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Grand Pacific Drive is your escape route to leave the man-made world far behind and get back to nature. We've heaps of it! There are hundreds of beaches along the way, whether you're a top surfer or simply want to splash about. Then there are the quieter waterways where you might want to relax in a tinny, cast a line or take a dip. There are several great rivers and plenty of lakes and estuaries. West of all that there's a lifetime of exploring in our countryside, from structured scenic walks to real exploring.


Beaches and Rock PoolsSpectacular waterfallsLookoutsWalking and HikingCycling


Beaches and Rock Pools

We challenge you to count the beaches along Grand Pacific Drive. Then there are the rock pools, rock platforms, rivers, estuaries and lakes. And much more to discover!

In the Royal National Park you'll find the excellent patrolled beaches of Garie, Wattamolla and North Era. In northern Wollongongpopular family favourites such as Austinmer, Thirroul and the buzzy North Beach. 

In Killalea State Park near Shellharbourthere are the legendary surfers' drawcards of The Farm and Mystics. Kiama has Surf Beach and Bombo and further south Werri Beach and Gerroa is on amazing Seven Mile Beach. 

The Shoalhaven offers some amazing spots such as Hyams Beach, Culburra, Mollymook and Rennies at Ulladulla. 

Popular Eurobodalla beaches are Broulee, North Head Moruya and McKenzies Beach south of Batemans Bay. 

Great beaches can also be found on the Sapphire Coast at Bermagui, Tathra, Merimbula and Pambula.

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Spectacular waterfalls

The therapy of crashing water is good for the soul. 

There are five waterfalls in Royal National Park including Wattamolla, Winifred Falls, Toonoum and National Falls. 

Minnamurra Falls are set in a magical cool rainforest, offering a network of elevated walkways through the rare remnant rainforest that once reached throughout the Illawarra.

80m high Fitzroy Falls are set in thick eucalypt forest full of birds and wildlife where the water thunders down against vivid sandstone cliffs.

And of course there's Carrington Falls, where the Kangaroo River plunges over 50m, with its cascades, waterholes and rockpools. Belmore Falls are nearby.

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You're never far from a good view on the Grand Pacific Drive and almost every high point is a great place for photo opportunities. There are many official lookouts that are usually well signposted along the way.

In Wollongong area these include Bald Hill, Otford Lookout, Sublime Point, Bulli Lookout, Southern Gateway Centre, Hill 60, Mt Keira, Mt Kembla. 

Kiama has Bombo, Loves Lookout, Blowhole Point and Saddleback Mountain Lookout.

You'll find Orions Lookout and Cambewarra Mountain in Shoalhaven and Mt Gladstone Lookout further south.

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Walking and Hiking

The most popular walk in Royal National Park is the 30 kilometre Coastal Walkwhich can be approached in sections. In season it is perfect for whale watching and highlights include Wedding Cake Rock and Eagle Rock. Swim at Garie or North Era patrolled beaches. 

The Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area offers a walking trail from Stanwell Park to Austinmer and from Austinmer to Sublime Point. There are also several tracks around Mt Keira. 

In Shellharbour there are walks around Lake Illawarra and within Killalea State Park. The Kiama Coast Walkgives you a whole new take on the area. It is broken into three sections, from Minnamurra to Blowhole Point, Blowhole Point to Kiama Heights and from there to Werri Beach. 

Ben's Walk in Nowra combines bush and river environments with spectacular rock formations. The Grotto Nowra is a shorter walk with great river views. Greenfields Beach on Jervis Bay offers the White Sands Walk and there are two walks on Beecroft Headland and the reserve known as Abrahams Bosom - Wreck Walk which includes the wreck of SS Merimbula and the longer Coomies Walk. 

Pigeon House Mountain is a very rewarding walk that's environmentally immersive with views for miles.

Detailed walk information is available from all visitor centres and National Parks offices.

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If cycling is your thing then look no further!

From north to south Wollongongis a very cycling-friendly city with over 60km of on-road and off-road cycle ways. A four-bike Spinway bike hire stand is at the Novotel Northbeach Wollongong while South Coast Bike Hire offers several pick up points. 

Royal National Park also offers many marked cycling trails and allows bikes on fire trails. 

Shellharbourhas a network of cycleways and the visitor centre offers a number of self-guided tours. 

In Kiama cyclists will find designated bike paths and lanes, shared paths, on road & off road options-a variety of options to suit every level.

The Southern Highlands is made for cycling whether it is on a motorbike, mountain bike or a road bike with lots of quiet country roads and lanes meandering through picturesque villages.
Shoalhavencycling routes include rewarding trips through the green countryside, along the river and to many villages and towns. There are many cycleways around Jervis Bay foreshores and hire available nearby.

Eurobodalla has devised several trails to savour the area and the Sapphire Coast offers both quiet cycling trails and mountain biking at Tathra Beach Country Club skills park or Bundadung Trail network.

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