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.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival presents Class Clowns 2020 - Wollongong Heat. The search is on for Australia’s funniest teens! For over two decades, Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Class Clowns has helped hundreds of funny, young peeps hone their comedy potential. Past participants like Joel Creasey, Rhys Nicholson, Aaron Chen and William McKenna have gone on to be funny as a career! If you’re aged 14 to 18 and have a stand-up, sketch, physical or musical comedy act we want you! Registrations for this one-of-a-kind, national secondary school comedy competition, are now open and it’s free to take part, all you need is three-five minutes of original, live, funny content and you’re in! To register in a workshop/heat, or for all the A’s to your Q’s go to their website.
The Cobargo Folk Festival has been postponed as they regather, recover and rebuild after the devastating fire that swept through the Village. The Cobargo Folk Festival is a volunteer-run, folk and roots music festival held over the first weekend in March every year. The Festival's three-day program of music, dance, ideas and performance arts celebrates its unique location in the historic village of Cobargo in the foothills of Gulaga Mountain, an area rich in culture, history and stories. In the 24 years since its establishment, the Festival has grown to become one of Australia’s best-loved small festivals because of its intimate size and friendly vibe, its high quality artistic program, featuring local, national and international performers, its opportunities for active participation and its commitment to showcasing regional produce and arts/crafts. The Cobargo Folk Festival's reputation is growing both at home and overseas. A place to reconnect, relax and be creative with family and friends, the Festival offers a warm and authentic experience in a beautiful part of the Far South Coast hinterland.
The Seaside Carnivale is a family fun day with a huge variety of events and activities for all ages - even adults! Join in the fun of the pet parade, decorated bike, fancy dress, teddy bear, spanner throwing competitions, the famous Seaside Tombola and much more! New exciting events to be announced soon! More details to come, so make sure to follow the Batemans Bay Seaside Carnivale Facebook page!
Whether you've always wanted to learn to make your own candles, or just want a fun few hours away from reality in a beautiful barn located amongst the dairy farms of Gerringong, this workshop is for you. On arrival, enjoy some light refreshments while you soak in the country and ocean views from the barn veranda. You might also like to choose from some of the many scents for your afternoon of candle and diffuser pouring. After the round table candle education you then get to pour your own large candle, small candle, melts, tea lights and a reed diffuser. This is all followed by afternoon tea catered by the cake queen, Willow Hill Cakes. You’ll not only go home with your creations, you will also receive an information booklet so you can make your own candles and diffusers at home.
Capturing the spirit of the immortal Heroes and Villains from ancient myth and legend, and giving them a sheen oozing with pop-culture references and contemporary street smart cred, artist Anthony Lister presents a visually wet exhibition dripping and hyped-up on neon flavoured cereal, as Saturday morning cartoons scream out about a confused moral fortitude. These paintings were made during the ad break. There is a sticker upon the television that reads; ‘This is a sometimes thing’.
Luxury Art Retreat in Kangaloon NSW in March with only six places in total inclusive of all meals, art experience and five nights accommodation. These Art Retreats are a place for you to switch off to your normal day to day - relaxing and painting whilst capturing the beauty of your surroundings, working up sketches, paintings and learning new techniques, whilst enjoying the company of your like minded creatives also on this art escape for the week. The luxury accommodation is all based on single occupancy rooms with shared bathroom facilities in the homestead. Breakfast is help yourself when you rise for the creative day ahead. Their lunches and dinners are fully catered for on site with all fresh seasonal ingredients.
The team at Yours & Owls are proud to announce ‘A Sunny Afternoon’. A one day festival that will farewell Summer with some of Australia’s biggest and best artists at the beautiful MacCabe Park Wollongong on Sunday March 1. ‘A Sunny Afternoon’ is a festival the whole family can enjoy with children and family priced tickets plus bambinos under 4 free! Multi-platinum selling, ARIA Award-winning singer-songwriter Missy Higgins heads the lineup of ‘A Sunny Afternoon’. With 5 highly acclaimed studio albums, Missy has amassed an incredible canon of hits. ‘Scar’, ‘Ten Days’, ‘Steer’, ‘The Special Two’, ‘Where I Stood’ and ‘Futon Couch’ from her latest studio album ‘Solastalgia’, the list goes on. Missy Higgins live is an incredible experience. You will laugh, you may cry, you’ll certainly dance and singalong. Kate Miller-Heidke is an award-winning singer-songwriter who traverses the worlds of indie-pop, folk and opera. She is the only artist in history to perform at the New York Metropolitan Opera, the Eurovision Song Contest, and Coachella. From the multi-platinum ‘Last Day On Earth’, the award-winning ‘Caught In The Crowd’ to the song that wowed Eurovision 2019 ‘Zero Gravity’, Kate Miller-Heidke’s live show is one not to be missed.
Explore this fun and relaxing way to express your creativity, no matter your artistic background! Come learn how to pour acrylic paints and create two gorgeous artworks with South Coast Artist Karen Wickham from Free In Spirit Creative! In this comprehensive beginner workshop, Karen will demonstrate three different techniques. She will explain the type of paints you can use, how to choose colours that complement each other, how to mix your recipe to avoid lumps, how to avoid overstretching your painting and losing effects, along with her secret recipe for achieving beautiful and sometimes elusive cells. She will share all her tips from how to store your painting to varnishing it and a bunch of other artist tricks so you can replicate this at home after the class! You will of course get to practice what you learned by choosing your colours from a wide variety to produce two canvasses. This class is suitable for absolute beginners – no experience is required. You don’t need to be able to draw or paint in order to learn how to pour!
Deferred from the January long weekend due to bushfires, the annual Bermagui Blue Water Classic game fishing tournament will be held over the Victoria and Canberra long weekend of March. Hosted by Bermagui Big Game Anglers Club, this is a NSW Game Fishing Sanctioned Tournament. Competitors who sign up will also be chasing other fish such as shark, king fish and tuna in the waters north or south of Bermagui. With a number of tournament trophies and prizes on offer, there is something for everyone. There are prizes in various categories in the tag and release and capture sections. Prize categories include marlin, other game fish such as yellow fin tuna and shark, junior and lady angler categories, most meritorious, as well as a small fry section and a lucky angler prize.
They’re dishing up a whole weekend of EAT in 2020. The EAT Festival is the premium food festival of the Sapphire Coast NSW. Each year the region comes together to celebrate the local chefs, cooks and produce of the region. The outstanding quality of the local produce of the region, in particular the delights of the sea, is a result of a unique event known as the ‘Meeting of the Waters’. This phenomenon, where South East Australia’s two major currents collide on the doorstep of the Sapphire Coast, creates a superhighway of marine life that delivers up the area’s pristine and award-winning oysters and seafood. The rich grazing land of Bega, famous for its dairy, also ensures the quality of the small producers across the region. The festival is headlined by Eat MERIMBULA. where the industry comes together in a bustling market style setting. The event is free to enter and runs from 10am to 2pm. Other events this year include the Merimbula Wharf Restaurants ‘Three Chefs’ opening event – a degustation style event. Wheeler’s Seafood Restaurant’s ‘EAT edition Long Table’ lunch AND the Eat Festival Craft Beer event which including a Meet the Maker’s exclusive dinner.