Grand Pacific Drive
Looking for an awesome road trip that will take you from the mountains to the sea and beyond? You need the Grand Pacific Drive!
Grand Pacific Drive encompasses some of the most spectacular coastline in New South Wales (NSW).
Starting just 45 minutes south of Sydney at the entrance of the Royal National Park (world’s second oldest), the 140km drive takes you through coastal rainforests, quaint seaside villages and traverses along the iconic 665 metre Sea Cliff Bridge. And this is all in the first 60 kilometres!
Grand Pacific Drive then makes its way into the bustling city of Wollongong, which is the main ‘hub’ along the drive, offering an abundance of adventure activities, great beaches and shopping, fantastic local restaurants and cafes, golf courses, art galleries and more. You can explore activities and attractions and places to eat while in Wollongong on this website.
From Wollongong continue south along Grand Pacific Drive into the beautiful coastal towns of Shellharbour and Kiama, with the drive ending in the spectacular Shoalhaven region.
If you decide to stay for the night (or a few) there are also plenty of accommodati
on options to suit all tastes and budgets from international hotel brands to quaint B&B’s and backpacker accommodation.
From here, you can either continue south to Batemans Bay and the greater South Coast or head west into the Southern Highlands and then onto the national capital, Canberra.
Our top picks: things to see and do along the grand pacific drive
With so much to see and do along the Grand Pacific Drive, we’re guessing you’d appreciate some recommendations? We’re happy to help! Some of our favourite stops along the way include:
- A visit to Symbio Wildlife Park
- A heart-pumping tandem hang glide with an instructor at Bald Hill
- A wind-blowing Harley Davidson cruise along the Grand Pacific Drive with Just Cruisin’ Motorcycle Tours
- Drive a variety of pristine Porsche's in wonderful scenery and on perfect driving roads with Cliff to Coast Sports Car Drives
- An adrenaline fuelled adventure with Skydive Australia: NSW’s only beach skydive
- A delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of Wollongong’s bustling cafes and/or restaurants
- A scenic bicycle ride along the Blue Mile of Wollongong
- An enlightening and peaceful visit to Nan Tien Temple: the largest Buddhist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere!
- A sun-soaking session on one of Wollongong’s 17-patrolled beaches
- A soaring scenic flight with Southern Biplane Adventures or Touchdown Helicopters from the Albion Park Regional Airport
- An action-packed family-fun day at Jamberoo Action Park, one of the largest water theme parks in NSW
- A tantalisingly tasteful tour of some of the region’s most beautiful wineries
- Visit Killalea State Park, home to a beach affectionately known to locals as "the Farm" which is now a national surfing reserve
- Visit the famous Kiama Blowhole
For a full list of things to experience along the Grand Pacific Drive as well as maps and suggested itineraries, visit the Grand Pacific Drive website.
- Driving through the Royal National Park is free. Fee of $12.00 applies if stopping to enjoy this picturesque playground.
- Designated parking for the Sea Cliff Bridge is located north of the Sea Cliff Bridge at Leeder Park or Coalcliff Beach. There is also limited parking just south of the Bridge.
- There is free parking at all beaches along the Grand Pacific Drive.
- Wollongong offers free on-street weekend & Public Holiday parking. On-street parking is free after 12:30pm on Saturdays and all day Sundays.
- Chat to a local at the many Visitor Information Centres along the drive
Sea Cliff Bridge – Getting there via public transport:
Nearest Train Station is Coalcliff with an 800m walk south to the start of the Sea Cliff Bridge. Click here to plan your trip with Sydney Trains.
Premier Bus #2 - Stanwell Park to Wollongong and return. Click here to plan your trip with Premier Coaches.
* Please note that this bus service does not run on Sundays and Public Holidays.