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From chefs hats to beachside fish and chips, orchards and oyster bars, atmospheric cafes and small bars - bon appetit! 

The Grand Pacific Drive takes you to endless eating places, from scenic picnic grounds, fish and chips and café stops to some of the state's most renowned fine dining restaurants. There are many distinctive places to dine that really celebrate our part of the world, like eating almost right on the beach, to overlooking our harbours, amid grapevines in our many vineyards, in historic properties or perhaps even in a rainforest.

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Glenbernie OrchardWollongong's Small BarsCaveauFish & ChipsWineriesAustralia's Oyster CoastHungry Duck BerryBiota DiningMarkets

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Glenbernie Orchard

Glenbernie at Darkes Forest above northern Illawarra in the beautiful escarpment is a working orchard. You can taste and buy Royal Gala, Jonathan, Red Delicious, Fuji, Pink Lady and Granny Smith apples or stone fruits such as nectarines, peaches, apricots and plums in season. There's rich bush honey and pick-yourself raspberries and other treats at times. They turn some of their fruits into Darkes Cider. One of the great experiences is exploring the orchard and the chance to ask the family owners anything you ever wanted to know about their fruit and farming. 


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Wollongong

Wollongong's Small Bars

Wollongong's small bar scene offers great atmosphere from three-level Humber with their rooftop bar to The Throsby for fine wines and cheeses and The Little Prince bar with a spacious garden and eclectic menu. 

Others to discover too throughout the streets and lanes of our inner city. Downtown our many eating precincts offer every cuisine you'll find in a big city from beachside maritime-themed Pepe's with its variety-filled menu or stylish harbourfront levelone to Americana-themed Dagwood for burgers, sliders and pancakes and hundreds of other restaurants from casual to five star.


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Wollongong

Caveau

Located in Wollongong, Caveau is an award winning fine dining restaurant and has been awarded a hat by the SMH Good Food Guide every year since 2005. 

Caveau uses organic and locally sourced produce, and sources fresh, whole and sustainable seafood from Sydney's premier seafood supplier. 

Caveau caters for vegans and vegetarians and can accommodate all allergies and dietary requirements with advance notice.    


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Kiama

Fish & Chips

Just follow your nose! Austinmer, Thirroul, Wollongong, Shellharbour Village, Kiama, Werri Beach and just about every stop on the Grand Pacific Drive. Fish and chips are an Illawarra art form! It's the dish that just goes with sand, towels and all those beachy things and most Aussies can pick a good fish and chip shop from way off. These days they'll help you out with a healthy salad and all sorts of food variety. Great places to look are the harbours at Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Ulladulla, Batemans Bay and almost anywhere near a busy beach.


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Kiama

Wineries

Set your compass by your taste to choose about 50 vineyards from either, Gerringong, Shoalhaven Coast or Southern Highlands regions. 

Shoalhaven Coast is located from Shoalhaven Heads to Bawley Point including Kangaroo Valley. It produces a wide range of varieties including Arneis, Chardonnay, Verdelho, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chambourcin, Tannat and Tempanillo. Some of the award winning wineries include Crooked River Wines in Gerringong and Coolangatta Estate and Silo's Estate in the Shoalhaven.

The Southern Highlands wine region is centred around Mittagong, Bowral, Berrima and Moss Vale. It produces high altitude cool climate wines including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Merlot ,Cabernet Sauvignon and sparkling wines. Award winning wineries include Centennial Vineyards and Bendooley Estate Wines.


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Shoalhaven

Australia's Oyster Coast

Australia’s Oyster Coast covers eight South Coast estuaries involving over 40 growers from Shoalhaven, Clyde, Tuross, Wagonga, Wapengo, Merimbula, Pambula and  Wonboyn. They produce three oyster species - Sydney Rock, Angasi Oysters and Pacific Oysters. They maintain that in a similar way to how wine exhibits its distinctive terroir, oysters have a flavour reflecting their origin and the mix of nutrients in their habitat. To allow you to discover this, Australia's Oyster Coast has compiled a special self-guided oyster trail. 


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Shoalhaven

Hungry Duck Berry

Hungry Duck in Berry is a modern Asian gem famous since 2008 for much more than duck. But then its duck is magic in so many different and unexpected ways thanks to chef David Campbell who lives on a farm where much of the produce is grown, otherwise it is mostly sourced locally. 

The emphasis is on natural and organic. David has worked with trailblazers in modern Asian cuisine including Neil Perry at Star Grill and Wokpool, Kylie Kwong at Billy Kwong and Tetsuya Wakuda. Select from the menu for lunch or dinner or enjoy two banquet choices.


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Southern Highlands

Biota Dining

Biota Dining is located in Bowral in the Southern Highlands. Biota means faithfully presenting local produce on the table in this beautifully designed two hatted restaurant with fabulous kitchen garden, bar serving unique cocktails and beverages and comfy rooms on site. 

The produce comes from places nearby or from right around the restaurant where you can see a biodynamic garden that underlines the Biota philosophy. Enjoy five or seven course lunch or dinner.


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Wollongong

Markets

Enjoy the plethora of markets along the Grand Pacific Drive and tantalise your tastebuds with a huge selection of delicious food from Turkish Gozleme, Asian inspired curries to the freshest fruit and veg and homemade baked goods-it's time to stock up on your healthy groceries for the week!

Of course it wouldn't be a market without the talent of local traders selling jewellery, clothing, homewares and much more.

In Wollongong you're spoilt for choice with the Foragers,Eat Streetand Produce & Creative Traders Markets

In Shellharbour you've got The Farm's Marketoverlooking the beautiful Killalea State Park and Harbourside Marketin Shellharbour Village. Kiama is home to Kiama Farmer’s Marketand Kiama Seaside Market.

Then there's the popular Berry Markets and Country Fairas well as a range of markets in the Southern Highlands-there's something for everyone!


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