Just south of Sydney lies Wollongong, the gateway to south coast NSW.  

The Illawarra runs down the narrow strip between the escarpment and the ocean, creating numerous smaller sub markets and a stretched out township with plenty of opportunities for being near the beach or water views.  Historically know for heavy industry Wollongong is evolving and has a thriving population of almost 300, 000, making it the 3rd largest city in NSW. The University of Wollongong has 22,000 students and is renowned internationally. Some of  my clients are hoping to secure investment units near the uni or are looking further afield from Sydney to capitalise on the affordable coastal property options. Many baby boomers thinking of retirement also consider this region as it is close to Sydney but with less hussle and bussle!

Whilst the suburbs are too many to mention the northern suburbs begin at Stanwell Park, down through Bulli and Thirroul, then into Woonona, Corrimal, West Wollongong, Mangerton and Keiraville, and south of town is the Warilla, Dapto and Shellharbour regions.

Alternatively you might be interested in other locations… KiamaGerringongNowraJervis BayMollymookUlladulla or Batemans Bay.

Also check out the Regional Action Plan for the area and see this article by Terry Ryder about the area. 

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