Travel & Accommodation

Getting to Wollongong

Travel From Sydney

By Train
From Sydney CBD, travel via the South Coast Line to Wollongong station.

From Sydney’s domestic and international airport terminals, travel via the Airport Line to Wolli Creek station and transfer to the South Coast Line, travelling to Wollongong station.

For more information visit Sydney Trains website.

By Car
Wollongong is an 80 minute drive from Sydney via the M1 Motorway. For a more scenic approach try the Grand Pacific Drive.

Travel From Canberra

By Bus
Catch the 855 bus from Murrays Terminal, Jolimont Centre, to Wollongong train station.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit Murrays Coaches.

By Car
Wollongong is a 2 hours and 40 minutes drive from Canberra via the Hume Highway.


For more information check out Visit Wollongong’s how to get to Wollongong page.


Staying in Wollongong

Wollongong has a wide range of accommodation to suit a variety of budgets and styles. Some areas you may consider for your stay include:

North Wollongong
Ideally situated for access to several reading events located at Jane’s Café, including our Mad Poetry workshop, the interactive Feminist Book Club with Mary van Reyk, the Wollongong Comedy workshop How to Write the Funny Stuff, our innovative Texas to the Gong Duet Slam, the always entertaining South Coast Readings, the thought-provoking Sweatshop Performance: White Supremacy, the Launch of Australian Poetry and Readings from Net Needle, the lively poetry event Rocket Readings, our Ben Frater Retrospective film screening, The Maddest Tea Party and the highly anticipated Mad Poets Reading.

With its own train station, you will also be able to easily attend events in Thirroul and Coniston, which have their own train stations, and events at Dicey Riley’s Hotel, adjacent to Wollongong Train Station, such as our evening of poetry and music, Rock & Rhyme. North Wollongong is also home to the North Gong pub, perfect for meals and a drink after a big day of literary goodness.

This is the spot for all the beach lovers out there. There are hotels, cafés, restaurants and beautiful sandy beaches all along the Wollongong coast. Either a short walk to North Wollongong station or Wollongong CBD, depending on where along the coast you stay, this location has access to a vast range of Festival events, including the Wollongong Comedy evening of live stand-up and comedy, and our fascinating discussion, ‘Sex on the Beach’: Romance Writers Panel.

If walking ain’t your scene, don’t fret: the free shuttle bus services the area regularly and can take you straight to Wollongong’s Arts Precinct, home to many Festival events at Wollongong Art Gallery, such as our Wollongong Writers Festival Launch party, the multiform event South Asian Australian Stories, a Meditating on Memoir workshop, a fascinating discussion featuring Walter Mason in Conversation with Vietnamese Writers, our Creative Dialogues series of panels on Funding available to Australian artists in a time of shrinking opportunities and Subversive Narratives: The Genres of Indigenous Australia, and our Translation Programs panel and performance.

Wollongong CBD
The heart and soul of Wollongong, home to numerous shopping and eating venues, you will be spoiled for choice staying in Wollongong CBD. Short distances from the majority of the Festival’s events, including the Comic Book Illustrating workshop by Wild Rumpus, and our Kid’s Program, as well as the train station and free shuttle bus, you can get to as many events as you like and fill in your free time by hitting up Crown Street main shopping street or the recently renovated mall.


For more options and more variety go to the Visit Wollongong website.

Explore the full program of events and buy tickets by visiting our Events page