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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!

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Grand Pacific Drive encompasses some of the most spectacular coastline in New South Wales (NSW).

Sea Cliff BridgeStarting 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 accommodation 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.

Click here to view a map of the Grand Pacific Drive.

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:

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.

If you're looking for an extended road trip and would like to include Grand Pacific Drive at the start or end of your travels, check out Sydney Melbourne Touring or Motorhome Republic.

Local Tips:

  • 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.

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