Travel & Accommodation

Getting to (and staying in) Wollongong!


This handy guide has some info on getting to Wollongong and where to stay and what to do when you get here. Check out the accommodation section for an exclusive discount from our Accommodation Partner!


North Wollongong Beach, Photo credit: Dee Kramer



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. Novotel Wollongong Northbeach is our official Accommodation Partner. Attendees of the Wollongong Writers Festival receive a 5% discount on the cost of accommodation. Simply call or email their Reservations team on 02 4224 3111 or and quote WWF2017 to access the discount.


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.


The Beach(es)

There are hotels, cafés, restaurants and beautiful sandy beaches all along the Wollongong coast. The Novotel Wollongong Northbeach is conveniently located footsteps from North Wollongong Beach. Grab Sunday brunch to keep your strength up ahead of a day of festival events at Diggies, right on the sand.

Either a short walk to North Wollongong station or Wollongong CBD, depending on where along the foreshore 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 Wollongong Central 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.


It’s also easy to attend our Festival events held in Thirroul which has its own train station and fantastic beaches, dining and natural beauty to explore.


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

Clifton School of Arts 
338 Lawrence Hargrave Drive Clifton