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
Some people like to totally relax on a break away. Others like to get the blood pumping with moments of high excitement. Grand Pacific Drive takes you to all sorts of adventures from free falling from 14,000ft to on hopping a trike, piloting a Porsche or acting like Tom Cruise in Top Gun!
Skydive the Beach is your only opportunity near Sydney to float through a magic coastal view with the sky rushing past, to land right on the sand or the coastal strip beside the beach. That's not the only way to fly - hang gliding lets you gracefully ride the wind and marvel at all you can see. Others may prefer to loop the loop in a historic biplane or a mean-looking fighter.
Just Cruisin' Motorcycle Tours offers a different high excitement way to travel the Grand Pacific Drive and its surrounds. There are many tours to choose, or you can plan your very own. A few suggestions include Royal National Park and Grand Pacific Drive, Saddleback Mountain via Kiama or Kangaroo Valley. You can also combine a bike or trike tour with any other activity such as skydiving, hang gliding or bi-plane or attractions like Symbio Zoo or Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk. Just Cruisin' are happy to follow your own itinerary.
No other drive is like a Porsche and this is your chance to get behind the wheel of three or four different 911 Carreras or a Boxster on some roads that will really let you drive them for the full Porsche experience.
The Cliff to Coast vehicles are beautifully set up and immaculately maintained. As you traverse coastal and mountain roads, it will be hard to decide which is the most exciting, the vehicles with their unique sound or the spectacular scenery.
Choose from full day tours driving four different Porsches, half day with three models, shorter drives such as the Sea Cliff Blast or Coffee Cruise. Custom trips can be designed to suit your needs.
The planes are the beautifully restored and painted Boeing Stearman and the famed Pitts Special S2C. Southern Biplane Adventures will take you on a series of mid air experiences starting with the shorter Hot Lap Scenic and Hot Lap Ultimate to the Cliffy featuring the Sea Cliff Bridge the way you've never seen it before. Then there are longer flights such as the Smithy Experience or the Combo. Several like the Stunt Pilot will have you looping and barrel rolling at 3000ft with an expression of pure exhilaration on your face!
You thought it was reserved for the movies or those elite military pilots, but the Top Gun Australia experience is available for you.
Your mission will be led by a true fighter pilot in an L39 Albatros jet capable of over 900kph or a BAC Jet Provost MK5A. You'll experience the excitement, the G forces as you sweep across the coast and sea and twist and turn through the sky in genuine air combat manoeuvres at breathtaking speeds. Your pilot will explain the jet and his job, drawing on years of cockpit experience. You don't get any higher!
Exciting rope adventures high up in the tree canopy at Trees Adventures, with all the family swinging, leaping and climbing through the forest. Fly fast through the air on our flying foxes before finding yourselves scrambling along the rock face on Australia’s first cliff edge adventure park along the banks of the Shoalhaven River. The park features exciting and challenging obstacle courses high up in the tree canopy allowing thrill seekers and nature enthusiasts to experience the trees like never before. Inside Nowra Zoo.