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.
Minions (rated PG) Come and enjoy a free, family-friendly movie night at Corrimal under the stars. Bring your picnic blanket, snacks and friends for this family favourite.
You've never run a race quiet like this one! The latest crazy thing to hit Australia is the Grapest 5K Run... sip happens! They’re going to take you on an outdoor evening adventure… a fun run with a cork-stopping twist. Imagine running through the vineyards and trails of some of the most exquisite wine regions in Australia at dusk - a five kilometre or 10 kilometre sunset run - followed by a one kilometre wine tasting walk! One kilometre, four wine tasting stations, eight beautiful wines. It is just long enough to get the heart rate up if that’s your thing, short enough to suit the more laid-back adventurer, and just right for everyone! Whether you’re a running enthusiast, a lover of fine wines, or just love a great time out, the Grapest 5K Run is a race like no other. Whatever you prefer, you will never have another experience like the Grapest 5K Run! And then let’s party... stay as the sun sets… play, take a tour, kick back, and have a blast with live band, 'Hurricane Fall'!
Blood Sweat and Beers - The Concert is a three part show, blistering over three hours with former members of AC/DC, The Angels, Rose Tattoo and Screaming Jets. This assault features the cream of rock n roll outfits. These music industry legends have performed to millions of people, had dozens of hit singles in the ARIA charts, sold millions of albums and been inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. This concert features, Bon Scott Classic AC/DC songs bettered only by AC/DC themselves, a set of The Angels favourites and Screaming Jets hits, and to bring it home a blistering set of Ross Tattoo classics fronted by the great man himself Angry Anderson.
The Bermagui Seaside Fair, held annually on the second Saturday in March, is a free fun-filled day of entertainment and activities for everyone. This multi-award winning community and tourism event attracts around 10,000 people, many staying for the weekend and longer. Saturday is the main event day and includes a Bermagui Blessing, Poet's Breakfast, Umbrellas of Bermagui, fancy dress street parade, over 100 market and food stalls, carnival, sandcastle competition, charity auction, children's entertainment and novelty events, music and entertainment on two stages, pet pageant and much more. The day concludes with a spectacular fireworks display over Horseshoe Bay. There is also a themed art show, 'Art in Place' and photographic and arts and crafts exhibitions held from the Friday before to the Sunday after the Fair.
EAT Merimbula is a premium foodie providore event that is held at Fishpen, overlooking the picturesque Merimbula Lake. The fertile soil and clear waters of the Sapphire Coast have long been known to provide world class fresh produce and sustainable, seasonal seafood. In the skilled hands of our local chefs, our region's harvest becomes an experience to be savoured. EAT Merimbula celebrates our best chefs and food entrepreneurs. Think gourmet sliders, giant paellas, mouth watering oysters and mussels, local wine and beer – and plenty of surprises. Bring a picnic rug and settle in for a lakeside feast. Dishes are capped at $8 For more information please visit their website.
The Bowls World Cup will be staged at Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club in NSW, and will see over 20 nations compete from Asia, the Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and North America in both male and female singles events. Free entry and rink-side viewing.
The fortieth anniversary, annual Highland Gathering Festival is where Bundanoon becomes Brigadoon for a day. If you're looking for the perfect family day out then head to Australia's premier Scottish Highland Gathering - Bundanoon is Brigadoon. Scotland, with a wee bit of Aussie flavour. The gathering is a non-profit, registered charity event that readily distributes the funds from the day to local charities and volunteer groups that assist the organisers in the administration of the gathering. Enjoy a street parade with marching pipe bands, Clan Societies, children's decorated floats, The Tartan Warriors: Bundanoon Stones of Manhood, Mary Kiani: Scottish Singer, String Loaded Fiddle Band: Bob MacInnes and Friends: Fiddler performing in the Fiddlers Tent, Scottish Highland and Country Dancing, 120 speciality crafts, souvenirs and food stalls. 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.
Continuing the tradition of bringing music excellence to the beautiful far South Coast for 25 years, Four Winds now embarks on a path to share popular, international rhythms of the world with new audiences as well welcoming back our committed audience. Over three days at Easter 2017, an open invitation is extended to come and explore the well-known fiery rhythms of flamenco and tango, as well as lesser known musical experiences like Fado and Forró. This Festival is an opportunity to be involved in the rich, creative melodies produced by internationally renowned musicians such as Bandalucia and Rasa Duende. More details to come in 2017!
The annual Bermagui Bike Show is held in Dickinson Park opposite the Bermagui Beach Hotel. Wander the Show and Shine and Hot Rod exhibits. There's live music, auctions, raffles and trade stalls. CRAB merchandise, food, drinks and a licenced bar available. All money raised at the Bike Show will be given to help support Cancer Council NSW and Can Assist to aid cancer research and support cancer sufferers and their families. The show is organised by CRAB - Cancer Research Advocate Bikers - which was formed in 2004 by a man named Robbie Grimstone and a few mates, after the loss of Rob's mother to cancer. The guys got together to discuss ways they could make a difference in the fight against cancer and as they enjoyed motorcycles for work and for pleasure it was decided to combine this with fundraising. They came up with CRAB, a social club designed for the purpose of raising funds for cancer research and tens of thousands of dollars have been donated to the cause. The format has spread to other states and all branches of CRAB are non profit organisations and all work is carried out by volunteers.
****LATEST EVENT DETAILS ARE YET TO BE CONFIRMED**** There is something for everyone at the Bowral Antiques and Collectables Fair, even those not interested in antiques and collectables. A two day event with local, Sydney and interstate and country dealers offering a wide selection of furniture, jewellery, silver, porcelain, linen, books and many other interesting collectables. All items are for sale. Lucky door prize. Come and enjoy the beautiful tranquillity of the Southern Highlands.