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.
Camel Racing Downunder are excited to present Camel races at Dapto Showgrounds! There will be camel racing, camel rides, pony rides, amusement rides, market stalls, food vendors, children's activities and a DJ. Grab your tickets! Pre Paid ticket holder entry from 2pm. Gates open for general admission from 3pm. The first race is on at 4pm. Mark this one in your diary. You won't want to miss this one.
Music drawn from a lifetime 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. See Eventfinda for more information.
The fabulous Dennis Milsom will be here to entertain you. Join them for a terrific night, delicious meals and wonderful music. Bring your friends and family.
Abstract Entertainment is proud to present five of the best 80s acts touring Down Under this November. The Kings of Wishful Thinking will lead an awesome line up of 80s artists touring together in a show loaded with enough hits to satisfy even the most radical party goers. Joining Go West will be Pseudo Echo, A Flock of Seagulls, The Cutting Crew and Wang Chung in what promises to be the 80s night of the year. Spike your hair, find your leg warmers, parachute pants and be ready to rock out to the biggest hits by some of the most popular artists of the 80s.
Hailing from Brisbane, Bugs are a lighthearted group of mates who find joy in crafting infectiously happy pop music, and packaging it up with a dose of honest songwriting. 2018 has served as their most jam-packed year to date, with the band scoring an opening slot at Falls Festival after a triple j unearthed win, as well as supporting USA legends Cloud Nothings, and Aussie heavyweights British India, The Hard Aches, Alex Lahey and WAAX. Off the back of their grippingly honest millennial fan-favourite Neighbourhood, the band also delivered their engaging and animated live show to crowds at Mountain Goat Valley Crawl and Melbourne Music Week. See Eventfinda for more information.
Summer is calling and Boo Seeka want to make one thing clear. The sold out tour earlier this year, the LDRU mansion party collab, the SAFIA support tour, the festival appearances, the 28,000 people they have already performed for in 2019 - it has all just been a warm up. In a huge end of year climax Boo Seeka are taking their boundless energy on a 14 date road trip through their home state of New South Wales before jumping across to Indonesia for two massive shows beside the beach.
In this Christmas themed workshop you will be guided through the art of candle making. You will take home: A large glass Christmas candle A medium glass Christmas candle Votives Tea lights The Workshop Booklet with everything you need to know to go home and make your own candles and diffusers Where are the workshops held? The workshops are held in Caroline's purpose built barn, overlooking the rolling hills and vineyards out to the ocean and quaint sea side village of Gerringong, just up the road from Crooked River Winery. Please note there is limited parking on site so car pool if you can. Please note: For insurance purposes every attendee must be at least 16 years old.
Have you heard the City of Wollongong Brass Band play yet? Join them for an afternoon of light brass band music at Figtree Anglican Church. Tickets available at the door or online.
Bestselling crime writer Chris Hammer is coming to the Sebel Harbourside, Kiama, for an evening of fine food, wine and crime. Chris will be discussing his latest book, Silver, in conversation with Nick Hartgerink, former editor of the Illawarra Mercury. Silver is the much-anticipated sequel to Scrublands - one of the most popular Australian crime titles of 2018. Ticket price includes a glass of wine, main meal and tea/coffee. Books will be available for purchase and signing on the evening.
Christmas Market - Illawarra Lapidary Club Inc Open Day Stalls selling Crystals, Minerals, Fossils, Lapidary Materials and Jewellery. Morning Tea and Sausage Sizzle Lunch available.