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.
A slightly sideways tale about unexpected friendship, finding where you fit, and learning to mix it up a little. In Mort’s village everything has its place, every day is the same and everyone likes it that way. Until one morning, crash, boom, bang… down comes Beep. What is this annoying interruption to Mort’s breakfast molly melon, who is this noisy robot girl, and how will she find her home? With Windmill’s trademark design, gentle storytelling, music and puppetry, Beep tells the tale of what happens when someone new comes to town.
Come and join Caroline, the owner of Willowvale Road for an afternoon of education, fun and food in the beautiful countryside of Gerringong. In this three hour personalised (12 maximum) workshop you will be guided through the art of candle making. You will be able to choose from a wide variety of fragrances and will take home: A large glass candle A smaller glass candle Melts Tea lights A Reed Diffuser The Workshop Booklet with everything you need to know to go home and make your own candles and diffusers Where are the workshops held? The workshops are held in Caroline's purpose built barn, overlooking the rolling hills and vineyards out to the ocean and quaint sea side village of Gerringong, just up the road from Crooked River Winery. Please note there is limited parking on site so car pool if you can. Please note: For insurance purposes every attendee must be at least 16 years old.
Stevie Nicks, Carole King and Linda Ronstadt are arguably three of the world’s most recognisable voices. With combined record sales topping in excess of over 300 million units sold as well as an endless wealth of top 20 hits between them, they truly are three of the world’s greatest. In this brand new show, Melbourne singer/songwriter, Bloom, will have you experience the incredible hits that span several decades from the Grammy Award winning artists. Bloom is highly applauded as one of Australia’s greatest power vocalists in her own right and has already garnered International acclaim for her effortless soulful vocal resonance of power vocalists Adele and Amy Winehouse with her Adele and Amy Songbook tour and more recently a national tour performing the hits of one of her idols in the Linda Ronstadt Songbook. See Eventfinda for more information.
They are continually monitoring the current situation and will advise if events will be postponed to a later date. Check their page on Facebook or Instagram for updates. These ingredients are perfect steeped in booze, used as garnish or as a key ingredient in delicious botanical mixers. Learn about the edible native and wild plants that surround, while you create your own drinks and enjoy a tasty cocktail, or few. The team at Trolly'd embracing the qualities of sustainability, foraged Australian wild foods and local organic produce, bring you a cocktail class experience like no other. Cocktails, and tasty non-alcoholic mocktails included.
Duo Exhibition by Resident Artist Lissa de Sailles and Visiting Artist Nicole Berlach at Fern Street Gallery. Interplay brings together Lissa’s woven sculptural forms and Nicole’s intricate watercolour work to explore the nuances of nature. Utilising the formal geometric structures found in the natural world overlaid with organic rhythmic cycles of life and death and growth, this exhibition brings new language and light to the experience of the environment. Open daily 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.
BBC Studios, Andrew Kay in association with QPAC’s Out of The Box and Windmill Theatre Co. This is Bluey’s Big Play! And it’s really for real life! See Bluey, Bingo, Mum and Dad as you’ve never seen them before. Join the Heelers in their first live theatre show created just for you with puppetry, live actors and iconic Australian sets. It’s a little bit different and a little bit beautiful. Bluey’s Big Play is an original story written by Bluey’s creator, Joe Brumm with new music created by Brisbane’s Beethoven and Bluey composer, Joff Bush. This is an experience you can only take home with you in your memory, so please remember to bring that along with your tickets.
They are continually monitoring the current situation and will advise if this event needs to be postponed to a later date. Check their Facebook or Instagram pages for updates. Life is too short - Eat dessert first! Learn from Edoardo, their young chef from Northern Italy. His speciality is Desserts so they've asked him to focus on the sweet treats. This is a hands on class, or you may prefer to sit back and watch. The choice is yours. And the best part is you get to eat the finished result after! Come for the day or the weekend! A great experience for a special celebration weekend like a Hens or a 'big' birthday. One and two night accommodation packages available which include meals, and activity.
Fabric is a resource which is created, worn, used and discarded in vast volumes every day. This exhibition includes sculpture, textiles, photography, film, painting and prints from Wollongong Art Gallery’s collection and is supported by loans from Artbank, Art Gallery of New South Wales and Museum of Contemporary Art. Katthy Cavaliere, Christo (AGNSW), Mikala Dwyer (MCA), Michele Elliot, Anne Ferran (AGNSW), Lesley Goldacre, Richard Goodwin, Anne Graham (AGNSW), Penny Harris, Geoff Harvey, Marine Ky (Artbank), Anita Johnson Larkin, Kerrie Lester, Kim Mahood, Robert Parr, Ian Pearson, Bernard Plossu, Elizabeth Powell, Joanne Saad, Kathy Temin, Leonie Watson, Jemima Wyman (MCA) Open Tuesday to Friday from mid morning and weekends from noon. Closed Mondays and Public Holidays
Music in the Morning presents Amanda Harrison in July - The Songs of Judy Garland Capturing the essence of an extraordinary musical legend. Helpmann Award-winning musical theatre performer, Amanda Harrison, is back with a brand new show! The star of the original Australian productions of Wicked, Officer and a Gentleman, We Will Rock You and most recently The Rocky Horror Picture Show is now performing her one-woman show to audiences around Australia. Yes, having played Liza Minnelli in The Boy from Oz alongside Todd McKenney, Amanda thought it was time to step it up a notch and pay tribute to Liza’s legendary mum! Amanda’s soaring vocals capture the essence of Judy Garland as she delivers a fresh take on these classic tunes and shares hilarious and heartbreaking anecdotes from the extraordinary life of this legendary artist. Don’t miss captivating renditions of Judy’s hits, including ‘Get Happy’, ‘The Man that Got Away’, ‘The Trolley Song’, ‘Come Rain or Come Shine’, ‘Zing Went the Strings of My Heart’ and ‘Over the Rainbow’ and so much more.
Girls Big Day Out is an afternoon filled with boutique shopping and beauty treatments complemented by a sparkling high tea - the perfect girly time. Be treated to bottomless bubbles, afternoon tea, exclusive shopping and complimentary pampering. Take home your own bomboniere, access your own cash bar and maybe even win a prize or two.
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