The 140km Grand Pacific Drive starts in the Royal National Park, located just outside of Sydney, about an hour's drive from both Sydney's CBD and Wollongong. Experience the 15,000 hectare expanse of bush, beaches and waterfalls at one of the world's oldest national parks. Highlights in the park include; Audley, Wattamolla, Garie Beach, The Coast Track, Governor Game Lookout and Bonnie Vale Campground. Tip: Follow the Grand Pacific Drive directional signage from Farnell Avenue, at the start of the National Park, and it will direct you along the entire drive passing through Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama en route to the Shoalhaven region.Discover Royal National Park
Glistening beaches, a spectacular green backdrop, a brand new city centre, several vibrant eating and entertainment zones . This dynamic changing city is just the perfect size. You'll see skydivers descend to the beach, surf schools and hang gliders. Enjoy 17 amazing patrolled beaches, beautiful botanic gardens, a spectacular historic harbour and the beachfront 'Blue Mile', the entertainment centre, art gallery, small bars and now a brand new world class shopping centre and city mall. The Illawarra escarpment is the Great Dividing Range as it adjoins the coast with its dramatic cliff faces, spectacular lookouts and many moods and colours. The northern villages of Bulli, Thirroul, Austinmer and Coledale are beachside playgrounds with great food and shopping.Discover Wollongong
You'll marvel at the shades of blue, green and yellow as the Grand Pacific Drive takes you across the Lake Illawarra estuary, the start of our aquatic playgrounds.You're soon in one of Australia's most forward-looking and fastest growing communities, a leader in urban design and planning. The latest shopping and community services are alongside lovingly preserved nature along our beaches and coastal reserves with an outlook that embraces the past and builds an innovative future. The city is building a marina to complete its excellent array of facilities that include a stunning golf course and other sporting venues. At the Illawarra Regional Airport an aviation museum features flying examples of historic planes as well as an F-111 and the first ever Qantas 747. You can often sit in the pilot's seat for a selfie!Discover Shellharbour
The first settlers called it Kiama for 'the Place where the sea makes a noise' but today the noise comes not just from the famous Blowhole and its cousin the Little Blowhole, but from a picturesque caf scene set amid historic buildings housing unique shops, the maritime atmosphere of our harbour and famous lighthouse and attractions such as the breathtaking coastal walking tracks around places like Bombo and Jamberoo Village with its awesome action park. Kiama is surrounded by coastal beauty in areas like Gerringong, Gerroa and the cool tranquillity of Minnamurra Rainforest and its roaring waterfalls and soothing streams. The rolling hills around Kiama offer picturesque drives along lanes lined by dry stone walls past classic dairies and farmhouses. Saddleback Mountain lookout allows you to get a bird's eye view of the entire district and coastline.Discover Kiama
When George Bass named the 'Shoals-haven' he couldn't have imaged it would become so loved as a holiday destination. The very names of the dozens of towns and localities of the Shoalhaven conjure up images of great vacations ranging from placid relaxation at beaches or national parks to some of Australia's best fishing, to wineries and restaurants. Think places like Kangaroo Valley, Berry, Shoalhaven Heads, Coolangatta, Greenwell Point, Culburra, St Georges Basin, Bendalong, Manyana, Lake Conjola, Milton, Narrawallee, Mollymook, Ulladulla, Burrill Lake, Dolphin Point, Durras - all holiday favourites.Accommodation ranges from various styles of camping or cabins, to Australia's first 'glamping' resort, to luxury stays with dinner like Rick Stein's Bannisters.Discover Shoalhaven
The Southern Highlands is an atmospheric destination where magnificent homes and gardens dot the rolling hills and towns like Bowral, Mittagong, Berrima, Moss Vale, Bundanoon and Robertson have a character all their own. Bowral is famed for its boutiques, gourmet restaurants, gardens, galleries and Tulip Time Festival. It's aptly the site for the Bradman Museum as young Don grew up in the town, practising his cricket against a water tank. The highlands have some of Australia's best country accommodation from magnificent manor houses to cosy B & Bs. Natural treasures include Fitzroy Falls, the Illawarra Fly Tree Top Walk and Wombeyan Caves with their surrounding wilderness area. The town has some of the most interesting shopping and galleries. The area has many quality wineries with welcoming cellar doors and top restaurants.Discover Southern Highlands
The Clyde River is one of Australia's most beautiful with a backdrop of green hills, national parks and state forest. It runs through the famous resort town of Batemans Bay with its endless attractions from great food (especially oysters), accommodation from luxury to camping. From beaches to the famous foreshore walk, to world class fishing, to diving and snorkelling in Bateman's Marine Park to family attractions like Birdland Animal Park-Eurobodalla has it all!Discover Eurobodalla
The Sapphire Coast on the NSW South Coast is the ideal adventure landscape where you can reconnect with nature. All year round the national parks are natural playgrounds and the lagoons and seas are our wonder-filled aquarium. Explore artisan galleries, taste the freshest of produce from the land and the sea, sample local wine, study Aboriginal history and culture, and the history of the pioneers. Or lose yourself in nature, in whatever way you choose.Discover Sapphire Coast
There are so many (yes, so many!) events happening along the Grand Pacific Drive every week. From festivals to sporting events, concerts, high teas, shows, race days and more.
Use the Events Finder below to see what's happening while you're travelling the Drive and be sure to include an event in your itinerary.
Join members of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra for an evocative musical journey through the streets and homes of eighteenth-century England and the palace of the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV of France. Musicians Melissa Farrow Baroque flute/recorder Rafael Font Baroque violin Marianne Yeomans Baroque viola Laura Moore Viola da gamba Kirsten Barry Baroque oboe Tommie Andersson Baroque guitar/theorbo Repertoire Works by Handel, Purcell, Lully, Playford and more. Eighteenth-century London was a bustling entrepreneurial centre with a cosmopolitan concert life and a growing market for domestic music-making in wealthy households. This musical richness of the city attracted many foreign musicians including George Frideric Handel. The musical items from Paris and Versailles performed in this program are by contrast uniformly in the style of Jean-Baptiste Lully, the fashionable director of music at the Court of the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV of France. The concert features heavenly trio sonatas, gorgeous pastoral folk tunes and intimate chamber music alongside stately works of grander scale.
Bryan Adams is returning to Australia! He will be hitting WIN Entertainment Stage on Friday 22 March 2019, supported by Mahalia Barnes. As an icon in the industry, Adams is well known for his signature brand of feel-good rock’n’roll hits, having achieved a string of number ones in over 40 countries and having sold over 65 million records worldwide. With hit singles including; 'Summer of '69', '(Everything I Do) I Do It For You' and 'Heaven'. Over the course of the last 40 years, Adams has collected an impressive number of achievements including a Grammy, three Academy Awards and five Golden Globe nominations. As one of the most loved performers of the last 40 years, tickets for Bryan Adams’ upcoming Australian tour are sure to be snatched up quickly.
With special guests Wolf Gordon, Black Moon Band, Kay Proudlove. Growing up in South Coast NSW’s fertile music scene, Corey Legge started playing music at a very young age and quickly established himself as a guitarist to watch on the coastal festival circuit with his band ‘The Swamp Stompers’. Fast forward a few years and Corey Legge has made the move to flex his musical muscle in a different direction with solo album ‘Driving out of Eden’. Legge has taken an introspective turn away from the grit of The Swamp Stompers on his first solo outing, allowing his writing to be influenced by the great songwriters he grew up listening to, including James Taylor, City and Colour, Passenger, and Bernard Fanning among others. See Eventfinda for more information.
A celebration of football (soccer), writing and ideas at Australia’s only Football Writers’ Festival over one weekend in Jamberoo. The Festival includes one-on-one conversations and panel discussions on a range of football writing: journalism, blogs, investigations, biographies, non-fiction and fiction, as well as hearing from met figures in the game. There will also be some fun with a Festival dinner and Trivia Night as well as - of course - a football game! The Festival is a collaborative event of Fair Play Publishing and the Johnny Warren Football Foundation.
With special guest Erin McMahon. Doors 8pm. Music from 8:30pm. Call the club to purchase tickets in advance, or buy them on the door on the night. Growing up in South Coast NSW’s fertile music scene, Bega musician Corey Legge started playing music at a very young age and quickly established himself as a guitarist to watch on the coastal festival circuit with his band ‘The Swamp Stompers’. Fast forward a few years and Corey Legge has made the move to flex his musical muscle in a different direction with solo album ‘Driving out of Eden’. Legge has taken an introspective turn away from the grit of The Swamp Stompers on his first solo outing, allowing his writing to be influenced by the great songwriters he grew up listening to, including James Taylor, City and Colour, Passenger, and Bernard Fanning among others. See Eventfinda for more information.
The homes of Wollongong as captured by artists past and present. Includes works by Riste Andrievski, John Bokor, Bill Brown, Jasmin Carter, Lavinia Figtree, Robert Hoddle, Charles Kerry, Elspeth McCombe, Noel McKenna, Alice McKenzie, Frank Nowlan, Kathryn Orton, Redback Graphix, Garry Shead, Sophie Steffanoni, Adam Stephan, Christopher Zanko Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10am-5pm. Weekends 12-4pm. Closed Mondays and Public Holidays
*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The annual Disabled Surfers South Coast Hands on Day will be held in Gerroa at Seven Mile Beach. It is a fun day surfing experience for any person with a disability, no matter how challenging, with complete water supervision. All wetsuits, rash vests and soft surfboards are supplied for the day. All participants receive a bag of goodies - thanks to participating local surf shops!
In the heart of the Southern Highlands, the Bowral Autumn Music Festival has established itself as one of the highlights of the year. The festival has become known for its international calibre performers and varied programs attracting music lovers of all ages and tastes. Artist Program is being finalised for 2019.
360 Allstars connects the street with the elite to deliver a supercharged urban circus. Boasting a stellar international cast, including the two-time World Champion BMX Flatlander, two World Champion break dancers, an internationally acclaimed basketball freestyler, and a World Record holding roue cyr artist, 360 Allstars is a spectacular fusion of the extraordinary artistry that emerges from street culture. Add to this a stunning live soundtrack composed by award-winning master musicians, coupled with spectacular video projections, 360 Allstars is as aurally exciting as it is visually astounding. A magnificent, colourful and astonishing expression of a generation that has reinvented public performance, 360 Allstars is a revolutionary production that will leave you dizzy with excitement!
The Illawarra Centre for Enablement (ICfE) has created the Enabling Conversations Program to consider issues that matter to then, share their insights, listen to others and enable each other. ICfE’s first Enabling Conversation focuses on the question, ‘What makes a good life and a good death?’ A panel of leaders from the Illawarra and a national leader have been invited to consider this question based on their own unique lived experiences and insights. This discussion will be followed by a Q&A with the audience. Panellists are: Catherine McGregor Professor Gordon Wallace Eugenia Pyne Dr Michael Barbato The Hon Gareth Ward MP Dr Diann Rodgers-Healey, Director of ICfE will facilitate this program.