Royal National ParkSapphire CoastEurobodallaShoalhavenKiamaShellharbourWollongongSouthern Highlands
1Royal National Park
2Sublime Point Walk & Lookout
3Bushrangers Bay
4Killalea State Park
5Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures
7Kiama Blowhole
8Kiama Coast Walk
9Hyams Beach

Wild Grand Pacific Drive is for those who like to get out and walk, dive, climb and explore what nature gave us here on the coast and highlands. 

Relax in a rowboat on Kangaroo Creek in the Royal National Park or get your walking shoes on and discover things not many people see. See the coastline from a ladder on the rocky escarpment or meet a weedy sea dragon underwater. 

There are the endless wonders of Jervis Bay both wet and dry and you can hurtle through the treetops at 700 metres above sea level or take a leisurely walk through some of Australia's most famous coastline.
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1st stop:

Royal National Park

Royal National Park offers a lifetime of natural enjoyment, from a picnic or barbecue at many different spots, to casual walks or full-on hiking and adventuring for the energetic. 

There are about 100 kilometres of walking tracks and cycling trails that are marked in many parts of the park. 

Bundeena and Maianbar are charming villages on Port Hacking. Audley has rowboats, canoes and mountain bike hire from its historic boatshed. Garie Beach is a popular scenic patrolled beach and Wattamolla has a beautiful lagoon and beach with coastal walks. Famous scenic features are Wedding Cake Rock, Eagle Rock and the Figure 8 pools. 

Campsites are located at Bonnie Vale, North Era and Wattamolla. Werrong naturist beach is at the southern tip of the park.

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Sublime Point Walk & Lookout

The Sublime Point Walking Track is a challenging steep walk through lush coastal rainforest to the plateau above with incredible views from the lookout with much-loved café and picnic grounds. 

Start the track at Austinmer, or for an extended walk, Coalcliff. The track ascends though dense forest rich with tree ferns and palms. A series of ladders and a giant staircase has you high above spectacular views amongst the yellow-tailed black cockatoos, falcons and kestrels. On reaching the top you'll take in the entire coastline and coastal plain and welcome refreshment at the café.

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Bushrangers Bay

Just south of Shellharbour in Bass Point Reserve, Bushrangers Bay Reserve is regarded as one of the best snorkelling and diving spots in the state with abundant tropical fish. 

An excellent sheltered dive and snorkelling site with the inner and the outer bay, it can be accessed from shore or by boat. The intertidal rock pools are home for many invertebrates including the stunning weedy sea dragon. 

One of the most striking features within the reserve is a cliff shaped like an amphitheatre in 10 metres of water, six metres high with hundreds of small cavities which are home to sea urchins and tropical fish.

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Killalea State Park

The fabled beaches Mystics and The Farm are the stuff of legend, some of the best on the coast. 

Killalea State Park ‘The Farm’ is a surfing reserve with over 260 hectares of pristine coastal reserve with spectacular coast, littoral rainforest walking trails, extensive estuarine wetlands and seabird breeding areas.

It's the perfect spot for a swim, surf or stand-up paddle board. Enjoy the spectacular view from above as you sit on the grass area overlooking the beach.

You can camp amid all this or stay in the backpacker-style bunkhouse.

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Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures

The Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures takes you over the rainforest, 50m from the forest floor. More than 700 metres above sea level, there are stunning views of the rainforest, the beautiful surrounding countryside and the magnificent Pacific Ocean. Enjoy a guided tour at 11am daily and the 'meet the ranger' session at 2pm at no extra cost. 

The Zipline Tour is officially the highest in Australia 35 metres above the forest floor! You'll fly on a series of cable spans and suspension bridges through the treetops, giving amazing insights into the rich forest and the territory beyond. 

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The 80m high Fitzroy Falls are set in thick eucalypt forest full of birds and wildlife. The water thunders down against vivid sandstone cliffs. There's an award-winning visitor centre, a café and picnic areas. Two short walking tracks show off the terrain and bushland, one featuring magnificent flowers in-season. 

Carrington Falls is where the Kangaroo River plunges over 50m, with its cascades, waterholes and rockpools, three lookouts and four walking tracks-it's one not to miss!

A walk through this spectacular natural world that is Minnamurra Rainforest shows you the rainforest that once followed our coast, along with crashing waterfalls and crystal clear streams. Elevated walkways make for easy movement as your senses awaken with the myriad birds.

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Kiama Blowhole

The Kiama Blowhole is whats given Kiama a special place in the heart of travellers. With the right sea conditions it can shoot water up to 25 metres in the air or about as high as a five level building. 

In addition to the Blowhole and its surrounds, there's the maritime atmosphere of the harbour and lighthouse and massive views along the coast including Bombo and its Cathedral Rocks. While 600,000 people visit the Blowhole each year, there's a second 'Little Blowhole' that's also spectacular in Tingira Crescent a few moments south. 

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Kiama Coast Walk

Kiama Coast Walk offers a whole new take on the Kiama area. It's broken into three sections. 

The first, from Minnamurra to Blowhole Point takes about three hours. It passes spectacular Bombo with its wild beach and Cathedral Rocks, Jones Beach and Kiama Harbour as well as the Boneyard, Bombo Quarry and Spring Creek Wetlands. 

From Blowhole Point to Loves Bay takes about 90 minutes passing Storm Bay, Surf Beach, Kendalls Beach, Easts Beach and the Little Blowhole. 

The third section takes you past Werri Beach to Gerringong - about 6km. You can go further to Seven Mile Beach, about 45 minutes from Gerringong. 

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Hyams Beach

The world's whitest sand meets the crystal blue Jervis Bay waters in an idyllic setting complete with natural vegetation, birdlife and a marine wonderland. Paradise! 

Hyams Beach is both the beach and the village, east facing on Jervis Bay. Bordered by National Park and reserve, the village has retained a gentle holiday feel while preserving the natural vegetation, wildlife and sea life. 

The Guinness Book of Records has noted its pure sand as the whitest in the world. There are other beautiful beaches adjoining, Seamans (sometimes called Sailors) and Chinamans. There are various walks including the White Sands Walk along the shores of Jervis Bay and the Hyams Beach Trail.

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