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Visit The Shire

Getting Here

The Sutherland Shire is located 25km south of Sydney’s CBD and is accessible by car, rail and bus. Most international and domestic airlines fly into Sydney Airport, from there it’s a short 25 minute drive, making The Shire a convenient destination to visit.


From Sydney airport it is an easy 25 minute drive south, past Botany Bay or catch the train from the airport to the Shire.


From Sydney CBD you can access the Shire by rail on the Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra lines. Visitors from the south, including Wollongong and Nowra, can travel via the South Coast line.  There are 12 train stations within the Shire, each have ticket purchasing facilities or you can pick up an Opal card from newsagents and service stations. To view the Sydney Trains timetable and maps click here.


From the north you can access the Shire via the Princes Highway over Tom Ugly’s Bridge at Sylvania, Rocky Point Road over Captain Cook Bridge at Taren Point, or on Alfords Point Road at Illawong. From the south you’ll enter via the Princes Highway through Waterfall or via Heathcote Road through Heathcote.

Approximate Driving Times:

Sydney City to Sutherland Shire: 25km/40minutes

Wollongong to Sutherland Shire: 38km/30minutes

Public Transport

You can plan your trip using the Public Transport info line by calling 131500 or visiting their website. Trains operate every 15-30 minutes along the Eastern Suburbs and Illawara line. A range of bus services are also available.

Car hire

Contact Getacar Rentals on 02 9540 5066.

Shire Map

Use your Cartoscope touring map of the Sutherland Shire to find your way around. Pick a copy up at your local visitor information centre, at one of our official distribution points in the Shire, or click here to have a map sent to you. 

** The map below shows the distance between Sydney Airport and the Sutherland Shire.