Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Sydney Airport is the closest international airport. “Welcome to Sydney, the friendliest city on earth; where the sun is always shining and the people smiling!” I don’t know if everyone gets this sort of greeting when they arrive in Sydney, but you won’t be there for long before you realize that Australians are generally more relaxed, happy, and helpful than most; in Australia everyone is ‘mate’.
Upon arrival in Sydney’s International Terminal (T1), you will have to pass through customs and immigration, so keep your passport handy. It is important to note the quarantine rules ban you from bringing dairy products, seeds, nuts, plants, animals, uncanned meat products, fresh fruit and vegetables into the country. If you need to exchange money, Thomas Cook and Travelex are located on the arrivals level, as well as several ATMs.
Transportation From the Airport:
If you choose to rent a car, Wollongong is one hour drive south via Princes Highway (F6 Freeway). Avis, Hertz, Budget, Red Spot, Europcar and Thrifty are the rental companies which service the airport. You must be twenty-one to rent a car, and drivers below twenty-five must pay a surcharge. In Australia, cars drive on the left-hand side of the road and the steering wheel is on the right-hand side of the car. Gas costs approximately 2$US per gallon; more in country areas. There are restrictions on certain vehicles traveling to Northern Territories, Western Australia, and Tasmania.
For a map on how to get to Wollongong, visit the Roads + Traffic Authority (RTA) website.
If you choose to take the train, buy a ticket from the airport to Wollongong City station. This will cost about 18$AUD. First you must take the airport link, which is located directly beneath the terminal, with trains leaving every ten minutes to Sydney Central. You must get off at Central and switch to the South Coast Line (to Port Kembla/Nowra), which stops at Wollongong. If you can, get a seat on the left hand side of the train, because you will not want to miss the gorgeous coastline scenery which will make the 90 minute ride feel more like 30. Visit CityRail’s website for more information.