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Windows down, sea breeze in the air and kilometres of road to explore – it’s no wonder so many car ads are filmed in Wollongong! Wollongong’s main self-drive itinerary is known as Grand Pacific Drive – this picturesque drive forms a spine right along the region, taking in Wollongong’s northern beaches, cafes, the harbour and Lake Illawarra. Thanks to our coastal location and close proximity to major surrounding cities, we are primed for social distancing friendly car ride.

Here are our top ways to explore Wollongong, all without leaving your car:

  • Starting at Bald Hill (our unofficial front doorstep), there is where your Wollongong journey begins. Make your way down Lawrence Hargrave Drive towards Stanwell Park. There’s plenty of delicious cafes to refuel your body in – plus, it’s not a road trip without snacks and of course, coffee!
  • Head south and you’ll soon be starring in your own car ad as you drive across the ridiculously photogenic Sea Cliff Bridge. There’s also plenty of spots to pull over on the southern side so you can capture that insta-worthy shot.
  • Once you’ve crossed Sea Cliff Bridge and taken your obligatory selfie on the bridge, continue south and Wollongong is ready! Head to Flagstaff Hill and check out our two iconic lighthouses. Wollongong is the only point on the eastern coast of Australia which has two lighthouses!
  • Continue your journey along Grand Pacific Journey and head further south to surrounding towns including Lake Illawarra and Kiama, and
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But there are more roads to explore – and you’ll be rewarded with waterfalls, kangaroos, bushwalks and sublime picnic spots. Get off the highway and you’ll feel a million miles from civilisation (your odometer will know better) – amid rolling hills, original rainforests or dramatic headlands.

Don’t feel like driving? Just Cruisin’ Motorcycle Tours can do the hard work for you thanks to their private motorcycle tours*.

Plot your journey or play it fast and loose – the choice is yours and Wollongong is calling! Check out our custom self-drive itinerary planner here:

Please remember to practice social distancing when in Wollongong. Adhere to all NSW Health Advice and stay home if unwell. For the latest health advice, please head to:

*Bookings are essential and limited to small numbers due to the current COVID-19 restrictions.


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