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 world-acclaimed circus-cabaret that will pop your cork! Come to the place where the champagne sparkles, eyes glimmer and the sensual and salacious combine. You’re about to be taken on a wild ride of big moves, great tunes, lots of skin and more than a few surprises. Blanc de Blanc brings together the finest cabaret and acrobatic talent from around the world, serving an intoxicating blend of vintage glamour, high-end spectacle and titillating acts to infatuate, illuminate and delight. Earning a slew of five-star reviews and dazzling critics worldwide, Blanc de Blanc enjoyed triumphant seasons at Sydney Opera House and London's West End and is now taking Las Vegas by storm! For an evening of breathless abandon, you have found the right place!
Come to the place where the champagne sparkles, eyes glimmer and the sensual and salacious combine. You’re about to be taken on a wild ride of big moves, great tunes, lots of skin and more than a few surprises. Blanc de Blanc brings the finest cabaret and acrobatic talent from around the world, serving an intoxicating blend of vintage glamour, high-end spectacle and titillating acts to infatuate, illuminate and delight. Brought to you by the creative team behind worldwide smash hits Limbo and Cantina, Blanc de Blanc enjoyed triumphant seasons at Sydney Opera House and London's West End and has recently taken Las Vegas by storm! Blanc de Blanc offers heady top notes followed by rich textures, a smooth body, and an utterly unexpected finish. For an evening of breathless abandon, you have found the right place! Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.
With dry wit, stunning harmonies, ridiculous choreography, a jar of cookies and a good helping of feminist rage, this critically acclaimed cabaret takes on musical theatre and its greatest (thinnest) leading ladies. Bigger than Broadway, wider than the West End, join cabaret stars Maeve Marsden and Libby Wood for a satirical look at musical theatre and its greatest (thinnest) leading ladies. Why can't fat people fall in love, go on a hero's journey, take center stage? Why are they always the motherly matrons or comic relief? And why when they finally have a moment to shine, do producers cast a thin woman in a fat suit? ( ahem - Hairspray) Littered with songs from musicals that feature two leading ladies, Fat Musicals takes on Chicago, Frozen, A Chorus Line, Wicked and Cats (okay, Cats doesn’t have two female leads, but there’s so much to make fun of in Cats).
Following a sold out Night of Dance edition last year, fan fave Patrick Topping makes his return to the gong! This time with a twist..... Waves Towradgi will be transformed into a 4 point sound, 360 degree stage odyssey for a dance that true to its name will span throughout the day. Dublin born producer Matador and house hero Elliot Adamson join the Unknown Records crew and a like minded lineup of local selectors for another edition not to be missed. Let’s dance.
***Event date to be confirmed*** The very popular, Annual Easter Show is back for 2020! Treat the kids to a great day out with unlimited carnival rides with a wristband, market stalls and free entertainment on the day! There's something for everyone to enjoy! They'll even have a very special visit from the Easter Bunny before he sets off on his big adventure. Picture this; Dodgem cars, ferris wheel, giant slide, round up the storm, sideshow games, snow cones, fairy floss, all in the one location! And of course, only the best food for the event! Save the date, this one's set to be a great day out for the entire family! Proudly sponsored by i98 FM and Foster's Carnival Amusements. Wristbands available for purchase on the day. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.
Hop on over to Windjammers Restaurant this Easter and indulge with fun for all the family! Lunch: Seafood buffet; Egg-stravagant chocolate themed dessert buffet; three hour beverage package; live entertainment and kids Easter craft and face painting
A range of all-inclusive art classes for children aged eight to sixteen. Classes on offer allow children to explore a variety of art mediums and techniques including painting, drawing, clay and collage... plus other exciting subject-based classes. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.
These holidays they’re harnessing your five senses to explore and learn about the world around. They’re here to keep curious minds active with seven daily activities and nine different workshops to choose from over the two weeks. Have some sensory fun with Slime Time. Make your own musical instrument. Get your taste buds going in their Cooking Class, plus loads more! They're also launching their Discovery Drop-Off program! It's a safe and supportive environment to leave your child for a day filled with slime, clay, Lego robotics and play! Starting these School Holidays. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.
Strut and Fret in association with Laughing Stock Productions present Andrew Hansen - Solo Show The 'good one' from The Chaser performs a blistering set of sketches and musical take downs. Comedian, actor, author, musician, family man and let’s face it, the good one from The Chaser. Known for his ferocious songs and iconic characters like The Surprise Spruiker and Clive the Slightly-Too-Loud Commuter, Andrew now presents a blistering live set of sketches and musical take downs. For the first time. On his own. As seen on The Chaser’s War on Everything, CNNNN and The Hamster Wheel.
Girls Big Day Out invite you to an afternoon of entertainment and laughter as they present - 50 Shades of Fun! An exclusive VIP Pre-show event to 50 Shades! The Musical Parody. Enjoy early entry, champagne on arrival, canapes served by your 50 Shades Waiters, access to your own Champagne bar, Event photographer, photo opportunity with your Waiters, designated hostess, priority seating before doors open. Dress up is encouraged but not compulsory. Pre-show is available for 6pm sessions only. Available for the first 100 bookings.