About the Illawarra
The Illawarra is a key region of Australia, contributing considerable resources to the national economy. Sub-regions: Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven and Wingecarribee.
The Illawarra region is a leading grain and coal exporter, home to the largest integrated steel plant in the southern hemisphere, a national centre for metal fabrication and engineering and has emerged as a centre of excellence in advanced technology research and development.
The region also possesses extensive livestock, wood and maritime enterprises, an internationally recognised university, substantial tourism capacity, a population of more than 400,000 and a labour force in excess of 170,000 people. This wealth of resources is perfectly complimented by the region's stunning physical beauty, making it an ideal place to combine outstanding business success with a great lifestyle.
The natural attractions of the region are well suplemented by high standard tourism services and facilities. The region provides a wide range of accommodation, restaurants, entertainment and conference facilities.
The climate is warm and humid with moderate to high rainfall. Daily temperature ranges are between 11.9 and 22.5 degrees Celsius. Most inland areas display more mild annual temperature ranges of between 9.3 and 18.8 degrees Celsius.