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.
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.
The Eastern University Games (EUG) is the largest of the three regional games held annually in July by Australian University Sport (AUS). In order to qualify and earn their right to compete at the Australian University Games, university teams compete at one of three regional University Games events. In 2016, the EUG will be hosted by Wollongong and is expected to attract nearly 3,000 university and TAFE students from New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. The games promote and increase student participation in competitive sport activities, whilst building leadership skills and a healthy balance of sport and education, with all competitors currently enrolled as eligible university or TAFE students aged 18 to 26 years.
Set in beautiful Batemans Bay in the unspoilt New South Wales south coast, the Batemans Bay Antiques and Collectible Fair is a must. Be seduced by the variety of antiques and collectibles from a large number of Australia's dealers. Enjoy delicious meals and refreshments while you buy, sell or trade.
The Rally of the Bay rightfully has a reputation for the best drivers' roads in New South Wales rallying. As part of the NSW Rally Championship it is sure to attract a bumper field of the state's best car drivers. Please visit our website for more information regaling this event.
For the first time, the Fox Rollercoaster #Superflow Series 2017 hydrated by Camelbak will come to the hottest new gravity mountain biking venues in NSW: Green Valleys MTB Park. Why #Superflow? The race tracks are picked so that they give the riders that "super flowy" feeling! Each track will demand different skill sets of the riders - from tricky sections around rocks and tight corners to flowy berms and quick stints that needed pedal power and endurance. This is a mountain bike event that is a competitive race but still very social - you will ride in neutral to the starts of the three race tracks and the combined race times will count. In-official practice will be offered on the Friday, race day is Sunday with all trails open for exploring and practice in the morning. Racing will start around midday - there is now a specific start list, you pick your race time! It allows riders to race with their friends and families, even if they are in different categories! Spectator entry is free and racers can register online! Junior discounts offered. Come and get your #superflow on with the Fox Rollercoaster, hydrated by Camelbak!
International exclusive event to all makes and models of Motorcycles, parts and memorabilia, 35 years old and older, only. Event includes : Swap Meet, Motorcycle Auction, Tech Seminars, AMCA Judging, Bike Show, Rally and Rides.
The Bravo Challenge is a new adventure sport event that extends the obstacle course concept to include other military-based skills. The Bravo Challenge will be a two day event with proposed locations for each of the two days.