Up until my early 20's i grew up in the northern suburbs-wollongong and north. There was always stigma against Port kembla from where i grew up. I moved to Port kembla 5 years ago with my partner as this is where he bought his place. I have never regreted the move. Having lived here i would never in a million years move back north. I love where we live!
It does a little but hardly notice it...but come on people living in Port Kembla good! depends what end of it you live at...at the beach end its nice enough but further in the heart of Port Kembla I wouldnt bother...has an industrial feel to it...with the pollution in the air it bothers me alot and the car gets dirty every day...I wash one day the next filthy! I wonder what I am breathing in daily with this pollution! cleaner air than windang!!! wtf you kidding lol Windang is further away from the polluted air so further away the better! dont get me wrong the beach is the best here! if you move and what to be in the area then move to Warrawong, Ive lived in this area for 8yrs so dont move into the heart of Port Kembla ok.
Port Kembla is the uggly side of Wollongong, not very attractive apart from the great beach there! best beach in Wollongong! no smell but the pollution can be bad and the dirt that falls on ya car, Ive washed my car then the next day it is dirty again, the town of Port Kembla I would avoid, not much there and if buying or renting a house do on the outskirts closer to beach side, little art group there...10mins to Wollongong and shellharbour.
No, Port Kembla doesn't smell... unless you are referring to the smell of Ocean which I rather enjoy. The gases from the Steelworks actually get blown North as there are generally southerly winds, which means they would head towards Wollongong and Mangerton.