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Warrawong is located in New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Population 4,752 (2016 census)
Postcode(s) 2502
LGA(s) City of Wollongong
State electorate(s) Wollongong
Federal Division(s) Whitlam
Suburbs around Warrawong:
Cringila Port Kembla Port Kembla
Lake Heights Warrawong Kemblawarra

Warrawong is a suburb of Wollongong in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. It is situated on the northeast corner of Lake Illawarra.

Warrawong is 74 kilometers from Sydney CBD.

Warrawong is home to Warrawong Plaza, one of three major regional shopping centres. Other facilities include the Port Kembla Hospital, Hoyts cinemas, and the Gala cinemas.


Two meanings are given for the aboriginal word Warrawong, "a whiting" and the "side of a hill".

Long a farming area, after the first land grants were made in the area in 1815, Warrawong began to be developed as a suburb only in the 1930s.


Warrawong has a high proportion of immigrants. Of a population of 4,752, (43.5%) were born overseas at the 2016 census.

Country of Birth Number Percentage of total inhabitants
Australia 2,669 56.5%
Macedonia 260 5.5%
Italy 257 5.4%
Portugal 180 3.8%
England 84 1,8%
New Zealand 73 1.5%
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 5.4% of the population.
  • 56.1% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Macedonian 8.8%, Italian 6.7%, Portuguese 4.5% and Arabic 2.4%.
  • The most common responses for religion were Catholic 32.8%, No Religion 21.0%, Anglican 10.4% and Eastern Orthodox 9.1%.
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