A coastal city south of Sydney, Wollongong sits on the Grand Pacific Drive that is cloaked in a continuous chain of surfing beaches and rugged cliffs draped in rainforest. Affectionately referred to as "The Gong", it lies between the Illawarra Escarpment and the Pacific Ocean about 68km from Sydney. It has a population of about 299,203 riding its waves, hanging out in cafes and when the waves are flat, getting busy in coworking venues. The 3rd largest city in New South Wales after Newcastle and Sydney, it's the 10th largest city in Australia. The city is a tourist destination especially during the summer months when hordes flock to its stunning sandy beaches and it's also a hub for the South Coast fishing industry. Home to the internationally recognized University of Wollongong with a massive 37,000 students, the town has a youthful and dynamic beachside city vibe.
The Australian government has unveiled a new trial visa scheme aimed at fixing Australia's tech talent shortage, which is being hailed as a game changer for the local fast-growing startups. This new "Global Talent Scheme" visa for one year replaces the short-term working visa. It will allow companies who operate in STEM-related fields to hire up to 5 people per year on this visa with applicants being eligible for permanent residency after 3 years. Startups in Australia are celebrating this new support and tech communities are thriving.
Wollongong looks set to become a hot spot for those individuals on the startup road who have a hankering to be beside the seaside. The bonus is the fact that when your brain is about to implode from too much work you can ride a wave or even take to the skies hang gliding from its ocean front cliffs.
Never Miss a Coworking Update
Register to receive exclusive offers, special member pricing, and updates on shared office space near you.