Royal National ParkSapphire CoastEurobodallaShoalhavenKiamaShellharbourWollongongSouthern Highlands
1Bald Hill Lookout & Sea Cliff Bridge
2Austinmer Beach
3Wollongong City Centre
4Wollongong's Foreshore
5Nan Tien Temple
6Shellharbour Village and Killalea State Park
7Kiama Township and Blowhole

Grand Pacific Drive is the ideal daytrip whether is be from Sydney, Canberra or a neighbouring area. With so much to do and beauiful scenery to see along the drive, it makes for the perfect day out.

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Wollongong

1st stop:

Bald Hill Lookout & Sea Cliff Bridge

Travel writer Bruce Elder called it “arguably one of the best coastal views in Australia” taking your eye on a tour of about 20 kilometres, from the spectacular Bald Hill Lookout to the perfect coastal village of Stanwell Park, to the engineering artistry of Sea Cliff Bridge. Shaped like a snake, it majestically sweeps over the waters of the Pacific! To drive it is exhilarating, but take our Bridgewalk and you’ll see deep into the aqua waters clear to the bottom, looking down on sea life like massive manta rays, every kind of water bird, jagged rock platforms and pools like mirrors to the sky. 


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Continue on to Austinmer Beach
7.3 km10 mins

Wollongong

2nd stop:

Austinmer Beach

There are reasons to stop at safe, beautiful Austinmer Beach apart from the gelato and the fish and chips. But do you need more reasons? 

Austinmer is a trendy coastal town with a safe beach between two prominent headlands which is backed by parkland for picnics with huge shady Norfolk Pines, a great children's playground and a famous tidal pool, one of many that feature along the Illawarra Coast. There's a modern casual restaurant and a traditional beachside fish and chips and burger place. It's also home to several boutique shops for those shopaholics who are looking for something unique. Austinmer is a must stop location along the Grand Pacific Drive!


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Continue on to Wollongong City Centre
15.2 km23 mins

Wollongong

3rd stop:

Wollongong City Centre

A brand new city centre, several vibrant eating and entertainment zones - this dynamic changing city is just the perfect size. Wollongong now offers a brand new world class shopping centre and city mall. 

The imaginative small bar scene offers great atmosphere from three-level Humber with rooftop bar to The Throsby for fine wines and cheeses and The Little Prince bar with a spacious garden and eclectic menu. Others to discover too throughout the streets and lanes of our inner city. There are numerous fine dining destinations and just about every cuisine is available.


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Continue on to Wollongong's Foreshore
1.5 km5 mins

Wollongong

4th stop:

Wollongong's Foreshore

Wollongong's foreshore is the perfect spot to sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery overlooking Wollongong's historic harbour and beachfront 'Blue Mile' boardwalk, hugging the coastline from Wollongong's City Beach through to North Wollongong Beach.

There are many eateries along the foreshore, ranging from fish and chip cafes to seafood restaurants and bars-all with spectacular views overlooking the harbour and ocean. It's a place to unwind and watch the world go by!


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9.9 km14 mins

Wollongong

5th stop:

Nan Tien Temple

One of the world's largest Buddhist temples with massive prayer halls, an eight level pagoda and beautiful oriental gardens. In Chinese, Nan Tien literally means 'Paradise of the South'. 

Nan Tien Temple was built using traditional techniques and materials by Chinese craftsmen, but with numerous modern features and set amidst award-winning landscaped gardens. The main halls have thousands of tiny statues of Buddha on the walls and the building features massive ceremonial bells. There is accommodation on site for retreats and meditation courses. Everyone is welcome for tours with excellent guides.


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Continue on to Shellharbour Village and Killalea State Park
18.3 km22 mins

Shellharbour

6th stop:

Shellharbour Village and Killalea State Park

You can’t travel along the Grand Pacific Drive without a stop in Shellharbour. Visit Shellharbour Village, the seaside village of everyone's childhood where there's serious fish and chip competition, a classic coastal pub and a main street filled with cafes, restaurants and boutique shops with real distinctiveness and interest. 

The fabled beaches Mystics and 'The Farm' at Killalea State Park 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. You can camp amid all this or stay in the backpacker-style bunkhouse.


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Continue on to Kiama Township and Blowhole
14.9 km16 mins

Kiama

7th stop:

Kiama Township and Blowhole

The first settlers called it Kiama for 'the Place where the sea makes a noise' but today the noise comes not just from the famous Blowhole and its cousin The Little Blowhole but from a picturesque café scene set amid historic buildings housing unique shops. Kiama is famous for its harbour and lighthouse and attractions such as the breathtaking coastal walking tracks around places like Bombo and Jamberoo Village with its awesome action park. 

Kiama is surrounded by coastal beauty in areas like Gerringong, Gerroa and the cool tranquillity of Minnamurra Rainforest and its roaring waterfalls and soothing streams. The rolling hills around Kiama offer picturesque drives along lanes lined by dry stone walls past classic dairies and farmhouses. Saddleback Mountain lookout allows you to get a bird's eye view of the entire district and coastline. 


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