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.
Celebrate the end of Winter and welcome Spring at their annual Feast of the Beast so get your outfit ready for a night in the forest. They weave in Pagan, Celtic and Nordic celebrations into their own local Highland dinner with spit roasts, roaring fires and mulled wine. Expect a Highland Burn Ceremony to say thanks to nature and ask for a good harvest in Spring. The menu is designed around a whole beast cooked slowly with fire so get ready for a seasonal culinary adventure with local wines, storytelling, fire-side music and revelry as we bring to life our own local Highland ritual. Expect a forest feast with Celtic, Nordic and Highland history, woven in. Rug up for dinner cooked by fire to warm your heart, music and tales told by creatives as the days shorten and nights grow cold and misty. Prizes for ‘Best in Feast’ attire so get your costume ready. This is a kid-friendly event. Feast of the Beast is part of the Highland Harvest Feast Series. They work with local producers and farmers and only serve free-range pigs and lambs who have lived a full life on local properties where sustainable and ethical farming is practised.
A visceral and thrilling exploration of the juxtaposition of beauty and devastation, Sydney Dance Company’s full-length work, Impermanence is Sydney Dance Company Artistic Director, Rafael Bonachela’s newest creation. Contemporary composer, Bryce Dessner has composed a new score full of emotional power. Best known as a founder of American rock band The National and for his film scores for The Revenant and The Two Popes, Dessner was initially inspired by the tragedy of the Australian bush fires and the Notre-Dame fire in Paris. With this score recorded by the Australian String Quartet, and the full might of Sydney Dance Company’s ensemble, this is an epic, driven performance that packs an emotional punch. Join Sydney Dance Company in their return to the stage and from devastation, find energy, urgency, radiance and hope.
Come with us and celebrate winter in the best way possible - through fire, rhythm & feast! Showcasing the magnificent Kiama foreshore and taking place in the lead up to the shortest day of the year the Winter Solstice (and the countdown back to summer), the festival is for one day only. Experience a dynamic rhythm show by Junkyard Beats, a visit from Lolo Lovina the Gypsy Caravan, aerial circus performers and so much more! Stay warm with fire cooking demonstrations, arts and cultural sensory experiences, indigenous displays and tastings, roving fire entertainment, live music and workshops. The Kiama Harbour will then come alive with an impressive fireworks display at 7:30pm. IGNITE – Kiama Winter Festival is a celebration of our vibrant community, bring along your family and friends for an unforgettably wonderful time! Brought to you by Destination Kiama, Kiama Municipal Council, and in conjunction with Kiama Business Chamber.
Come along for the International Day of Yoga Celebrations hosted by Govinda Valley Retreat. A fundraiser with all proceeds going towards supporting Domestic Violence Survivors within our community. Tickets are AUD95 and include: - Delicious vegan Breakfast and Lunch - 108 sun salutations - Trauma Informed Yoga - Workshops - Vedic Astrology - Kirtan and Sound healing - Yoga Expo - Silent Auctions - Great prizes This will be such a fun day out with all proceeds going towards a very worthy cause. For tickets visit the link provided. For more information, please don't hesitate to call or email on the contact details provided.
Local photographers’ & videographers’ works are on display, showing a wide range of genres and styles. Opening times are 8am-4pm Saturday & 8am-3pm Sunday. Entry is free. Pop in for a look and a chat! Just across the road from Wollongong Harbour.
Played at four of the finest clubs on the NSW South Coast, Eden, Bega, Tura Beach and here at Pambula Merimbula Golf Club Highly regarded for its friendly atmosphere and professional organisation the tournament has encouraged many return visits from golfers, some having participated for more than 20 years. The 2021 Ace of Clubs comprises Men's and Ladies Individual Stableford Competition held over 4 courses.
Make a statement with this stone set ring on your finger! Throughout this one-day jewellery making class, you will create a bezel set stone ring. You choose the stone and the band you want so that you walk away with a piece that shows the world who you are and your amazing new skills! This workshop is great for those who have a little experience in jewellery or working with their hands or for those who have a can-do attitude! Guided by Corinne, you will be guided through all the steps to create this unique piece. What's included: - Stone of your choice. - Recycled sterling silver for the band, back and bezel. - Tea, coffee and a light platter of snacks. The day will have a 15-minute break and a 45-minute lunch break. These are not set times as we will need to complete certain steps before each break so plan accordingly.
Join Anna, owner of Noel and Gladys as she takes you through one of her past times - making candles. Using soy wax Anna will teach you the basics of making candles and show you how to blend your own essential oils to scent your candle. Anna believes that candles add to the dimension of a space-enhancing the sensory experience through smell, combine this with a unique vessel makes for a beautiful yet functional object. What's Included Demonstration and materials to make a large soy wax candle. Essential oils to blend signature scents of your own, choosing from Anna's essential oil collection. Ceramic Stoneware Cup. We’ll also have organic tea brewing, cakes by local cafes and great conversation on repeat. Once you’ve secured your spot they’ll be in touch closer to the date to provide any further info, in the meantime browse their Workshop FAQ's for answers to those niggling questions and our T's & C's.
Presented by The Music Lounge and Clear Strings A string ensemble sails through the seasons! Discover what it would be like to experience four seasons in one day as accomplished local ensemble Clear Strings perform Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Your family will be introduced to one of the most brilliant composers in musical history – Antonio Vivaldi, and his captivating work will be presented in a fun and engaging experience for all. Experience the thrills (and chills) of Winter, listen out for the twittering of bird song of Spring, feel the baking hot days and afternoon thunderstorms of Summer, and the join in the joy of the Autumn harvest. Listen to the sounds of nature that are all around us, in this educational live music performance! Babies Proms is a captivating music experience for children aged 6 months to 8 years, but suitable for all ages. Delve into the world of string instruments and the delightful music they create with some classical melodies and tunes familiar to TV, movies and more! Presented in a fun and engaging environment, learn how the string family come together to make magic and bring different thoughts, emotions and stories to life.
Steel City Strings biennial youth program returns in 2021 showcasing some of the region’s most talented young musicians. Hana Lee winner of the recent Concerto Competition of the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music will play a movement of the Mozart Violin Concerto in A Major and Tomas Phillips will play a movement from the achingly beautiful Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the orchestra that includes a number of young players. Young violinist Elliot Winn will be playing some Bach and Vivaldi duets with Artistic Director Kyle Little and vocalist Daisy Pring (featured artist in the NSW School Spectacular last year) brings her contemporary style to the program with special arrangements by composer John Spence of the Wollongong Con. This year the orchestra held a Composition Competition, and the winner was “Recovery” by 17-year-old Western Sydney composer Adriel Sukumar who earns the $1000 prize and the opportunity to have his work performed in our concerts. His composition was inspired by recent disasters and the pandemic still raging across parts of the world. He is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and one of eight winners of Artology’s Fanfare Competition last year. Artistic Director Kyle Little says it is really pleasing to see such promising young performers featured in this year’s program. “It is important for us to continue to provide performance opportunities for emerging artists in our region” he said.
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