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Accomodation

If you are coming to Wollongong from overseas, interstate, or intrastate, you may be after somewhere to stay. Accommodation in Wollongong is filling up fast, so you will benefit from expanding your searches to surrounding regions such as Kiama, the Southern Highlands, Sutherland Shire or Sydney.  

Browse Destination Wollongong’s Booking page for available accommodation in the area. We have also complied the leading booking sites to search for accommodation in Wollongong and surrounds.  

We also have a range of exclusive travel packages still available which feature local accommodation options, paired with unique spectator experiences and unbeatable race viewing. Browse packages here. 

How to get to Wollongong

Sydney Airport (SYD) International Terminal (T1) is approximately 80km from Wollongong, and just 8km from the Sydney Central Business District (CBD), with flights from all major global cities. The airport is serviced by train, shuttle, bus, taxi and rideshare.

Shellharbour Airport is a regional airport located in Albion Park Rail, approximately 21km from Wollongong. Link Airways operates regular passenger transport services to and from Melbourne and Brisbane. For more information about their services visit www.linkairways.com. 

Wollongong is located on Sydney Train’s South Coast Line. To get to Wollongong CBD, alight from Wollongong Station. North Wollongong Beach is a 20-minute walk from North Wollongong Station.  

Sydney Trains operates commuter trains at regular intervals to Wollongong. If traveling from Melbourne or Canberra, you will need to catch a train to Central Station, Sydney, disembark and board the next South Coast Line train to Wollongong. 

If travelling from the domestic or international airports, catch a train on the Airport Line to Wolli Creek Station. Disembark and board the next South Coast Line train to Wollongong. This journey will take approximately 90 minutes from Wolli Creek Station. 

To view the Sydney Trains website please click here.

From Sydney:
The quickest route to get to Wollongong by car is via the Westlink (M7) motorway that can be accessed from Macarthur in Sydney’s west. Allow 1 hour for this journey depending on your point of departure. 

Another straightforward and easy option when travelling by car is to take the Princess Motorway (M1) from Sydney central that will take approximately 1 hour 20 minutes to reach Wollongong.  

If you wish to enjoy some of the coastal scenery, take the scenic route via Grand Pacific Drive which starts just 45 minutes south of the Sydney CBD. The route takes you from the Royal National Park through glorious tropical rainforests, from the mountains onto the incredible coastline that leads you all the way into Wollongong.  

From Canberra:
The Canberra to Wollongong drive is 244km in distance, with a driving time of 2 hours 40 minutes. The best road trip attractions include Lake George, Goulburn and the Mount Keira Lookout. 

The first leg of the Canberra to Wollongong drive is from Canberra to Goulburn, NSW, along the Federal Highway (M23). Follow the Hume Highway (M31) to Picton Rd (B88). Continue towards Wollongong once joining the Princes Motorway (M1). 

From Melbourne:
The road trip from Melbourne to Wollongong is 836km in distance, with a driving time of approximately 9 hours. Possible pitstops can include Wangaratta, Albury, Jugiong, Goulburn and Bowral.  

The most direct route is to take the Citylink (M2) from Queen St and State Route 50, following the Hume Fwy/National Highway (M31) to Picton Rd (B88). Continue towards Wollongong once joining the Princes Motorway (M1). 

Attention: If your driving license is not written in English, it is mandatory to have an international driving license to drive in Australia. For more information on how to apply for an international driving license, please refer to www.Internationaldrivingpermit.org/how-to-apply  

From Sydney:
Premier Motor Service operates a bus from Sydney to Eden service which stops at Wollongong. Tickets cost $18 and the journey takes 2h. For timetables and more info visit: premierms.com.au  

From Canberra:
If you are travelling from Canberra to Wollongong by bus, there are a number of coach services that offer regular timetables services. Murrays offers a daily coach service between Canberra and Wollongong. For more information visit Murrays website. 

How to get around once you’re here

Once you’ve arrived safely in Wollongong, there are a number of easy and affordable transport options to get you from A to B. 

  • FREE Gong Shuttle Bus 
  • Bus Services 
  • Train 
  • Car Hire 

Discover more about each of these travel options at Destination Wollongong or Wollongong City Council.  

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