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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, one hour and two hours spaces, and lots of free 15-minute on street spaces in the CBD.

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. Council has 11 off-street car parks located at:

  • Burelli Street East (Former Dwyers site)
  • Stewart Street
  • George Street
  • Rawson Street
  • Victoria Street
  • Thomas Street
  • Atchison Street
  • Belmore Street
  • Keira Street
  • MacCabe Park (off Church Street)
  • Stewart Street East

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 town to shop and do business while encouraging all day parkers to consider alternatives, such as cycling, public transport or carpooling.

Net costs collected will be kept in a reserve and spent on new off-street parking spaces and improvements to footpaths, cycleways and public transport facilities in the City Centre.

Council has also installed free 15 minute parking spaces in front of high turnover areas, extra ‘No Parking' zones where motorists can stop for 2 minutes to pick up and drop off passengers, as well as free motorcycle spots.


 Pay and Display On-Street City Centre Map

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.

Parking Meters – Refunds

If you’ve had a problem with one of Council’s Parking Meter machines and want a refund, you need to put a request in writing, addressing the letter to the General Manager. The request must include:

  • The name, address, email and contact phone number of the driver.
  • The ID number of the faulty parking meter (located in the top display window of the meter
  • The reference number provided to the driver when they reported the faulty meter to the Parking Meter Fault Line (1300 994 392)
  • Date and time fo the event
  • A copy of the second (replacement) parking meter ticket purchased.

Council will review all parking meter refund requests and provide a written response to the driver.

Please note, refund requests will only be considered if the driver reported the faulty meter to the Parking Meter Fault Line; the technician's report confirms that the parking meter was faulty at the time of the event; and all of the criteria listed above have been met.

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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