Artists have been drawn to the Illawarra region for inspiration throughout history and some of their works are on display at the Wollongong City Gallery – alongside a permanent collection of contemporary Aboriginal art. The gallery is part of the CBD’s cultural precinct – also home to the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, which stages local and touring opera, musicals, comedy, ballet and concerts.
Wollongong Conservatorium of Music overlooks the Botanic Gardens, next to the University of Wollongong, and the Illawarra Museum focuses on Australian history.
WIN Sports & Entertainment Centre hosts cultural events including international concerts, and the Science Centre features a planetarium and laser concert.
Nan Tien Temple, known as ‘Southern Paradise’, is the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere. It holds regular events such as meditation retreats, excursions and art and craft classes.
See what’s on in Wollongong
- Wollongong City Centre
- Wollongong Art Gallery
- Illawarra Performing Arts Centre
- Illawarra Museum
- WIN Sports & Entertainment Centre
- Science Centre
The city is surrounded by national park and has 17 patrolled beaches – the perfect environment for an amazing range of recreational activities, from swimming and surfing, to parasailing, windsurfing, fishing, sailing, scuba diving and mountain climbing.
Wollongong has sports facilities and golf courses in several picturesque locations.
WIN Sports & Entertainment Centre hosts many sporting events, and is home to St George Illawarra Dragons National Rugby League team, former national football champions Wollongong Wolves, and Wollongong Hawks professional basketball team.