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Address: 32 Burelli St, Wollongong, New South Wales 2500, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 4224 5999
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Located in the heart of Wollongong's Arts Precinct, Illawarra...

Located in the heart of Wollongong's Arts Precinct, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre (IPAC) is the region's most loved and respected venue for the performing arts. Comprising three versatile spaces, it plays host to a variety of events, from internationally renowned theatre, music, dance, comedy and children's programming, as well as a wide range of community events.

Merrigong Theatre Company is the venue manager of IPAC and a vibrant regional theatre company in its own right - producing, presenting and touring exciting contemporary theatre and supporting the development of a wide range of theatre-makers and local independent artists.

The name Merrigong, found in early accounts of European exploration of the Illawarra, is thought to be a derivation of the indigenous word for the region's distinctive escarpment.

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excellent local theatre

excellent for shows, great seating with no obstructions Bar is good but avoid the coffee shop as it has had an upgrade and now less choice and very expensive.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 20, 2015
caroline r
Wollongong, Australia
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Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

excellent for shows, great seating with no obstructions Bar is good but avoid the coffee shop as it has had an upgrade and now less choice and very expensive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

This place is a gem. It always has great productions on - often ones that you could pay a lot more to see in one of the capital cities. It also has local performances and has a producing arm which creates new productions. There is a very good cafe and bar. The staff are friendly. The main venue has some... More 

1 Thank SydneySuz
Merrigong T, Director of Marketing and Development at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, responded to this review

Wonderful to hear such great feedback. It inspires us to continue to bring great theatre to Wollongong. Also good to hear that our venue rates highly as well, especially The Social cafe and bar. We hope to see you back here soon. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

I've happily attended several shows at IPAC in the last few years and just bought tickets today for another show and the lovely staff member that served me this morning made me feel welcomed and my business appreciated. Big thumbs up IPAC

Thank Camille W
Merrigong T, Director of Marketing and Development at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, responded to this review

It's great to receive such positive feedback regarding our Box Office and Front of House staff. We are very lucky to have such great people in our team. Please come back soon. More 

Wollongong, Australia
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Great viewing to stage ... friendly welcoming atmosphere.... plenty of space and comfortable seating.

Thank 961debbie
Wollongong, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Went to see a show, the venue has comfortable seats with good leg room. There is a bar bar located on the premises and also a restraunt. All seating offers a good view of the stage.

Thank Aussie2406
Sydney, Australia
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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This is the second time I have travelled to Wollongong from Sydney, to see a show at the IPAC. It is worth the trip (as long as it's a good show). The seats are very comfortable, and there is good leg room (unlike some other places I have been). Our group of 6 had seats near the front for the... More 

Thank Dobbo_13
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

For drama, comedy and musicals, the IPAC is still one of the best venues in the Illawarra. Really nice atmosphere as well.

Thank jane4546
New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

For a regional city, Wollongong has a thriving theatre scene. IPAC is probably the most consistently good theatre venue in the Wollongong region. It offers comedies, dramas, musicals, dance and circus. The subscription programs are usually very good and well priced. I have been a subscriber for many years. Worth checking out if you are a local and even if... More 

Thank Peter H
Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Enjoy attending IPAC theatre regularly but decided to call in to cafe for change, great service and atmosphere, nice food just on the pricey side.

Thank Patrica1005
Dapto, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Great theatre in the heart of Wollongong. Shows are usually well priced, cheaper than Sydney and you get to sit close to the stage and have a great view of the act. Free parking is available at the council car park just a few metres away. Seats are comfortable, toilets clean and there's a small cafeteria too.

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