Option one above is to take the 1 h 24 min (89.8 km) drive via the Princes Hwy/A1 and M1. This is also the fastest route.
The second and iconic route for its extraordinary coastal views is the Grand Pacific Drive which takes you through the rainforests of the Royal National Park, amazing coastal views, and the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge.
The South Coast Line (SCO) takes you directly from Sydney to Wollongong taking around 1 h 50 mins with services every hour. The journey cost ranges from $6.44 to $9.10. For the South Coast Line timetable see here and use the journey planner here for trains and connecting buses.
After getting out of the urban area there is some rainforest scenery and coastal views along the way. The trains are modern and air conditioned with toilets. Tip: From Sydney, head upstairs and sit on the left hand side facing the direction of travel for the best views.
Wollongong station is the nearest station to Wollongong’s central business district with about a 20 min (2.5 km walk) or taxi or bus ride.
There are a number of shuttle bus services and limousine services operating in and around Wollongong:
– Sheppo’s – Shuttle Bus Illawarra, Shuttle Tours Events Transport (sheppos.com.au)
– Illawarra Airport Transfers
– Bus Hire Wollongong | Van, Bus & Mini Bus Hire | Canty’s Rentals (cantys.com.au)
– Wollongong Limousine Services-Limousine Car Hire Specialist
– Leisure Coast Limousine Service & Airport Transfers Wollongong Sydney
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The FREE Gong Shuttle.
The free Gong Shuttle runs every 10 to 20 minutes. The service operates in both directions on a loop from Wollongong Station to Wollongong University via Wollongong Hospital, Burelli Street and the Innovation Campus.