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Wollongong, Australia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 12, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Wollongong, Australia. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Wollongong?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Wollongong, they said:

"Wollongong, often referred to as "The Gong," is a coastal city located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. It is known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant arts scene, and a relaxed lifestyle. Before moving to Wollongong, expats should be aware of several important factors. Firstly, the cost of living in Wollongong is generally lower than in larger Australian cities like Sydney or Melbourne, but it's still higher than many places in the world. Housing can be expensive, especially in popular areas close to the beach or the city center. The city has a Mediterranean climate, with warm summers and mild winters. It's important to be prepared for the Australian sun, which can be intense, and to understand the risks of bushfires during the hotter months. Wollongong has a diverse and multicultural community, with people from all over the world calling it home. English is the main language spoken, but there are also communities of people who speak other languages. The city has a strong economy, with sectors such as healthcare, education, and manufacturing providing many job opportunities. However, it's advisable to secure a job before moving, as the job market can be competitive. Public transportation in Wollongong is reliable, with a network of buses and trains connecting the city. However, many locals prefer to drive, and having a car can be beneficial, especially for exploring the surrounding areas. Wollongong has a range of educational options, from primary schools to the University of Wollongong, which is highly regarded. It's important to research and understand the Australian education system if you're moving with children. Healthcare in Australia is of a high standard, and Wollongong is no exception. Expats should ensure they have adequate health insurance to cover any medical costs. Finally, Wollongong is known for its outdoor lifestyle, with plenty of opportunities for sports, hiking, and beach activities. It's a great place for those who love nature and outdoor activities," said one expat who made the move to Wollongong.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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