An unforgettable journey in which you choose the adventures is lying ahead on the Grand Pacific Drive. Pack a picnic, visit a car rental in Sydney, and head south toward Royal National Park where you will cross the Pacific on the Sea Cliff Bridge.
From adventure to relaxation, the choices are limitless. There is an abundance of photo ops, walking trails, beaches, and rainforests.
Royal National Park
Approximately an hour south of Sydney’s CBD you will enter the world’s oldest named national park. With 15,000 hectares of walking and cycling trails, beaches, and picnic areas, there is something for everyone. You can go whale watching, visit landmarks such as Eagle Rock, walk the 30K Coastal Walk, or relax at the lagoon in Watamolla.
About 45 minutes south, you’ll enter a perfect combination of beach and big city life. You will see Mt. Kiera and Mt. Kembla providing breathtaking background views. On the ‘Blue Mile’ you can enjoy restaurants, art, and a new shopping center. There are 17 beaches, botanic gardens, and amazing villages surrounding Wollongong.
The Grand Pacific Drive takes you across Lake Illawarra into Shellharbour 30 minutes south. You can visit an aviation museum at Illawarra Regional Airport, one of many sporting venues, or spend some time on one of the beautiful golf courses. Shellharbour is quickly growing and is always adding new dining and shopping experiences.
Just 15 minutes further south, you’ll encounter scenic Kiawa. Visit The Blowhole and see why the first settlers named it “the place where the sea makes a noise”. Kiama is lined with coastal walkways and historic buildings. Visit the Minnamurra Rainforest and observe the many waterfalls and streams, or climb Saddleback Mountain for an uninterrupted view of the district and coastline.
The popular holiday destination of Shoalhaven is approximately 45 minutes south of Kiama. It’s known for its abundance of lodging styles from camping to luxurious hotels. Here you can go fishing, relax on the many beaches, or visit a winery.
Rounding up your Grand Pacific Drive adventure is Southern Highlands. Located a little over an hour south of Shoalhaven, it provides amazing views of spectacular homes and gardens. You can visit Fitzroy Falls, go ziplining at Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures, or explore the Wombeyan Caves. The adjoining village of Bowral is known for its boutiques, gourmet restaurants, gardens, and galleries.