A city on the east coast of Australia, located about an hour's drive south of Sydney. The Gong, as it is affectionately known, is Australia's seventh largest city - with a population of 450,000 people.

Geographically, it is bounded by the escarpment and the sea. It's beautiful! Naturally, there's a huge beach culture here.

The main industries are the BHP (Broken Hill Proprietary Ltd) steelworks at Port Kembla, education - the University of Wollongong and tourism.

Like dakkar said, things do proceed at a more leisurely pace here.