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South Coast Line

Two H Sets led by H18 form 445C Bondi Junction-Kiama service, seen departing Bombo, 9 December 2017.

Year Opened:

Waterfall–Clifton (near Scarborough) 1888; Clifton (near Scarborough)–North Kiama (now Bombo) 1887; North Kiama (now Bombo)–Bomaderry 1893



Helensburgh, Otford, Stanwell Park, Coalcliff, Scarborough, Wombarra, Coledale, Austinmer, Thirroul, Bulli, Woonona, Bellambi, Corrimal, Towradgi, Fairy Meadow, North Wollongong, Wollongong, Coniston, Unanderra, Kembla Grange, Dapto, Albion Park, Oak Flats, Shellharbour Junction, Minnamurra, Bombo, Kiama, Gerringong, Berry, Bomaderry


Typical Journey Time:

134 minutes (Central–Kiama); 27 minutes (Kiama–Bomaderry); 154 minutes Bondi Junction–Kiama


Typical Peak Frequency:

15 minutes (Wollongong); 30 minutes (Kiama) ); 60 minutes (Bomaderry)


Typical Off-peak Frequency:

30 minutes (Wollongong); 60 minutes (Kiama); 120 minutes (Bomaderry)


Typical Weekend Frequency:

30 minutes (Wollongong); 60 minutes (Kiama) ); 120 minutes (Bomaderry)

The South Coast line extends south to Bomaderry, which is sometimes referred to as Bomaderry-Nowra because the railway station is at Bomaderry, but the larger town of Nowra is located across the Shoalhaven River. The line shares the Illawarra suburban line to Waterfall. Immediately to the south of Redfern station, trains servicing the South Coast line pass underneath other tracks through the Illawarra Dive. Electric trains operate between Sydney and Kiama, with services typically formed by H Set Oscar trains. Endeavour DMU railcars operate between Kiama and Bomaderry. The line is double track to Unanderra, with the exception of single-track sections through a tunnel between Coalcliff and Scarborough, and near Coniston. It is single track between Unanderra and Bomaderry, with crossing loops located at Dapto, Albion Park, Shellharbour Junction, Bombo and Kiama. Weekday services typically alternate between trains operating from Central to Kiama and trains operating from Waterfall to Port Kembla. Some services commence at Bondi Junction on the Eastern Suburbs line. Weekend services typically alternate between trains operating from Bondi Junction to Kiama and trains operating from Thirroul to Port Kembla. Scenic coastal views can be seen from sections of the line, particularly between Stanwell Park and Scarborough, and between Minnamurra and Gerringong.



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