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.
The legendary Bob Dylan will return to Australia this August for a string of arena shows. The cross-generational icon will take in capital cities across Australia, plus a special one-off show in Wollongong. In a career spanning six decades, Bob Dylan is responsible for some of the most influential albums of all time, including The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde. He has timeless classics, ‘Like A Rolling Stone’, ‘Tangled Up In Blue’ and ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’ To experience Bob Dylan live in concert is an opportunity to share an encounter with one of the last remaining musical legends of the modern era. Don’t miss out on what promises be a performance for the ages.
Come on down for a hand-picked line up of awesome stand up comedians presented to you by Sydney's world famous Comedy Store and Yours and Owls!
Australia's adopted son of comedy returns to Wollongong with his brand new show We Need To Talk. Hey, you got a hour? Look, he's been doing a ton of thinking about people, and where they're headed. This isn't easy, but he needs to be 100 percent honest with you, even if what he says makes you laugh, very, very hard. You had better sit down for this..... Recommended for ages 15 years+. Viewer warning: Mild language used.
Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre 2018 Season Celebrating their 40th year, Circus Oz explodes back on stage, audaciously unpacking the myths of modern Australia in their latest high octane circus show Model Citizens, the first creation for the company by Artistic Director Rob Tannion. Model Citizens seamlessly blends the risk and beauty of breathtaking physical improbability with theatricality, choreography and Circus Oz’s distinct brand of Australian humour. Stunningly lit and driven by a sensational live music soundtrack, Model Citizens unfolds within a cleverly designed model-kit world that challenges perspective, scale and concepts of normality. In Model Citizens over-sized, everyday objects are used as unexpected circus equipment that create an intriguing new playground for the all-human ensemble. Acrobats will back-flip off a giant vertical clothes peg, become tangled in an oversized cotton reel, balance on a house of oversized collapsing cards and fly high in an enormous pair of aerial undies!
AMCA Australia Antique Motorcycle Weekend will encompass British, European, Japanese and American Motorcycles, parts and memorabilia. They are 35 years old and older. Swap Meet, Auction, Technical Seminars, Motorcycle Show, AMCA Motorcycle Judging, Motorcycle Show and Demonstrations.
Captivating blues and roots with Dom Turner, Rob Hirst and Joe Glover. ARIA Blues and Roots nominees Backsliders are back on the road again in 2018. The Backsliders are renowned for captivating live shows - an eclectic mix of 21st Century original blues as well as a number of versions of songs by artists as diverse as Robert Johnson, Dock Boggs and John Fogerty. Joining vocalist, guitarist and award winning songwriter Dom Turner, and drum virtuoso and songwriter Rob Hirst is harmonica master, Joe Glover. Recommended for ages 16 and above. Reviews: “A Backsliders show is like no other.." Far from the Mississippi delta, they took us to the water’s edge, ‘til we felt the riverbed beneath our feet” - Rhythms Magazine “It is no wonder that The Backsliders are regarded as Australia’s greatest blues outfit: they consist of four world-class exponents of their respective instruments” - Glam Adelaide
In this hands-on workshop you will learn the basic techniques for making a spiral, hand-tied bouquet. This style of posy forms the basis for making larger floral bouquets and even wedding bouquets. Blooms of Bowral supplies everything you need, including light refreshments. At the end, you’ll walk away with insider tips for mastering the art of posy making, along with your own beautiful bouquet creations. Once you’ve mastered bouquet making you’ll be able to adapt it to large or small vase arrangements, create a personalised gift for a friend or a beautiful bridal bouquet. No experience required.
Americana. It’s music that draws from America’s roots, from country, folk, bluegrass, R and B, the blues. But to Mark Lizotte, the musician known and loved as Diesel, Americana is the very core of his being. It’s the music of his childhood and, as an artist born in America and raised in Australia, a link back to the land he’d left behind. In short, he re-traces the steps of his musical education paying respect to Tom Petty, CCR, The Band, Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Neil Young. Desserts are always on offer to purchase on the night at the concert. Concert is performed upstairs in the Grand Ballroom at Centro CBD. Please note that unfortunately at this stage, there is no disabled access or lift. Doors open 6:30pm. Dining starts 7:15pm. Show time 8pm. Booking fees apply.
*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** The Eurobodalla Orchid Club is a show welcoming all orchid growers, beginners to experts, young and old to showcase and admire a variety of beautiful species of orchids during this Spring Show. Orchids are the largest family of flowering plants, occurring in every habitat from deserts to glaciers. A variety of beautiful species will be showcased over the weekend. Orchids and orchid accessories available for sale at the show, orchird raffles and light refreshments will be available for sale.
The Coastal Classic is a 30 kilometre trail run along one of the most stunning tracks in Australia, it has everything to offer from rocky terrain, sand running and beaches, to cliff-tops, bush land, rain forest and steep hill inclines. The scenery is spectacular with breathtaking coastal views on the beach and from the cliff tops. You literally feel like you are a million miles from anywhere.