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.
Solo Exhibition by Visiting Artist Helen Pain at Fern Street Gallery. Helen's visual world is full of wonder and surprise, and to her, colour is the key attraction. Each image in this exhibition represents a subject where colour has sparked her imagination and led her to marvel at the beauty of the natural world. Perhaps it’s the vibrancy and beauty of a single flower. Perhaps it’s the richness and majesty of an expansive Australian landscape. Often it’s the power of a memory imprinted into her imagination that attracts her to paint and interpret and share what she feels. Fern Street Gallery - The South Coast Destination for Art Lover, is a contemporary award-winning gallery in beautiful Gerringong, run by professional artists. Here you always get to meet the artists in person - offering you a contemporary art experience with a personal touch. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.
Discover the tactile pleasure of hand building with clay to create a small torso. Jules will guide you through the process step-by-step. Includes all materials, firing post-workshop and morning tea. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.
ABBA fans, it's time to get excited! Bjorn Again are celebrating their 30th Anniversary and you’re invited to the party. Since forming in Melbourne in 1998, this world famous and much-loved ABBA show has performed over 7000 shows in 100 countries world-wide. The act is widely regarded as the most successful tribute band of all time and is proudly endorsed by ABBA. The key to Bjorn Again’s success is more than just delivering ABBA’s hits to perfection. Get ready for an unforgettable show featuring lavish production along with a healthy dose of parody and stage theatrics. So beware of ‘Swenglish’ accents, flares, platform shoes, glitzy sequinned outfits, heaps of blue eye-shadow and all those daggy dance routines. Bjorn Again generates an audience atmosphere that must be seen to be believed - as it says in Dancing Queen, you will have ‘the time of your life’. Don’t miss Bjorn Again when they come to the Shoalhaven on their 30th Anniversary Tour! Pre-show pizza dining package available. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.
Unfortunately, Bundanoon Highland Gathering Festival has been postponed on the recommendations of the Australian Government and health authorities regarding non-essential, organised gatherings of more than 500 people to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The 43rd Annual Highland Gathering is where Bundanoon becomes Brigadoon for a day. The gathering is a non-profit, charity event that readily distributes the funds from the day to local charities and volunteer groups that assist the organisers. Enjoy a street parade with marching Pipe Bands, Clan Societies, children's decorated floats, The Tartan Warriors: Bundanoon Stones, Bob MacInnes and Friends: performing in the Fiddlers Tent, Scottish Highland and Country Dancing, 120 speciality crafts, souvenirs and food stalls. The 'Australian Highland Heavy Weight Events Championship' will be performed by the Tartan Warriors. There are five separate individual challenges: Shot Putt, Weight for Distance, Weight for Height, Heavy Caber and Hammer Throw. Five events, One overall winner. At the oval, experience massed bands, highland and Scottish country dancing, traditional and not-so-traditional highland games and the Southern Highlands Kennel and Obedience Club. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.
To celebrate 100 years of the NRMA, and to give the community the opportunity to come together, to share and to start conversations, they’re hosting a free special event at Black Beach Reserve in Kiama – and you’re invited to join them. This fun-filled, family event will feature new ‘big things’ art, kids activities, food trucks, music, entertainment, local talks and programming and much more. Make sure you don’t miss out on these free, fun days.
*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Enjoying a roast and a glass of wine is the perfect way to keep warm as the temperature drops. The Loch’s Festival of the Roast takes the art of roasting to an entirely new level, with an indulgent seven-course degustation. The menu showcases local grass-fed meats, along with autumn vegetables and herbs from the garden. Each decadent course will be accompanied by the hallmark wines and ales of Southern Highlands vineyards and breweries. 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.
The world-acclaimed circus-cabaret that will pop your cork! Come to the place where the champagne sparkles, eyes glimmer and the sensual and salacious combine. You’re about to be taken on a wild ride of big moves, great tunes, lots of skin and more than a few surprises. Blanc de Blanc brings together the finest cabaret and acrobatic talent from around the world, serving an intoxicating blend of vintage glamour, high-end spectacle and titillating acts to infatuate, illuminate and delight. Earning a slew of five-star reviews and dazzling critics worldwide, Blanc de Blanc enjoyed triumphant seasons at Sydney Opera House and London's West End and is now taking Las Vegas by storm! For an evening of breathless abandon, you have found the right place!
Come to the place where the champagne sparkles, eyes glimmer and the sensual and salacious combine. You’re about to be taken on a wild ride of big moves, great tunes, lots of skin and more than a few surprises. Blanc de Blanc brings the finest cabaret and acrobatic talent from around the world, serving an intoxicating blend of vintage glamour, high-end spectacle and titillating acts to infatuate, illuminate and delight. Brought to you by the creative team behind worldwide smash hits Limbo and Cantina, Blanc de Blanc enjoyed triumphant seasons at Sydney Opera House and London's West End and has recently taken Las Vegas by storm! Blanc de Blanc offers heady top notes followed by rich textures, a smooth body, and an utterly unexpected finish. For an evening of breathless abandon, you have found the right place! Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.
With dry wit, stunning harmonies, ridiculous choreography, a jar of cookies and a good helping of feminist rage, this critically acclaimed cabaret takes on musical theatre and its greatest (thinnest) leading ladies. Bigger than Broadway, wider than the West End, join cabaret stars Maeve Marsden and Libby Wood for a satirical look at musical theatre and its greatest (thinnest) leading ladies. Why can't fat people fall in love, go on a hero's journey, take center stage? Why are they always the motherly matrons or comic relief? And why when they finally have a moment to shine, do producers cast a thin woman in a fat suit? ( ahem - Hairspray) Littered with songs from musicals that feature two leading ladies, Fat Musicals takes on Chicago, Frozen, A Chorus Line, Wicked and Cats (okay, Cats doesn’t have two female leads, but there’s so much to make fun of in Cats).
Following a sold out Night of Dance edition last year, fan fave Patrick Topping makes his return to the gong! This time with a twist..... Waves Towradgi will be transformed into a 4 point sound, 360 degree stage odyssey for a dance that true to its name will span throughout the day. Dublin born producer Matador and house hero Elliot Adamson join the Unknown Records crew and a like minded lineup of local selectors for another edition not to be missed. Let’s dance.