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.
Once again the Illawarra Jazz Club will host an Autumn Day of Music, but this year, they have chosen the Illawarra Leagues Club as the venue. The Jazz Club works very hard to create a social feel to all events where visitors to the Illawarra, local residents, musicians and jazz lovers can gather to share a common love of jazz music. For more information, please visit the website.
The Australian National Busking Championships is a different sort of music festival for Australia. Music Festivals in Australia have typically been based on a particular style of music. The ANBC is a celebration of all styles of music because the buskers that perform in this festival bring a huge variety of music to the event. Whether that be Blues, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Folk, Country, Bluegrass, Indigenous, Multicultural or Classical, the Australian National Busking Championships reflects the rich diversity of Australian music culture. The Australian National Busking Championships enrich communities culturally and economically around Australia by staging regional busking competitions. It provides a stage for community based music groups and individual performing artists to present street performance to larger public audiences. The festival encourages, mentors, promotes and develops career pathways for emerging musicians and performing artists. The annual music and busking festival in Narooma will become of national significance.
The Berry Celtic Festival this year highlights the Celtic nation of Ireland and introduces a number of additional features to the Program. Along with a day full of entertainment including the spectacular jousting medieval knights, there are various workshops for Irish dancing, traditional tunes for kids, Gaelic singing, instrumental sessions along with country dance. Following the Festival, you can dance the night away at the Berry Celtic Ball. Jousting has been one of the real hits and is full of excitement. Heavily armoured noble knights gallop at each other on horseback with a clashing of lances. You can hear the thunder of hooves. Whilst other knights resplendent in shining armour are staging battles in hand to hand combat . The Festival kicks off with the grand street parade through Berry at 9.30am, with pipe bands marching in all of their distinctive kilts, together with representatives of the Clans, medieval knights, and Scottish Terrier dogs. Come see the marching of the massed bands, musical items, Celtic fiddlers, highland dancing, enchanted singing, and of course, the battle of the medieval knights.
Rotary Club Wollongong South, Invites you to their 30th Annual Wollongong Antiques and Collectables Fair. Be part of history. Over 20 dealers displaying and selling their items. Also, a valuer will be there for valuations on-site. Come and enjoy and make it a family day
The Annual Marine Science Forum is a unique event in that it brings highly regarded marine scientists and educators from across Australia to present to community members in a relatively relaxed and informal setting, while providing marine science, education and awareness to everyone. In 2019 the forum's theme and title, Underwater and Marine Photographic and Film Festival will bring together some of Australia's best, award winning, professional, local and national experts and enthusiasts in their respective fields of marine photography, video and remote operated vehicles (ROV's) to a wide and diverse audience to celebrate the stunning underwater world.
Bulli Burn is a two, five and ten kilometre fun run held on the south coast of NSW starting and finishing at the northern tip of Bulli Beach, Sandon Point. The track follows the coastal strip from Bulli to Thirroul boasting exceptional views of the ocean and escarpment. The 'Burn' will come from the hill you tackle at the very beginning and again at the finish of the run. The Bulli Burn proudly supports beyondblue and the continuing care of Mark Scott, the events inaugural winner. AUD5 from every registration for the Mark Scott five kilometre event will go to the Mark Scott Trust Fund and will assist in the ongoing care and treatment for Mark and support for his young family. Mark Scott won the event in 2011, the inaugural year. Mark is currently recovering from a serious cycling accident which happened in June 2011.
Join them for this very popular event, which is growing with every year. It aims to highlight environmental and ecological sustainable practices when living or holidaying in the Eurobodalla. Creative artists primarily use up-cycled content in their artworks or showcase the natural environment to promote the concept of treading lightly on the planet. The event showcases Landcare works, the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens, Eurobodalla Shire Council Natural Resource team, local students environmental and recycled projects, local artists use of recycled produce and environmental community groups like the Nature Coast Marine Group, Australian Seabird Rescue and Broulee Community Association. On the shared cycleway near the corner of Coronation Drive and Grant Street, Broulee.
Big beards, small beards and all the beards in between are welcome to come along and showcase their whiskers and maybe even take out the coveted title, God Of Beard in the Bearded Villains NSW Inaugural Beard Competition. There are some great prizes on offer and every comp entrant enjoys a free crafty compliments of The Chamber. All proceeds on the day will go to The Homeless Hub and the fantastic work they do in the Wollongong local area. Why not make a night of it and stick around after the official judging to indulge in some great food and scorching tunes from Wollongong outfit Turpentine Road.
The Garden will be buzzing with activities from 10am to 2pm to celebrate the Botanic Gardens Day. Visit the website for the full program. More than 70 botanic gardens from Australia and New Zealand will be participating in this national event that will highlight the significant work undertaken at botanic gardens to ensure plants survive into the future. They hope you'll be able to join them at the Garden on Sunday 26 May, and who knows, you may find your inner botanist.
Claude Hay drops ‘Give Me Something’ single and tour dates. Blue Mountains blues-rocker and award-winning independent artist Claude Hay stakes his claim on the Australian music landscape with the release of his new single "Give Me Something." A fast-paced and upbeat foot-stomper with all the dirty, funky blues he effortlessly instills in all his work, Claude says ‘Give Me Something’ is about the pressures of life in general and working to crazy deadlines. See Eventfinda for more information.