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Our community is talented and creative, and is the foundation of our city’s vibrant art, music and festival scene.
There are regular live performances from small, intimate venues, to bars and clubs, in theatres, to the city’s largest venue WIN Sport and Entertainment Centre. The city is home to the Illawarra Conservatorium of Music, based at the Wollongong Botanic Gardens. It also hosts a legendary festival each year, Yours & Owls, the renowned Illawarra Folk Festival and many outdoor concerts.
The city’s regional gallery is Wollongong Gallery, with a number of others in villages including Port Kembla and Thirroul, all hosting international quality artists.
Wollongong’s food and drink options continue to raise the bar when it comes to variety and quality, with our coastal city experiencing a particular burst of activity within its small bar and café scene, with over 110 new venues opening since 2012.
Both in the CBD and in the suburbs of Wollongong you can find amazing cafes serving great coffee and food, as well as new bars and restaurants to suit any taste.
Whether you prefer fine dining, restaurants or cosy cafes, you will be excited with the many options from living and working in Wollongong.