Lakes, lagoons, islands, legendary surf beaches. 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. Offering stunning beaches including ‘The Farm’, a National Surfing Reserve located within Killalea Regional Park. Drop a line at any of the exceptional fishing spots or discover the underwater world while scuba diving or snorkelling at Bushrangers Bay, the regions only aquatic reserve at Bass Point. For the more adventurous, you can take to the sky for a scenic flight or enjoy some aviation history and sit in the cockpit of an F1-11 at the HARS Aviation Museum for a selfie. Tee off at one of two stunning golf courses, take a round of mini golf or enjoy the many cycleways. The jewel in the crown is the world class Shellharbour Marina and Waterfront Dining precinct.
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Bushrangers Bay Aquatic Reserve is regarded as one of the best snorkelling and diving spots in the state.
With 13 boat ramps surrounding the 33 square km lake, and water flowing fresh from the escarpment and ocean, Lake Illawarra is popular for fishing, prawning, all water sports. You can hire a boat or book a stand-up paddle board and watch the sunrise. Explore the local history, Aboriginal heritage, flora and fauna with a cycle or walk around Lake Illawarra’s Art Trail.
Killalea Regional Park
Killalea has over 260 hectares of pristine coastal reserve with spectacular coast, littoral rainforest walking trails, extensive estuarine wetlands and seabird breeding areas. You can camp amid all this or stay in the backpacker style bunkhouse. Either way you will wake up to the smell of the ocean in amongst green rollings hills and have the a chance to catch up with nature.
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One drive. One ocean. Endless Experiences Starting in the Royal National Park, less than an hour south of Sydney’s CBD, the Grand Pacific Drive is a 140 kilometre scenic coastal drive taking you through rainforests.