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.
Legendary Irish comedian Dylan Moran is heading back to Australia with a brand-new show Dr Cosmos. Moran will once again offer his unique take on love, politics, misery and the everyday absurdities of life, all served with poetical panache. Moran has been called the Oscar Wilde of comedy and his famed style—deadpan, witty and crackpot lyricism—promises to be an unmissable journey through his interpretations of the world, swerving cliché to offer a cutting blow to idiosyncrasies. See Eventfinda for more information.
Legendary Irish comedian Dylan Moran is returning to Australia with a brand-new show Dr. Cosmos. Moran will once again offer his unique take on love, politics, misery and the everyday absurdities of life, all served with poetical panache from one of the finest comedians of his generation. Moran has been called the Oscar Wilde of comedy and his famed style - deadpan, witty and crackpot lyricism - promises to be an unmissable journey through his interpretations of the world, swerving cliche to offer a cutting blow to your idiosyncrasies.
The Australia v New Zealand Rugby League Test will be heading to WIN Stadium in Wollongong. Come witness the Australian Jillaroos take on the New Zealand Kiwi Ferns, followed with the big clash between the Australian Kangaroos and New Zealand Kiwis for the very first time at WIN Stadium. For more information head to the website.
2040 Documentary Inspires First Ever ReGeneration Weekend in the Southern Highlands Damon Gameau’s documentary 2040 has inspired WILDfest and Carousel Lifestyle to partner together with Quarter Acre Farm to host the region’s first ever ReGeneration Weekend. O the last Friday in October an exclusive screening of the film, 2040 will take place in The Mill’s courtyard and be followed up by a panel discussion including filmmaker - Damon Gameau, 2018 Bob Hawke Landcare Award winner - Charlie Arnott, Hamish Mackay Director of Biodynamics2024, 2018 Recipient of the National Individual Landcarer Award - David Marsh as well as Lizzie Buscaino from Piccolo Farm and Joanne Dodd from Quarter Acre Farm. The Mill will come alive with more 2040 film screenings, sustainability workshops, expert speakers and local fresh produce for sale to enable locals to be informed and take immediate action. Together with Hamish Mackay, a renowned biodynamic practitioner and educator, Charlie Arnott from Boorowa NSW, 2018 Bob Hawke Landcare Award recipient and recent winner of the delicious. Produce Award for Outstanding Innovation, Sustainability and Community, will run two workshops at the event. Joanne Dodd is also confirmed to run workshops on Kickstarting Your Garden Adventure. More being added each week
Cupitt’s Winery hosts a monthly local produce market on the last Saturday of the month, with delicious home grown fruit, vegetables and and other produce available. Come along and buy fresh local produce, sample Cupitt's artisan cheese, wine and beer and many local products. Why not combine your visit with morning tea overlooking the winery, with Cornish scones, jam, clotted cream and the best coffee in town. The market runs for two hours and is suitable for the whole family. Dogs are welcome (on lead).
Come and join them to create your own abstract artwork using alcoholic inks. In this three hour workshop you will explore alcohol inks and their use in creating beautiful art works. This workshop includes all tools and materials that you will need to create the artworks. You will also enjoy a coffee or tea and light refreshments during the workshop. Additional food and beverages are available for purchase from the cafe or restaurant. Brigitta Rose runs workshops in the Sutherland Shire and South Coast, bringing an experience full of colour and creative exploration. This class is for beginners and all levels. You will learn about composition and working with colour to create your own abstract artwork using alcohol inks ready for you to hang up and enjoy in your own home. All Terms of bookings are listed on the event page on the website. Please take note of these upon booking.
The fabulous Dinesh Moylan will be there to entertain you. Join them for a terrific night, delicious meals and wonderful music. Bring your friends and family.
This Masterclass will be presented by Mark Allsop the CEO from Appellation Oysters, premium division of Australia’s Oyster Coast and where they grade the best oysters from 60 plus farms across 13 estuaries along the unspoiled East Coast of NSW. Mark explains where oysters are grown, how they are harvested and the five flavour pit stops of the oyster. You’ll also learn how to shuck an oyster, the best way to eat oysters and how to best pair oysters with wines. The Masterclass is a unique chance for oyster fans to sample different Appellation Sydney Rock Oysters from NSW on the one evening so you can enjoy discovering the different flavour profiles depending on their origin. Exactly where they will come from will be dependent on the weather and conditions close to consumption, as only the best oysters will be chosen. The Masterclass includes six oysters and a glass of Cupitt Brut Cuvee or Craft Beer. At the conclusion of the tasting, you will sample oysters dressed with their speciality house made vinaigrette and another glass of wine or beer matched to the oyster.
All day live local music, devonshire teas, cakes, gourmet barbecue, silent auction, kids activities, stalls and demonstrations from local community groups including: Moruya Antique Tractor and Machinery Association Eurobodalla Canine Club Eurobodalla Horticulture Club Spinners and Weavers Book Emporium - get your next great read! Come see their wonderful exhibits - there's something for everybody. Plenty of parking and disability access.
Green Connects A Taste of Permaculture gives will you a basic understanding of Permaculture and demonstrate how permacultures principles have been employed to transform an unused 12-acre piece of land into a thriving and diverse urban farm and community hub.