Explore Wollongong (Illawarra Region)

Wollongong is home to the University of Wollongong and Illawarra Institute. Over 40,000 choose to study at the University of Wollongong. The University is among the top 2% of universities world-wide.
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About Wollongong

  • Wollongong is home to the University of Wollongong and Illawarra Institute.
  • Over 40,000 choose to study at the University of Wollongong. The University is among the top 2% of universities world-wide.
  • Illawarra Institute enrols 34,000 students per year throughout its 14 campuses from Wollongong in the North, down the South Coast and across to Bega and the Southern Highlands.
  • The region is renowned for its local industries: ICT, business and financial services, steel production, engineering and manufacturing, and mining technology and services.
  • Wollongong is only 1 hour south of Sydney CBD. Must dos include surfing at the beaches of Wollongong, the Royal National Park, the Kiama Blow hole and the Minnamurra rainforest.
  • Some of the area’s must dos include surfing at the beaches of Wollongong, the Royal National Park, the Kiama Blowhole and the Minnamurra rainforest.

Set just over an hour south of Sydney, the Illawarra is a region boasting world-class educational institutions, natural beauty, plenty of dining options and more. From the city of Wollongong through to charming coastal towns and villages, such as Kiama and Shellharbour, there’s so much to discover across the Illawarra.

Home to a thriving multicultural community and a burgeoning cafe culture, the Illawarra’s dining scene has something on offer to suit most budgets and tastes. Cuisines served in the region span from the flavours of Asia and Europe through to the fresh flavours of Modern Australian menus, with plenty of cheap student-friendly eats available.

From Wollongong in the north through to Kiama in the south, the Illawarra region’s eastern edge is lined with golden sands and sparkling waters. Many of the region’s popular swimming spots are patrolled throughout the warmer months, meaning there are plenty of opportunities to head out for a swim, learn how to surf or simply breathing in the fresh sea air. 

Set between impressive peaks, deep blue waters and rolling hills, the Illawarra is a great place to head outdoors and get active. Follow a scenic walking trail, set out on a bike ride, or take part in a range of great watersports, such as stand up paddleboarding and snorkelling. Keep an eye out for some of the region’s natural attractions, including the Kiama Blowhole and the Minnamurra Rainforest, and marvel in the beauty of the Illawarra.

 

 

Why study in NSW?

NSW is home to world-class universities, vocational institutions and research organisations which deliver cutting edge, industry-relevant education that launches domestic and international students into careers of choice.

Its education system offers a wide range of courses and degrees and enjoys a strong global reputation for internationally respected qualifications, high quality research and teaching, cultural diversity and a safe study environment.

NSW's universities and research sector are linked into leading global industry and research networks to develop world-class talent equipped with the knowledge, skills to be 'work ready' upon graduation. Successful graduates from Australian institutes are working at the highest levels in government and business all around the world.

NSW has the largest research sector in Australia, a country ranked first in the Asia Pacific region for the quality of its research institutions.

Read more about studying in NSW at www.study.sydney

Last updated: Friday, 22 January 2016 8:12:05 AM

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