A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Gold Coast vs. Wollongong

Should you visit Gold Coast or Wollongong?

Should I visit Gold Coast or Wollongong? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is one of Australia's premier destinations. Famous for gorgeous beaches, warm weather, watersports, and plenty of activities for all ages, millions of tourists from Australia as well as everywhere in the world flock to this region every year. With beaches, national parks, theme parks, shopping and dining, nice resorts, boating, fishing, diving, theme parks and more, the Gold Coast offers something for everyone.

Wollongong

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.

Which city is cheaper, Wollongong or Gold Coast?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Gold Coast is $90, while the average daily cost in Wollongong is $111. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Gold Coast and Wollongong in more detail.



Accommodation

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $100 in Gold Coast For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $120 in Wollongong For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Gold Coast $50
    Wollongong $60
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Gold Coast $100
    Wollongong $120

Food

The average traveler spends about $25 per day in Gold Coast for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.

In Wollongong travelers spend around $28 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Gold Coast $25
    Wollongong $28

Typical Food prices in Wollongong

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Wollongong:


  • Lunch
    $8.97

Local Transportation

Gold Coast's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $21 per person, per day on transportation in Gold Coast.

Wollongong's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $36 per person, per day on transportation in Wollongong.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Gold Coast $21
    Wollongong $36

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Gold Coast

Also for Gold Coast, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private 24 Seat Mini Bus Gold Coast CBD to Gold Coast Airport Transfer: $268
  • Private 13 Seat Mini Bus Gold Coast CBD to Gold Coast Airport Transfer: $236
  • Private Gold Coast Airport Arrival Transfer to Byron Bay: $164
  • Private Airport Transfer to Brisbane Airport (BNE) from South Gold Coast 1-6 pax: $132
  • Gold Coast Airport Transfers : Gold Coast City to Airport OOL in Luxury Car: $128
  • Departure Private Transfers from Gold Coast City to Gold Coast Airport OOL: $124
  • Gold Coast Airport Transfers : Gold Coast City to Airport OOL in Luxury Van: $118
  • Private Airport Transfer to Brisbane Airport (BNE) from North Gold Coast 1-6 pax: $107
  • Gold Coast Airport Transfers : Gold Coast City to Airport OOL in Business Car: $92
  • Departure Private Transfers from Gold Coast City to Gold Coast Airport OOL: $92
  • Private Gold Coast Airport Departure Transfer: $89
  • Private Airport Transfer to Gold Coast Airport (OOL) from North Gold Coast 1-6px: $67

Entertainment

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Gold Coast can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $17 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Wollongong can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $21 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Gold Coast $17
    Wollongong $21

Tours and Activities in Gold Coast

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Gold Coast.

  • 4-Day Australian Outback Tour from the Gold Coast to Sydney: $905
  • Aquaduck Gold Coast Tour: $29
  • Birthday Tour: $130
  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Ticket: $29
  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Ticket & Koala Photo: $50
  • Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour of the Gold Coast Waterfalls: $161
  • Full-day Springbrook National Park Tour from the Gold Coast: $84
  • Glow Worm Evening Eco-Adventure from the Gold Coast: $76
  • Gold Coast Local Craft Beer and Breweries Tour: $143
  • Gold Coast Sailing Cruise with sparkling wine & nibbles platter: $62
  • World Heritage Rain Forest and Wilderness Tour: $115
  • Hens Party Winery tour: $121

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Gold Coast, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $4.79.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Wollongong, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $16.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Gold Coast $4.79
    Wollongong $16

Sample the Local Flavors in Gold Coast

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Gold Coast:

  • Mt Tamborine Winery & Distillery Tour + 2 Course Lunch: $117


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Gold Coast and Wollongong, we can see that Wollongong is more expensive. And not only is Gold Coast much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Gold Coast would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Gold Coast and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Wollongong would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Wollongong than you might in Gold Coast.

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Gold Coast vs. Wollongong Travel Comparison

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