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“Wollongong has an incredible setting between the ocean and the escarpment. We have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, rainforest and national parks all within minutes of home.”
When it comes to choosing a city to establish your business that offers you liveability in addition to a supportive business environment, Wollongong offers you:
Wollongong’s food and drink options continue to rise 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. The foodie scene started about ten years ago and has been embraced by locals and visitors alike. You may start thinking you are in Melbourne when you experience the culinary options in our CBD. And our small bar options have expanded to include boutique wine, whisky and gin bars!
Whether you prefer fine dining, restaurants or cosy cafes, you will be excited with the many options from living and working in Wollongong. Indian, Italian, Modern Australian, Mediterranean, Turkish, Lebanese, Malay, Thai, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Korean, Mexican, American, Moroccan, Middle Eastern, German and Czech – you name it, we likely have one or more eateries in Wollongong.
Vegan, vegetarian, and whole food options are also popular in our health-conscious city!
“Born in Tokyo, I’m a city girl at heart. It’s been very exciting to see the investment going into Wollongong CBD with more bars, restaurants and big name stores opening here.”
The region also boasts a vibrant Arts Precinct home to the Wollongong Art Gallery, The Music Lounge within the Wollongong Town Hall, Speigeltent Wollongong and the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre IPAC (the home of the Merrigong Theatre company) right in Wollongong’s CBD. The Merrigong Theater Company includes its own production and attracts national and international stars and production to our coastal city. Wollongong certainly is the cultural precinct of our region.
“It has been an amazing place to bring up our children. We have many of the same opportunities as a capital city (including theatre, concerts, national and international sporting events) and these are also readily accessible in Sydney.”
The independently artist-run Project Contemporary Artspace is a not for profit initiative in Wollongong’s CBD. We also have public artworks in the form of wall murals, sculptures, light and sound within the streets and laneways of our CBD and in nearby Wentworth Street, Port Kembla. So look up – and enjoy the natural beauty of Wollongong surroundings alongside the man-made beauty in our galleries and on our streets.
The Illawarra region is also home to the Shoalhaven Regional Art Gallery in Nowra as well as smaller art galleries up and down the coast, including Shellharbour and Kiama.
And if you are a lover of Museums – visit our Arts and Culture page for a list.
Wollongong is also known as an adventure city, with many high energy activities on offer. Our city stretches down the east coast of Australia and we also have an open and large coastal lagoon, Lake Illawarra in our city, this means that most of our population live within minutes of water. This has naturally resulted in a community that loves water sports.
Some of the water-based activities you can enjoy include swimming, surfing, SUPing, kayaking, dragon boat rowing, kite surfing, foil surfing, sailing, windsurfing and freediving. Fishing and whale and dolphin watching are other popular water-based activities on offer in Wollongong. Best of all many locals even enjoy these before or after work given their short commute!
Back on land the options continue with cricket, golf, football, hockey, rugby, soccer, archery, badminton, basketball, futsal, netball, martial arts, rock-climbing, slacklining, quidditch, roller derby, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, hiking trains, bird watching, mountain biking all on offer.
And in the sky above you will spot paragliders, hang gliders, parasailers, aerobatics, sky divers and hobby pilots.
And if you and your family enjoy watching live sports you will be able to watch some of the best state and national teams play at WIN Stadium, the home of Wollongong’s own NRL team, St George Illawarra Dragons and our local national basketball team, the Illawarra Hawks and our national soccer premier league team, the Wollongong Wolves Football Club.
“WIN Stadium holds an array of events, not only do we get the best sports teams from around the world battling it out here, we also get artists from all over the globe performing here such as Billy Ocean and Elton John.”
By moving your business to Wollongong, and getting involved in healthy and bustling sporting culture – your personal and workplace wellbeing will benefit from it.