The train really is the best way to travel from Sydney to Wollongong in my view.
The journey isn’t as beautiful as the one to Gosford, but it’s still reasonably picturesque.
And if you look at the timetable correctly, timewise it’s comparable with driving. Today it took me 90 minutes both ways. And with careful planning, I was able to catch the train, walk directly to my meeting (5 mins from the station), finish my meeting, go for a brief walk through the mall, and then catch the train back.
Best of all, though? On the way down I relaxed, went over some thoughts for the meeting in my head, and even had a 5 minute power-nap. And on the way back, I typed up my notes from the meeting, drafted up the follow-up emails, and had a further nap. Perfect.
Oh, and I listened in to the conversations of some of the young kinds nearby. There was a group of about half a dozen 16-18 year olds chatting about their lives. It was fun to listen in to.
Tonight, by way of co-incidence, I caught up for dinner with an old school mate who lives in Canberra these days, but who also spends a lot of time in Melbourne.