The Illawarra Region lies directly south and southwest of metropolitan Sydney and northeast of Australia’s capital city, Canberra. Within its 8,485 square kilometre territory are five local government areas – Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven and Wingecarribee.
On its eastern boundary the region embraces 242km of stunning coastline long sandy beaches, harbour inlets, rivers, large protected estuaries and bays offering unlimited opportunity for recreation and leisure activities. To the west are rolling hills of the Southern Tablelands. The divide between the coastal plain and the Tablelands is clearly defined by the sharp rise of the Illawarra Escarpment, which offer spectacular views of the Region.
Population growth in the Illawarra Region is above the State average. According to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures, the estimated resident population of the Illawarra in June 2003 was 408,059. Between 1991 and 2002 the region’s population is estimated to have grown by 55,415 people, an increase in population of 16% over the period.
The Illawarra is a key region for 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. 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.
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