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About Wollongong and the South Coast

The region’s capital, Wollongong, is located about 85 kilometres south of Sydney. It is a beautiful city by the beach with a lot to offer including world-class education opportunities, cultural attractions, and a fun nightlife.  

The city is best known for its natural beauty. You can take nature walks though the Illawarra Escarpment or the Royal National Park where you’ll see native wildlife, or you can surf or swim at one of the stunning local beaches.   

Man riding a bike along Wollongong Beach.

Wollongong Beach, Wollongong. Image courtesy of Destination NSW. 

A snapshot of Wollongong

Major education providers

The university of Wollongong, TAFE NSW, UOW College.


Over 214,000  

Fuelling regional growth

Wollongong is the third largest economy in NSW.

Wollongong is home to the University of Wollongong, which is one of the top universities in Australia. The university attracts students from all over the world, giving the city a diverse and international atmosphere.  

The region offers exceptional work and study opportunities across many sectors including IT, health and medicine, business, education, scientific services and engineering.  

Students enjoying a coffee on site in the Innovation Campus, University of Wollongong.

Innovation Campus, University of Wollongong. Image courtesy of Destination NSW.

NSW information and support

Study NSW is a dedicated team within the New South Wales Government responsible for supporting and enhancing the experience of international students across the state.  

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