picture says a thousand words ! Tessa Steven a UK migrant has filmed a series of DVDs to help people wanting to live in Sydney, Australia see visually what life is really like. Tessa Steven provides an independent assessment of the ups and downs of migrating to Sydney, Australia, to help people wanting to live and work in Sydney. We film at the Rocks a district, which is surrounded by early colonial architecture, modern resteraunts and unique shopping. I love the weekend craft markets with its sail-like canopys selling everything form handmade items to Aborigional art, and the moonlight Friday night market. Seeing Manly which boasts the strapline Manly more than a beach and I think it is, with my ferry arrival, walk along the shopping mall to find this beautiful beach. Where you can do anything - parasailing, visit Oceanworld, ride the giant slides at waterworks, do a ghost night at Quarantine Station, go high speed boat riding, scuba dive .the list is endless. Palm beach is the set of Home and Away. In the Sydney area however, many homes are made from Fybro and have been rendered, and three bedroom is the standard family home size. As you will see they are generally about 50 years old, but new properties are available yet smaller due to the population and growth in this area. Many of the houses have tiled floors which are very cool to help with the hot summer temperatures, most houses have a <b>...</b>
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Early in the morning of 23rd September 2009, a wild, wind blown dust storm from South Australia and western New South Wales, blanketed the Illawarra region of the Eastern Coast. Two contrasting video segments show Stanwell Park from world famous hang gliding spot, Bald Hill at Stanwell Tops just a few days before. Then we see the same area when the dust storm has hit. The worst dust storm that the entire Sydney region has seen for 70 years.
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Roadtrip Australia: Van-Tastic Adventures New South Wales In the last week of their New South Wales roadtrip Van-Tastic Adventures, Kirsty and Carly go on a 4 day surf camp with Surf Camp Australia, and then skydive from 14000 feet with Skydive the Beach! Not much more needs to be said. Its amazing check it out!!! . See our photos and read our journals at, or tweet with us @vantasticnsw. Thanks to Paisley for the music Moonwalker from their Bite the Bullet album. Check them out at http We also recommend you look up the places & tour operators mentioned in this video: Subscribe to our channel & stay tuned for more Van-Tastic Adventures all over NSW for the next 6 weeks! courtesy of
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After the red dust storms that hit Sydney 23 and 26 September 2009, came gale force winds again from the west. No dust this time, Perhaps there wasnt any left (!), but the winds howled as winds gusts reached over 100 kph for almost 2 days, threatening to bring trees down, like this video shows taken in August 2003 at Stanwell Tops, New South Wales, Australia. We may not have volcanoes, cyclones, hurricanes, earthquakes or tsunamis but we sure cop everything else!
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Trains of Thought is a video series about real and model trains. This episode features footage of a train trip through part of the Illawarra region of New South Wales
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The Australian Blue Tongue Lizard is a fascinating species. This gentle lizard just likes to soak up the sun which is a great way of life! Let's hope he doesn't become endangered or worse. Domestic cats are his number one enemy, though usually most people say their cats don't do that sort of thing. The blue tongue puts on a good show of fending off threats as you will see in this video featuring a small blue tongue and a rather large one. These lizards are in the environmentally sensitive area of Helensburgh and district, new South Wales, Australia. Enjoy this look at our unique nature. Filmed with the macro on a Canon still camera video function!!
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Here's a video with two sections of travelling south then north on the SEACLIFF BRIDGE on Lawrence Hargrave Drive (Grand Pacific Drive to tourists) just after it opened. The Drive was closed because it had the habit of either having boulders fall on it (and cars) or had parts of the Drive slide and drop in the ocean. Trouble is, rocks still do fall on the northern bend section but the New South Wales current State Labor Government did save $49 million dollars by only building the south section.
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CareSouth is a South Coast, New South Wales, based child welfare agency that offers exceptional support to its Foster Carers.
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Missing yachtsman safe and well - Sydney Morning Herald Tweet this news
Sydney Morning Herald---...- on the -NSW south- coast. The 57-year-old man, from Shoalhaven Heads, left Port Hacking on board his 23-foot yacht on Friday morning, bound for -Wollongong-. His friend contacted police on Friday evening when he failed to arri - Date : Sat, 18 Jun 2011 02:03:32 GMT+00:00
Man missing in damaged yacht off NSW coast - Sydney Morning Herald Tweet this news
Sydney Morning Herald--An extensive search is underway for a man missing in his damaged yacht off the -NSW south- coast. The 57-year-old man, from Shoalhaven Heads, left Port Hacking bound for -Wollongong- on board his 23-foot yacht on Friday morning. His - Date : Fri, 17 Jun 2011 22:50:27 GMT+00:00
Ricky Stuart's Origin request puts NRL clubs in a sticky predicament - Illawara Mercury Tweet this news
Illawara Mercury--St George Illawarra chief executive Peter Doust yesterday blocked -NSW- coach Ricky Stuart's push to rest State of Origin stars next week. Stuart was desperate to keep the Dragons' representatives from taking the field ... - Date : Thu, 16 Jun 2011 18:11:54 GMT+00:00
Stuart urges players to put state before club - Newcastle Herald Tweet this news
Newcastle Herald--The -NSW- team for game three will be announced on Sunday, June 26. The main concern for Stuart is that St George Illawarra host Manly at WIN Stadium in -Wollongong- in the Monday night match that round, to be played 24 hours after the t - Date : Wed, 15 Jun 2011 18:38:22 GMT+00:00
Singh joins UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center - UAB News Tweet this news
UAB News--Singh earned his doctorate from University of -Wollongong- in -New South Wales-, Australia, and trained as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University. He was an assistant professor of oncology at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkin - Date : Mon, 13 Jun 2011 22:11:48 GMT+00:00
NSW could be hit hardest by carbon tax - Ninemsn Tweet this news
Ninemsn--Mines in -NSW- will be forced to close and more than 3000 associated jobs will be at risk if the federal government's proposed carbon tax goes ahead, a lobby group says. -NSW- Minerals Council CEO Nikki Williams said people in regional -NSW- - Date : Wed, 15 Jun 2011 00:18:08 GMT+00:00
Twister scalps town of Red Rock in NSW amid La Nina leftovers - The Australian Tweet this news
The Australian--Residents of Red Rock on the mid-north coast of -NSW- survey the damage after a violent storm ripped a path through the sleepy hamlet yesterday. Picture: Frank Redward Source: Supplied Residents on the -New South Wales- Mid-North Coast wer - Date : Tue, 14 Jun 2011 15:07:43 GMT+00:00
Wife of blimp hero: he said not to worry - Sydney Morning Herald Tweet this news
Sydney Morning Herald--Photo: Stringer Peter Marosszeky, a senior lecturer in aviation at the University of -New South Wales-, said blimps were generally safe and regulated to the same degree as jet aircraft. ''They've come an awful long wa - Date : Tue, 14 Jun 2011 20:34:58 GMT+00:00
Workers to rally at NSW Parliament House - Sydney Morning Herald Tweet this news
Sydney Morning Herald--Politicians, mayors and other senior public servants will have their salary increases capped at 2.5 per cent in line with the -NSW- government's -new- wages police. As public servants prepare to rally outside Parliament House o - Date : Wed, 15 Jun 2011 00:21:05 GMT+00:00
Catalinas remembered - ABC Online Tweet this news
ABC Online--CONOR DUFFY, REPORTER: In this cold wind-swept air hangar -south- of -Wollongong- in -NSW-, a team of volunteers is fine-tuning the only Catalina still flying in Australia. The men are from the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society and they& - Date : Mon, 13 Jun 2011 11:51:51 GMT+00:00

Climate :
Selected 2006 Census Statistics
Metropolitan Area Urban Area Inner City
Area Helensburgh to Kiama Clifton to Shell Cove Wollongong Suburb
Population 263,535 234,482 14,363
Indigenous persons 4,744 1.8% 4,415 1.9% 183 1.3%
Age Groups 0 � 4 years 16,478 6.3% 14,780 6.3% 540 3.8%
5-14 36,435 13.8% 32,020 13.7% 887 6.2%
15-24 36,329 13.8% 32,590 13.9% 3,055 21.3%
25-54 106,038 40.2% 94,564 40.3% 6,100 42.5%
55-64 28,447 10.8% 25,167 10.7% 1,427 9.9%
65+ 39,806 15.1% 35,361 15.1% 2,355 16.4%
People born overseas 53,102 20.1% 49,501 21.1% 4,151 28.9%
Country of birth 1 Australia 194,197 73.7% Australia 170,058 72.5% Australia 8,579 59.7%
2 England 12,964 4.9% England 11,503 4.9% England 437 3.0%
3 Macedonia 4,276 1.6% Macedonia 4,261 1.8% China 409 2.8%
4 Italy 3,746 1.4% Italy 3,613 1.5% Macedonia 329 2.3%
5 Scotland 2,681 1.0% Scotland 2,452 1.0% Croatia 220 1.5%
6 New Zealand 2,358 0.9% New Zealand 2,051 0.9% Italy 195 1.4%
Language Spoken At Home 1 United Kingdom English only 215,079 81.6% United Kingdom English only 187,944 80.2% United Kingdom English only 9,308 64.8%
2 Macedonia Macedonian 6,857 2.6% Macedonia Macedonian 6,814 2.9% Macedonia Macedonian 522 3.6%
3 Italy Italian 5,275 2.0% Italy Italian 5,097 2.2% China Mandarin 389 2.7%
4 Spain Spanish 2,456 0.9% Spain Spanish 2,390 1.0% Serbia Serbian 371 2.6%
5 Greece Greek 2,353 0.9% Greece Greek 2,272 1.0% Italy Italian 320 2.2%
6 Serbia Serbian 1,782 0.7% Serbia Serbian 1,738 0.7% Greece Greek 311 2.2%
Religious Affiliation 1 Catholic 76,875 29.2% Catholic 68,751 29.3% Catholic 3,453 24.0%
2 Anglican 62,640 23.8% Anglican 54,694 23.3% No Religion 2,462 17.1%
3 No Religion 38,901 14.8% No Religion 34,070 14.5% Anglican 2,236 15.6%
4 Eastern Orthodox 14,199 5.4% Eastern Orthodox 13,910 5.9% Eastern Orthodox 1,459 10.2%
5 Uniting Church 14,060 5.3% Uniting Church 12,073 5.1% Uniting Church 516 3.6%
Total labour force 119,542 105,316 7,110

Climate :
Wollongong Population Growth 1947 � 2006
Year Population Increase Growth
1947 70,135
1954 100,725 30,590 43.6%
1961 150,387 49,662 49.3%
1966 177,432 27,045 18.0%
1971 202,800 25,368 14.3%
1976 222,250 19,450 9.6%
1981 231,400 9,150 4.1%
1986 232,240 840 0.4%
1991 244,930 12,690 5.5%
1996 255,740 10,810 4.4%
2001 256,095 355 0.1%
2006 263,535 7,440 2.9%
Source: 1947 � 1996 2001 2006

Suburbs and Localities of Wollongong, New South Wales

Albion Park * Albion Park Rail * Austinmer * Avon * Avondale * Balarang * Balgownie * Barrack Heights * Barrack Point * Bellambi * Berkeley * Blackbutt * Bombo * Broughton Village * Brownsville * Bulli * Calderwood * Carrington Falls * Cleveland * Clifton * Coalcliff * Coledale * Coniston * Cordeaux * Cordeaux Heights * Corrimal * Cringila * Croom * Curramore * Dapto * Darkes Forest * Dombarton * Dunmore * East Corrimal * Fairy Meadow * Farmborough Heights * Fernhill * Figtree * Flinders * Foxground * Gerringong * Gerroa * Gwynneville * Haywards Bay * Helensburgh * Horsley * Huntley * Jamberoo * Jerrara * Kanahooka * Keiraville * Kembla Grange * Kembla Heights * Kemblawarra * Kiama * Kiama Downs * Kiama Heights * Knights Hill * Koonawarra * Lake Heights * Lake Illawarra * Lilyvale * Macquarie Pass * Maddens Plains * Mangerton * Marshall Mount * Minnamurra * Mount Keira * Mount Kembla * Mount Ousley * Mount Pleasant * Mount Saint Thomas * Mount Warrigal * North Macquarie * North Wollongong * Oak Flats * Otford * Penrose * Port Kembla * Primbee * Rose Valley * Russell Vale * Saddleback Mountain * Scarborough * Shell Cove * Shellharbour * Shellharbour City Centre * Spring Hill * Stanwell Park * Stanwell Tops * Tarrawanna * Thirroul * Tongarra * Toolijooa * Towradgi * Tullimbar * Unanderra * Upper Kangaroo Valley * Warilla * Warrawong * Werri Beach * West Wollongong * Willow Vale * Windang * Wollongong * Wombarra * Wongawilli * Woonona * Yallah * Yellow Rock

Cities of Australia

Australian Capital TerritoryCanberra (national capital)
New South WalesAlbury * Armidale * Bathurst * Blue Mountains * Broken Hill * Cessnock * Coffs Harbour * Dubbo * Gosford * Goulburn * Grafton * Griffith * Lake Macquarie * Lismore * Lithgow * Maitland * Newcastle * Nowra * Orange * Queanbeyan * Sydney * Tamworth * Wagga Wagga * Wollongong
Northern TerritoryDarwin * Palmerston
QueenslandBrisbane * Bundaberg * Cairns * Caloundra * Charters Towers * Gladstone * Gold Coast * Hervey Bay * Ipswich * Logan * Mackay * Maryborough * Mount Isa * Redcliffe * Rockhampton * Toowoomba * Townsville
South AustraliaAdelaide * Mount Gambier * Murray Bridge * Port Augusta * Port Lincoln * Port Pirie * Victor Harbor * Whyalla
TasmaniaBurnie * Devonport * Hobart * Launceston
VictoriaBairnsdale * Ballarat * Bendigo * Geelong * Hamilton * Horsham * Latrobe Valley * Melbourne * Mildura * Portland * Sale * Shepparton * Wangaratta * Warrnambool * Wodonga
Western AustraliaAlbany * Bunbury * Geraldton * Kalgoorlie * Mandurah * Perth

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