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Grand Pacific Drive - Sydney to Wollongong and Beyond

From Royal National Park to Bomaderry, Wollongong, New South Wales 2500, Australia
+61 2 4267 5910
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A great scenic drive

A most beautiful drive, one never gets tired of driving the coast road north. We headed north for... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Peter M
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Sydney, Australia
Ok drive

We went on the Grand Pacific Drive (GPD) with high expectations having previously driven on the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
lvan888
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Adelaide, Australia
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Grand Pacific Drive is a 140km coastal drive, starting just 45 minutes south of Sydney, NSW, Australia in the beautiful Royal National Park. Driving scenery includes, coastal rainforests to quaint villages and over the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge. The drive heads into Wollongong then through to Shellharbour, Kiama and the Shoalhaven. Experience ‘beyond’ into the scenic Southern Highlands, Batemans Bay, Canberra, the greater South Coast and onto Melbourne. Local Tips: - Driving through the Royal National Park is free. Fee of $12.00 applies if stopping to enjoy this picturesque playground. - Parking for the Sea Cliff Bridge can be found north of the Bridge at Leeder Park or Coalcliff Beach. - Free Parking at all beaches along the Grand Pacific Drive Wollongong offers free on-street parking on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. - Keep a look out for the many information centers along the Grand Pacific Drive. Public Transport: - Sea Cliff Bridge: Premier Bus # 2 from Coalcliff to Wollongong and return. Closet Train station is Coalcliff with an 800 walk to the start of the Sea Cliff Bridge on the Northern Side.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good31%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“bald hill” (59 reviews)
“stanwell tops” (41 reviews)
“stanwell park” (40 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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From Royal National Park to Bomaderry, Wollongong, New South Wales 2500, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A most beautiful drive, one never gets tired of driving the coast road north. We headed north for a wedding in Stanwell Tops and had a great summer drive.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went on the Grand Pacific Drive (GPD) with high expectations having previously driven on the Great Ocean Road and the Tasmania East Coast drive. I found the GPD enjoyable however it is much shorter and not as grand as the other drives with less...More

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Dest-Wollongong, Visitor Services Specialist at Grand Pacific Drive - Sydney to Wollongong and Beyond, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you Ivan88 for taking the time to leave a review. We try not to compare ourselves to the Great Ocean Road, we offer a very different experience. Bald Hill Lookout and the Sea Cliff Bridge are two of our must see destinations along the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whenever I go to Wollongong from Sydney, I tend to get there quickly on motorways then dawdle back this way - following the beaches, stopping at some favourites like Coledale, Sea Cliff Bridge, and the lookout at Stanwell Tops. Then I generally join the motorway...More

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Dest-Wollongong, Visitor Services Specialist at Grand Pacific Drive - Sydney to Wollongong and Beyond, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you Sandy T for leaving a 5 Star review. Its a lovely break from the highway and makes the trip to Sydney a little less tedious.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Plenty of you have traveled the world. Coastlines are always an attraction for tourists. If ever you have the opportunity to travel between Sydney and Wollongong, you should consider using the Grand Pacific Drive. A series of elevated bridges hug the coastline and offer stunning...More

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Dest-Wollongong, Visitor Services Specialist at Grand Pacific Drive - Sydney to Wollongong and Beyond, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you MS_Wollongong for sharing some local pride. Couldnt have said it any better ourselves. Thank you.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Without a doubt this section of the coast drive is unique to our country and there would be few places in the world that a road comes out into the ocean the way this bridge does. Make sure you park and walk the bridge as...More

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Dest-Wollongong, Visitor Services Specialist at Grand Pacific Drive - Sydney to Wollongong and Beyond, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you rusty575 for taking the time to write such a lovely reivew.

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Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

Great scenery along the way. Beautiful part of the coast we should all see. Lush greenery as we wind down the mountain that then opens to the beach beachside. Just gorgeous.

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Dest-Wollongong, Visitor Services Specialist at Grand Pacific Drive - Sydney to Wollongong and Beyond, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2018

Thank you Jodie S for taking the time to write a beautiful review on the Grand Pacific Drive.

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Reviewed 9 January 2018

plenty to see and do on the short drive located just north of Wollongong on the way up or down from Sydney. Great eating, plenty of swimming, hang gliding, parachuting and horse riding are but a few of the offerings along the way. The views...More

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Dest-Wollongong, Visitor Services Specialist at Grand Pacific Drive - Sydney to Wollongong and Beyond, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2018

It certainly sounds like you had an awesome time on the Grand Pacific Drive gregrN7931LL. Thank you for taking the time to leave a 5 star review.

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Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

Fantastic drive down from Sydney, through the national park, and out onto the coastal road. Really elicited a “wow” when the road comes out of the forest, and the southern coastline is presented in all its glory. Add to that the great little towns along...More

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Dest-Wollongong, Visitor Services Specialist at Grand Pacific Drive - Sydney to Wollongong and Beyond, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2018

It is a spectacular surprise seeing the ocean for the first time, especially at the elevation of Stanwell Park. Thank you for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review newak.

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Reviewed 3 January 2018

We have driven the Royal National Park to Wollongong stretch both ways now. Some great views on a clear day.

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Dest-Wollongong, Visitor Services Specialist at Grand Pacific Drive - Sydney to Wollongong and Beyond, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2018

Thank you for taking the time to leave a great review of the Grand Pacific Drive Thirko.

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Reviewed 2 January 2018

This is a beautiful way to travel south or north. The views are stunning and the escarpment with alll its colours is beautiful. As kids we used to be anxious about falling rocks here and with good reason. The bridge is a great piece of...More

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Dest-Wollongong, Visitor Services Specialist at Grand Pacific Drive - Sydney to Wollongong and Beyond, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2018

Thank you Bevoise for adding a lovely personal touch to your review on the Sea Cliff Bridge and Grand Pacific Drive.

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lwkeng
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Parking in the Illawarra is free (with the exeption of the CBD of Wollongong). Parking for the Sea Cliff Bridge is limited, park at Coalcliff beach and walk up on the bridge. We hope you are able to have a fantastic day... More
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Response from Aaron p | Reviewed this property |
if you want to see the beati of the illawarra on the way down. Travel along lawrence hargraves from helensburgh. see some awesone views. eventually you will get on the princess hwy at wollongong. travel there till near... More
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