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.
A sumptuous hour of stories, jokes, music and physical comedy by Candy Bowers. Australian Booty is an entertaining mix of comedy, social commentary and of course, booty shaking! From the Afro-Aussie sisters behind international smash hit Hot Brown Honey, comes a more intimate yet fiercely powerful show about self-love. This radical babe weighs in on the Australian identity, interracial dating, Aussie television and the beauty myth. Candy B is political, poetic and a little bit naughty in this riotous romp about her rump. Set to a killer sound track created by the notorious Busty Beatz, Australian Booty will slam, shake and tickle you all the way to the dance floor. Warning – Side effects may include uncontrollable booty shaking and higher self-esteem.
This will be the 64th annual show of the longest running and biggest camellia event in Australia. There will be in excess of 2000 blooms on display in classes for reticulata, japonica, hybrids and miniatures at the Camellia Spectacular. Why not come along to get expert help from awarding winning growers? All ready, willing, and able to help with any and all problems relating to camellias. Morning and afternoon teas are available, a wide range of camellia plants for sale. Off street parking is also available in the school parking lot.
Elvis, Bee Gees, Johnny O’Keefe, Queen, Jackson Five, Beatles, ACDC, John Farnham and more! Following on from their 2018 sell-out concerts, internationally acclaimed Boys in the Band is proud to present their brand new show Jukebox Revolution celebrating the most iconic artists of the 20th century. Starring Australia’s finest leading men and backed by their sensational band The Players, this dazzling performance features over 50 years of mega hits in an all-singing, all-dancing, high octane concert. Boys in the Band have performed among star-studded company such as Pharrell Williams, Bon Jovi, Maroon Five and Pseudo Echo, entertaining audiences across the globe. Highlight concert performances including Singapore F1 Grand Prix, Marina Bay Sands Singapore, Mandela Theatre Johannesburg, The Star Gold Coast, Arts Centre Melbourne and festivals such as Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, Sydney Taronga Zoo and Melbourne Zoo Twilight Series. Get ready to join the revolution!
Lovers of all things classic will able to channel their inner Steve McQueen or Ann-Margret when Bulli hosts the annual AMCA Australia National Classic, Vintage and Antique Motorcycle Event in August. Oozing the cool vibe of yester-year, this two-day program is set to draw fans from both Australia and overseas as it celebrates an array of fascinating machines across all brands, makes and models which are 35 years and older. The highlight of the weekend is set to be the auction in which many exquisite vintage motorcycles will go under the hammer. The event also includes a People’s Choice motorcycle show, judging of machines, seminars, motorcycle demonstrations and an antique motorcycle swap meet. The event will be held at the Bulli Showgrounds and is open to the general public. Camping is available on-site.
All are welcome to enjoy a stroll around their beautiful orchids. They will absolutely amaze you! Entry is free. Buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win some orchid prizes. Or take home a lovely orchid posy for someone special. There will be a sales table where you can purchase quality orchids at reasonable prices. Take the opportunity to get tips from our experts and other orchid enthusiasts. Bring your camera for some lovely shots!
The 2019 Australian Cross- Country Championships will be staged at Kembla Joggers Cross Country Running Park. The Kembla Joggers Cross-Country Park is a purpose built venue catering for cross-country running events and other fitness activities such as walking and general running training. A short scenic drive from the heart of the city of Wollongong, this will be the second year that Kembla Joggers will host the Australian Cross Country Championships with over 1000 primary, secondary, open and multi class athletes competing for their State and/or Territory. Athletics Australia along with School Sport Australia invite all sport loving spectators young and old to come along and support all athletes competing in this years’ Australian Cross Country Championships at one of the best cross country venues in the world.
Set in Cupitt's historic creamery building, you'll enjoy an evening of cocktail creativity! Cupitt's Cocktail Guru Anthony will show you how to create three cocktails, while you sip on a glass of bubbly whilst you learn. Many of the cocktails use botanical ingredients sourced and foraged on-site at Cupitt’s. You’ll learn how to create classic cocktails, make different syrups and how to infuse base spirits with these botanicals to take your cocktails to a new level. Think Kaffir Lime Tequila or Orange Blossom Vodka. You’ll learn how each drink is made as Anthony explains each of the ingredients used. Not only will you learn the art of mixology but you will enjoy your creations along the way and have lots of interactive fun. You’ll then turn your hand to the cocktail making and be guided through making your very own cocktail. You’ll learn how to balance the various elements to make it perfect to your taste. Cupitt's is a restaurant, bar, winery, brewery, fromagerie and farm, set overlooking the beautiful hills of Milton on the NSW South Coast, three hours from Syndey and two hours from Canberra.
By Arthur Miller. Following its smash-hit, sold out season at Sydney’s Old Fitz Theatre, this award-winning, critically acclaimed production lands on their stage. Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge has a special place in the canon of English-speaking theatre, electrifying audiences around the world since it first premiered in 1955. Director Iain Sinclair’s 2017 production swept the Sydney Theatre Awards and was universally praised for its raw power and breathtaking performances. 1950s Italian-American immigrant life colours this searing drama of love and revenge set in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge. Arthur Miller’s tragic masterpiece confronts the American dream in a stripped-back, muscular drama that simmers with tension and explodes with passion. It might be 1950s Brooklyn, but the themes of family, loyalty, immigration and justice are as relevant for contemporary Australia as ever before.
Come along to explore the world of expressive abstract painting. They will use acrylic paint and experiment with different approaches to get you started on your journey into expressive abstraction. With gentle guidance, you will be creating your own unique abstract artwork. You will be supported to connect to and discover your own unique abstract visual language and build your confidence to express yourself freely. Suitable for beginners to advanced - this is your individual journey and each participant will receive individual guidance. Enter an encouraging, kind and supportive environment where you are provided a safe place to freely explore your own unique visual voice. Small group of maximum eight participants only. You will learn how to break-in your canvas for a great start to your abstract painting and how to create interest and variation in your composition, texture and brushstrokes.
Have you always thought about making your own bread and pastry? Well now is the time to give it a go! You’ll learn all the basics of bread making, pastry making and perfecting your sweet and savoury tarts. They will be making the perfect sourdough and learning how to care for your starter. Plus an old favourite, the humble quiche (this is no ordinary quiche!) as well as a delicious seasonal fruit and frangipane tart. You will go home with some starter from their kitchen to continue your sourdough journey, a sourdough loaf, a selection of sweet treats you bake that day and a little gift from them to say thank you for coming. Afterwards, they will sit down for a well earned lunch, glass of wine and enjoy the relaxed country setting.