Wollongong | New South WalesThe third largest city in New South Wales, Wollongong is the administrative, commercial, cultural and industrial centre of the Illawarra. Steel and heavy industry were the initial growth areas for the city, al-though tourism and other industries have developed in recent times.
Main AttractionsThe Historic Walk explores the harbour area, which was a port for cargo and passenger vessels built in the 1860s. Today there are many seafood outlets, picnic areas and children's play facilities. Illawarra Historical Society Museum is housed in the city's first Post Office building at 11 Market St and is open Thursdays, 12pm-3pm; and weekends, 1pm-4pm. The museum contains authentically furnished rooms, and outside there is a blacksmith's shop and stockman's hut. From the museum visitors can also pick up the historic walk. The Wollongong City Gallery, on the corner of Kembla and Burelli sts, has a collection of Aboriginal, colonial and contemporary art by some of the best-known names in the Australian art world. The Nan Tien Buddhist Temple in the suburb of Berkeley, has beautifully landscaped gardens and views of the escarpment. Several sections, including a museum, meditation hall and other areas are open to the public 9am-5pm daily, except Monday.
Lake Illawarra, a large saltwater lagoon 5km south of Wollongong, and home to many waterbirds, is popular for fishing, prawning, sailing, waterskiing, canoeing and windsurfing. There are parks with play facilities dotted along its shoreline, a cycle path and many walks along the shore. The Botanic Gardens are in Keiraville.
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