Getting There

Getting to Wollongong

Located just 80 kilometres south of Sydney, travelling to Wollongong can be as fun and adventurous or as quick and streamlined as you like.


Thanks to Virgin Australia, discount flights are available through the booking panel below:

Discount available are:
• Domestic Business: upto 10% Virgin Australia Domestic Business class fares
• Domestic Flexi: upto 10% Virgin Australia Domestic Freedom fares
• Domestic Saver upto 10 % Virgin Australia Domestic Elevate and Getaway fares (excluding tactical and Sale fares)

For your reference the sale period is 04/03/2019 – midnight 12/05/2019 and the travel period is 12/05/2019 – midnight 29/05/2019

All fares purchased using the Event Direct booking tile are subject to the fare type terms and conditions provided on the Virgin Australia website.

The following airlines fly regularly between Australia’s larger cities and Sydney.

Sydney Airport
Sydney airport is the main gateway to Wollongong. It boasts international, domestic and general aviation terminals. Sydney Airport is located approximately 1:50 minutes from Wollongong. There are a few options to get to and from Cairns Airport to the city. Please see below for more details.
Fly Corporate regional airlines fly directly into the Illawarra Regional Airport, direct from either Brisbane or Melbourne, flying daily. Details of the new Wollongong, Melbourne and Brisbane services are available at

Illawarra Airport
Illawarra Regional Airport is located at Airport Road off the Princes Highway, Albion Park Rail. Albion Park Rail is a suburb of Shellharbour City, which forms part of the Illawarra Region. The Airport is located just over 20 minutes south of Wollongong.


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.

Need a hire car? A number of hire car companies operate out of the Sydney Airport. Click here for more information.

Parking Information at Novotel Wollongong Northbeach

The parking at the Novotel Hotel is complimentary for THETA delegates and is subject to availability (first come first served) and cannot be reserved prior to arrival.

To access the Parking at Novotel, please enter via Bourke St and through the turning circle at front of the Hotel. Please obtain a parking ticket at the boom gate to enter, and you will receive an exit parking pass when you are checking out at the hotel reception.

There is significant parking just to the north of the Novotel, with all day parking in and around North Wollongong beach, Stuart Park and George Hanley Drive areas.


Sydney Trains operates a regular timetable to Wollongong from Sydney on its South Coast and Southerns Highlands Lines.

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.

For information on fare and timetables please click here

Shuttle Services

Arriving by train? We will be running a regular shuttle service from Wollongong Train Station, departing at 15-minutes past the hour, from 10:15 – 16:15.

Staying at Adina, Quest, Belmore Suites, Boat Harbour Motel or Sage Hotel? A shuttle bus will be on hand to transfer you to and from the primary conference venue, Novotel Northbeach. Please request the shuttle bus schedule when you check-in to your accommodation. Most of these accommodation options are an easy and enjoyable walk from the Novotel, so you may like to pack your comfy walking shoes.

Throughout the conference, the shuttle bus service will help you transfer to key program events, such as the Welcome Reception, Gala Dinner and Campus tours. Please see us at the registration desk if you require further information or assistance.