Hire a car in Wollongong to discover the Grand Pacific Drive and stop wherever you like along the winding coastline from Royal National Park to Shoalhaven. Buses can be caught to nearby towns from Wollongong but a hire car will give you the ability to make stops and take in views from certain places, such as Robertson's Knoll Lookout and Bald Hill Lookout. Attractions, such as Wollongong Botanic Garden and Fo Guang Shan Nan Tien Temple, are spread across the city and require a connection of two buses through West Wollongong, taking 45min rather than a quick 10min drive with a hire car. Mount Keira is also best reached by car to avoid the tiring 3 km ascent from the nearest bus stop.
The reception desks of Avis, Budget, Europcar, Enterprise, Hertz and Thrifty can be found to the left of Arrivals Hall A at Sydney International Airport (SYD). A 5min walk is required to reach the hire cars in the P7 Car Park and no shuttles are provided. Offices are also located directly opposite the Jetstar and Qantas baggage claim in Terminal 2 and 3, with a short walk to the vehicles outside. A hire car may help save time and money travelling from the airport to Wollongong as bus and train transfers cost approximately A$ 20–30 with a 2h trip, while driving takes roughly 1h 10min.
Take care when driving around coastal Wollongong roads as vehicles can approach quickly around blind corners. Watch for cars veering off direction as many drivers are tempted to take their eyes off the road along the Sea Cliff Bridge. Cyclists are common throughout the Illawarra region and a safe distance of at least 1.5 m must be given when overtaking.
Much calmer than other major cities across Australia, traffic in Wollongong peaks between 07:30–09:00. Congestion picks up during the afternoon around 15:30; however, long delays are not common. Traffic is worst along Princes Mwy, especially in the morning as commuters make their way to work in Sydney.
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Intermediate car hires in Wollongong are around 31% cheaper than other car types, on average
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Some car hire companies in Wollongong which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Europcar, Thrifty and Hertz
On average a hire car in Wollongong costs $43 per day.
The average price of fuel in Wollongong is $6.16 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between $74 and $99, depending on the car size.
Intermediate (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Wollongong.
A Intermediate car hire in Wollongong costs $45 per day, on average.
A Compact car hire in Wollongong costs $52 per day, on average.
A Full-size car hire in Wollongong costs $106 per day, on average.
In Wollongong, cars are most frequently hired at Europcar 8a Flinders Street (1 km from city centre ).
On average hiring a car in Wollongong costs $301 per week ($43 per day).
On average a car hire in Wollongong costs $1,288 per month ($43 per day).
With wide roads and manageable congestion, full-sized cars are popular in Wollongong. The medium-sized makes provide a gentle drive and are great for cruising around coastal bends, while the spacious cabins and boots let you pack everything you need. Opt for a 4WD if you are thinking of going off-road driving in the Southern Highlands.
Unless indicated otherwise by signage, the default limit in urban areas of Wollongong is 50 km/h. A 40 km/h maximum is enforced between 08:00–09:30 and 14:30-16:00 in school zones. Key arterial roads, including Crown St, increase to 60 km/h and others, such as Memorial Dr, rise to 80 km/h.
You can expect to pay around A$ 1.45 per litre, which is cheaper than the national mean. Prices stay mostly consistent in the centre of Wollongong, though petrol stations in southern suburbs, like Dapto and Brownsville, offer discounted prices.
Wollongong Central Car Park offers the first 2h for free and is unrestricted after 17:30 on all weekdays except Thursday. Hourly spaces are available at Woolworths Wollongong Car Park for around A$ 3 and have a maximum daily fee of roughly A$ 20.