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.
****LATEST EVENT DETAILS ARE YET TO BE CONFIRMED**** There is something for everyone at the Bowral Antiques and Collectables Fair, even those not interested in antiques and collectables. A two day event with local, Sydney and interstate and country dealers offering a wide selection of furniture, jewellery, silver, porcelain, linen, books and many other interesting collectables. All items are for sale. Lucky door prize. Come and enjoy the beautiful tranquillity of the Southern Highlands.
They are aiming for a bigger and better festival in 2017. They aspire to create a really social feel to their festival where locals, musicians and music lovers can gather to share a common love of jazz music. The Corrimal Hotel will be home for their Festival and its two and a half days of jam packed fun and above all else, excellent music. So why not come to Wollongong and if you are coming from Sydney you can take the scenic route and head on down via the Seacliff Bridge……stay in the “Gong” and enjoy their heavenly beaches, fine food and the best jazz music they can offer. Early Bird and Weekend/Session Passes Available on their website.
Arts in the Valley is an intimate festival of music, sculpture and art in Australia's most beautiful valley, Kangaroo Valley. This three day event is renowned for the creation of intimacy between performers and audience, made possible by the scale of the venues. With an exciting line up of talented musicians and exhibitions of diverse artworks, it's an event that you wont want to miss. Please visit the web site for more information.
Kayak 'paddle' challenge. Join this exciting event on the beautiful Clyde River in the magic waters of the NSW South Coast. Categories for professional and amateur paddlers alike. Race categories include family and youth races over modified shorter course with great support crews and emergency craft on river during races. Enjoy a weekend away on the South Coast in the Land of many waters. Great accommodation offers from beach camping to fully catered cabins and motel offers. All prizes sponsored by local businesses with all entries eligible for a major prize in the final ticket draw.
The Gerringong Surf Music Festival is a free all day music festival held during the first week of May, in conjunction with the Autumn Werri Slash surf competition. Come down to the NSW south coast and check out a range of bands and music styles all inspired by surfing and surf lifestyle. There will also be a vintage surfboard display.
Come along for the Burradise Festival weekend experience at beautiful Culburra Beach in May 2017. Surrounded by stunning beaches, the surf, the lake, the bay and the river, it's an unspoilt natural wonderland in the Shoalhaven only 2.5 hours drive from Sydney or Canberra. The 2017 Burradise Festival at Culburra Beach will be a celebration of beach, surf, music, art, food, coastal lifestyle and culture. Over three nights and two days you can experience the very best of local talent, entertainment, arts, music, multicultural food, culture, products and produce. The festival program is designed to showcase and give young, in the middle or a bit older visitors access to events and activities across three festival hubs in Culburra Beach. The full festival program will be launched in December-January 2017.
Huntfest 2017 will take place on the June long weekend in Narooma and run over the two days. Exhibits include hunting and equipment, four wheel drives, camping, clothing, bikes and quadbikes, bow hunting, field cooking equipment, meat processing and preserving equipment, field dressing, cooked and fresh vendors (including seafood) and other outdoor exhibits. There will also be demonstrations in skinning and processing meat from game animals. Huntfest started as a combination of educational event and photographic/media competition.
The Batemans Bay Annual Yellowfin Competition is one of the first and one of the biggest events on the game fishing calendar with entrants from NSW and ACT. The tournament attracts men, women and children to the seaside town of Batemans Bay for the two days with the aim of serious fishing, tall tales of the one that got away and loads of enjoyment.
The South East Region's most prestigious and valuable Tennis Event with AUD10000 in total prize money. There is free entry for spectators, with breakfast, a barbecue and all day canteen available.
Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen. The heartwarming Academy Award winning tale you love is now live and skating into your town. Be magically whisked away to wintry Arendelle by dazzling special effects and astonishing skating as you sing and dance along to inspiring songs including "Let It Go". Join royal sisters Anna and Elsa, the hilarious snowman Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven as they journey to discover that true love is the most magical power of all! Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, with special appearances by beloved Disney Princesses and characters from favourites like Disney Pixar's Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Disney's The Lion King, this unforgettable celebration of love and friendship will leave your family with memories to last a lifetime.