And seriously, what’s not to like, with an urban vibe bustling with quality dining, quirky cafes and exciting small bars that would rival older siblings Sydney or Melbourne’s best. With its stretched blueprint defined by geography, the city inevitably spills down to a waterfront like no other.
Our harbour is so coveted that we need two lighthouses, like bouncers at the door. Families, couples and fitness enthusiasts love the Blue Mile that stretches along the coast here – bicycles, joggers and strollers all sharing the space in harmony.
Wollongong’s industrial beginnings gave it a reason to grow, but today it’s clearly about offering a thriving 21st century destination – proud of its history but embracing a new identity as a hub for adventure, arts, cultural experiences, technology and laid-back living. It’s here that you get to enjoy the best of both worlds – all the excitement and convenience of a bustling capital city, but without the stress.
It’s a cliché, but the hardest part really might be deciding what to do here. Sail on either the ocean or lake in such close proximity. Share a quiet moment of reflection at the beautiful Botanic Garden or the Southern Hemisphere’s largest Buddhist Temple. Cycle or walk on dedicated coastal or bush tracks with stunning views. Take in a show or a sports game just moments from world-class surf breaks. Or see it all from 15,000 feet as you skydive far above.
Yes, Wollongong is a city that refuses to sit still – just 90 minutes from Sydney and truly is the lifestyle capital of the universe!