Winding its way south from Sydney towards the South Coast of New South Wales, the Grand Pacific Drive is a scenic route that showcases some of the best that the east coast of Australia has to offer. Whether you're set to follow only a section of the drive, or follow it all the way south, there a few stops along the way that are well worth seeing.
Garie Beach, Royal National Park
Nestled within the Royal National Park, Garie Beach is a great spot to stop, stretch your legs and breathe in the fresh sea air. Take a walk along the beach's golden sands, enjoy a swim in sparkling waters or settle in for a meal or snack at the nearby picnic area.
Symbio Wildlife Park, Helensburgh
A short detour off the main route, Symbio Wildlife Park provides visitors with the opportunity to see a wide variety of native and exotic animals up close. With several shows and demonstrations throughout the day, as well as the chance to meet and greet species including meerkats, red pandas, monkeys and more, there's plenty to see, learn and experience.
Bald Hill Lookout, Stanwell Park
Boasting excellent views south towards Wollongong and the Sea Cliff Bridge, Bald Hill Lookout is an ideal spot to stop and soak up the scenery of the region. Spend time watching on as hang gliders set out from the lookout, soaring above the nearby beach, and keep an eye out for whales passing during their annual migration.
Nan Tien Temple, Berkeley
Situated just south of Wollongong, Nan Tien Temple claims the title of the Southern Hemisphere's largest Buddhist temple. The temple operates guided tours showcasing its spectacular architecture and serene grounds, with an onsite cafe also available for a meal or refreshing drink.
Kiama Blowhole, Kiama
A natural rock formation created by the elements over thousands of years, the Kiama Blowhole has become one of the region's most iconic attractions. Most impressive when the sea runs from the southeast, the blowhole's waterspout can reach more than 20 metres into the air.