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Getting to Wollongong

By Air

Shellharbour Airport

Our closest airport is the Shelharbour AirportFly Corporate has daily flights to Melbourne and Brisbane.

Many executives and business owners enjoy flying in and out from our local airport for business as they avoid getting stuck in the stressful Sydney traffic wondering whether they will make their flight! The airport is only 20 mins by car from the Wollongong CBD, has on-site and affordable parking and is also accessible via the local train and bus network.

The Airport is set to grow and expand, with the State government recently granting $16 million to provide a new terminal building and Aviation Business Park as well as upgrades to the security, taxiways and apron at the airport.

Sydney Airport

Australia’s busiest – with over 40 million annual passengers – and most connected airport, Sydney Airport is only 1 hour away from Wollongong.

Sydney airport has daily flights to many Australian cities such as Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin. It also has daily flights to the major global business hubs including New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Shanghai, London, Los Angeles, Dubai and Singapore. This is also the go-to airport for those who live in Wollongong who want to take the family away on a holiday.

The Sydney airport is also very accessible, with train services leaving you right at the international and domestic terminals (it is the envy of Melbournians).

Taxis, Shuttles and peer-to-peer ride-sharing businesses such as Uber and Ola also service the Sydney Airport.

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By Car

Getting to and from Wollongong by car is easy via the M1 Princes Motorway that connects you to Sydney and the South Coast. While travel times will vary based on the time of day, when traveling by car you can get to the following destinations in the times below:

From Wollongong CBD

Sydney International Airport ~ 60 minutes
Sydney CBD ~ 90 minutes
Parramatta ~ 90 minutes
Sydney Southern Suburbs ~ 45 minutes
South Western Sydney Suburbs ~ 45 minutes
Wollongong Airport ~ 20 minutes
Canberra ~ 2.5 hours

Parking is available throughout Wollongong and its CBD and it is clearly signposted where any parking restrictions are in place. For more information about parking in the Wollongong CBD click here.

By Train

Traveling to and from Wollongong by train is easy –  Wollongong passengers are served by the South Coast railway line. Regular passenger rail services connect our city to Sydney CBD in the north and nearby regional cities of Nowra and Kiama to the south.

Many locals make the most of the affordable weekend train tickets and take their family on a day trip to the Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour or even spend the day at Bondi or Manly. This can be done in as little as 90 minutes by train. And there is no need to search for a car park when you arrive!

To plan your trip or to find out more about travelling to and from Wollongong via train visit the Transport NSW website.

Freight services in Wollongong

For businesses who require freight rail services, Wollongong is also connected to the national freight network which is regularly used by Australian grain exporters.

View the National Freight Route Map.

Getting around Wollongong

By walking

The design and walking paths dotted close to and in the Wollongong CBD make walking to many of the popular locations in Wollongong easy. Whether it be restaurants, bars, WIN Stadium, Stuart Park, the Wollongong Foreshore, the Arts Precinct, Wollongong Train Station, the Blue Mile or our CBD shopping precinct – you will find it a pleasurable walk around the Wollongong CBD.

By using the bus

Getting around by bus can take away the stress of driving and there are a number of route services in Wollongong that are provided by local bus companies along with school/charter services. Wollongong railway station serves as the network’s hub and bus services also connect Wollongong suburbs to Shellharbour, Lake Illawarra and the Royal National Park.

Best of all, there is a free Shuttle Bus service that connects Wollongong’s CBD, The University of Wollongong and the suburbs of North Wollongong, Fairy Meadow and Gwynneville.

By bike

Looking after your health and the environment is easier in Wollongong as you can ride your bike from most suburbs easily to Wollongong CBD. We have an impressive 42km of shared pathways that stretch from Bulli in the north to Windang and Dapto in the south. View our Northern and Southern bike path maps.

Think of the great frame of mind and how much better you will feel getting to work after enjoying the outdoors and scenery with dedicated cycleways and bike lockers all around Wollongong!

Taxis and peer to peer ride sharing

Wollongong is also serviced by taxi companies – such as Illawarra Taxi Network and Wollongong Radio Cabs – as well as peer to peer ride-sharing businesses such as UBER.

So, whether you need a ride home after a long day at work or a function – Wollongong has you covered.