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Close to Sydney, but without the busy pace and crowds, Wollongong is known for its laidback lifestyle. Right on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, the city is situated in a magnificent coastal environment and outdoor lovers will love the easy access to the beach, Royal National Park, Lake Illawarra and exploring in the impressive nearby Illawarra Escarpment, a 30-million-year-old cliff formation. Here students can study at the University of Wollongong, with its comprehensive academic program, while getting to know the community and soaking up the city. Though it may be quieter than nearby Sydney, Wollongong is still big enough to support a slew of cafes, restaurants, arts and culture and you’re sure to always have something new and interesting to discover.
On Australia's east coast, 1.5 hours south of Sydney
The name Wollongong is believed to mean "sound of the sea" in the local aboriginal language.
Enjoying the spectacular coastline on the Grand Pacific Drive to Sydney from "The Gong"
Eating wedges with sweet chilli sauce or fries with gravy at the Unibar
Visiting City Beach and North Beach in Wollongong and picnicking at the lighthouse between the two
Cheering on the local team at a St. George Illawarra Dragons rugby game
Exploring the coastline south of Wollongong including Kiama with it's blowhole and scenic coastal walks
Experiencing the white sands and dolphin-spotting at Jervis Bay and heading inland to the quaint village of Kangaroo Valley
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