85 km south of Sydney CBD, Wollongong is located between the Pacific Ocean and the Illawarra Escarpment. With a population of 282,000, it is Australia's 10th largest city. Further details: www.visitwollongong.com.au
Getting Here By Car
80-90 minutes from Sydney CBD
70-80 minutes from Mascot Airport
60 minutes from Campbelltown / Macarthur region
2 hours 30 minutes from Canberra
Getting Here By Rail
Trains to Wollongong run hourly from 4:44 am until 12:34 am (every 20 minutes during peak)
90 minutes from Sydney Central Station
85 minutes from Domestic Airport Station
The Xavier Conference Centre
38 Harbour Street
Co-located with the Office of the Bishop and the Cathedral, the Xavier Conference Centre is a modern renovation of the old St Francis Xavier School buildings. It opened in January 2013.
St Francis Xavier Cathedral
36 Harbour Street
Wollongong's extant Cathedral is celebrating its 165th anniversary this year. Since its original opening in 1848 the building has had two major extensions. With the creation of the Diocese of Wollongong in 1951 it became Cathedral.
St Mary Star of the Sea College
15 Harbour Street
Wollongong's premium Good Samaritan Girls' School is celebrating its 140th anniversary this year. It is located opposite Market Square and has a large Main Hall and a number of large presentation rooms.
within easy walking distance of the conference venue. A free Shuttle Bus passes near the conference venue, most hotels, the university, the beaches and the railway station.
There is off-street parking at the Xavier Centre for ~150 cars and other car parking areas nearby. Or leave the car in the hotel and walk or catch the free shuttle bus.