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
With its own train station, North Wollongong is ideally situated for access to several Festival events, and is within easy reach of some of Wollongong’s most beautiful beaches, the University of Wollongong, and the city’s Botanic Garden – all idyllic spots to relax with a good book in between Festival events. North Wollongong is also home to the North Gong pub, perfect for tasty meals and a drink after a big day of literary goodness.

It’s also easy to attend our Festival events held in Thirroul and Coniston, which have their own train stations and their own fantastic beaches, dining and natural beauty to explore.


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.

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.


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, as well as Wollongong 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. Wollongong train station is also conveniently located adjacent to Dicey Riley’s Irish Hotel, a frequent venue for Festival events and the perfect spot to enjoy live music, trivia, a hearty meal and a drink while planning for your next Festival event.


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



Wollongong Art Gallery 
46 Burelli Street Wollongong

Jane’s Bar & Café 
40 Flinders Street North Wollongong 
Thirroul Railway Institute Hall 
14 Railway Parade Thirroul 
Thirroul Community Centre 
352/358 Lawrence Hargrave Drive Thirroul 
The Builders Basement Bar 
61 Church Street Wollongong 

Moving Mountains Gallery 
193 Crown Street Wollongong 
Clifton School of Arts 
338 Lawrence Hargrave Drive Clifton