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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 10 off-street car parks located at:

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

Parking changes from midnight, Friday 30 January 2015

Wollongong City Council will close its temporary car park, known as the old Dwyers site, on the corner of Burelli and Corrimal Streets at midnight on Friday 30 January 2015.

Council leased the site in January 2011, and opened it as a temporary car park to offer an additional 140 spaces in the city. The site was used to provide an immediate increase to parking in the CBD, while Council built new car parks offering a mix of permanent leased, short term or all-day parking.

Over the past three years, we've opened two new car parks in George and Keira Streets, and increased the parking times in the Rawson Street and Stewart Street East car parks from four to eight hour parking.

This brings the total number of Council-provided all-day car parking in the city to 838 spaces. 179 of these have been added since 2010. All-day spaces include:

  • 221 casual (8P) parking spaces
  • 617 leased spaces

A further 1045 parking spaces have been provided since 2010 in the CBD’s private parking stations, including those at Wollongong Central, Wollongong Train Station, Woolworths and WIN Stadium.

We're continuing to investigate other parking options for the city, including the addition of 30 more spaces to the Stewart Street East car park in 2015.

People are encouraged to park and ride using the free Gong Shuttle bus. You can park for free at Thomas Dalton Park Fairy Meadow or at Beaton Park Gwynneville and catch the bus right into the centre of town.

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.

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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