Wollongong is 80km from Sydney Airport's International and Domestic terminals.  

Arriving in Australia

All passengers arriving in Australia need to clear Customs and Immigration.  If you are an international student, you may need to show your Offer of Admission letter, electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE) and evidence that you have enough money to support yourself while studying in Australia (e.g. bank statements) to an Immigration Officer.  Australian Customs and Quarantine rules are very strict, so if you are in doubt about what to declare, ask a Customs Officer. There are serious penalties (including fines and jail) for making a false declaration.

After clearing Customs, you will enter the arrivals hall, where you will find retail and food outlets, public telephones, a Traveller’s Advisory Bureau and money exchange. 

Airport Pick-up

Getting to your accommodation is easy with the free airport pick-up service for new UOW international students who have an offer to study at the Wollongong Campus.

You will be met in the Arrivals Hall after you clear Customs, and will be transferred to your UOW residence or pre-arranged temporary accommodation in Wollongong by a driver.

Check with Accommodation Services or the pick-up services should you have any difficulties.

South Western Sydney and Sydney Business School Campus students

Students attending South Western Sydney Campus can find out more about transport from the airport to the SWS area and accommodation on the StudyNSW website.

Students attending Sydney Business School Campus can find out more about transport from the airport to the Sydney Business School campus area and accommodation on the StudyNSW website.

Getting to Wollongong using public transport

Wollongong is just 85 minutes by train from Sydney Airport. North Wollongong Station is the closest station to the University, and is located on the South Coast Line.

Take the train from the International or Domestic terminal to Wolli Creek, and change to a Wollongong train, bound for Port Kembla, Dapto or Bomaderry.  The Transport for NSW Trip Planner can help you with scheduled train times. Search for the journey from the “International Airport” or "Domestic Airport" to “North Wollongong Station”.


Normal taxis do not generally operate from Sydney Airport to Wollongong, but several companies provide airport pick up services using small buses or hire cars. The University currently uses Leisure Coast Limousines.

Last reviewed: 22 January, 2019