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.
Naomi is the head Artisan at Appleye, a self taught jeweller with over 15 years experience. Naomi is also a born teacher. Providing a variety of workshops in her studio to share her knowledge and encourage budding or seasoned creatives on the path of learning the age old skills of metal forming and smithing. Her bright, encouraging personality, invites people of all skill levels to feel at ease in her small group workshops. Hoping to spark a new love for creating with metals in her participants. Naomi is passionate about helping people release their creativity. To encourage the idea that creating everyday in some way is what we are born to do. Naomi believes we can "make" our selves happy through the creative journey. Small -larger Group workshops regularly in Nowra on the NSW South Coast. Make a ring, a bangle, pair of earrings or maybe even your wedding ring. We cater to all skill levels, in a relaxed encouraging environment.
Presented by The Music Lounge & Top Shelf. They are rock’n’roll people and are steeped in rock’n’roll culture. Dave Graney is an ARIA Award-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist. Clare Moore is a songwriter, arranger and producer who plays drums, keyboard and sings. From their beginnings in Adelaide via Melbourne via London post-punk band The Moodists, Dave and Clare’s creative partnership has spanned countless projects including White Buffaloes, The Coral Snakes and The Lurid Yellow Mist. The pair are playing national dates for their latest album titled ‘ONE MILLION YEARS DC’: an album of songs rather than a representation of a band. It’s all to do with their sensibility. They are rock’n’roll people and are steeped in rock’n’roll culture. They will be playing songs from across their career and also nods to artists who have inspired them. Whatever they do, it will be straight from the fridge (i.e., cool), as ever they’re on a Birdseye kick, man! Catch them when you can. It’s always a live show, jumping off the plate, baby. Dave Graney humbly adds, “It’s not like those other crumby bands. They are mostly wrong; we are totally right. Word. Comrade. We go East, West, North, South and Straight Up. Get some”.
Art and creativity will be at the heart of Panboola wetlands, on the fringe of Pambula Village. The Pambula Wetlands and Heritage Project, in collaboration with the Lonely Arts Club Pambula, have organised Ephemeral – a one-day festival – to celebrate the landscape of Panboola and the creativity it inspires. The community is invited to come between 9 am-2 pm and wander the grounds of the wetlands and enjoy in-situ temporary sculptures, installations of art, craft demonstrations, acoustic music and stalls. Book into workshops and try woodcarving, textile art and screenprinting and order picnic boxes to enjoy in the grounds.
SENTAL Kiama and the Kiama and District Stronger Community presents the inaugural FilmFest at Black Beach Kiama. Join the Kiama community for Youth Week celebrations in the most spectacular location at Black Beach in Kiama. A group of 7 local youth's are incorporating a mini short film festival, live music featuring local musicians, markets and food, a great opportunity to bring family and friends together for a laid back afternoon of food, music, and movies. For 6 weeks a group of local youth are completing a series of workshops, mentored by local business people. These workshops will provide the youth with the tools to make a 1 minute short film that will be showcased before the feature film. In the lead up, experience some fresh air, cool tunes, great food, market stalls and the company of your nearest and dearest for an enjoyable family friendly day.
Flourish is a quarterly seasonal market held in the picturesque grounds of Covington’s Thai Restaurant in Pambula. The philosophy behind ‘Flourish’ is to promote locally handmade or grown, and to provide an opportunity for local makers, craftspeople, artists and growers to sell their produce and products to their community and its visitors. Their aim is to embrace and share the creativity of their fabulous village and celebrate the magic of the seasons! All items are locally produced or up-cycled from within the Bega Valley region and Flourish is environmentally sustainable being a single-use plastic-free market in collaboration with the Social Justice Advocates ‘Plastic Free Pambula’ initiative.
Anna Nangle is a visual artist whose practice incorporates participatory and site-specific art. Her performances and installations have used 16mm film, video, photography, sound, spoken word and journey making. 1000 Colours for Lalita is a work made in response to the trauma she experienced living through the recent bushfires. For this exhibition Anna has created a freestanding room built to contain a mystic, power diagram of coloured, painted squares. The colours spatialise the text of an ancient Indian Sanskrit prayer, The Lalita Sahasranama (The Thousand Names of Lalita). The work is influenced by both the minimalist colour field painting of the 1960’s and 70’s and Indian Tantric paintings. Anna Nangle is currently studying an MFA through the Belfast School of Art.
The South Coast Writers Centre and Kiama Council present Poetry by the Sea; a program of poetry workshops and readings in Kiama. Drawing Down the Muse: Encountering the Unconscious through Expressive Writing 10am-12.30pm Join poet Ivy Ireland as she explores methods of integrating unconscious elements of the psyche into the process of writing poetry. The focus of this workshop will be on practical writing exercises using automatic and expressive writing techniques, while also looking at examples of artistic inspiration in the work of prominent poets. Open Reading with Ivy Ireland 1pm-2.30pm Workshop participants are encouraged to join the open reading and share what they learned, however all poetry lovers are also invited to attend and watch. Ivy Ireland is the author of Incidental Complications (2007), Porch Light (2015) and The Owl Inside (2020). Ivy’s literary awards include the Australian Young Poet Fellowship, Harri Jones Memorial Prize, Thunderbolt Prize, Newcastle Poetry Prize local award, and she was runner-up in the 2019 UC International Poetry Prize. Ivy completed her Ph.D. in Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle and her poetry, essays and reviews have been widely published in journals and anthologies such as Cordite, Overland, Mascara and Blue Dog. PLEASE NOTE: Register for the free Open Reading to attend, and indicate in the booking process if you would like to do a reading of your work.
Presented by The Music Lounge & Top Shelf. An evening of words of and music with Jeff Lang. Three-time ARIA Award winner Jeff Lang has built a reputation for making startling and influential music that is accomplished, intricate, gutsy, melodic and loaded with soul. Often taking unexpected turns, he has consistently inspired his audiences by creating a stylistically diverse catalogue of over 30 albums. But with every well-credentialed artistic soul, evolving and diving into the unknown is a step that is never too far away, and in 2019 Jeff sat down and began to write his first book. “Some Memories Never Die” is the resulting memoir of three decades on the road, containing memories of gigs where the pay was akin to blood money, reflections on how the road’s twists and turns can be lightened by the presence of fellow travellers, and occasionally darkened by them too. To celebrate the book’s release, Jeff is on tour combining music with an ‘in conversation’ and Q&A session. Each purchase of the book comes bundled with a digital code for an exclusive 22 track album of re-recorded versions of Jeff Lang classics, produced for the book’s publication.
This workshop is a totally hands-on five hour workshop that will teach you the basics of furniture painting. Learn how to prepare your piece, how to achieve different looks through applying gorgeous Australian chalk-based paints, how to distress and antique your piece, and how to achieve a beautiful decorative and protective finish with waxes, decorative glazes and other furniture finishes.
Come join them a the Bubs and Bumps Market in Wollongong – support small, local and handmade businesses as well as pre-loved stallholders, selling all things maternity, baby and children.
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