Wollongong, NSW

  • City Info
    City of Wollongong, NSW

    Established in 1815 by Dr Charles Throsby. Woollongong is an aboriginal word meaning five islands.


    Located 80 Kms south of Sydney

    Wollongong, NSW CBD

    A dynamic city with business and shopping precincts. It is the third largest city in New South Wales.


    Jun to Aug
    9°C - 13°C

    Sep to Nov
    13°C - 22°C

    Dec to Feb
    16°C - 23°C

    Mar to May
    13°C - 22°C


    Eastern Daylight Time: GMT +11hours. Daylight Saving Time ends April 1st, starts October 7th

    No Smoking

    Smoking is not permitted in NSW within 5 metres of non-residential entrances, and between 5 to 10 metres at beaches, sporting stadiums, near children's playgrounds, at restaurants, bars or clubs either indoor or outdoors $220 on-the-spot fines apply for breaches.

    Post Office

    Mon-Fri: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    * Some Open Saturday: 9:00 am – 12 noon


    295,000 people


    Notes or Bills
    $5, $10, $20, $50, $100

    5¢, 10¢, 20¢, 50¢, $1, $2 (odd cents rounded to the nearest 5¢)

    Education providers

    CRICOS registered institutions for international students: 2 Public Universities, 2 Private University




    Oceanic Climate


    Mon-Wed: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Thu (suburbs) & Fri (CBD): 9:00 am- 9:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


    Mon-Thu: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
    Fridays: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Some bank branches open Saturday morning: 9:30 am – 12 noon

  • Explore



    Wollongong is a coastal city in Australia,  70km south of Sydney along the Grand Pacific Drive. Surfing beaches and rock pools line the coastline. Trails encircle the forests and rocky cliffs of Mt. Keira in the Illawarra mountain range, which frames the city. To the north, hang gliders launch from Bald Hill. South lie the Buddhist temple of Nan Tien and Lake Illawarra, a large lagoon with boating and fishing facilities.

    Main attractions include:


    Nan Tien Buddhist Temple

    Wollongong Botanic Garden

    WIN Entertainment Centre

    Wattamolla Cove

    Sea Cliff Bridge

    Macquarie Pass National Park

    Weekly markets selling quality fashion, art, handcrafts, fresh produce, etc.

    (Courtesy of Google)






  • Transport

    Wollongong Airport

    Nearest international airport Sydney https://www.sydneyairport.com.au/
    B 80 Kms approx. to CBD
    1h30min minutes (allow more time for peak traffic hours) by road, 2h15 min by train

    Getting around

    It is important to learn about all the public transport modes around Wollongong including nearby Sydney. The cheapest and more convenient way to go around is to purchase an Opal Card. See https://transportnsw.info/tickets-opal/. To be used on Illawarra (Wollongong) services or purchase a ticket when boarding the bus. Bus services are divided into three distance-based fare bands. The closer your destination, the cheaper the fare is.

    Useful tips

    • Students doing VET (Vocational programs) and Higher Education (University courses) can obtain discount in public transport. See https://transportnsw.info/tickets-opal/ticket-eligibility-concessions/child-student-concessions/tertiary-students.
    • If you are entitled to Student discount, carry your student ID card with you at all times.
    • If you are travelling late at night on weekends, find out if there is a night route that goes near your destination as some routes are not scheduled on weekends.
    • Disabled and elderly people as well as pregnant women have priority seating.
    • Do not eat, drink or smoke in public transport or in taxis.
    • Always make sure that you have you Opal Card topped up.

    Forms of transport

    For the bus, and train the fare you pay for the trip depends on how far you travel (zones) and also the time of the day. Always keep a bus/train time table in your wallet https://transportnsw.info/routes or download the Transport NSW app at https://transportnsw.info/apps. Remember that times for the above services change on weekends and designated holidays.


    is a healthy alternative for transport. When crossing a street, wait for the green pedestrian icon. Do not walk or run over a red pedestrian light.


    To cycle you must wear a helmet at all times and follow the road rules.


    Make sure you haiI the bus so the driver stops to pick you up! Always touch on at the beginning of the trip and then off at the end of trip before you leave the bus.


    Each train line has a distinctive colour in the map and on the screens at the station to help you find your way easily.


    Always wear a helmet. It is now required by law to have a special motorcycle license for models of a certain size. Check with Roads and Maritime Services at www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/licence/rider/index.html.


    We drive on the left side of the road. To drive in Australia, you need an English translation of your driver’s license. To learn the road rules in New South Wales, check this link http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/safety-rules/road-rules/. If you are going to drink alcohol, do not drive.


    A safe mode of transportation in particular if you have been drinking after a party. You can pay the taxi fare with your credit card if you do not carry cash. Always ask for a receipt.

  • Hospitals


    International Students must go to Public Hospitals as their Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC) does not cover expenses in private hospitals.

    Seeking Medical Assistance

    • Carry your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) card with you at all times.
    • When visting the doctor, you will need to pay for their services (some doctors may bulk bill at no cost to you).
    • Keep all receipts so you can obtain reimbursement later.
    • All medical emergencies are covered by your Overseas Student Health Care (OSHC).
    • If you are unable to attend classes due to being sick, you should obtain a medical certificate from your doctor.
    Wollongong Hospital

    (02) 4222 5000
    252 Crown St, Wollongong NSW 2500

  • Government Offices
    State Library


    Australian Taxation Office


    Residential Tenancy Authority


    Dept. of Immigration & Citizenship


    Fair Work Ombudsman


  • Emergency & Assistance

    How to make an International call:
    0011 + Country Code + City Code + Number
    If you don't know your country code, call 1225

    National Phone Codes

    (02) Sydney (NSW) & Canberra (ACT)

    (07) Brisbane & Gold Coast (QLD)

    (08) Perth (WA), Adelaide (SA) & Darwin (NT)

    (04) Mobile (Australia wide)

    (03) Melbourne (VIC) & Hobart (TAS)

    (13 or 1300) Local calls

  • Student Services Directory

    There are no Education providers yet in wollongong