1. Wollongong is on the gorgeous south coast of New South Wales.
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4. And awesome beaches right next to the city.
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5. With plenty more in the surrounding suburbs.
6. But it’s not all beaches. There’s also a lake!
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10. The nearby countryside is quite lovely.
11. And the Botanic Gardens are super pretty.
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12. Wollongong is home to the biggest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere.
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14. Of course, there’s also the city itself, which is the third largest in New South Wales.
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15. It’s close enough to Sydney to make it easy to visit.
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16. But far enough away that it’s more laid back.
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Jenna Guillaume is a senior editor for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney.
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