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Grand Pacific Drive - Sydney to Wollongong and Beyond

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Address: From Royal National Park (Farnell Avenue) to Bomaderry (Bolong Road), Wollongong, New South Wales 2500, Australia
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+61 2 4267 5910
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Grand Pacific Drive is a 140km coastal drive, starting just 45 minutes...

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.

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Great drive

We traveled from the national park to Wollongong. Bald Hill has the BEST views of the Illawarra you will ever see.The drive down the coast road is nothing short of MAGNIFICENT... read more

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Wollongong, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We traveled from the national park to Wollongong. Bald Hill has the BEST views of the Illawarra you will ever see.The drive down the coast road is nothing short of MAGNIFICENT. Over the Sea Cliff bridge WOW, then along the coast road. There is no shortage of interesting n yummy places to eat or just stop for an ice cream... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Well worth a look. We did the Scenic drive from Wollongong to Sydney. Only criticism is that it's not easy to find the road when you are in Wollongong sign post could be better, as our navigation was playing up. The views on Bald lookout are lovely.

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Angle Vale, Australia
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there are some great things and places to see but don't expect to see it from the car and don't go when there is public holidays or school holidays

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Mosman, Australia
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The road trip should be on every one's bucket list. It was beautiful and there were so many surprises at each stop.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful trip down the coast from hang glider at Stawell top to the modern vista of the sea bridge through the quaint old coast locallties a great start to the drive To the modern city of Woolingong down to Shellharbour and Kiama Well worth the inconvenience of a lot of road work (40kl) hour More time to take in awesome... More 

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Bribie Island, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must do drive the views are stunning plus you can get a dose of nature and catch up on some scientific history.

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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

stop and watch the view this is one of the best drives on the south coast ....as you approach Woolongong you will see the views of the vast city

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I experienced this drive for the first time in 1967. Now after 50 years the magic has not diminished,

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Wollongong, Australia
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A great drive down from Sydney or up to Sydney. It's truly breathtaking. There are lots of places to stop off on the way. You could park the car and do the Wodi Wodi track. Another good bushwalk is Sublime Point. Turn off at the newsagency at Austinmer and drive up to Buttenshaw to Austinmer. It's a popular track. It... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the best scenic drives we have done. We did the Great Ocean Road a few years ago and this one does not disappoint. Our friends recommended we have lunch at Scarborough Hotel which is a pub just before Thirroul if coming from Wollongong side. Seacliff Bridge a real highlight as was Bald Hill lookout.We also had a brief... More 

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