Illawarra bus routes, New South Wales

Public transport infrastructure in Sydney
logo=
name=Illawarra
transport_mode=Commuter bus
line_owner=Ministry of Transport
operation_area=Wollongong
Shellharbour
Kiama
Wingecarribee
line_length=37 routes
interchange_names=Wollongong station
operator_names=Premier Illawarra
Dion's Bus Service
Greens Northern Coaches
Kiama Coachlines

Illawarra bus routes connect suburbs in the Illawarra region of New South Wales. Services are largely integrated with the public transport network of Sydney, to the north.

The narrow coastal strip on which the Illawarra's suburbs are built makes the main South Coast railway line the key part of the region's public transport. A limited bus network was operated for a time by the Government of New South Wales bus company, the Urban Transit Authority. Today, bus services are operated by Premier Illawarra, Dion's Bus Service, Greens Northern Coaches and Kiama Coachlines.

The Illawarra is considered as one outer metropolitan bus region for the purposes of Ministry of Transport contracting arrangements.

Infrastructure

The network radiates from a bus terminal to the east of Wollongong's CBD, which is close to the beach. There is also a terminal at CityRail's Wollongong station, in the towards the CBD's west.

Comprehensive public transport information is provided by Illawarra TransInfo, run by the region's local governments, and the state government's Transport InfoLine.

Bus-only lanes are very rarely seen or used in Wollongong and the Illawarra.

Premier Illawarra

Premier Illawarra is a merged entity combining major local bus companies with an interstate coach operator. Ruttys Bus Service, John J Hill Bus Service and Nowra Coaches became Premier Illawarra in June 2001.

Premier operates the following services:

Northern Wollongong
*3: Wollongong to Towradgi, Bellambi Point, Corrimal and Balgownie (Loop Service).
*6: Wollongong to Mount Pleasant and University.
*7: Wollongong to Bellambi, Corrimal, Balgownie and Cabbage Tree Lane.
*8: Wollongong via Balgownie, Corrimal, Bellambi and Towradgi. (Loop Service)

Figtree
*10: Wollongong to Gwynneville, University, Keiraville, Figtree and Coniston.
*11: Wollongong to Coniston, Figtree, Keiraville and University.
*23: Wollongong to North Beach , Coniston and Westifield.
*24: Wollongong to North Beach , Mangerton and Westfield.
*25: Wollongong to Greenacre Road and Westfield Figtree.
*38: Wollongong to Figtree Heights and Mount Keira. (Clockwise loop)
*39: Wollongong to Mount Keira and Figtree Heights. (Anti-clockwise loop)

Dapto
*32: Wollongong to Dapto, Koonawarra, Mount Brown, Kanahooka and Unanderra.
*33: Wollongong to West Dapto , Mount Brown, Compton Street , Koonawarra and Kanahooka.
*43: Port Kembla to Dapto via Kanahooka and Berkeley.

Unanderra, Berkeley, Warrawong and Port Kembla
*34: Wollongong to Warrawong via Berkeley.
*35: Wollongong to Unanderra via West Unanderra.
*36: Wollongong to Kembla Heights via Unanderra.
*65: North Beach to Port Kembla via Warrawong, Lake Heights and Cringala.

Lake IllawarraPremier operates two LakeLink services.
*37: Wollongong Loop via University, Dapto, Shellharbour and Warrawong.
*57: Wollongong Loop via Warrawong, Shellharbour, Dapto and Unanderra.

Shellharbour, Albion Park, Kiama
*51: Shellharbour City to University via Albion Park and Wollongong.
*70: Shellharbour City to Albion Park via Oak Flats and Barrack Point.
*71: Shellharbour City to Kiama via Shell Cove and Warilla.
*73: Shellharbour City to Albion Park via Shell Cove and Warilla.
*76: Shellharbour City to Albion Park.

Shellharbour District
*52: Wollongong to Oak Flats Rail via Shellharbour Square, Cingala, Warrawong, Primbee, Warilla, Shell Cove and Flinders.
*53: Wollongong to Oak Flats Rail via Shellharbour Square, King Street, Warrawong, Primbee, Warilla, Shell Cove and Flinders.
*54: Wollongong to Albion Park Rail via Warrawong, Mount Warrigal, Shellharbour Square and Oak Flats.
*72: Shellharbour Square to Lake South via Barrack Heights and Warilla.
*74: Shellharbour Square to Shellharbour Township via Barrack Heights.

Dion's Bus Service

Dion's Bus Service operates services in the northern and central suburbs of Wollongong. The company also provides two commuter routes:
*1: Fairy Meadow, Corrimal, Woonona, Bulli, Thirroul and Austinmer.
*4: Fairy Meadow, Corrimal, Woonona, East Woonona and Bulli.

A number of community and government stakeholders fund Dion's "Wollongong Summer Bus", a late night bus service run in central Wollongong during the summer months. The Summer Bus is a drink-drive and drink-walk prevention strategy supported by licensed venues as well as local government, health, police and transport authorities.

Greens Northern Coaches

Greens Northern Coaches operates services in the northern suburbs of Wollongong as well as the Royal National Park. It provides two commuter routes:
*2: Stanwell Park - Coledale - Thirroul - Corrimal and Wollongong.
*15: Helensburgh Railway Station - Helensburgh - Stanwell Tops - Stanwell Park - Coalcliff)

Kiama Coach Lines

Kiama Coachlines is a family-run company serving the Municipality of Kiama. The company provides school bus services.
* Kiama Town Service: weekday service connecting Jamberoo, Gerringong, Gerroa and Kiama

Busways Campbelltown

*890: Campbelltown to Wollongong: Campbelltown, Macarthur Square, Rosemeadow, Appin, Bulli Pass, Bulli (set down only), Woonona (set down only) etc. via Princes Highway to Wollongong Station.Opposite direction: Wollongong - Appin - Rosemeadow - Macarthur Square - Campbelltown (first set down on top of Bulli Pass)

External links

* [http://www.131500.info/ Transport InfoLine] - timetable and fare information
* [http://www.southerncouncils.nsw.gov.au/index.pl?page=5 Illawarra TransInfo] - local route maps
* [http://www.dions.com.au/ Dion's Bus Service] - website
* [http://www.greensnortherncoaches.com.au/ Greens Northern Coaches] - website
* [http://www.kiamacoachlines.com.au/ Kiama Coachlines] - website
* [http://www.premierillawarra.com.au/ Premier Illawarra] - website


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