We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Is it a good idea to drive to Wollongong from Sydney Airport

Pune
Level Contributor
1 post
17 reviews
Save Topic
Is it a good idea to drive to Wollongong from Sydney Airport

Reaching Sydney Airport at 230 pm.

We plan to rent a car and drive to Wollongong.

-given that it may be about 4 till we rent a car and leave ...is it ok to drive to Wollongong ?

Alternatively we will just stay in Sydney.

If we stay on in Sydney we won’t be able to do Wollongong at all. What’s the recommendation.

Mentioned in this post
Sydney Airport
Sydney Airport
Mascot, Australia
Wollongong
Wollongong
New South Wales, Australia
Sydney
Sydney
New South Wales, Australia
7 replies to this topic
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
7,388 posts
30 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Is it a good idea to drive to Wollongong from Sydney Airport

I'm struggling to get a sense of what time you have & what your aims are.

Will you be arriving on an international or domestic flight?

If International, do not get straight into a rental car in a strange country, to drive on unaccustomed roads.

How many days/nights will you be in Sydney?

If spending a night in Sydney takes Wollongong off your Itinerary, it suggests to me that you will only be here for a day, two at the most.

Mentioned in this post
Sydney
Sydney
New South Wales, Australia
Broadford, Australia
Destination Expert
for Melbourne
Level Contributor
2,684 posts
62 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Is it a good idea to drive to Wollongong from Sydney Airport

Hi,

Will you be arriving from a long haul flight? What time of year? Will you be staying the night(s) in Wollongong? What did you particularly want to see in Wollongong? What will you be doing when you leave Wollongong?

Cheers,

UF

Mentioned in this post
Wollongong
Wollongong
New South Wales, Australia
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
2,082 posts
137 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Is it a good idea to drive to Wollongong from Sydney Airport

Yes, a bit of a head scratcher. The drive to Wollongong is not too hard from the airport as you are sort of halfway there but 4pm is pretty close to peak hour so traffic is only going to get worse. Wollongong is a nice city and have lovely beaches but as a first stop off your (international?) flight seems a little out of left field. Are you visiting relatives?

I can only echo the caution about driving straight after landing in Sydney and possibly from a foreign country.

Mentioned in this post
Wollongong
Wollongong
New South Wales, Australia
Sydney
Sydney
New South Wales, Australia
South Coast NSW
Level Contributor
2,757 posts
83 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Is it a good idea to drive to Wollongong from Sydney Airport

We live on the South Coast, and routinely drop people off at the airport between 4-5pm. We then either go to IKEA or Costco until 7pm-7:30pm so that we can miss the traffic we would encounter if we drove home towards Wollongong from Sydney right away. We usually do not begin the drive home until 7pm at the earliest. From 3:30 onwards there is too much traffic for us to enjoy that drive.

You could do this, but I would not recommend it if you are getting off a plane at 2:30pm.

But put all of that aside for a minute as the question we should be asking is - What is it that you want to see in Wollongong? When are you travelling? Do you plan to stay overnight there or are you planning to drive back again the same day?

If you can give us a better idea of your overall plan and what you want to see and do, we can help you plan better. :)

Mentioned in this post
Wollongong
Wollongong
New South Wales, Australia
Sydney
Sydney
New South Wales, Australia
Leyte Island...
Destination Expert
for Cebu City, Cebu Island
Level Contributor
11,284 posts
53 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: Is it a good idea to drive to Wollongong from Sydney Airport

You could also travel there by train.

Looks like there is a train to Wollongong about every 20 minutes from 4pm. Get in the train at the airport and change at Wolli Creek.

Mentioned in this post
Wollongong
Wollongong
New South Wales, Australia
Sydney, Australia
Destination Expert
for Sydney, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Islands
Level Contributor
20,328 posts
203 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Is it a good idea to drive to Wollongong from Sydney Airport

If you are getting g off a flight from Pune..no....

dont

peak hour traffic,

Are you heading to nan tien? Its missable.

Unless you are flying in from a domestic location and have a reason to be in the gong... stay i sydney

Level Contributor
694 posts
42 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: Is it a good idea to drive to Wollongong from Sydney Airport

It's not a very good idea. It can be done but it won't be an enjoyable ride for you especially if you're coming off a long hall flight. Sydney's peak hour traffic is some of the worse in the world.

Reply to: Is it a good idea to drive to Wollongong from Sydney Airport
Get notified by e-mail when a reply is posted
Get answers to your questions about Wollongong
More Wollongong Topics