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Page Sections: Pay and Display Machines | Parking Concessions | Transport Options | Safe and Legal Parking Tips | City Loading Zones

Pay and Display Machines

Pay and Display machines operate on a number of on-street and off-street parking spaces in the city centre. These machines are pro-rata, so you pay for how long you want to stay.

On-street parking

The hours of operation of paid on-street parking are Monday - Friday, from 8.30am to 4.30pm. There are 30 minute, plus one, two and three hour spaces. We've also got lots of free 15-minute on-street spaces in front of high turnover areas in the CBD and free motorcycle spots.

And don't forget, if you're just dropping someone off or picking them up, you can stop for up to two minutes in the No Parking zones, which are also located in high demand areas.

We offer free on-street parking on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, but time limits apply on Saturdays between 8.30am and 12.30pm.

Motorbikes can park for free on the street, but must abide by time restrictions.

Off-street parking

All Council operated off-street car parks are free and without time restrictions on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Our off-street car parks include both metered and leased spaces, and can be found at:

  • Stewart Street (metered)
  • George Street (metered and leased)
  • Rawson Street (metered and leased)
  • Victoria Street (metered and leased)
  • Thomas Street (leased)
  • Atchison Street (metered)
  • Auburn Street (leased)
  • Belmore Street (leased)
  • Keira Street (leased)
  • MacCabe Park (metered)
  • Stewart Street East (metered)

Metered car parks are also free between 4.30pm and 8.30am Monday to Friday, and leased car parks are available for general public use between 5pm and 6am Monday to Friday at no cost.

Why do we have Pay and Display machines?

The Pay and Display ticket machines are part of a long term strategy to free up the best located car spaces for people visiting the City Centre to shop and do business while encouraging all day parkers to consider alternatives, such as cycling, public transport or carpooling.

The net revenue collected from parking meter fees is reserved to improve car parks, footpaths, cycleways and transport facilities in the City Centre.

Payment Options

There several ways you can pay for Council's metered parking spaces. All on- and off-street meters accept cash and CellOPark payments.

In 4P and 8P car parks, you can also pay by credit card.

During the first two weeks of June 2015, Council will be removing credit card facilities from the parking meters located on-street and in 2P and 3P car parks.

About CellOPark

CellOPark is a payment system that can be used via a free mobile app, online, or over the phone. Users are billed monthly for any parking fees and pay the same rate as those using cash or credit card.

With CellOPark, you only pay for the exact time you park, and you can also use the system to locate your car if you forget where you've parked. For a small monthly fee you can subscribe to a premium account which will give you unlimited SMS alerts when your parking time is nearly up.

Registering with CellOPark is free, and can be done via one of the following methods:

  1. Download the free “CellOPark Australia” smartphone app for iOS and Android, and register within the app, or
  2. Register at www.cellopark.com.au or
  3. Call (02) 8599 9747. Standard call rates apply.


Once registered, users can start and end parking sessions using the app, over the phone on (02) 8599 9747, or on the CellOPark website.

More information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions can be found at www.cellopark.com.au

Pay and Display On-Street City Centre Map

City Centre Map for Parking

Street Signage

Mobility Parking Scheme (MPS) - Parking Concessions

The Mobility Parking Scheme (MPS) provides parking concessions to people with mobility disabilities.

NSW Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) issues a licence-style card that includes the cardholder's photograph, and other security features such as a hologram and a 'ghost' photo image. Proof of identity is required to ensure only eligible people receive a card.

The parking concessions available to MPS card holders are allowed only when the MPS card is displayed on the vehicle and the vehicle is being used to transport the card holder, or in the case of an organisation, when the vehicle is being used to carry an eligible person.

How long can I park? The concessions for time limited parking are as follows:

Ordinary parking signs - where parking is limited to:

  • more than 30 minutes, the vehicle can park for an unlimited time
  • 30 minutes, the vehicle can park for two hours
  • less than 30 minutes, the vehicle can park for a maximum of 30 minutes.

Signs showing the symbol for people with disabilities - parking spaces and signs that show the symbol for people with disabilities can only be parked in by vehicles displaying a valid Mobility Parking Scheme Permit. 

No parking - a vehicle displaying an MPS card must not stop for longer that five minutes and only to drop off or pick up passengers or goods and the driver must remain within three metres of the vehicle.

Where can't I park? MPS permits don't allow vechicle to stand or be parked between 'No stopping' signs or taxi stands, bus stands, loading zones, construction zones, truck zones or clearways.

Safe and Legal Parking Tips

  1. Read the signs – regulated parking areas are clearly signposted to outline parking requirements. Check the signs for time and Pay & Display restrictions
  2. Use the ‘Parking in the City Centre’ map to find the best options for getting in and around the City Centre. There are also signs around the City Centre for parking stations
  3. Plan ahead when visiting the City Centre, especially for special events such as sporting matches and concerts
  4. Be aware that some parking zones change to Clearways at various times of the day
  5. Don't stop at any time in No Stopping, Clearways or Bus Zones.
  6. Don't park in a Loading Zone unless you are driving a vehicle with the purpose of carrying goods
  7. Parking spots for people with a disability are located in convenient locations in the City Centre. Don't park in disabled parking zones unless you have a valid RTA Mobility Parking Scheme permit clearly displayed in your vehicle
  8. Look at alternative options to driving your car including the Gong Shuttle, walking or riding your bike
  9. Remember that on-street parking in Wollongong’s City Centre is intended for short stays. For longer stays, consider using an off-street parking station or leave the car at home
  10. Ask a Parking Ranger. Rangers will be pleased to provide assistance with parking and directions.

City Loading Zones

  • Atchison Street, Wollongong - east side and south of Ellen Street, Wollongong
  • Burelli Street, Wollongong - various locations
  • Crown St Mall and Globe Way - no vehicle access unless a valid City Centre permit is displayed
  • Crown Street, Wollongong - south side between Station Street, Wollongong and the Jubilee Railway Bridge (Dicey O'Rileys Hotel)
  • 270 Crown Street, Wollongong
  • 29 Ellen Street, Wollongong
  • 6-8 Gladstone Avenue, Wollongong
  • 103 Keira Street, Wollongong
  • Keira Street, Wollongong - western side, north of and adjacent to the intersection on Burelli Street, Wollongong 
  • Kembla Street, Wollongong - north of Court Lane
  • Market Street, Wollongong - south side between Corrimal Street and Coombe Lane, Wollongong
  • Simpson Lane, Wollongong
  • Town Hall Place, Wollongong
  • Victoria Street, Wollongong - north side near the north east corner of the intersection with Young Street, Wollongong.

For more information about loading zones visit our Loading Zones page

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