Strikingly tucked between the mountains and the sea, Wollongong is only an hour's drive south from Sydney by road or an hour and a half by train. Either way, the scenery is spectacularly beautiful and is a wonderful introduction to this delightful city and the amazing Illawarra region.
The awesome escarpment which sits behind Wollongong to the west and the sparkling blue Pacific stretching to the east, frame this city with a natural beauty that has to be seen to be believed.
Historically the area was first inhabited by the wodi wodi aboriginal tribe who enjoyed the temperate climate and natural features as much as anyone today. It is thought that Captain Cook attempted a landing here in April 1770 but was unsuccessful due to rough conditions. Eventually settlers arrived and the first of these were timber getters and farmers. The Bulli Pass was established in 1868 and enabled more settlers to arrive from Sydney by land.
The rail connection to Sydney was completed in the late 1880s and the local coal mining industry commenced around the same time. Wollongong's famous manufacturing steelworks industry was established in the late 1920s and is now a major economic element of the city.