Lake Illawara was first found in the late 1790s and soon people started to flock into this land. In 1830, a military barrack was constructed near the harbour. It was followed by the city planning in 1834. Wollongong then continued to develop with industries. The population increased from 864 in 1856 to 90,852 in 1954. Currently, Wollongong has about 300,000 population.
|Welcome to Wollongong mural near the train station|
|Wollongong Westfield was first opened in 1965|
|David Jones was recently renovated|
|The Uniting Church|
|One part of Crown Street Mall|
|My brunch in a little cafe called Lee and Me|
|The cozy interior of the cafe|
|WIN Sports and Entertainment Centre|
|The City Beach|
|The strip of the beach leading to the light house|
|Some rock formation under the cliff, exposed during low tide|
|We rock and we wave|
|The view towards the beach|
|The view towards the ocean|
|And here I spent about 1 hour thanking the universe|
|The view from the top of the cliff|
|The Wollongong Head Light House was built in 1936|
|Some memento from war time|
|The walk towards Wollongong Breakwater Light House|
|The Breakwater Light House was first built and made redundant after the building of Wollongong Head Light House|
|There is nothing the water can hide|
|Wollongong is the only city with two light houses in close proximity|
Apart from the city centre, Wollongong has a really magnificent Buddhist temple located in the suburb of Berkeley. It can be reach by 20-minute bus ride from Wollongong city. This largest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere was completed in 1995. It is part of the Fo Guang Shan organization which is rooted in Mahayana tradition and founded by Hsing Yun in 1967.
|The back of the temple|
|The first temple|
|Guan Yin statue|
|Second temple with Buddha in all five directions|
|The five Buddha|
|The second temple|
That's how I spent my one day in Wollongong and I'm glad I didn't scratch it out my list. And now, I've crossed it off.
Counting down the day to go home!
Love is in the air,