Event information

In September 2022, Wollongong will host the UCI Road World Championships – one of the world’s top five annual sporting events. Encompassing 11 world-class races over eight days of formal competition, Wollongong 2022 will deliver a distinctive, city- wide festival that celebrates athleticism, teamwork and culture while delivering significant tourism, economic and social benefits for the region and beyond.

The formal competition schedule will take place from 18-25 September, with training and community activities starting on Saturday 17 September.

There will be activities relating to the 2022 UCI Road World Championships taking place right across Wollongong local government area. The World Championship races will take place across different courses throughout the event, covering parts of Wollongong city, North Wollongong, Mount Keira, Mount Kembla, Gwynneville, Fairy Meadow and Helensburgh. See the Races page for course maps and competition schedule.

There are different courses for different races within the program. All races will finish on Marine Drive near the corner of Crown Street. Visit the Races page for more information.

Yes. There will be accessible access points, accessible facilities including bathrooms at various locations along the courses. More information about these facilities will be available closer to the event in 2022.

The roads will mostly stay accessible to cyclists, except during competition time. Spectators are welcome to attend the event by bicycle, as long as you follow the road rules and watch out for others. Please move off the course when directed by NSW Police or event security staff.

Absolutely! This event is FREE, fast-paced and features the world’s best cyclists – they would love to hear thousands of fans cheering them on from the sidelines as they take to the streets of Wollongong and surrounds. Why not consider a street celebration to add to the event atmosphere.

Absolutely! Applications for the Wollongong 2022 Volunteer Program supported by Wilson Asset Management are now open. Please check out the Volunteer page for more details and to sign up.

Please check your booking terms and conditions or contact the provider directly for details about cancellations.

No. Attending the event is completely FREE and we encourage you to come and see the world’s best cyclists racing throughout Wollongong in September 2022. Travel packages are now available or check the Visit page for more information.

If you have accommodation to offer, please consider registering through an online platform such as Stayz or Airbnb to promote your offering.

Traffic and Transport

Yes. For the races to use public roads and meet safety standards, there will be temporary road closures throughout Wollongong during the event. Wollongong 2022 is working with event delivery partners including Wollongong City Council, NSW Government agencies including Transport for NSW and NSW Police, as well as traffic management experts to minimise the impact of road closures as much as possible. More detailed information will be available in July 2022.

The road closures will vary day-to-day based on the competition schedule. Roads will be progressively reopened daily as soon as it is safe to do so. Full road closure details will be released in July 2022. Indicative road closure times are available on the Community page – see the Competition Information.

Homes and businesses in and around road closure areas will have limited car access at times. Wollongong 2022 is working to make arrangements where we can to manage parking, deliveries and access for visitors, customers and staff. We’ll be reaching out to residents and business owners directly affected by road closures with more information closer to the event and following the approval of Traffic Management Plans.

Yes. We will need to change parking arrangements in some areas as there is no parking on any part of the courses during the road closures. Parking changes are expected to be in place in the days prior to and during the event. We’ll share more information about these changes closer to the event.

For the safety of the community, participants and spectators, there will be temporary road closures each day of the event, as well as changes to street parking and service delivery. Roads are open before and after event times each day, and there will be no street parking on roads used for the races. This includes all vehicles, boats and caravans.

On-street parking will be available on roads not utilised for the race as per regular conditions. 

In limited and specific circumstances, Wollongong 2022 is working with stakeholders to identify potential alternative parking sites for businesses, community organisations and residents. These will be communicated directly to relevant stakeholders.

Yes. There may be temporary restrictions and changes to traffic and parking rules. Penalties will apply for not following the rules, and vehicles may be towed from restricted areas. Please check the signs before you park.

Yes. There will be changes to some public transport services and timetables in the lead up to and during the event. Wollongong 2022 is working with Transport for NSW on these new schedules. More detailed information will be available closer to the event.

Wollongong 2022 is working with Wollongong City Council, Transport for NSW and other agencies to provide a range of public transport options for you to use during the event. More details will be announced when they’re confirmed.

We encourage you to plan ahead and consider active transport wherever possible to avoid road closures and congestion. To assist with your early planning, please see the course map and indicative road closure times in the Competition Information on the Community page. Public transport updates will be shared once available.

Wollongong 2022 is liaising with the NSW Department of Education and schools that are directly affected by the event- related road closures to share information about event operations. Please liaise with the school directly for information that is specific to that school.

If you live in a road closure area, visitors may not be able to drive directly to your home. Arrangements will be different in each case, and it’s important to plan ahead. We’ll provide more details about arrangements for access and parking to people in road closure areas closer to the event.

During road closures, delivery drivers may have limited access to some parts of the city. Please try to plan ahead and work with the delivery company where you can to make alternate arrangements, such as adjusting the delivery time, date or location.

Community Services

Emergency access will always be our priority. We’re working with emergency services to make sure they’ll still be able to respond to emergencies quickly and safely. There will also be key emergency services at the Event Control Centre.

Yes. Waste pick-ups will be affected in parts of the city during and in the lead-up to the event. Wollongong City Council is working with its contractors to review and adjust service plans.

Wollongong 2022 is working with Wollongong City Council, NSW Government agencies, and traffic management experts to provide access to properties wherever possible. We are also contacting service providers to provide as much information as possible. Access times may be restricted – please contact community@wollongong2022.com.au if you have any questions about specific care needs.

Yes! You’ll still be able to enjoy Wollongong’s beautiful beaches throughout the event. Please note though, you may not be able to park close to the beach. We encourage you to plan ahead and use public transport where you can. If your usual beach is in an area affected by road closures, you might also want to explore a different beach. Check Council’s website for beach locations.

We’re working with businesses where possible to limit the impact of the event on their day-to-day operations. However, each business will have their own arrangements and/or cancellation policies. Please talk to your service provider directly about this.

We will liaise with local vets to ensure local residents can be assisted in case there Is an emergency with their animals. Vets will be provided with event information and a contact number to call to request access to properties affected by road closures during event times.

Information for Businesses

We’re working on a toolkit to support businesses and help them update their customers, staff and suppliers about changes during the event.

Wollongong 2022 and Wollongong City Council will be providing more information to businesses in 2022 about ways to show support for and get involved with the event. For other opportunities visit the Procurement page.

We’d love local businesses to join in and show their support for the event! There are lots of ways you can take part, like dressing retail windows or creating special offers. Businesses can host local events throughout the Championships week but they cannot be promoted as official UCI Road World Championships affiliated events. Wollongong 2022 and Wollongong City Council will be providing more information to businesses in 2022 about ways to get involved.

Opportunities to activate at key event sites will be promoted in 2022 via the Get Involved page.

If you’d like to become a commercial partner, please get in touch with us at partnerships@wollongong2022.com.au

Safety and Security

We’re working with NSW Government agencies to make sure this event is COVID-safe. We’ll be following all public health orders in place at the time of the event. We’re asking everyone attending the event to follow the NSW health advice about vaccination, social distancing, and good hygiene.

All international visitors must follow Australian and State rules for travel restrictions, vaccination and quarantine. These rules may change in the lead-up to the event. You can check the latest information on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Community Feedback

Local residents, organisations and businesses are invited to send their queries and suggestions via email to: community@wollongong2022.com.au. We will endeavour to respond to emails within 2 working days of receipt.

We will continue to update the Wollongong 2022 website with the latest information about the event. Please visit the site regularly. Also ensure to like and follow our social media channels of Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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