Royal National ParkSapphire CoastEurobodallaShoalhavenKiamaShellharbourWollongongSouthern Highlands
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A week along the spectacular Grand Pacific Drive is an experience you won't forget as you combine the stunning picturesque coast with the tranquil and laid-back country vibe for an adventure of a lifetime!

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Look down from Bald Hill as you approach from the north and you'll see just how beautiful Wollongongis.

As you traverse the famous Sea Cliff Bridge you get an idea how innovative this city has become. It's yours to experience - glistening beaches, a spectacular green backdrop, a brand new city centre, several vibrant eating and entertainment zones. You'll see skydivers descend to the beach, surf schools and hang gliders. 

Enjoy 17 amazing beaches, beautiful botanic gardens, a spectacular historic harbour, Flagstaff Hill and beachfront 'Blue Mile', the entertainment centre for international acts, 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. Mt Keira is directly west of the city and provides sweeping views and a variety of walking tracks. Mt Kembla is a beautiful historic village with an amazing story.

The northern villages of Bulli, Thirroul, Austinmer and Coledale are beachside playgrounds with great food and shopping and in the south you've got Windang, a water lovers playground known for its fishing, boating and water sports.

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Shellharbouris a beautiful seaside town with a variety of activities to keep you entertained. Shellharbour Village is a vibrant oceanfront strip filled with cafes, restaurants and shops with real distinctiveness and interest. There's a range of specialty boutique shops, a range of health, well-being and beauty services which compliment its relaxed seaside atmosphere.

Beside the Pacific is Little Park with its great views, children's playground, pool and harbourside markets on the fourth Sunday monthly. The waterfront offers opportunities for easy walks while you explore rock shelfs and pools.

There is also a variety of accommodation in the Village that includes quaint B&B's, motels, holiday houses and units and an ocean front tourist park with beach cottages, cabins and camping-there's something for everyone.

And don't forget to enjoy a swim or surf at Killalea State Park, known as 'The Farm'. It's a surfing reserve with over 260 hectares of pristine coastal reserve with spectacular coast and littoral rainforest walking trails. Shellharbour is also home to the HARS Aviation Museum, scenic flights, golf, scuba diving and snorkelling and so much more!

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Kiama is a classic seaside town known for its pristine beaches, green rolling hills and relaxed lifestyle. Take in the area's stunning coastline along the Kiama Coast Walk and visit the Kiama Blowhole and Lighthouse.

The blowhole is what’s 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.  

Kiama Township is home to cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars and boutique shops making it the ideal destination along your Grand Pacific Drive adventure.

With some of the most pristine beaches in the area, you'll be spoilt for choice in Kiama. Easts, Seven Mile, Kendalls or Werri Beach all provide that idyllic location for a refreshing dip to start or finish your busy day.

Also located in Kiama is Jamberoo Action Park, Minnamurra Rainforest, Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures, Golf Courses and plenty more to keep the whole family entertained.

There are plenty of accommodation options to suit every traveller, ranging from camping and cabins on the beach to motels, B&B’s and international hotels.

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Southern Highlands

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Southern Highlands

The Southern Highlandsis 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, practicing his cricket against a water tank.

Natural treasures include Fitzroy Falls and Wombeyan Caves with their surrounding wilderness area. Berrima boasts Australia's oldest continuously licensed pub, the stone Surveyor General with its wonky angles and colourful history. The town has some of the most interesting shopping and galleries. The area has many quality wineries with welcoming cellar doors and top restaurants such as that at Centennial Vineyard.

The highlands have some of Australia's best country accommodation from magnificent manor houses to cosy B & Bs. 

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The beautiful Shoalhavenregion is bordered by mountains, green hinterland and more than 100 magnificent pristine beaches. It is a popular holiday destination for families, beachgoers, and those who like to get back to nature.

One of the highlights is Berry, a town so many people fall in love with! With its beautiful restored main street buildings, emporiums, fashion finds, antiques and décor, you better go and check for yourself why people love Berry so. It's also on the doorstep of other famously loved places like Kangaroo Valley, Gerroa, Shoalhaven Heads and Seven Mile Beach.

Head to Hyams Beach in Jervis Bay, with its clear blue waters and the world’s whitest sands, according to Guinness Book of Records! Whale and dolphin watching are popular activities for visitors to the Shoalhaven and Jervis Bay area. Whale Watching season runs from May to November, where you can find a spot on a headland overlooking the ocean or hop on a tour boat to see humpback and southern right whales up close in their natural habitat.

Shoalhaven offers an outdoor abundance that includes wildlife, bush walks and beaches, stretches of deserted white sand, pristine blue waters, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and fishing.  

Complimented by a range of cafes and restaurants serving fresh local produce and accommodation offerings from luxury to camping, the Shoalhaven is an ideal location for your next Grand Pacific Drive getaway.

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With 83 beaches, four major river systems, numerous islands and estuaries, abundant wildlife and vast tracks of National Parks and forest, Eurobodallais rich with natural assets.

Batemans Bay is the northern gateway and centrally located on the ‘unspoilt’ south coast with Canberra only a 2-hour drive west. An hour’s drive south is stunning Narooma, home to iconic Montague Island and the picturesque Tilba region. In between lies seaside and historic villages and Moruya, the administrative hub.

When you arrive in Batemans Bay you will be greeted by a temperate climate, friendly locals and spectacular sea and river waterways dotted with tiny islands that offer plenty of choice for visitors. An array of waterside cafes and restaurants along Batemans Bay’s esplanade and wharf are perfect for enjoying the stunning view, sea-life and internationally acclaimed Clyde River Oysters and seafood.

Batemans Bay has an array of arcades, emporiums and galleries. A shared cycleway meanders along the river to safe swimming beaches and rock platforms teeming with marine life. Inquisitive stingrays are regular visitors around the wharves and boat ramps.

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Sapphire Coast

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Sapphire Coast

When astronauts on the international space station peer at the Australian coastline at night, the twinkling light of cities give-way to an untouched wilderness half-way between Sydney and Melbourne.

This is Sapphire Coast, nature’s heart of the Sydney Melbourne Coastal Drive. Experience a lush network of National Parks, dotted with heritage sites, dramatic mountains and Sapphire waters that teem with life. A destination rich in nature so precious parts have been declared a UNESCO world biosphere reserve.

Charming coastal villages Bermagui, Tathra, Eden and Pambula showcase an unspoilt paradise with crystal beaches surrounded by some of Australia's best national parks. Oysters and mussels are irresistible. The Merimbula Boardwalk is extra special as is the five kilometre main beach and renowned Tura Beach. Soak up the rollicking history of Australia's whaling days at Eden's whaling museum and the historic village of Ben Boyd, once a centre for this lucrative trade full of myths and amazing stories.

Eden has a rich maritime heritage going way back you can see and feel in the town while beautiful Tathra has its massive historical timber wharf which now features an atmospheric café. The area includes 83 beaches - see if you can visit them all!

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