Wollongong travel guide

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You're Going to Love Wollongong

With a population of 292.190, Wollongong is a must-see destination in New South Wales, Australia. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country.

Where to Eat in Wollongong

Wollongong CBD is the neighbourhood with the most restaurants in Wollongong. These include popular favourites such as The Swallowed Anchor (156-160 Crown Street), Births and Deaths (U 2 74 Kembla S) and Debutant (119 Keira Street). If you’re looking for affordable options, Kneading Ruby (5 Crown Lane) and South Sailor (216 Lawrence Hargrave Drive) are great picks.

When to visit Wollongong

Wollongong in May
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Wollongong in May
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Wollongong in January, when the average temperature is 21 °C, and the highest can go up to 26 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is July, when it can get as cold as 8 °C, with an average temperature of 12 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in April, when precipitation is around 130 mm. In contrast, August is usually the driest month of the year in Wollongong, with an average rainfall of 60 mm.

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How to Get to Wollongong


Although Wollongong doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Sydney Airport (SYD), which is located 60 km from Wollongong. The shortest flight to Wollongong from Ireland departs from Dublin and takes around 23h 45m.


AccesRail is the only carrier operating train routes to Wollongong.


Another option to get to Wollongong is to pick up a car hire from Sydney, which is about 67 km from Wollongong. You’ll find branches of Sixt and Apex, among others, in Sydney.


Greyhound Australia operates bus routes to Wollongong. From Melbourne, the bus ride to Wollongong takes 1159 km and will cost you around €186. From Brisbane, the ticket costs about €103 for a journey of 1642 km.

Airports near Wollongong

Airlines serving Wollongong

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Air France
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British Airways
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Turkish Airlines
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Qatar Airways
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Air Canada
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Austrian Airlines
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Etihad Airways
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Singapore Airlines
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LATAM Airlines
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Alaska Airlines
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Scandinavian Airlines
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Where to stay in Wollongong

Average rates range from around €176 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to €239 and up for a 5-star experience. There are also lots of holiday rental options in Wollongong, with prices from €79 to €299 per night. Wollongong CBD is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, holiday rentals in Wollongong are about 152% more expensive than a hotel room in the city.

Where to stay in popular areas of Wollongong

Most booked hotels in Wollongong

Adina Apartment Hotel Wollongong
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
Boat Harbour Motel
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
Novotel Wollongong Northbeach
Good (7.7, Good reviews)
Sage Hotel Wollongong
Good (7.4, Good reviews)
Solomon Inn Wollongong
Good (7, Good reviews)
Normandie Motel And Function Centre
Okay (4.4, Okay reviews)
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Hiring a car in Wollongong

Expect to pay €1.15 per litre in Wollongong (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between €13.75 and €18.33. Compact (Ford Focus or similar) is the most popular car type to hire in Wollongong, while also 44% cheaper than other types, on average.