Visa Information

All visitors to Australia are required to obtain a visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) in advance to be granted entry to Australia. An ETA provides authorisation to travel to and enter Australia and is electronically linked to your passport. An ETA is for short term stays for tourism or business visitor activities such as attending a conference/meeting. You can apply for a visa through the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) online and you’ll be issued a visa instantly if you have a passport from one of the following countries:

  • Brunei-Darussalam
  • Canada
  • Hong Kong (SAR PRC)
  • Japan
  • Korea Rep of (South)
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • United States

The Visa application process costs AUD$20.00 using your credit card. Apply here.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are a passport holder of any other country than those listed above, you will need to visit to determine your specific visa entry requirements.

  • You need to select Business activities as this reflects that you are attending a conference.
  • Input your country of passport and age and click next. You are then directed to which visa is appropriate for you.

Important: The Visa Finder does not provide a complete summary of all the visas that may be available to you and makes no recommendations regarding visas that are appropriate for you; also, it provides no guarantee or assurance that you will be granted a visa, or a particular visa. The Visa Finder is not a substitute for exercising your own judgment, making your own enquiries and/or obtaining independent advice regarding your eligibility for any visa. The Commonwealth of Australia does not guarantee the accuracy, currency or completeness of any material in the Visa Finder. Read to the full disclaimer.

Travel Information

Located just 80 kilometres south of Sydney, travelling to Wollongong can be as fun and adventurous or as quick and streamlined as you like. Take the Grand Pacific Drive and experience coastal rainforests, quaint seaside villages and the 665 metre Sea Cliff Bridge all on your way into Wollongong. Alternatively you can jump on the M1 Motorway from Sydney and be here in 80 minutes. You decide! If travelling from Canberra, the journey is an easy 250 kilometres via the Hume Highway. By car – for up-to-date travel conditions including incidents, road works and closures – visit Live Traffic website. By air – Shellharbour Airport has flights direct from Wollongong to Brisbane or Melbourne with Link Airways.

How to get to Wollongong

Sydney to Wollongong

The journey from Sydney to Wollongong can be as fast or as scenic as you choose.

By car: Grand Pacific Drive

If you’re travelling from Sydney to Wollongong by car and you’re looking to experience the best that the journey has to offer, you can’t go past the Grand Pacific Drive. Starting just 45 minutes south of Sydney’s CBD and airports at the entrance to the Royal National Park (world’s second oldest), you’ll experience what it’s like to move from the mountains to the sea as you traverse tropical rainforests and emerge on the coastline which you’ll follow all the way into Wollongong. There’s no need for maps, just follow the Grand Pacific Drive directional signage. For those of you that do like to have a map in hand, you can download them from the Grand Pacific Drive website.

By car: M1 or M7

If you’re watching the clock, Wollongong is an easy 80 minute drive from the Sydney CBD and airports via the Princes Motorway (M1) or a 60 minute drive from Macarthur in Sydney’s west via the Westlink (M7).

By rail/train

Wollongong is located on Sydney Train’s South Coast Line. Sydney Trains operate commuter trains at regular intervals to Wollongong. If travelling from the domestic or international airports catch a train on the airport line to Wolli Creek Station. Disembark and board the next South Coast Line train to Wollongong. This journey will take approximately 90 minutes from Wolli Creek Station. To view the Sydney Trains website please click here.

By tour

If you’re wanting to visit Wollongong and surrounds, a number of tour companies are available to show you the local must-see sights with some offering pickup from various Sydney locations including.

Canberra to Wollongong

By car

If you are travelling from Canberra to Wollongong by car there are two main route options available: Take the Hume Highway to the Moss Vale exit and travel to Wollongong via the Illawarra Highway. This option will take approximately three hours; or Take the Hume Highway to the Picton interchange and follow the Picton Road/Mt Ousley Road into Wollongong. This option will take approximately two hours and 30 minutes.

By bus

If you are travelling from Canberra to Wollongong by bus, there are a number of coach services that offer regular timetables services. Murrays offers a daily coach service between Canberra and Wollongong. For more information visit Murrays website. There is also a FREE gong shuttle,

How to get to conference venue (University of Wollongong)

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. The route numbers for the Gong Shuttle are 55A and 55C. A map can be viewed HERE


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Looking for exciting things to do in Wollongong? Whether you’re exploring the renowned Grand Pacific Drive or planning a day trip from Sydney, this vibrant city has an abundance of attractions to offer! Discover the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere, scenic coastal cycling tracks spanning kilometers, enticing eateries and bars, the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge, and thrilling sky-high adventure experiences. Explore the perfect blend of nature and man-made marvels that make Wollongong a truly remarkable destination. Please take a look here for ideas to suit any interest.