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Introduction

Wollongong is a seaside city located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. It lies on the narrow coastal strip between the Illawarra Escarpment and the Pacific Ocean, 82 kilometres south of Sydney. Wollongong has a population of almost 300,000, making Wollongong the third largest city in New South Wales after Sydney and Newcastle, and the ninth largest city in Australia.

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Weather

Wollongong experiences an oceanic climate, with average maximum temperatures varying from 17 °C in winter to 26 °C in summer tempered by sea breezes. The highest recorded temperature is 44.1 °C in January, and the lowest 0.8 °C in July. Hot summer evenings are sometimes relieved by a front of rapidly moving cool air known as a southerly buster. Rainfall is fairly evenly distributed throughout the seasons, with a bias to the first half of the year. Wollongong also experiences thunderstorms during the warmer months bringing lightning, heavy rain and occasionally hail. July and August are known as the windy months, with westerly gales that can gust at over 100 km/h.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max24.9 °C24.9 °C24 °C22 °C19.7 °C17.7 °C16.8 °C18 °C20.1 °C21.5 °C22 °C24 °C
Avg Min18.9 °C19.2 °C18 °C15.6 °C13.1 °C11 °C10 °C10.4 °C12.4 °C13.9 °C15.6 °C17.5 °C

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Getting There

By Plane

Illawara Regional Airport (WOL) has not got any flights at the moment, but used to have connections with Melbourne, which might start in the near future again.

By Train

Wollongong is served by the South Coast railway line. Passenger rail services on this line connect the centres of Nowra and Kiama to the south and Sydney to the north. A branch line connects suburbs between the CBD and Port Kembla.

By Car

The main road connecting Wollongong is the Waterfall-Yallah Southern Freeway, part of National Route 1.

By Bus

Bus services in Wollongong are provided by Premier Illawarra, Dions Bus Service, Greens Northern Coaches and other bus companies. Wollongong railway station serves as the network's hub. Services connect Wollongong suburbs to Shellharbour, Lake Illawarra and the Royal National Park.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

There is a free shuttle bus service that connects the CBD, University and the suburbs of North Wollongong, Fairy Meadow and Gwynneville.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Dicey Rileys Hotel333 crown st wollongongHotel73
Wollongong Backpackers Keiraleagh60 Kembla Street WollongongHostel75

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafés are very common in the larger Australian cities and popular tourist destinations. However, once you leave the major population centres, you might have trouble finding somewhere to log on. Free wifi is getting more and more common (either with or without a code) in places like restaurants, some bars and coffee places and hotels. Sometimes a fee is required.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Australia is on a GSM 900/1800 network, so if you have an unlocked phone that works on those frequencies, you will be able to buy a prepaid SIM-card and stick into your phone when you're in Australia. You will receive a new Australian phone number with the SIM-card.

To dial out of Australia use the prefix 0011, followed by the calling code of the country you are trying to reach, followed by the area code of the city/town (without the 0!) and finally the phone number.

Within Australia, it is necessary to add an area code to the phone numbers if you are calling from outside the area. Below are Australia's area codes:

  • 02 - New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory (Sydney, Canberra)
  • 03 - Victoria & Tasmania (Melbourne, Hobart)
  • 07 - Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 08 - Western Australia, South Australia & Northern Territory (Perth, Adelaide, Darwin)

000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.

Post

Australia Post is the government's postal service. Most suburbs will have at least one post office. Opening times are mostly from around 8:00 or 9:00am to 5:00pm though larger ones keep longer hours sometimes. A standard letter or postcard sent within Australia will cost $0.60. Internationally, it costs $1.70 to send postcards anywhere in the world. Letters cost $1.85 to send within the Asia Pacific region and $2.60 to anywhere else in the world.[1]. It is also possible to send things as parcels or by express mail. You can also use use private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL as they are competitive and reliable.

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References

  1. 1 Australia Post. Sourced 10 May 2013

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