Listed below are brief descptions and histories of places throughout Wollongong that are historically significant to the area.
The entries in this section are the result of research enquiries received by the Illawarra Historical Society.  They do not seek to be exhaustive but serve as a quick reference.  Where possible indications are provided to further sources.  Click on the red text for more information.

The Wollongong City Library also provides brief summaries of each suburb at - Your Suburb | Wollongong City Libraries (

Austinmer and Coledale
Balgownie and Mt Pleasant
Bellambi and Russell Vale
Bulli and Sandon Point
Clifton and Coalcliff
Coniston and Mt Drummond
Corrimal and Towradgi
Cringila and Lake Heights
Dapto and Brownsville
Fairy Meadow
Figtree, Lindsay Park and Nareena Hills
Helensburgh, Otford and Bulgo
Horsley and Cleveland
Kanahooka and Koonawarra
Keiraville and Gwynneville
Kembla Grange, Dombarton and Stream Hill
Marshall Mount and Avondale
Mt Keira
Mt Kembla
Mt Ousley
Oak Flats
Port Kembla
Port Kembla Harbour
Tarrawanna and Fernhill
Stanwell Park
Unanderra, Cordeaux Heights and Farnborough Heights
Warrawong and Kemblawarra
Wollongong Harbour
Wollongong - Central and North
Wollongong - South
Wollongong - West
Wombarra and Clifton
Wongawilli and Huntley

Want to do your own research?
Finding information about historically significant places of Illawarra requires the use of multiple sources. A good place to start is the Local Studies collections of the Wollongong Central Library. The collection is located on level 1.

Wollongong Central Library
41 Burelli St, Wollongong, NSW, 2500
Telephone: 02 4227 7414

Details of the Local Studies Library are available online:

Other useful resources:

Illawarra Images :

Illawarra Index :

Trove (National Library of Australia) :

University of Wollongong Archives :

The Illawarra Historical Society has limited capacity to respond to enquiries about heritage buildings and sites.  You are welcome to send your enquiries to or through our Contact Us page.

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