6.0 out of 10

Wollongong

Ranked 33rd best suburb in Illawarra
-34.4379394237564 150.898352694757
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Schools
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
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Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
May 15, 2017

"Wollongong is affordable beach living"

We went to uni here and moved away to Sydney. We always come back and enjoy the lifestyle on offer. Wollongong is growing and flourish again and it will only be a matter of time before it will thrive! The nightlife is good and the restaurants are stepping up there game. It is the 3rd most explensive place to live now and 1st for regional property growth 2017.
Pros
  • Investing
  • Restaurants
  • UNI
  • Beaches
  • Landscape
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
May 14, 2017

"Has Its Ups and Downs"

Overall the town is pretty average.
This all changes at night though, when the drunk derro people come out and seemingly infest Wollongong Mall. I was saw a young innocent yahoo being squared up to by a drunk hooligan of the night. The yahoos found safety in a 7/11 though but still....
Also the buses don't stop at every stop because they're "aren't alowed to stop at those bus stops" even during the middle of the night for a bunch of desperate students
Pros
  • Beaches
  • Landscape
  • Botanic gardens
  • Proximity to other coastal towns
Cons
  • drunk people choke slamming
  • noisy even at night
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
2yrs+

"Beautiful all rounder"

Wollongong has an abundance of beautiful outdoor places to go to. Gorgeous beaches to the East and mountains to the west. There is always something new to discover and northern and southern suburbs are easy to get to. If you know the area you learn where not to go (namely at night time). I lived in north wollongong for 7 years from uni and after and always found it quite safe. It's a close walk to north beach and town, with buses into town. I now live in keiraville and have discovered a new and leafier side to the area. The botanic gardens nearby are stunning and the neighbourhoods feel quite safe and friendly. There is a nice community feel in some of these suburbs. Having moved here for uni, I haven't wanted to leave because it is such a nice place to live. The downside for me is as a young professional it is hard to find many jobs, ESP in some specialist fields and I have always travelled for work. Traveling home down Mt Ousley always brings a smile to my face. It is great for eating out with a large variety if Thai, Italian and many other types of restaurants. A new exciting scene is also evolving - away from the rough pub culture with more trendy bars and cafes opening- something that wollongong was lacking.
Pros
  • Proximity to other coastal towns
  • Landscape
  • Botanic gardens
  • Beaches
  • public transport, free shuttle bus
Cons
  • Limited professional jobs
  • Lack of direct transport to the west
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Students
  • Beach Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Sleepless nights"

First impressions of the coastline are astounding, then you get to Crown St and its junkyville. Trying to sleep is difficult escpecially if you live anywhere near the bluescope area right through to anywhere near the F6 as trucks are running 24/7 as theres no curfew in place. Living in town you have drunken uni students carrying on from Wednesday night through to Sunday. If y oure unemployed and dont have to sleep at night then its great, however trying to hold down a job on minimal sleep is torture. Id suggest either living north of Woonona or South of Dapto as the middle section is lost.
Pros
  • public transport, free shuttle bus
Cons
  • noisy even at night
  • rude drivers
  • delapitated buildings and half finished sites
  • High Rent
  • High Unemployment
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Students
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
2yrs+

"Saying Goodbye to Wollongong"

Wollongong has become expensive to live in now and doesn't have many jobs here. Wollongong has a very high population of unemployed or Centrelink customers, as well as the crimminals. I mean there isn't much work here and most people either work in Sydney or move away. There is not enough parking in the CBD of Wollongong and they have parking meters. Rent here has become ridiculous, I pay $210.00 per week for a 1 bed unit in Wollongong and the landlord has put it up $20 every year for the last 4 years. It's a bit strange here because the landlords seem to do the maintenance for the properties and they are stingy and don't use fully qualified tradespeople for hot water systems etc. The Landlords try to fix it themselves and use dodgy real estate agents eg. Elders Wollongong ( I will never use again) who allow them to do it. Wollongong is not safe because of the drug/crimminal culture here. 85% people here are unemployed/crimminal, 15% are workers/families/students/greedy landlords. I'm getting out and I know others who have and are too. I wouldn't recommend it for families or people wanting to live in a healthy, safe environment, or anybody really.
Pros
  • Beaches
Cons
  • High Unemployment
  • Crimminals
  • High Rent
Jim Sylvester
Oct 08, 2016
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Growing town"

Great place with ocean and escarpment views
Pros
  • public transport, free shuttle bus
  • Beaches
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great place to live"

Picturesque
Pros
  • Beaches
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"What do you say about Wollongong"

For those of us that love the coast but can't afford to be right on it this is an ideal place, with many fantastic beaches nearby Wollongong can certainly provide a good choice of beaches from the sheltered to the more boisterous there's many to choose from.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
5/5
2yrs+

"Wollongong- Gateway to the South Coast."

Wollongong makes the beginning of the south coast of NSW and the wonderful beaches and scenery. Wollongong’s beaches are patrolled which means great swimming and surfing for all with great parklands for picnics in the sun. The area is also home to the largest Buddhist Temples in the Southern Hemisphere. Wollongong has many activities apart from the usually sports, you can go paragliding, try climbing at the Hangdog Climbing Gym, take a canoe or kayak adventure or visit the Illawarra Fly treetop walk. There is accommodation for all as well as some great places to eat for all tastes. Looking further afield take a scenic drive along the coast to the south and enjoy 140 kms of wonderful scenery.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Only an hour away from Sydney"

Wollongong is about an hour’s from Sydney and it never really gets crowded or has any traffic jams on weekends. North Beach is a beautiful beach with excellent facilities. The showers over look the beach so when you are rinsing off, there is the world’s best view there. The waves are also really good for surfing and the food at the beach café is good value.

City beach is not as nice as North Beach and does not have the beautiful shower facilities. There is also the lighthouse in Wollongong and also markets when you heading into the city centre. Lately though, it seems that there are never any crowds in Wollongong so it is always good to get away but this seems to worry the shop keepers as many of them have worried looks on their faces.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees