Wollongong: Arts, Heritage & Culture | Destination Wollongong


Running alongside the laid-back modern coastal Wollongong lifestyle you’ll find a proud arts and culture scene. For such a small slice of the map, we really do pack a diverse punch. After all, where else can you visit the largest Buddhist temple in NSW the Nan Tien Temple, then just minutes later be perusing some of the nation’s finest Australian and Aboriginal art at the Wollongong Art Gallery.

Only in Wollongong will you find the Nan Tien Temple – blending a spiritual experience with awe-inspiring architecture and events all year round. (Meanwhile, Sri Venkateswara Temple, high in the hilltops of Helensburgh, is one of the most famous Hindu temples this side of India!) And only in Wollongong can you visit our impressive City Gallery and the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre to witness all kinds of art from all around the world. Furthermore, immerse yourself in the Dharawal Country Experience, a self-guided experience, which aims at promoting and informing visitors about the history, culture, and significance of Dharawal Country in the Wollongong (Woolyungah) region of Australia.

Only in Wollongong will you literally find a new surprise around every corner with our urban art Wonderwalls or Yours & Owls Festival

Take part in the Gumaraa Indigenous Experience offering immersive Indigenous tours, workshops and performances.

 Our rich arts and culture offering is simply further evidence of our constant reinvention. We like to play, but it’s not always the same tune!