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|Where is the Wollondilly region?|
|The Wollondilly Region is less than an hour from Sydney on the F5 Freeway, about 45 minutes from Wollongong, and about 2 hours from Canberra.|
It stretches from the river plains of the Camden area, to the deep gorges of the Great Dividing range to the west, and the foothills of the range towards the Highlands in the south.
The climate ranges from hot summers and mild winters near the city and the coast, to cool summers and cold winters further south and inland.
The region corresponds to the shire, and has a population of 33,750 (1996 census). The main centre is Picton, and there are 16 smaller villages spread throughout it.
Formerly on the borders of three traditional aboriginal tribal groups, it was first settled by Europeans in the 1820s.
The major industries are agriculture, some manufacturing, coal mining, and service industries.
Parts of the shire, being close to the city, are already dormitory suburbs for workers who commute daily.
Tourism is becoming an important industry again, as visitors discover the quaint country towns and over 700 hectares (almost a quarter of its area) of national parks, wilderness, and reserves.