Wollongong (map) covers 714 sq km and is located 80 kilometres south of Sydney. The region occupies a narrow coastal strip bordered by the Royal National Park to the north, Windang Bridge to the south, the Tasman Sea to the east and the Illawarra escarpment to the west. The primary city of the Illawarra region, Wollongong is renowned for its magnificent natural environment, ranging from untouched rainforests to dramatic rocky sea cliffs and pristine sandy beaches. Wollongong offers a mild climate, relaxed lifestyle and natural beauty. With a population of approximately 200,000, Wollongong enjoys a rich sense of community and cultural heritage. Known in past decades for its heavy manufacturing base, the city’s key industry sectors now include information technology, business services and finance, education and research, logistics, health and aged care and tourism. These fast-growing sectors are supported by knowledge services.
Wollongong is well connected to Sydney’s CityRail network and is an easy hour’s drive from an international airport. The City has a major teaching hospital and a number of private hospitals. There are also a wide range of state and private schools. The University of Wollongong (UOW) is a world-class university and its extensive research and development capabilities are helping drive the city's reputation as the City of Innovation. The UOW Innovation Campus is a $500 million research, development and technology precinct where innovative businesses can develop collaborative relationships with some of the University’s leading research teams and industry partners. Port Kembla is home to one of NSW’s three major ports. It’s located just a ten-minute drive south of Wollongong’s CBD. Each year it contributes approximately $418 million to the regional economy. The port is managed by the Port Kembla Corporation and has recently undergone a major expansion. It has road and rail transport links and is the main grain port for businesses based in southern and south-western NSW. It’s also used for general cargoes, containers and motor vehicle imports.
This website contains economic and demographic information for Wollongong, for more information please contact the Wollongong City Council Economic Development Unit.