An Introduction To
Wollongong informally referred to as "The Gong", is a seaside
city located in the Illawarra region. Wollongong lies on the
narrow coastal strip between the Illawarra Escarpment and the
Pacific Ocean, 82 kilometres south of Sydney. Wollongong had an
estimated urban population of 295,842 at June 2016, making it
the third-largest city in New South Wales after Sydney
and Newcastle, and the tenth-largest city in Australia. The
city's current mayor is Nicola Johnson, who was elected in 2018.
The Wollongong metropolitan area extends from Helensburgh in the
north to Shell Cove in the south. It sits within the Wollongong
Statistical District, which covers the local authority areas
of Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama, extending from the town
of Helensburgh in the north to Gerroa in the south Geologically,
the city is located in the south-eastern part of the Sydney
basin, which extends from Newcastle to Nowra.