Royal National Park to Wollongong - 70km/80minutes
Depart Sydney and travel along Grand Pacific Drive to Wollongong via the Royal National Park, the second oldest national park in the world. Royal is home to many great walks that hug the park’s coastline, taking you along the cliffs, beaches and escarpments ranging from 1km (suggested time 30 minutes) to 26km (suggested time 2 days). Visit Bald Hill lookout then stop off at the spectacular over-the-ocean 665 metre Sea Cliff Bridge, which has a walkway along the entire length of the bridge.
Continue along Grand Pacific Drive into the bustling city of Wollongong and explore the spectacular Blue Mile, the re-developed Wollongong foreshore offering boardwalks and lookouts over the South Pacific Ocean. Visit Mt Keira Lookout, taking in the magnificent views north and south and go on one of the many bushwalks starting from the lookout.
Hire a bike and cycle along the beachside cycle way, a 48km cycle way extending from Austinmer in the north to Shellharbour in the south.
Wollongong to Shellharbour - 29km/28minutes
The extensive network of cyclways is a perfect way to enjoy Shellharbour City. Starting from Oak Flats along Lake Illawarra you can take a detour to Windang Island or stop for a spot of fishing then make your way along the coastline to the picturesque Shellharbour Village. Here you can stop for a break at the vast array of restaurants and cafes by the seaside.
While at Shellharbour Village you can explore the history by following the heritage trail to find out about Shellharbour's fascinating past.
If bushwalking is more your style then don't forget to explore Blackbutt Reserve or Macquarie Pass National Park where you can explore the 2km return walk to the cascades and see the magnificent waterfall.
Shellharbour to Kiama - 14km/10minutes
Kiama’s walking tracks are shared use, allowing bicycles. Kiama is renowned for its newly opened Coast Walk which runs along the coastline for over 20kms offering spectacular views and the opportunity to see whales during the whale migration season. The walk/cycle track stretches between Minnamurra Village in the north through to Werri Beach at Gerringong to the south. The walk/cycle track is divided into three sections. Interpretative signage and route markers have been placed along the length of the walk.
Kiama to Shoalhaven - 40km/35minutes
For all levels of fitness, the Sussex Inlet circuit trail is an encounter with coastal beauty and wildlife, mostly on paths and quiet back roads. The ride is the best way to have a leisurely look around the tourist attractions and residential settlements – plus an excursion to nearby villages. The ride commences at the reserve near the RSL Club at Sussex Inlet, covering a distance of 21 km. Allow two hours to complete the course.
The Shoalhaven boasts numerous scenic walks, with varying levels of difficulty, catering for those who enjoy a lazy stroll through to tracks to keep the keenest hiker on their toes.
Beyond to the Southern Highlands
Walkers will delight in the array of spectacular and exhilarating tracks for all ages throughout the region. Serious cycling enthusiasts will find mountain bike trails and road routes for all levels with the Bong Bong Cycle Track being the perfect place for a safe family ride along the banks of the Wingecarribee River.
Beyond to Batemans Bay
Continue south to Batemans Bay and experience Mangrove Walk located within Cullendulla Creek Nature Reserve. Batemans Bay shared cycle way is a fully paved eight kilometre round trip that takes in the scenery of the spectacular waterway and islands off Batemans Bay.
Beyond to Canberra
Canberra is renowned for its network of cycle paths and mountain bike tracks so hire a bike for a great way to see the national attractions or ride the variety of tracks at the world-class sporting facility, Stromlo Forest Park. Otherwise, take a leisurely stroll around Lake Burley Griffin and follow the paths, including the RG Menzies Walk, between Commonwealth Avenue and Kings Avenue bridges. Continue your walk around Lake Burley Griffin and pass many major tourist attractions via Commonwealth Park. Canberra is an excellent walking city and you could also walk through the suburb of Yarralumla where most of the embassies are located and built in architecture reflecting their countries heritage.
Tip – If you are travelling along Grand Pacific Drive to Batemans Bay or Canberra, a good option is to stay overnight at one of the destinations along the drive. There are plenty of accommodation options available from international hotel brands to quaint and unique B&B’s to backpacker accommodation - something to offer any traveler. Refer to the accommodation section.
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