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Windang

Windang is a suburb of Wollongong in New South Wales on the southern tip of the peninsula guarding the ocean entrance to Lake Illawarra.

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  • Area:2.254 km2
  • Elevation:3 m
  • Population:2,656
  • Local Government Area:Wollongong City Council

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Windang is a suburb of Wollongong in New South Wales on the southern tip of the peninsula guarding the ocean entrance to Lake Illawarra. Windang is popular for its fishing, prawning, boating, windsurfing and yachting. Windang is about 103 km south of Sydney, approximately 20 minutes drive south of the Wollongong CBD and about seven minutes from Shellharbour city. Windang has a carnival which comes every year near Lake Illawarra. # History Windang is an aboriginal word meaning "scene of a fight".William Turnbull purchased land in the area in 1920 and erected a two-story building called "Wyndang House". In 1926 the Post Office attached to this house was officially named Windang Post Office following a submission from Turnbull to have the name changed from the unofficial Lake Illawarra Post Office. The request was granted on the proviso that "the correct spelling be adopted namely Windang, which is that of the Island and Trigonometrical Station thereon in the vicinity". Tourism and recreational fishing have always been of major importance in the area. Guest houses sprung up in the 1930s to cater for the tourist trace, and the Windang Camping Reserves have never ceased to be popular. The popular Australian garage rock band Hockey Dad reside in Windang, often referencing their love for the suburb during live concerts, in recorded music, and in their music videos. Current UFC Featherweight Champion Alex Volkanovski fights out of Windang. Windang is sometimes notorious for the number of drownings that occur in the area; in 2011, a 19-year-old man drowned whilst rock-fishing in the area. # Weather # Things to do

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