Transport & Things to See

Sydney airport is 83km from Wollongong where most hotels are located. Transport options, including buses, taxis and app-based pick-up, all depart from the airport complex.
Please note: From midnight to 4.30am, most trains stop running. NightRide buses replace Sydney train services between midnight and 4:30am, stopping near stations along the train line.

Public Transport


Train travel from Sydney International Airport is the cheapest and most accessible public transport to travel to the heart of Wollongong and the overall trip takes about an hour and 40 minutes. Use Trip Planner to see available times, platform information, delays and connecting trains or buses. For domestic flights, the Train departs from Domestic Airport Station, Platform 2 Mascot (Stop ID 202092), Macarthur via Airport, City to Macarthur via Airport or Sydenham and there will only be two trains total through the whole trip to Wollongong. The trip costs approximately $24.oo AUD and the train leaves every hour, and the last train leaving around midnight and the first train around 5am. To access the train contactless payment, such as debit/credit cards, or using an Opal Card at which you can purchase at the Sydney Airport Station.


For traveling around Wollongong there is plenty of public transport available, buses and trains both accept opal cards or debit/credit cards (American Express, Mastercard and Visa) to pay for the transport. There is also lots of cafes, restaurants, and shops in walking distance of most of the hotels. For travelling to and from the conference, there will be a free bus from the hotels to the University of Wollongong. Opal Cards are available at convenience stores and newsagents, there is no charge for the card however there must be a minimum of a $20 top up value to be put on the card when getting it from retailers.

Taxis & App-based Travel


Taxis can be ordered from any of Wollongong’s taxi providers such as 13 cabs, Illawarra Taxi Network or Wollongong Taxi which can all be prebooked or called at any time. A variety of taxis are often waiting at the airport for passengers. The typical fare from Sydney to Wollongong however will be around $200 at a minimum.


Uber pick-up options operate regularly throughout Wollongong. Uber pick up from Sydney Internation Airport is available however the fare is similar to that of the taxis.


Click here to get estimated pricing for Uber, reserve a trip or look at ride sharing.


Electric bikes and electric scooters are also available for transport around Wollongong, just download the Neuron app or scan the QR code when you are going to rent it to pay and unlock the bike, read the rules and get started.

Things to See and Do


Wollongong offers a range of attractions and sights to visit, as it is a coastal city, Wollongong has many beautiful beaches, including North Wollongong Beach and Wollongong City Beach, if you want to go for a 30 minute drive, Jamberoo Action Park is not far at all, there is a gorgeous walk up to the Old Heritage Lighthouse along North Wollongong beach or have a picnic on top of Stanwell Tops which is overlooks the lighthouse, take on the adventurous trail to the bottom of Kellys Falls, try the local craft beer at Five Barrel Brewing, Have a picnic at the Illawarra Rhododendron Garden or even soak up the tranquillity of the Wollongong Botanic Garden.