Grand Pacific Drive - Sydney to Wollongong & Beyond

Grand Pacific Drive - Sea Cliff BridgeCome and experience Wollongong’s spectacular coastal drive - Grand Pacific Drive, between Sydney to Wollongong and beyond. Grand Pacific Drive begins at the Royal National Park, which is the second oldest National Park in the world. Enjoy driving through coastal rainforests, hire a row boat and take a picnic on the Port Hacking River, visit picturesque beaches or enjoy some of the many great walking trails.


Grand Pacific Drive - aerialThe Royal National Park ends at the point where Grand Pacific Drive meets Bald Hill -a magnificent lookout south to Wollongong. From here, watch the hang gliders and para gliders or marvel at the spot where Lawrence Hargrave first took flight.


Grand Pacific Drive then heads south through coastal villages and along cliff hugging roads which span right above the South Pacific Ocean. These coastal villages in the northern section of the drive are famous for their unspoilt beaches and rock pools, unique art and crafts, great fishing and surfing spots and many terrific cafes and restaurants.


Dining Out in WollongongGrand Pacific Drive then makes its way into the bustling city of Wollongong, offering countless adventure activities, great beaches and shopping, fantastic local restaurants and cafes, golf courses, art galleries and more. Wollongong is also a great place to stay with a huge mix of options from international hotel brands to quaint and unique B&Bs and backpacker accommodation. Next, the drive takes you through to the beautiful coastal towns of Shellharbour and Kiama and ends in the spectacular Shoalhaven region.


From here, experience Grand Pacific Drive’s ‘beyond’, to the Southern Highlands, Greater South Coast and then on to Canberra. Grand Pacific Drive is also a great ‘appetiser’ to the Sydney to Melbourne coastal drive.

Grand Pacific Drive - Must-do's:

  • Wollongong CityBe adventurous and tandem hang glide with an instructor at Bald Hill
  • Visit Symbio Wildlife Park and see Australian wildlife up close
  • Hop on a Harley Davidson and cruise along Grand Pacific Drive
  • Feel the adrenaline pumping at NSW’s only beach skydive!
  • Try one of Wollongong’s many great seafood restaurants and cafes
    Visit Five Islands Brewery - Australia’s largest micro brewery - and taste some locally made beer
  • Feeling energetic? Explore Wollongong via the City Walk map, or cycle along the beachside cycle way around Flagstaff Hill
    Visit Nan Tien Temple, the largest Buddhist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Relax on one of Wollongong’s 17 patrolled beaches
  • Take in panoramic views from Mt Keira Lookout
  • Take in some of Wollongong’s mining history with a visit to the historic village of Mt Kembla or visit Australia’s Industry World
  • Go scuba diving or snorkelling at Bushrangers Bay, Bass Point
  • Take a scenic flight over the region from the Illawarra Regional Airport
  • Visit Jamberoo Action Park, the largest water theme park in NSW
  • Enjoy the view of the ocean from the treetops at the Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk (now offering Sunrise Walks)
  • Visit the famous Kiama Blowhole and Minnamurra Rainforest
  • Sample some fantastic wine and great food at Crooked River Winery and Coolangatta Estate Winery


And ‘Beyond’ - Must-do's:

  • Experience the Illawarra Fly Tree Top Walk
  • Watch the playful dolphins and whales in Jervis Bay
  • Hop on board a high speed boat in Jervis Bay for a thrilling adventure experience
  • Drop in at one of the Southern Highlands three waterfalls: Fitzroy, Carrington or Belmore Falls
  • Spend some time in Canberra celebrating our proud sporting achievements and explore our unique political history

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