getting to and staying in wollongong

The Wollongong Writers Festival is held at the Wollongong Art Gallery, on the Corner of Kembla and Burelli Streets in Wollongong, part of Wollongong's Arts Precinct. Read on for information on how to get there and where to stay.

We know you will enjoy your time in the Gong!

Image by Brad Chilby, Chilby Photography

Image by Brad Chilby, Chilby Photography

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, traveling to Wollongong station.

For more information, visit Transport NSW’s 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.

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.


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 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 events.

The Beach(es)

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 foreshore you stay, this location has access to a vast range of Festival events.

The Novotel Wollongong Northbeach is conveniently located footsteps from North Wollongong Beach. Grab Sunday brunch at Diggies, right on the sand, to keep your strength up ahead of a day of events.

If walking ain’t your scene, don’t fret: a free shuttle bus services the area regularly and can take you straight to Wollongong’s Arts Precinct, home to all Festival events.

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. With 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, Wollongong’s main shopping street, or Wollongong Central mall. Wollongong train station is also conveniently located a ten-minute walk from Wollongong's Arts Precinct, where the majority of Festival events are held.

For more options, check out Visit Wollongong.