Affectionately referred to as ‘The Gong’, Wollongong is a beautiful seaside city perfectly nestled between the Illawarra escarpment and the Tasman Sea, and only an hour’s drive south of Sydney.

With a history of coal-mining and steelmaking, the city has evolved into a bustling dining, entertainment and adventure destination.

Glistening beaches, a spectacular green backdrop, a new city centre, several eating and entertainment zones-this dynamic changing city is just the perfect size to explore!

You’ll see skydivers descend on the beach, surf schools and hang gliders in the air.

Enjoy 17 amazing beaches, beautiful botanic gardens, a spectacular historic harbour and beachfront ‘Blue Mile, art gallery, small bars and now a brand new shopping centre and city mall.

The stunning Illawarra escarpment provides the backdrop as it adjoins the coast with the dramatic cliff faces. Mt Keira is directly west of the city and provides sweeping views and a variety of walking trails through the escarpment.

The northern villages of Bulli, Austinmer and Coledale are beachside playgrounds with great beaches, popular cafes and boutique shopping.

Port Kembla

The port of Port Kembla is a key gateway supporting New South Wales’ motor vehicle, mining, agricultural, manufacturing and construction industries. The port operates across two precincts, the Inner Harbour and the Outer Harbour.

The port has a deep water shipping channel that can accommodate vessels with ship length (LOA) of 300m and has capacity for capesize vessels (at nominated berths).

A short shipping channel minimises vessel transit time and contributes to port efficiency. Ownership of the port rail network by NSW Ports provides flexibility in port operations.

The port operates 24 hours per day, seven days a week (24/7).

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  • Bald Hill is one of the region’s most famous lookouts. It's where hang gliders take off over the cliff and glide like a bird over the stunning coastline below. On a clear day you can see all the way south to Wollongong and beyond.
  • See Australia's and the world's favourite wildlife from the cutest koala to the crankiest crocodile in a natural setting where you can get up really close at Symbio Wildlife Park.
  • Experience the Grand Pacific Drive on the back of a bike with Just Cruisin’ Motorcycle Tours, or if cars are your thing, this is your chance to drive a Porsche across the famous Sea Cliff Bridge with Cliff to Coast Sports Car Drives.
  • The only beach skydive in the Sydney region, and what an experience! You'll freefall above ocean and sand, making memories for a lifetime. You'll jump from Australia's highest altitude of up to 14,000 feet, directly over North Wollongong beach with Skydive Australia.
  • Visit the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere – the Nan Tien Temple.
  • Wollongong’s food culture is second to none. From fine seafood dining on the ocean to bustling cafes with delicious coffee, lively small bars with the perfect cocktails and every cuisine covered, you are spoilt for choice in Wollongong.


Take the Grand Pacific Drive which encompasses some of the most spectacular coastline in NSW. The drive from the Royal National Park (the world’s second oldest National Park) to Wollongong and through to Shellharbour, Kiama and the Shoalhaven, takes you through coastal rainforests, quaint seaside villages, the bustling city of Wollongong and past the rolling hills, wineries and dairy farms of the South.

Some highlights of the Grand Pacific Drive

  • Traverse over the 665m Sea Cliff Bridge, an icon along the spectacular Grand Pacific Drive.
  • The fabled beaches Mystics and The Farm are the stuff of legend, some of the best on the coast. Located in Shellharbour, Killalea State Park is over 260 hectares of pristine coastal reserve with a spectacular coastline, littoral rainforest walking trails, extensive estuarine wetlands and seabird breeding areas. It’s also recognised as a national surfing reserve.
  • Visit the famous Kiama Blowhole, with the right sea conditions it can shoot water up to 25 metres in the air or about as high as a five level building.
  • The Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures takes you over the rainforest canopy, 50m from the forest floor. More than 700 metres above sea level enjoy stunning views of the rainforest, the beautiful surrounding countryside and the magnificent Pacific Ocean.
  • Jamberoo Action Park is the place for some of the greatest thrill rides in the world. The Funnel Web is the world's longest and biggest, most exhilarating water thrill ride of its kind.

Working hours

Customs Officers 24 hours
Quarantine Officials 24 hours
Immigration Officials 24 hours

Customs and Immigration

Passenger Manifest Three copies at the first port of call with one copy to Immigration with the passengers card one copy to Customs and the third copy to remain on board the ship.
Embarking Passenger Manifest 3 copies - 1 to Customs 1 to Port 1 stays
Crew Manifest 2 - 1 at first port to Immigration 2nd stays.
Stores List 2 (Aust. Customs Service and Port Authority NSW)
Customs Declaration (Ship) 1 (Australian Customs Service)
Customs Declaration (Crew) 2 (Australian Customs Service)
Forms Comments All forms listed above are produced at the first Australian port of call and then one copy of each form travels on board the ship to be produced at subsequent ports.
Customs Declaration (Passengers) One at first Australian port of call only.

Port health

Health Declaration One (pratique) at first Australian port of call only


Ground Operations

The following Ground Handlers supply superior ground handling service throughout Australia.

Port Approach


Arrival Departure Restrictions Yes
Tidal Variation 1.5m average
Prevailing Currents SE – NW across entrance
Prevailing Winds  
Depth of Channel 15.25 m
Comments Movements subject to ship handling guidelines

Depth and breadth of turning basin

Location of Turning Basin Inner Harbour
Diameter 500m
Depth 15.25m


Pilotage Name Port Authority of NSW – Port Kembla
Pilotage Address Foreshore Road, Port Kembla, New South wales, 2505, Australia
Pilotage Phone No +61 2 42  4274 4571
Pilotage Fax No n/a
Is Pilotage Compulsory Yes
Position of Pilot Pickup 4.0 nautical miles bearing 033 degrees from Eastern Breakwater head
Distance from Berth 5.25 nautical miles
Pilot VHF Channel n/a
Description of Pilot Boat Yellow  or black hull, yellow superstructure
Pilot Hours 24 hours
Pilotage Fees Available from Port Authority NSW – Port Kembla


Port Services
The following ACA members offer superior service throughout the region.

Port Operations/Services

AAL Shipping
Phone (61 2) 4969 7988
Asiaworld Shipping Services P/L  
Phone (61 2) 9906 6372
Australian Ships Agencies  
Phone (61 2) 4275 1899
Chief Container Service  
Phone (61 2) 9272 9272
GAC Australia  
Phone (61 2) 4274 7017
Hetherington Kingsbury Shipping Agency  
Phone (61 2) 4226 6277
Inchcape Shipping Services  
Phone (61 2) 4275 2300
Phone (61 3) 9642 8831
Monson Agencies  
Phone (61 2) 8274 9303
Oceanway Shipping Agency Pty Ltd  
Phone (61 2) 9410 1879
Pacific Orient Sea Transport (POST)  
Phone (61 2) 9247 5511
Stolt Nielson Shipping  
Phone (61 3) 9820 3288
Swire Shipping  
Phone 1300 550 505
Wallenius Wilhelmsen  
Phone (61 2) 9200 2000
Wilhelmsen Ships Services  
Phone (61 2) 4275 1500


Are tugs available Yes
Are tugs compulsory Yes
Tug operators name Svitzer Australasia
Tug operators phone +61 2 4275 5800
Tug operators website
Ship or tug lines Tugs
Tug working hours Available 24 hours


Working hours 24 hours

Port officials

Working hours 24hours
Overtime yes


For details of suitable stevedores, please contact the Shipping Agent


Yes. Refer to Shipping Agents for details.


Telephones Yes
How many 1
Notice required Yes


Fuel Grades All
Quay or barge Quay
Suppliers Several, all by road


Fresh Water Yes
Exquay or barge Quay
No of hoses 2 connections
Capacity per hose/hour n/a
Tonnes per hour guaranteed n/a
Type of connect Female
Connect size in inches Various

Dry garbage

Dry garbage Yes
Barge alongside No
Containers available No
Size of containers n/a
Number available n/a
Incineration or dump Subject to contractor
Facilities to transport Subject to contractor

Wet garbage

Wet garbage Yes
Ship or shore pump Subject to contractor
Sludge disposal Yes
Sludge details Subject to contractor


Port Charges n/a

Repair facilities

Nearest dry dock  
Maximum Tonnage  
Divers Available Yes
Engineering facilities  


Dredging undertaken  
Dredging when  


Port Operator

Port operator

Name NSW Ports
Address Level 3, Maritime Centre, 91 Foreshore Road, Port Kembla NSW 2505
Telephone 02 4275 0700
Email Address

Berth details

Berth 105 and 106 combined
Maximum draft 14.20m + tide -0.30m
Tidal variation 1.5m average
Berth length  
Guaranteed berthing for cruise ships Advance booking required
Are other ships able to dock Yes at adjacent berths
Cargo ships at dock At adjacent berths
Security fences Yes

Nearest Ports

Australia Sydney (38 Nautical Miles)
Nearest Major Overseas Port Noumea, New Caledonia (1053 Nautical Miles)
  Auckland, New Zealand (1245 Nautical Miles)



Terminal facilities

Terminal Building TBA
Meet and Greet Facilities TBA
Toilet Facilities TBA
Telephones TBA
Availability of Maps and/or Brochures TBA
Souvenir Shopping TBA
Money Exchange No, in city centre
Is the US Dollar Accepted? No


Closest Airport to Pier Sydney Airport
Distance to Airport 84km
Transport to Airport Trains available from Wollongong
Can Passengers Walk to Town No
Drive Time from Pier to Shuttle Stop  
Distance from Pier to Town Centre 3.7km
Are Shuttle Buses Necessary Yes
Suggested Shuttle Stop in Town Central Business District, harbour foreshore & beaches
Availability of Taxis at Pier No
Availability of Public Transport at Pier No
Other Forms of Transport at Pier TBA

Tour buses

Distance from Ship to Tour Buses TBA
What is the Normal Coach Capacity Wide range depending upon requirements
Are Tour Buses Air Conditioned TBA
Are Refreshments Provided on Buses TBA
Are Cold Towels Provided on Buses TBA
Are Step Stools Provided on Buses TBA




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