Sydney Train Walks

From Wollongong via Illawarra 5h / 20km to Thirroul

About this walk

This walk follows part of the Grand Pacific Drive.

It takes about 5 hours to complete the full 20 kilometre walk, with plenty of breaks and photography stops. A brisk walker can do this much faster, but consider that there's a lot to see along the way.

Getting there and back

Get the train to Wollongong using transportnsw.info. Get the train to Thirroul using transportnsw.info.

Along the way

From the station follow Station Street and then Crown Street to the shopping mall.

Follow the mall and continue along Crown Street past the stadium to the beach.

Cross Lang Park to the footpath to the lighthouse.

From the ligthouse follow Endeavour Drive and continue around the harbour.

Take the footpath to the rockpools and continue on to North Wollongong Beach.

From the North Wollongong Beach carpark follow the footpath through the park.

The path ends on Squires Way. Cross the bridge and enter the Puckeys Estate directly after.

Follow the boardwalk and footpath through Puckeys Estate to Towradgi Beach.

From the surf club follow the beach or the bike path to Towradgi Beach.

Walk around Towradgi Point and continue along the beach to Bellambi Point.

Walk around Belambi Point and follow the road from the carpark to Bellambi Beach.

Follow Bellambi Beach or the bike path along the beach to the Woonona Rock Pool.

From the Woonona Rock Pool follow Bulli Beach to Waniora Point.

Walk around Waniora Point and follow Sandon Point Beach.

Continue around Sandon Point and follow McCauley’s Beach.

From the Thirroul Beach surf club follow Lawrence Hargrave Drive left to the train station.

What to bring

  • Check the national parks website for possible detours, closures and restrictions.
  • Install an OpenStreetMap app for Android or iOS and preload the area.
  • Download the GPS data if your device can import it.
  • Print out this map and get a better one from a visitor information centre if possible.
  • Be sure to leave enough charge in your phone's battery for emergency calls.
  • Bring plenty of water, comfortable shoes, a hat and SPF 30 sunscreen.
  • Also bring a light windbreaker/raincoat in case you get caught out in the rain.