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.
There is so much to see and do in this scenic part of the Shoalhaven. Why not plan ahead for a special weekend at a beautiful time of the year, when the beaches are quiet and the countryside and its flowers are at their most bounteous? Visit the beautiful large gardens open in Berry and surrounds. Tickets are available at all gardens and at Apex Park, Berry. Refreshments are available at Garden 5. Parking is available near all the gardens. Wheelchair access may be limited in some gardens. Toilets are available at Apex Park, Mark Radium Park, Berry Showground and Alexandra Street (disabled accessibility). Sorry, pets are not permitted.
What happens when two great forces of inimitable talent collide and morph into one? Carmada,of course. Upon finishing their 2014 Splendour In The Grass show in front of a huge crowd, LDRU and Yahtzel, two of Australia's most talked about young producers, decided to go beyond their B2B set and previous collaborative efforts by merging their mad production skills and sheer talent to officially form Carmada. The pair locked themselves away in the studio for the first time after their joint single "The Only One" dropped on Future Classic in March 2014, to create their groundbreaking first EP "Realise", a release so hot that it hit number one on the Australian iTunes Album Charts and had everyone from Skrillex to triple j were screaming their name. See Eventfinda for more information.
The Australian Native Orchid Show is back again for 2018 at the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club. Featuring a wide range of Australian Native Orchids and their hybrids including the Australian native Sarcochilus orchids. As well as the orchids on display, there will be orchids nurseries and vendors in the room selling products and orchids for your garden.
Hey, you got a hour? Look, he's been doing a ton of thinking about this relationship and where it's headed. This isn't easy, but he needs to be 100 per cent honest with you, even if what he says makes you laugh, very, very hard. You had better sit down for this.... Australia's adopted son of comedy, Arj Barker, returns with his brand new show We Need To Talk.
You had better sit down for this... Australia's adopted son of comedy returns to Wests Illawarra with his brand new show "We Need to Talk". Over 18's only Doors open: 7:30pm Show starts: 8:30pm Tickets: available from reception or on the website.
The Wollongong Doll Club's Doll Bear and Craft Fair will be held at the Wollongong Town Hall. There will be trading tables, displays, dolls and bears, old and new, miniatures, and all related items. Take part in kids craft and get doll and bear valuations. Lots of raffles. Lots to see and buy. Gold coin donation entry.
Come and enjoy the lush green fields and beaches of the NSW South Coast and the town of Berry. There is something for everyone at the Berry Antiques Fair. The fair runs over two days with NSW and interstate dealers offering a wide range of furniture, jewellery, silver, porcelain, books, linen, lamps and many other interesting items that are all for sale.
Action packed equine programme that demonstrates the versatility and athleticism of the Australian Stock Horse as well as the skills and horsemanship of the rider. Spectators are welcome to attend to gain knowledge of this unique and exciting sport.
Beach Netball is a fun, social game played with friends with a focus on health and fitness. It’s played on a specially designed half court on the sand with five players on the beach per team. It’s a round robin event, featuring shoot outs and finals with the winners taking home the James Cook University Cup. There will be music, free giveaways and sponsor live sites. It's Netball, but not as you know it! Teams can be either over 18 and under 18 with both males and females eligible to play. Get your squad together and book your team now! Teams can be a minimum of five, with a maximum of ten players per team.
Sun-soaked indies Caravana Sun have today announced their spirited new single Come Back, set for release on August 17. Come Back is a heartfelt ode to a lost friend; a bridge between this world and the next. Come Back precedes Caravana Sun's sparkling new EP Silver Linings, a full body experience of a release that will encourage not only dancing and singalongs, but self-reflection as well, out September 14. To celebrate the EP, Caravana Sun will be hitting the road on a massive tour across Australia, which includes some coveted festival slots at the renowned Wave Rock, Under The Trees and Celebrate Gold Coast festivals. See Eventfinda for more information.