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.
Black is the New White is love, politics and other things you shouldn't talk about at dinner. Sydney Theatre Company’s sold-out, smash hit, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy comes to Wollongong – and it’s bigger, better and blacker than ever! With a brilliant ensemble cast including Luke Carroll and Shari Sebbens, this is a tale of two opposing houses. At the centre is Charlotte Gibson, a lawyer with a brilliant career ahead of her. As her father says, she could be the next female Indigenous Waleed Aly. But she has other ideas. First of all, it’s Christmas. Second of all, she’s in love. Charlotte’s fiancé is not what her family expected – he’s unemployed, he’s an experimental composer… and he’s white! Inviting him and his conservative parents to Christmas is a bold move that has all sorts of unintended consequences. Part Romeo and Juliet, part Meet the Fockers, Black is the New White is a delightfully incisive and entertaining rom-com about two families brought together by love and money. With a toe tapping soundtrack and an array of eccentric and loveable characters, this is an hilarious, and very Australian play from one of this country’s most in-demand writers.
Don’t miss the ordination of the region’s first new Catholic bishop in 22 years. Bishop-elect Brian Mascord will be ordained at 7pm on Thursday 22 February at the WIN Entertainment Centre in Wollongong. It is anticipated that the ordination will be celebrated by up to 4,500 people including approximately 30 bishops (including the Papal Nuncio in Australia, His Excellency Most Reverend Adolfo Tito Yllana), 100 priests and deacons, parishioners and families from all our parishes and schools, staff and families from all diocesan agencies and affiliated organisations, leaders of other churches and faiths, civic leaders of government and business, media, and last but not least—bus loads of Brian’s family, friends, parishioners and community members from the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. The huge number of attendees necessitates the use of the WIN Entertainment Centre, and it is going to look spectacular. The idea is that if they can’t take the people to their Cathedral, they will take their Cathedral to the people. Therefore, the backdrop for the ordination will be a recreation of the St Francis Xavier's Cathedral stained glass windows and icons. Everyone is warmly invited to attend. Please RSVP through your parish, school or community or visit the website.
*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed *** Choppers for Charity is three days of fun filled community activities of barefoot bowls, golf, trivia night, a street parade with lots of stalls, and entertainment. There will be motor bikes, cars, emergency vehicles, and a dragon boat on parade, as well as the CareFlight helicopter on display. There will be a wooden boats sail past and the Sussex Inlet River Dragons on their dragon boat taking people out for a trial paddle. The weekend is always a family friendly, fun filled three days, with lots of exciting things to see and do. Visit the Sussex Inlet Choppers for Charity web site for more information.
In this hands-on workshop you will learn the basics of wiring and flower crown design. No experience required. What’s included: they’ll supply everything you need to make your own flower crown – including an array of fresh flowers to choose from. With their expert guidance, you’ll walk away with your very own, beautiful flower crown. Bubbles and snacks are included.
In his first ever visit to Australia, AJ Ghent brings his hip-shaking, finger snapping, head nodding sounds of rock, blues, funk and pop to The Music Lounge stage at Wollongong Town Hall. His performance at The Music Lounge is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience for music lovers. Not to be missed. The energy and passion which resonates from AJ’s music, from the strum of the guitar and the conviction of the vocals, the pounding rhythm of the drums, to the thought provoking lyrics, is sure to be felt by any crowd. AJ aims to create an unforgettable experience for music lovers, with the hopes of taking them to a musical paradise. A little hip-shaking, finger snapping, head nodding is all you need for this tuneful travel excursion. Suitable for all ages.
The Cobargo Folk Festival is a volunteer-run, folk and roots music festival held over the first weekend in March every year. The Festival's three-day program of music, dance, ideas and performance arts celebrates its unique location in the historic village of Cobargo in the foothills of Gulaga Mountain, an area rich in culture, history and stories. In the 23 years since its establishment, the Festival has grown to become one of Australia’s best-loved small festivals because of its intimate size and friendly vibe, its high quality artistic program, featuring local, national and international performers, its opportunities for active participation and its commitment to showcasing regional produce and arts/crafts. Winner of the Festival and Events Gold award in the 2016 NSW Far South Coast Tourism Awards, the Cobargo Folk Festival's reputation is growing both at home and overseas. A place to reconnect, relax and be creative with family and friends, the Festival offers a warm and authentic experience in a beautiful part of the Far South Coast hinterland.
They've teamed up with one of the largest mental health movements in the country, Livin, to deliver a huge weekend of fitness, health and wellness in Kiama on the first weekend of March 2018. Moodi Dennaoui, Tanya Poppett and Kev Toonen lead the charge supported with a string of local trainers including Tom Baker, Lisa Trujillo, AJ Hatch, Will Grant and Joel Roberts. With a huge choice of workshops, workouts and industry leaders in fashion and fitness headlining the event, it will be loaded with fitness activities, health and nutrition advice, workouts, yoga, movement and plenty more.
In this class, you will learn how to create a beautiful bouquet of fresh autumn flowers using specific techniques and design skills to make it your own. As with all their workshops, you get to take home your creation to enjoy and show off your new floristry skills.
Measure (ii) is a new iteration of a recent survey exhibition by Debra Dawes. This new project combines a selected survey of works from Dawes prolific, centred, and coherently developed career history, with several recent and new experiments in form and materials that extend the arc of her painting, more characterised by calculated and thoughtfully structured and colour-coded abstract paintings, to include text, and most recently in her new work, to record a highly structured, yet gestural mark-making across her canvases. Curated by Gary Sangster. Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm. Weekends 12-4pm. Closed Mondays and Public Holidays
Legendary frontierswoman; notorious daredevil; profane storyteller; unwomanly radical – Calamity Jane is one of the most immediately recognizable figures of the old American West. From the famous 1950s Doris Day movie musical to the HBO series Deadwood, the courageous individuality of Calamity Jane has delighted audiences for decades. With a fierce disregard for gender expectations and cultural limitations that was centuries ahead of her time, there’s no better time to re-visit and re-examine this remarkable woman. This stripped-back, rough-and-ready reimagining shucks off the buckskin and brings a barrelful of dirt and grit to the classic musical. Directed by Richard Carroll, the production stars Virginia Gay (Channel 7’s All Saints and Winners and Losers) as the magnetic, masculine heroine – joined by a ragtag band of acclaimed comedic actors and musicians who share all the other roles. From the moment they enter the theatre, audiences are immersed in the world of the Golden Garter Saloon – alive with whores, gamblers, and habitual jeopardy - and can expect an unruly and unpredictable ride. This particularly goes for the dozens of audience members seated onstage at saloon tables, who will be a part of the action whenever they least expect it!