New South Wales

Why Invest in Wollongong

Now NSW’s third largest city, this scenic coastal city is flourishing with re-invention in the education, technology, health care and tourism sectors. 

Wollongong

Overview

The Gong swaps steel for lifestyle

Affectionately known as The Gong, Wollongong lies 82 kilometres south of Sydney on a narrow coastal strip between the rugged Illawarra Escarpment and the sea. Coal mining attracted heavy industry to the area and consequently an influx of migrants from 70 countries since World War II. This multicultural population ensures Wollongong has a flourishing and diverse food scene, one of the city’s major attractions along with a string of 17 beautiful beaches. Offshore, lines of freighters pepper the horizon heading to or from the busy export port. As the steel industry in Wollongong has wound back, it has been replaced by a services-based economy. A thriving university, café culture, a bustling bar and nightlife scene, healthcare and aged care have sprung up as the major players in the Illawarra region.

Lighthouse in Wollongong with ocean and city in the background.
Barista making a coffee
What makes Wollongong so appealing?
Wollongong has all the hallmarks of a great investment: the energy of a revitalised economy, relaxed coastal lifestyle, strong employment and infrastructure spending.

GROWTH

Stressed Sydneysiders are heading for Wollongong

The Wollongong Local Council has a population of 222,000 and is forecast to grow by 14.5% over the next 15 years to 254,000. Much of this growth is likely to be due to people exiting Sydney because of the lack of housing affordability, traffic congestion and long commute times. Population growth is limited in the northern suburbs due to the Illawarra Escarpment, so growth potential is mainly in the southern part of the region. The West Dapto area is a major centre of future growth with plans for 19,000 new dwellings and 50,000 more people within 40 years. New residential areas are also being developed further south around the West Dapto, Horsley and Shell Cove areas.


In numbers
Population
222,000
Dwellings
114,960
Children per family
1.8
Families
78,091
Median age
39
People per household
2.6

Population

14.5%

Next 15 years

INFRASTRUCTURE

A world-class university set to expand

Wollongong has a regional airport, first class university, hospital and excellent schools. The University of Wollongong is ranked among the top two percent of universities globally and is rated as Australia’s leading public university for undergraduate experience. The university is currently planning a new health and wellbeing precinct for its Innovation Campus, due to open in 2024. Transport links are improving with a $600 million dollar bypass of Albion Park in construction, consisting of 9.8km of new dual-lane motorway. Shell Cove continues to develop with $78 million dollar apartments approved for Harbour Boulevard. The revitalisation of the suburb of Port Kembla and multi-million dollar upgrades to the Blue Mile harbour foreshore are progressing to improve local amenities. Planned growth of the Port of Port Kembla is expected to create hundreds of jobs and add millions of dollars to the local economy.

Port Kembla
Major upgrades

University's wellbeing precinct
$500 million


Construction workers on top of a building.

Dapto Town Centre will grow to a sub-regional centre in the coming years with major infrastructure to come

Highlight

South-West Wollongong growth area
Over the next 10 years, the south western catchment area is expected to grow significantly. This includes the West Dapto Urban Release, where West Dapto will grow and develop a​s a series of integrated communities within a spectacular landscape of lush valleys and an escarpment backdrop. The development will include approximately 19,000 new dwellings housing over 50,000 people and will create around 8,500 jobs. New infrastructure will support this growth and two new town centres and six smaller village centres will be established. The Dapto Town Centre will grow to a sub-regional centre. At the centre of this is the suburb of Horsley which is a suburb of focus for DPN.

PROPERTY PRICES

Wollongong prices affordable with growth predicted

Property prices in the Greater Wollongong Area remain affordable, relative to Sydney, with the median house price just $691,500 in the suburb of Horsley, compared to $1,209,000 for Sydney. Over the last three years, Horsely has slowly grown at 2.3% per annum, while Residex projects the capital growth for Horsley to jump to 8% per annum over the next 5 years. From an investors perspective, Horsley is a strong performer on the rental yield with 4.9% being the average yield for houses over the last 10 years.


Sources
RESIDEX™, CoreLogic, Illawarra Mercury, Huffington Post, University of Wollongong, Wollongong City Council, ABS Census 2016, Property Observer
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