Wollongong gets set to celebrate


Last year’s celebrations at Wollongong Harbour. Photos: Warren & Diana Ackery.

THE Illawarra’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebrations kick-off from 6pm on Thursday December 31 along the Wollongong foreshore area.

The family-friendly, alcohol free New Year’s Eve event is held around Belmore Basin from 6-10pm and includes live music from the City of Wollongong Brass Band, amusement rides and a wide selection of food and novelty stalls.

The highlight of the night is a spectacular fireworks display at 9pm.

The amusement rides set up for New Year’s Eve in Lang Park will also be open on New Year’s Day.

Wollongong City Council recommend catching the train to Fairy Meadow, North Wollongong or Wollongong stations and then jumping on the Gong Shuttle Bus.

Road Closures:

Between 5pm-10.15pm on New Year’s Eve the following roads will be closed:

Cliff Road between Georges Place and Marine Drive

  • Harbour Street between Cliff Road and Smith Street including Old Court House Lane
  • Harbour access ramp off Endeavour Drive.

Businesses within the road closure zone will be open as normal.

 For more information:

About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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