Hey TA -
Long time reader, first time poster. I'm leaving for Wollongong in mid-July to study at University of Wollongong for a semester. While I have some family and friends who are coming to visit me and the rest of the South Pacific, I'm more interested in what life is like in Wollongong.
One of the main factors in my final decision of the 'Gong' was the beaches, mountains, and other beautiful natural landscapes around the area. I've read through a number of posts (pretty much all of them) and have a pretty good idea of what to expect, but what do locals like best about the environment around them?
On a similar note, aside from the environment, what are some favorite pastimes and places to go while living in Wollongong?
Also, I'm told that internet access at UOW is mainly for school purposes. Are there coffee shops or other similar businesses near the University that have free or cheap internet access?
Thanks in advance, looking forward to hearing more about my new "home"!