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Sport. Music. Art. Food. Culture.

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. 

Events Finder


Batemans Bay Paddle Challenge

28 April 18Wharf Road

Batemans Bay Paddle Challenge 2018 - join in a weekend of paddle races and activities on the waters of the Clyde River on the unspoilt New South Wales South Coast. With events for serious competitors, casual paddlers and families, this exciting new event is sure to inspire. Races start at 10am, with registration from 8am. Enjoy novelty events and entertainment from 2pm. Food stalls, fire pit, fire twirlers in the evening, capped off by a free fireworks display. Competing or not, come and join them. Make sure to register for this event now on the website provided.


Cam Knight and Supports

28 April 1861 Church Street

Cam has been an actor and stand up comedian for the past 16 years and was the co-host of a brand new show on Channel 9 called Unreal Estate alongside Kate Langbroek in 2016. He has regularly appeared on the Today show, co-hosted Studio 10 on Channel 10 and can be heard as a weekly co-host on Triple M’s Merrickville and The Weekenders with Dan Ginane in Sydney. As well as performing sell out shows across the country and receiving five star reviews and award nominations, Cam featured at the televised Montreal Just for Laughs Festival at the Sydney Opera House in 2015 as well as the televised Sydney Comedy Festival Gala on the Comedy Channel. As an actor he’s featured on Channel 7’s Big Bite, Blue Heelers, ABC’s ‘Soul Mates’, Wham Bam Thankyou M’am and was also cast in the ABC series How Not to Behave.


Emma Pask

28 April 18Arts Precincts

Award winning Australian vocalist Emma Pask has firmly established herself as one of this countries favourite voices in Jazz. Her effortless honest stage presence combined with her powerful vocal ability, leaves audiences spellbound and inspired. Emma is sure to delight as she interweaves storytelling through timeless swinging jazz standards, upbeat latin rhythms, tender ballads and of course some raucous blues. There have been many musical highlights throughout Emma’s career. By request, she performed at the wedding of Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, and she had the honour of singing for Diana, the late Princess of Wales. She has sung in London at The Queen Elizabeth Hall with the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Emma played support for American music legend George Benson on his Australian tour, and with Latin Superstar Ricky Martin singing her praises, you won’t want to miss her live. Presented by Strut and Fret in association with The Harbour Agency.


Festival of the Roast

29 April 18581 Greenhills Road

Enjoying a roast and a glass of wine is the perfect way to keep warm as the temperature drops. Festival of the Roast at The Loch once again takes the art of roasting to an entirely new level with a seven-course degustation and matching wines. Indulge in a wide array of local meats and vegetables from the farm and local fine meat suppliers in the Highlands, including duck and spatchcock from John Meredith, Loch lamb and beef and pork from Red Leaf Farm. These delicious meats will be accompanied by the hallmark wines of family run vineyards in the Southern Highlands – St Maur, Far Ago Hill and Tertini among others. While you’re warming up with melt in the mouth roast produce, you’ll be entertained by the stories of these award-winning producers and wine makers so bring your friends and families and celebrate the roast with them.


Illawarra Autumn Jazzfest

04 May 18264 Princes Highway

The 32nd Illawarra Autumn Jazzfest will be held from May 4 - 6, 2018 and they have begun planning it already. They aspire to create a really social feel to the festival where visitors to the Illawarra, local residents, musicians and jazz lovers can gather to share a common love of jazz music. More information will be uploaded to the website as it comes to hand....stay tuned folks!


Embellish: Costume and the art of Hilda Rix Nicholas

04 May 18Zingel Place

This important retrospective exhibition from the Rix Wright collection, includes paintings, works on paper and sketches as well as photographs, ephemera and costumes. Hilda Rix Nicholas made a significant contribution to Australian art in the period between the First and Second World Wars with her nationalist landscapes and spirited portraits of soldiers. In France she also achieved a remarkable level of success and recognition for an Australian artist, particularly for her orientalist and pastoral subject paintings and drawings.


Copy of Dave Hughes: The Snorkeler

04 May 1832 Burelli Street

Hughesy has left an indelible mark on the Australian comedy scene over the last two decades. He nails gig after gig, sells out theatres nationally and continues to get better every year. Don’t miss him live at the Spiegeltent Wollongong!


Gerringong Surf Music Festival

05 May 18Fern Street

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.


A Modern Requiem by John Rutter

05 May 18116 Crown Street

Rutter's Requiem is a glorious work by this prolific modern English composer. It's an original setting of the traditional requiem mass that preserves the sacred message while borrowing from other musical styles such as gospel music. The Illawarra Choral Society will perform this and other works in the beautiful acoustics of the Church on the Mall in Wollongong. They will be joined by soprano soloist Sarah Ampil and an instrumental ensemble including Heather Moen-Boyd on organ.


Circus Monoxide: 5 of the Seven

06 May 18Arts Precinct

A suitcase, a candle, a blanket and a ring. Discover what physical exploration of the liminal space will bring. Circus Monoxide’s newest production, 5 of the Seven explores the space between the known and what’s next… it examined indecision, the longing for change and the variable space in between where you are and who you want to be. The show will bring a combination of dance, physical theatre, traditional circus apparatus and storytelling to the stage, to help craft an interpretive narrative that will give fresh meaning to circus. Join 5 of the Seven as they delve into the white-space. HOMEGROWN: A diverse showcase of five vibrant Wollongong Arts companies creating exciting things for our community. Supported by Merrigong Theatre Company.


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