Our how-to guide for Australia Day at Wollongong Harbour

An evening of entertainment, food and fireworks will mark the Australia Day public holiday at Wollongong Harbour.

To make sure you have a great Australia Day, we’ve pulled together this how-to guide for the City of Wollongong community event.


When and where do I go?

Activities will start at 5pm on Friday 26 January 2024 across Osborne Park and Wollongong Harbour.

They’ll be activities for the kids in Osborne Park with jumping castles for all ages, plus a range of roving entertainment, music and food vendors.

When will the fireworks start?

The fireworks display will start at 9pm. Like on New Year’s Eve, the fireworks will be fired up higher into the night sky so that people can spread out along the foreshore.

The fireworks will go ahead if it is raining, but not if there are high winds or a major storm. Keep an eye on Council’s Facebook for any weather announcements.

What about road closures?

Some road closures will be in place on Australia Day so the event at Wollongong Harbour can go ahead safely. Please note, details may change at short notice.

The following roads will be closed between 4pm and 10pm:

  • Cliff Road, between Marine Drive and Georges Place.
  • Harbour Street, between Market Street and Cliff Road.
  • Hector Street.
  • Hinton Street.
  • Campbell Street, from Corrimal Street.
  • Wilson Street, from Smith Street.
  • Smith Street, between Corrimal Street and Harbour Street.

The following roads will be closed between 8pm and 9.30pm for the fireworks display:

  • Marine Drive.
  • Endeavour Drive, will operate one way from 4pm and full road closure from 8pm.

Please note, there will be managed access for residents. The affected residents will be advised directly.

How do I get to the event?

If you’re planning on driving, plan ahead as parking and roads will be very busy.

We suggest using the Innovation Campus carpark as a park and ride option by hoping on the Free Gong Shuttle Bus.

On Australia Day, the Free Gong Shuttle Bus will continue to operate until 10.50pm. People arriving by train to Wollongong or North Wollongong Station can also hop on shuttle to travel to the event, just look for the green 55A or 55C buses.

Prefer to cycle? We’ve completed works on the Wollongong CBD pop-up cycleway which links the Wollongong train station and Crown Street Mall to the Blue Mile. Head here

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