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.
Create exciting imagery with drawing skills and printing techniques. Produce a unique set of up to 10 printed Artworks using Mono Printing and Block Printing methods. Build layers with colour and enjoy experimenting with these versatile processes. This workshop is suitable for children aged 8 years and older. All materials included. Bring your own apron. Refreshments provided.
Enjoy the freedom of expression with a series of fun drawing exercises. We will explore colour, texture, pattern and mark-making then experiment with paint & ink to produce a series of abstract images for you to take home. Your unique artworks could become ideas for a finished painting or you may choose to use them as decorative paper. The choice is yours! Take away a fun experience and the confidence to be creative without rules. This workshop is suitable for children aged 8 years and older. All materials included. Bring your own apron. Refreshments provided.
Acclaimed as one of Australia’s finest storytellers and live performers Ash Grunwald released his new album in Mojo in 2019. A modern classic blues record which features The Teskey Brothers, Joe Bonamassa, Kasey Chambers, Mahalia Barnes, Terry Evans, Eddy ‘The Chief’ Clearwater, Harry James Angus from The Cat Empire and Ian Collard. The album saw Ash tour Australia Nationally, head to America, as well as extensive European touring. Desserts are always on offer to purchase on the night at the concert Please note that unfortunately at this stage there is no disable access or lift Doors open 6:30pm Dining starts 7:15pm Showtime 8 pm Booking Fees Apply.
*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Fairgrounds Festival, situated in the idyllic town of Berry, harks back to festivals of the 70's with gourmet eats, artisan markets, intimate artist experiences, Little Fairgrounds and craft workshops - there's even a pool to make a splash in! Now in its fourth year, Fairgrounds has established itself as an intimate festival experience like no other, hosting a carefully curated line-up of international and local artists across the magnificent Main Stage and the up-close-and-personal Windmill Stage. Foodie rejoice! From lovingly prepared, locally sourced, long-table dining experiences to sun soaked hangs at Garden Bar, there’s abundant places to relax with friends and indulge in gourmet food and premium wine. Fairgrounds promises to inspire and entertain all ages. As perfect for groups of friends as it is for families and everyone in between, you'll create lifelong memories, celebrating everything that makes the Australian summer so special.
The Coastal Classic is a 30 kilometre trail run along one of the most stunning tracks in Australia, it has everything to offer from rocky terrain, sand running and beaches, to cliff-tops, bush land, rain forest and steep hill inclines. The scenery is spectacular with breathtaking coastal views on the beach and from the cliff tops. You literally feel like you are a million miles from anywhere.
The newly announced Far South Coast Open is set to land kick off on the NSW south coast this forthcoming weekend and showcase some of Australia’s best and most promising surfers. The elite two-day event is the seventh stop on the Australian Open of Surfing series and will see over 90 competitors competing across the male and female divisions. The entire series features eight events that will take place in the latter months of 2020 and provide professional and aspiring surfers with the opportunity to win prize money and gain momentum going into 2021.
Event Sold Out but Waitlist currently open online Fisher has put together a who’s who of his Australian and international mates for his first-ever headline tour on Australian soil, including Booka Shade (live), Maya Jane Coles and PNAU (DJ set) to St Kilda, Fremantle, Wollongong and Brisbane. The former pro surfer turned viral DJ sensation, Fisher gained international acclaim on the grammy-nominated dance hit, “Losing It”, making it one of the most played tracks in 2018. His meteoric rise has since taken him to some of the biggest international stages, including Coachella, Tomorrowland and Ultra Music Festival, playing alongside some of the most exciting acts in the dance music scene. The Fisher Beach Party Tour will bring together his favourite acts from all corners of the world before punters experience a highly infectious and energetic set from the vivacious producer himself. This is a sand between your toes, hands in the air party not to be missed.
Dip your toe in the waters of growing an edible garden at home! Jacqui Besgrove will walk you through the basic skills to get you backyard gardening with confidence and prepared for Summer. With the change of season, now is the perfect time to make plans, learn simple skills and start thinking long-term to ensure the success of your edible garden. Build up your skills the practical way as Jacqui demystifies the growing process! Your workshop topics: Compost options for a variety of different backyard settings Wet and dry seed saving Seed storage and raising No dig gardening Pros and cons of raised garden beds Pocket planting method Mulched paths Basics of edible fruit trees Basic tool selection and care Please note that bookings are essentail
Shibori is the Japanese word for a variety of ways of embellishing textiles by shaping cloth and securing it before dyeing. In this workshop, we will use a beautiful organic indigo dye which results in stunning shades of blue. In this half-day etc. workshop, Helena will start by introducing Indigo Shibori Dyeing, the technique, tips and tricks on how to replicate this craft at home. Helena will also demonstrate different methods and what can be achieved - all while the vat is getting ready. This will give everyone time and inspiration for the pieces they will want to make. You will then move on to practising what you have just learnt! You will get two 50cm square white cotton pieces of fabric to try out different techniques (incl. clamping, using elastic bands, tracing shapes, etc.). These pieces can then be framed or used for quilting, for example, or even to make cushion covers. You will then also get to dye a calico bag and a muslin scarf! Helena Geiger, an indigenous artist local to Jervis Bay, has over 20 years of experience devoted to creating stunning work with textile design. Her work with galleries, interior designers, furnishing and fashion retailers has earned her a stellar reputation for unique, varied and functional fabric craftsmanship. This is a COVID safe busine.ss
Plants grown by Friends of the Botanic Gardens, featuring an array of summer flowering Hydrangeas, collectable and hardy plants. Something suitable for everyone. Coffee cart and barbecue available
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