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Welcome to the Grand Pacific Drive

One drive. One ocean. Endless Experiences

Starting in the Royal National Park, less than an hour south of Sydney's CBD, the Grand Pacific Drive is a 140 kilometre scenic coastal drive taking you through rainforests, over the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge and through the coastal cities and townships of Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama and the Shoalhaven.

You can choose to make your way back to Sydney via the charming and alluring Southern Highlands or continue on to the Victorian border through the picturesque regions of Eurobodalla and the Sapphire Coast

Treat the journey as a means to many ends. There are endless experiences to be enjoyed along the Grand Pacific Drive from adrenaline-pumping adventure activities to delicious food and wine, family discoveries, natural wonders and too many beaches to count!

Let this site inspire and excite you with tips and recommendations based on regions along the drive, the types of experiences you can have and road trip ideas. You can create an itinerary that is uniquely you using the Trip Planner and share it with your friends (to make them jealous or invite them along).

 Happy travelling!
              



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Sea Cliff Bridge

See sea, cliff and so much more along the world famous Sea Cliff Bridge

It's so much more than a bridge - shaped like a snake, majestically sweeping over the waters of the Pacific! To drive it is exhilarating, but take the bridgewalk and you'll see deep into the aqua waters clear to the bottom, looking down on sealife like massive manta rays and every kind of water bird.

That's the sea, but look the other way at the cliffs and find the eagles living there. The ancient layers of the eastern edge of this timeless land.

It truly is one of Australia's most photogenic experiences!


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Road Trip Ideas

Dozens of drives, hundreds of adventures. You'll want to enjoy the Grand Pacific Drive again and again.

Don't make the mistake that it only takes you to Wollongong, the Shoalhaven and further down the coast. Treat the Drive as a means to many ends.

The Grand Pacific Drive can give you all types of trips and adventures. Explore these on our Road Trips page - a selection of road trips carefully created to suit all tastes and travel styles, from food and wine road trips, to adventure seeking, nature moments, family fun and the perfect day trip, weekend and week-long escape.

Trust us, you won't be able to stop at just one!


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Adventure Seekers

Adventure on two wheels, four wheels, no wheels!

Look up in the sky...is it a bird or a plane? No it's another visitor dropping in to Wollongong with Skydive the Beach!

If you're in Shellharbour you may find your ears tuning in to the drumming of propellor blades going around and around. Look up! If you see a red biplane tumbling and apparently dropping out of the sky, you've had a Southern Biplanes sighting.

Maybe all of this body-dropping, stomach-churning, hard-core adventure is a bit too much. Don't worry, adventure doesn't always have to be hard. Take the segway out for a spin with Segway Tours South Coast or try flying through the trees with a zipline experience at the Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures.
Whatever your adventure scale - hard, soft or somewhere in between - you'll find an adventure activity to suit your adrenaline preference somewhere along the Grand Pacific Drive. 

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Food & Wine

Wineries. Small bars. Orchards. Beachfront cafes. Oyster farms.

The Grand Pacific Drive is a dinner plate of delicious food experiences. From picturesque beachfront cafes to Wollongong's buzzing small bar scene, the Shoalhaven's wineries and the eclectic mix of restaurants and eateries that dot the Drive, you'll find a plate to excite your taste buds.

Explore the region pages of Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, the Shoalhaven, Southern Highlands, Eurobodalla and the Sapphire Coast to find some of the yummiest eats along the Drive.


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Family Kodak Moments

The one place you can keep the entire family happy

No need to pack the family up and drive for hours and hours to have a holiday. Instead, pack them in the car and head along the Grand Pacific Drive. 

You're bound to find an activity or spot to tickle everyone's fancy.

Enjoy a hands-on animal encounter at Symbio Wildlife Park, let the kids literally climb the walls at Hangdog Climbing Gym, let them learn to surf the waves for the first time with Pines Surfing Academy or splash about at Jamberoo Action Park

Show them the view from the top at the Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk, or simply settle in with a picnic blanket and some hot chips at one of the millions (maybe not that many) of beaches dotted along the Grand Pacific Drive.


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Sleep Time

Hotels and motels, caravans and camping, apartments and homestays

You'll find an accommodation option to suit every taste and price range along the Grand Pacific Drive.

From large, beach-front hotels to boutique bed and breakfasts, family holiday/tourist parks and camp sites with a view, there's a bed (or a place to put one) for everyone.

Scroll down to the Places to Stay spotlight on our Travel Tips page for an accommodation overview or scroll through the region pages for sleep spots.

If you're an eager beaver, start exploring booking.com and book your Grand Pacific Drive accommodation now. 


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Photogenic Landmarks


Strike a pose.

But don't worry if it's not quite right, the scenery will make you look good!

There are so many incredible landmarks along the Grand Pacific Drive. Some you may have heard of and would consider them 'iconic'. Others have flown under the radar long enough.

It all starts with a little wonder called the Royal National Park. It just so happens to be the second oldest National Park in the world! Then, make your way south over the Sea Cliff Bridge, a 665 metre structure that will blow your mind.

Speaking of blowing...the Kiama Blowholeis a little further south and Hyams Beachin the Shoalhaven is also noteworthy along with The Pinnacles in the southern-most Sapphire Coast (pictured). And the Highlands...well you won't have to look far to find a waterfallor three!

These are just a few, but so many more are waiting for you...and your Instagram feed!


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