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WollongongNew South Wales
Warrawong NSW 2502, Australia - panoramio.jpg
Population 5,091 (2006 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 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 5,091, 1,951 (39.0%) were born overseas.

Country of Birth Number Percentage of total inhabitants
 Australia 2,695 53.9%
 Italy 388 7.8%
 Macedonia 356 7.1%
 Portugal 254 5.1%
 England 122 2.4%
 Spain 94 1.9%
 Malta 90 1.7%
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