Wollongong lies on the east coast of Australia and is home to approximately 275,000 people.
It is the third largest city in the state of New South Wales (NSW).
Sydney, the Capital of NSW lies about 80 km to Wollongong's North.
The region around Wollongong is known as the Illawarra.
See Suburbs of Wollongong NSW for a listing of the suburbs and postcodes of the Wollongong area.
The suburbs to the North of Wollongong occupy a narrow strip of land between beautiful beaches on the Pacific Ocean to the east and a scenic escarpment to the west.
To the south, the space between the coast and the escarpment widens somewhat. A large area is occupied by Lake Illawarra which is surrounded by Wollongong's southern suburbs.
Wollongong's local economy is powered by its steelworks in Port Kembla and several coal mines in the surrounding area. The Port Kembla steelworks has a capacity of five million tonnes per year and is one of the most technologically advanced in the world.
Wollongong is affectionately known by its catchy nickname 'The Gong' inspiring the naming of this website. Wollongong harbour is pictured below.