Our vibrant coastal city

One of Australia’s best places to live and work

Liveability is a key reason why Wollongong is such a great location for business. It is a city that enables every aspect of life and living: from work, to family, to health and wellbeing, to building a community, and culture and entertainment.

Wollongong presents a distinctive and vibrant proposition for any company – and their team – looking for a location to grow and thrive.


A city that has it all

When it comes to choosing a city to establish your business, Wollongong offers you:

Choose your style in Wollongong

Nestled between escarpment and sea, there are many choices for lifestyle within our city and in close proximity to the CBD.

In Wollongong, you can live close to the beautiful surrounds of the temperate rainforest of the escarpment, or within walking distance of one of the city’s 17 patrolled beaches.

There are villages both north and south of the CBD offering a range of cafes, restaurants, bars, cultural food options and shops – all with a warm, community feel. There are small acreages in the southern area of Wollongong.

Thriving creative and music scene

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, lovers of good food and coffee

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.

A sporty way of life

Wollongong is known as an active city, with many high energy adventure activities on offer. Skydiving over our coastline, to land next to North Wollongong beach, is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions.

Being closely located to both Lake Illawarra and the coast, water-based activities are hugely popular: swimming, surfing, boardriding, kayaking, kite surfing and fishing, among many others.

Back on land, the options continue with sports clubs ranging from cricket, football, hockey, soccer, netball and martial arts. Hundreds enjoy the walking and mountain biking tracks in the Illawarra escarpment.

Connectivity and infrastructure

Wollongong is a city that has quality health infrastructure including a major teaching hospital and a number of private hospitals and clinics.

Our education infrastructure includes a myriad of schooling options, a major TAFE institute and campuses and the city’s global university, the University of Wollongong.

Wollongong is also close to Sydney – just one hour from CBD to CBD – connecting us to Australia’s largest city, and the rest of the country and world through the Sydney Airport.

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