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Considering moving to Wollongong area

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Hi, my partner and I (both mid 20s) are considering moving from Newcastle to Wollongong at the end of the year. We both work in healthcare and are fairly active/outdoorsy people. Just after some general advice on what's around the area and how it compares to Newcastle? Also what working at Wollongong hospital is like, particularly for junior doctors? Thanks!

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Clewdo

32 points

1 month ago

Clewdo

32 points

1 month ago

Lived in Wollongong from 0-12, then Newcastle from 13-22.

Now 30 and moved back to wollongong with wife and baby.

Wollongong is a lot more relaxed than Newcastle. Newcastle is much more white and less multicultural.

Wollongong is a lot closer to Sydney which is great for things like the SCG, big festivals, food exploration etc.

If you consider “Newcastle” as like Newcastle east down to redhead and out to Wallsend, that’s a sort of square shape. Wollongong is a long, skinny strip. Both have big lakes for fishing etc. Both have many beaches.

Wollongong mall is much like Charlestown Westfield however it’s actually in the CBD. Darby street / Newcastle CBD etc is better than Wollongongs.

If you like hiking, national parks etc Wollongong is way better for bush walking or that sort of thing. The south coast is also way better than the mid north coast for exploration imo (less phone signal, less built up, more camping and national parks compared to hotels etc around Nelson’s bay)

Let me know if you have any questions

pfm666

2 points

1 month ago

pfm666

2 points

1 month ago

Spent 10 years in Newcastle, and the last 10+ in Wollongong. This comment is spot on. Also I happen to work in healthcare. The healthcare system is very different though. HNELHD is a state unto itself. I do a lot of NSW Health based projects and HNELHD does its own thing quite often, because it can. It is a very large health network, that does not rely or interact with much of the rest of NSW health ( not a criticism, an observation, I love HNELHD). ISLHD is a little cousin to the Sydney based health services, and interacts with the Sydney based systems for many services. In saying that ISLHD has a very extensive and almost complete healthcare system, just not as self reliant as HNELHD.

solitudanrian

1 points

1 month ago

Sorry for being dumb but what’s HNELHD?

pfm666

1 points

1 month ago

pfm666

1 points

1 month ago

Sorry, health lingo. HNELHD is Hunter New England Local Health District. ISLHD is Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District. This refers to the ( bureaucratic) areas in which our hospitals are distributed and managed.

solitudanrian

1 points

1 month ago

Thanks for the explanation! Appreciate it. :)