Wollongong ( IPA: [' wʊlɒŋgɒŋ ] and in the local Aboriginal language about " sound of the sea " or " rich fish meal " ) is a city in New South Wales in Australia. It has around 245,000 inhabitants and has a total area of 220 km ². According to population figures Wollongong is the third largest city of New South Wales. The city is located in the heart of the Illawarra region, which stretches along the coast of the Tasman Sea from Stanwell Park in the north to Kiama in the south.
Wollongong is located on the south coast of New South Wales, 85 kilometers south of Sydney on the Princes Highway. There are 242 km from the capital Canberra and 835 km to Melbourne. Wollongong also lies on the railway line Sydney Nowra Bomaderry - on which drive many local trains.
Unlike most coastal cities Wollongong is dominated by heavy industry. Numerous coal mines were built and characterize the region. It also steel industry was settled and the BlueScope Steel works are the largest steel plants of Australia. As the Illawarra Attractions Museum and the old Courthouse ( Courthouse ) apply in Wollongong. Tourist are the Royal National Park to the north, the coastal road from Stanwell Park on the Sea Cliff Bridge to Thirroul, Illawarra Escarpment, the, Lake Illawarra and the Minnamurra rainforest of particular interest.
Wollongong is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wollongong.
Sons and daughters of the town
- Shaun Boyle, bobsled and skeleton coach
- Troy Corser, motorcycle racer
- Scott Chipperfield, football player
- Wayne Gardner, motorcycle racer
- Matthew " Matt" Horsley, football player
- John Jarratt, actor
- Matthew Jurman, football player
- Ben Kersten, cyclist
- Joel Pearson, cyclist
- Mitchell Pearson, cyclist
- Mile Sterjovski, football player
- Luke Wilkshire, football player