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.
Back from isolation, drought, bushfires and floods, they present you with a refreshing new group exhibition by their Resident Artist team: South Coast Life. Each artist shares their own unique response to life on the South Coast of NSW, from uplifting escapes into nature, to fantasy worlds and invigorating adventures into the unknown. An inspiring line-up of paintings, photography, printmaking and sculpture – there is something for everyone to enjoy. More important than ever, people need to uplift their spirits. They invite you to do so with art. Artwork by Karolina Venter | Jennifer Luck | Jon Harris | Lissa de Sailles | Kerry Bruce | Gitte Backhausen | Vanessa Anderson. Please be advised they are strictly adhering to Covid-19 physical distancing and hygiene guidelines. Please keep at least 1.5 metres apart from any other person and use their hand sanitiser before and after artwork purchases. Thank you for keeping their artists, each other and the community safe, they are looking forward to seeing you. Fern Street Gallery - The South Coast Destination for Art Lover, is a contemporary award-winning art gallery in beautiful Gerringong, run by professional artists. Here you always get to meet the artists in person - offering you a contemporary art experience with a personal touch.
On the June long weekend Bell Shakespeare director John Bell will return to Kangaroo Valley to perform Beethoven’s Letters with the Tinalley String Quartet. The Saturday evening performance blends the sounds of the string quartet with the rich storytelling talents of Bell, Beethoven’s Letters is a musical insight into the complex disposition of one of the most influential composers of all time, Ludwig Van Beethoven. The program in addition to Beethoven’s musical narrative a concept devised by Anna Melville which is titled Beethoven’s Letters also features Mendelssohn’s String Quartet Opus 13 in A minor. The Sunday daytime performance offers a further Tinalley String Quartet concert of Beethoven, Dvorak and Mendelssohn. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.
*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The Batemans Bay Open is a Silver rated ATM Tennis Tournament with AUD10,000 in prize money. This is the South East Region's most prestigious and valuable Tennis event. There is free entry for spectators, with breakfast, a barbecue and all day canteen available. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.
Unleash the power of Essential Oils and reduce your use of chemicals in the home! Ready to ditch the chemical overload and learn simple ways to nurture your home in simple and easy ways? In this workshop you will discover how essential oils can help you reduce your use of chemicals in the home, get to make a real beauty product to suit your skin and create your very own fragrance! Courtney Flint from The Thriving Violet will start by introducing you to the benefits of essential oils and demonstrate their many uses for your home, your health and wellness. You will then get to put this into practice by making three products. First, you will make your own surface spray for the home, with zero chemicals! Second, you’ll whip up your own 100 per cent natural face mask. Finally you will get to choose three oils to make your very own perfume roller. You’ll get to choose from over 30 oils. Courtney will teach you the meaning behind each oil, how to blend and choose intuitively. You will take home your three creations as well as workshop notes and an information booklet. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.
Performing his best-selling book, ‘The Happiest Refugee’ live, Anh Do delves into life’s highs and lows, while providing audiences with an unforgettable night, fuelled with personal account and introspection. Combining stand-up comedy with real stories, photos and mementos - The Happiest Refugee is truly a unique, human experience not to be missed. Anh Do is a Vietnamese born Australian author, comedian and artist. He has appeared on many Australian Television shows such as Thank God You’re Here, Good News Week, Anh Does Vietnam and was runner-up on Dancing With The Stars. His first book, ‘The Happiest Refugee’, won Australian Book Of The Year and each of his children’s book series have been national bestsellers. As an artist, Anh has won numerous awards including People’s Choice for The Archibald Prize. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.
***Latest event details are yet to be confirmed*** The ANZ Angels at Work Hats Heels and Sparkling High Tea is being held at the Sage Hotel in support of the Leukaemia Foundation. For the third year running this much-loved event will raise funds to help fund local community services provided by the Leukaemia Foundation. The attendees will enjoy 2.5 hours of sparkling wine, a chef’s selection of high tea delicacies and unlimited loose leaf teas and espresso, all while overlooking the spectacular Wollongong ForeShore and shining in Hats and Heels. The High Tea has become signature event of the Angels at Work event across the Illawarra region, and is all thanks to the initiative and efforts of local Vi Blazevska, a long term supporter of the Leukaemia Foundation and blood cancer survivor, her colleague Ioanna Alexopoulos and their hardworking angels. This year’s Sparkling High Tea will take place from 1pm to 3.30pm at the Sage Hotel, Wollongong, there is still time to book a table but places are limited! Tickets can be bought via Eventbrite. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.
BB Arts Entertainment and Two Doors Productions The musical re-imagining of a thriller masterpiece. Book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik Delightfully dark and horrifically hilarious, this bold new musical sold out its 2019 season at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre. Based on Bret Easton Ellis’ controversial best-selling novel American Psycho, which in turn inspired the hugely successful film, this adaptation is a vividly entertaining satirical portrait of a psycho (with songs!). Patrick Bateman, a young, handsome and wealthy investment banker living in the epicentre of excess during the Wall Street boom of the late 1980s, has impeccable taste and unquenchable desires. A monster of consumption, at night Patrick takes part in a darker indulgence, and his glitzy, glamorous facade slips away. Featuring classic ‘80s hits from Phil Collins, Tears for Fears, New Order and Huey Lewis and the News, all sung live by a powerhouse cast of Australia’s finest young musical theatre talent, American Psycho — The Musical is a pitch black, social satire about the evil that can be done by a man with privilege and power, and just how easy it is to get away with it. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.
***Latest event details are yet to be confirmed*** An annual show featuring crystals big and small, in all shapes and sizes, raw and polished! This is a family friendly event for enthusiasts and all members of the community. Share your love of crystals and gemstones by visiting the show. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.
CrossFit is returning to the iconic shores of Wollongong, Australia. An official sanctioned event by CrossFit where International and National athletes come together to showcase their skills across all modalities of fitness in a bid to prove who is the fittest on earth. Ticket holders will have access to a family-friendly area with multiple viewing options, speciality catering, exclusive shopping, taste testing of pre and post-workout drinks and snacks, use of the latest recovery aids, an onsite community gym and an interactive workshop so you can test your own strength and fitness. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.
**Event postponed due to COVID-19. A new date will be announced as soon as possible.** The Berry Mountain Classic will form part of a three week-long annual festival during Le Tour de France. The amazing BerryAlliance has been producing the Tour de Berry for many years with the town and shops dressing the windows in celebration of the Tour. The historic town of Berry (two hours south of Sydney and Canberra) has long been a a favourite training ground for some of the country’s best cyclists. The traffic-free climbs, rolling hills and flat seaside roads as well as the picturesque farmlands make this cycling mecca ideal for all kinds of cyclist.