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.
Crank It Up is a three day event which will showcase some of the best Rocking music talent that Australia has to offer. Five amazing bands from Melbourne, Sydney, and right here in Batemans Bay plus the coolest Cat is flipping rock n roll tunes all day. But there's more. You want Crankin Cars? Look no further because some of the best classic, vintage and custom cars, as well as smokin hot rods will be on display.
Picnic by the Sea specialises in presenting Gourmet Grazing Platter Workshops to the Illawarra and South Coast Region where you can learn how to construct the perfect grazing platter and impress your guests. Learn all the tricks on how to design, photograph and wrap a grazing platter using delicious local south coast produce. Not only will you leave the night with lots of new tips up your sleeve, but you'll leave with a gourmet grazing platter, wooden grazing board, a goodie bag and lots more. What's included: A glass of champagne upon arrival. Light snacks courtesy of Parfaitt Patisserie. All local south coast grazing produce supplied, delivered and set up. A grazing platter demonstration with Nadia from Picnic by the Sea. Create your own platter session with your own wooden grazing board (supplied). Taking the perfect grazing platter photograph, editing secrets and lots more. Lots of fun and laughter with networking opportunities and most importantly lots of produce tasting. Plus, a special tote bag filled with treats for each guest upon departure (Valued at AUD65). Get in Quick! You don't want to miss out on this one! Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.
At Wildfest they are delighted to work with Christie Little ( the first internationally certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide in NSW ) to run our Forest Bathing experiences in the Southern Highlands. Its all about taking in the forest through the senses or more succinctly Forest Therapy is the research-based practice of creating physical and psychological wellness through immersion in natural environments. In Germany, where it originated, it is known as “Waldtherapie”, in Japan it is called “Shinrin-yoku” (森林浴) or “Shinrin-ryōhō (森林療法)”, in Korea it is referred to as “Sanlimyok (산림욕)” and in China and Taiwan people call it “Sēnlín liáofǎ (森林療法)”. Here in Australia the practice is known as forest bathing, shinrin yoku, or forest or nature therapy. A wide range of scientific studies show that time spent in nature positively alters the biomarkers of stress and wellbeing. Your heart rates slow, blood pressure decreases, cortisol levels in the blood decline, sympathetic nervous system activity decreases and parasympathetic nervous system increase. In addition, the chemical compounds – phytoncides, released by trees positively impact your immune systems protecting you from illness and disease.
Join them for this very popular event, which is growing with every year. It aims to highlight environmental and ecological sustainable practices when living or holidaying in the Eurobodalla. Creative artists primarily use up-cycled content in their artworks or showcase the natural environment to promote the concept of treading lightly on the planet. The event showcases Landcare works, the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens, Eurobodalla Shire Council Natural Resource team, local students environmental and recycled projects, local artists use of recycled produce and environmental community groups like the Nature Coast Marine Group, Australian Seabird Rescue and Broulee Community Association. On the shared cycle way near the corner of Coronation Drive and Grant Street, Broulee.
Get together with your friends or colleagues and join them for a fantastic day at the Moruya Races. With a great view of the track, so you don’t miss any of the race. The racecourse is a picturesque country field with plenty of grassed areas for picnics. You can even set up a small marquee for your group. The club runs a full bar and food is available on course. Dress up and go in the running for a prize in Fashions on the Field. Or dress down for a relaxing afternoon enjoying fresh Clyde River oysters and a glass of crisp sparkling wine. This is not just about races; this is a genuine country experience where you can meet the locals, share a yarn and maybe even pick a winner! Check out Facebook or Twitter for more information.
Australian Motorlife Museum presents their annual fundraising event. Rare display of significant racing cars. Barbecue, coffee shop, music. For further information please visit their website or email them.
Bodalla Embroiderers Inc. presents Thread Connections, an exhibition of Exquisite Embroidery in October. Come along for raffles, embroidery demonstrations, members trading tables, guest vendors, Christmas gifts and decorations and more.
Three Days - Three Huge Events, GV Block Party. Greenvalleys Mountain Bike Club presents the GV Block Party. Australia's Boutique Mountain Bike Event of the year. Featuring Dual Slalom, Northshore Challenge and the DHarCO Super D.
From the multi-award winning circus and physical theatre makers Asking For Trouble comes this exciting new show. The two heroes arrive in a strange world, hunting for whispers of adventure and possibility when they discover a pile of seemingly ordinary objects. In a series of vignettes a couch, table, cushions, sheets and broomsticks transform into rockets, trampolines, cliffs and tents… places to imagine and explore. Images appear and disappear. Fort is full of ridiculous clowning, spectacular acrobatics and poetic visual imagery that celebrates the kind of creative genius that has been known to turn lounge rooms into volcanoes, trees into castles and cardboard boxes into racing cars. If you’ve ever made a fort from a sofa, or helped your little one create their own, this is an inspiring and delightful new theatrical experience the whole family will enjoy.
They are thrilled to have Vicki join them to share her skills with Water Colours. No experience required, just an open mind to explore, learn and have fun. This is art and no mistakes can be made, only positive rewards. She has tailored it to suit both first timers and the accomplished. Learn and enjoy the free flow of this medium to create your own superb bespoke cards for Christmas. Freshly made morning tea included with basic materials. Numbers limited due to social distancing. Book now to secure your spot.
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