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.
The fLiNG Company presents Body and Environment. Body and Environment is a physical journey through psychological spaces. This meditative and unique new work frames the performers of the fLiNG Company within an evolving set installation and invites the audience on a journey to explore how they experience the spaces they move through.
In a remote corner of Arnhem Land sits Yirrkala Print Space, where, for over twenty years, the ancient craft of printmaking has not only survived, but prospered. A celebratory exhibition of this print space, Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression is presented by Artback NT in association with Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre.
Celebrating the horned hunter as he is reborn during Winter Solstice, this feast centres on whole roast beef and pig cooked with fire. Get ready for a winter culinary adventure with local wines, storytelling, wassailing, fire-side music and revelry as they bring to life their own local Highland Burn. 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 and artists as the days shorten and nights grow cold and misty. Feast of the Beast is part of the Highland Harvest Feast Series.
Get yourselves ready for some good music with the amazing Ang and The Doctor. They will be playing live and free so come down, relax and enjoy.
The ANZ Angels at Work Hats Heels and Sparkling High Tea is being held at the Sage Hotel in support of the Leukaemia Foundation. For the third year running this much-loved event will raise funds to help fund local community services provided by the Leukaemia Foundation. The attendees will enjoy 2.5 hours of sparkling wine, a chef’s selection of high tea delicacies and unlimited loose leaf teas and espresso, all while overlooking the spectacular Wollongong ForeShore and shining in Hats and Heels. The High Tea has become signature event of the Angels at Work event across the Illawarra region, and is all thanks to the initiative and efforts of local Vi Blazevska, a long term supporter of the Leukaemia Foundation and blood cancer survivor, her colleague Ioanna Alexopoulos and their hardworking angels. This year’s Sparkling High Tea will take place from 1pm to 3.30pm at the Sage Hotel, Wollongong, there is still time to book a table but places are limited! Tickets can be bought via Eventbrite.
For the first time in Australia, enjoy the best-loved songs from the world’s greatest West End and Broadway musicals in a glittering concert. Starring past principal performers from Les Misérables in the West End and on tour, the blockbusting two-hour show features hit songs from The Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Wicked, Miss Saigon, West Side Story, Chicago, Crazy For You, Mamma Mia and many others, climaxing with a spectacular finale from, of course, Les Misérables. The critically-acclaimed Beyond the Barricade has been delighting audiences throughout the UK and Europe for 16 years, from the Royal Albert Hall to the Cunard liners, and now heads to Australia for the first time. The former cast members of London’s longest-running musical, Les Misérables include Andy Reiss, who has played numerous male roles including Jean Valjean; David Fawcett, who played Valjean; Katie Leeming who played the role of Eponine; and Poppy Tierney who played Cosette. They are joined by an ensemble of talented musicians to create an authentic live experience, capturing all the passions and orchestrations of the original shows. Suitable for all ages.
Enjoy the best-loved songs from the world’s greatest West End and Broadway musicals in a glittering Concert. Starring past principal performers from Les Misérables in the West End and on tour, the blockbusting two-hour show features hit songs from The Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Wicked, Miss Saigon, West Side Story, Chicago, Crazy For You, Mamma Mia, and many others, climaxing with a spectacular finale from, of course, Les Misérables. The critically-acclaimed Beyond the Barricade has been delighting audiences throughout the UK and Europe for 16 years, from the Royal Albert Hall to the Cunard liners, and now heads to Australia for the first time. The former cast members of London’s longest-running musical, Les Misérables include Andy Reiss, who has played numerous male roles including Jean Valjean; David Fawcett, who played Valjean; Katie Leeming who played the role of Eponine; and Poppy Tierney who played Cosette. They are joined by an ensemble of talented musicians to create an authentic live experience, capturing all the passions and orchestrations of the original shows.
The DanceSport Australia National Championship Event (D.A.N.C.E.) is a central fixture in the Australian DanceSport calendar. An annual event, it allows participants of all levels and all ages to compete in Ballroom, Latin American and New Vogue dance styles. Following on from the success of last year's event, the Championship returns to Wollongong. Competitors, officials and spectators will descend on the city to be part of this prestigious event. Experience the glitz, the glamour, the grace and the athleticism of the DanceSport world, as Australia's best dancers battle it out for the national title.
Hot on the heels of scorching new single 'Tonight', their first new music in five years, comes news that Baby Animals will visit Waves for one show only, Saturday June 30, presented by Wave FM. Baby Animals' natural habitat is playing live, and 'Tonight' is well on its way to becoming a fan favourite to rank alongside their classics such as 'Early Warning', 'Rush You, 'Painless' and 'One Word' - all sure to feature in the band's setlist on June 30!
100% Kylie extraordinarily recreates the look and sound of the Princess of Pop, starring world renowned impersonator Lucy Holmes in a full concert production featuring a live band and a world class dance troupe. Incorporating jaw dropping replica costumes, and outstanding renditions of Kylie Minogue’s biggest hit in an exciting grand stage spectacular, this has to be seen to be believed! Over the past 16 years, performing over 850 concerts in 17 countries such as Spain, China, Dubai, Singapore, Thailand, Macau, Vietnam, New Zealand, Indonesia, Fiji and more, 100% Kylie has become one of the most exciting and frequently booked entertainment acts. Each performance is a spectacular mix of vocal brilliance and showmanship, musical excellence, amazing costumes, incredible dancers, multimedia projections, crowd interaction and fabulous humor. The show is always a fantastic night’s entertainment for all ages, singing along to international smash hits such as The Locomotion, Better The Devil You Know, Spinning Around, On A Night Like This and Can’t Get You Out Of My Head.