Travel Budget for Wollongong

New South Wales, Australia

How much does it cost to travel to Wollongong?

How much money will you need in Wollongong? AU$47 ($32) is the average daily price for traveling in Wollongong. The average price of meals in Wollongong for one day is AU$20 ($14). The average price of a hotel in Wollongong for a couple is AU$53 ($36). Additional pricing is in the table below. These average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

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How expensive is Wollongong?

How much does a trip to Wollongong cost? Is Wollongong expensive? The average Wollongong trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Wollongong prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
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Flights to Wollongong

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How much money do I need for Wollongong?

Typical travel prices in Wollongong are listed below. These actual costs can give you an idea of the price of travel in Wollongong. Please keep in mind that the cost of travel in Wollongong can vary depending on your specific style of travel.

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Typical tour prices for Wollongong

How much do tours to Wollongong cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • Intrepid Small group tours for everyone
    7 days
    $ 850
  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    13 days
    $ 2125
  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    15 days
    $ 2085
  • Trafalgar Award-winning tours
    15 days
    $ 4950
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Wollongong On a Budget
Wollongong is south of Sydney in New South Wales. It is also the third largest city in the state. Wollongong has a unique geography in that it is only six kilometers wide at its widest point and is forty kilometers long. It is squeezed in between the mountains and the ocean and in the process of growth, has swallowed several coastal towns between Dapto and Port Kembla. Wollongong is home to the University of Wollongong and has a diverse population that includes people of Serbian, Croatian, Italian, and Turkish descent among other nationalities. The influence of these cultures is obvious in the city's restaurant and entertainment options. Throughout the city you'll find some wonderful beaches with few crowds and some decent surfing opportunities.

Wollongong has an oceanic climate with highs reaching 17 degrees Celsius in the winter and 26 degrees Celsius in the summer. The temperature is kept cool by ocean breezes. Rain falls evenly throughout the year and sudden, short storms can occur during almost any month. Thunderstorms may occur during the summer months and bring lightening and heavy rain.
In all, Wollongong has about 17 different beaches you can enjoy, particularly in the summer months when the weather is the warmest. North Beach is probably the most popular beach, but City (South) Beach has nice sand and is closer to the city center. Austinmer is a quiet cove with a small beach. You'll also find restaurants and cafes nearby. Towradgi is one of the less crowded beaches, so if you're looking for peace and quiet, head here. On the south side of the city you can choose from Port Kembla and Windang, among others.

There are great views of the city from Bulli Pass, Mount Keira Lookout, and Mount Kembla Lookout. Other sights around town include the BHP Australian Historical Flying Museum, the Science Centre and Planetarium, the Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong Botanical Gardens, and Minnamurra Rainforest.
Wollongong's inner city includes the suburbs of Wollongong and North Wollongong. It runs from Para Creek to the north to Green house Park in the south and Wollongong Hospital to the west. The central business district has a variety of shopping and entertainment venues. Flagstaff Point is to the east of the city. There is a historic colonial fort and Wollongong Breakwaster Lighthouse at the harbour. There are several beaches in central Wollongong as well, including North Beach, Puckeys Estate Reserve and Wollongong City Beach.

There are many outdoor activities that you can enjoy while you're in Wollongong. Mountain biking is popular in the area as is scuba diving. For the adventurous, you can try your hand at sky diving. There are water sports available as well.

If you're interested in shopping, there are several good malls in the area. You can find everything from budget stores to designer boutique shops. The largest malls in town include Crown St Mall, Westfield Shopping Mall, and Wollongong Central. Crown St Mall is a pedestrian mall with several large department stores and smallboutique style shops. There are also dining options available. Wollongong Central is the area's largest shopping mall with over 220 retailers. There are also many restaurants in the mall.
Food and Dining
Wollongong has an excellent dining scene. Many of the restaurants are found on Keira Street and Corrimal Street, but there are options available in most neighborhoods. Budget options include Thai, Cambodian, Chinese, Mexican, Japanese, and vegetarian restaurants. Cafes and diners are also around with good food at reasonable prices. If you're looking for a high end dining experience then try either Lorenzo's Diner, which serves Italian cuisine, or Caveau, which serves French dishes. Reservations are recommended at both.

If you don't have access to a car, then the northern suburbs along the coast are accessible by train. Trains run hourly and, depending on the station, it is possible to walk to Wollongong's central business district and nearby beaches without taking a taxi. Buses run along a free city loop that goes through the University and city center along Cliff Road and the Princes Highway. Buses run every ten minutes during peak times and every twenty minutes during other times. Public buses are also available in many parts of town for a fee. If you're hoping to see more of Wollongong or any of the surrounding areas you really do need to have access to a car as regional public transportation is extremely limited. If you want to explore the area, there are some good bicycling routes. Some of the routes will give you some great coastal views and a wonderful tour of the area and its scenery.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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Bicycling Near Wollongong

By Laurie in Entertainment
You can rent a bike for around $40 a day. There's a bicycling route that runs from Wollongong north for about 10 km to Thirroul. It stretches alongside the beautiful beaches and offers great views. Alternatively you could head south to Windang and Lake Illawarra which has very few people.

If you're looking for a nice ride, take the route that covers 60 km from Bulli to Kiama alongside the coast and headlands. It's mostly off-road and very beautiful. If you're not up for the ride back, take you bike on a train to head home.

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