Grand Pacific Drive
This magnificent drive encompasses 140km of some of the most spectacular scenery and coastline in New South Wales. From the Royal National Park (world’s second largest National Park) it takes the scenic coastal route along Lawrence Hargrave Drive, travelling over the Seacliff Bridge which is an attraction in itself to Wollongong and through to Shellharbour, Kiama and Shoalhaven. The drive takes you through coastal rainforests, quaint seaside villages, and past rolling hills, wineries and dairy farms of the south. From here you can experience the ‘beyond’ to the Southern Highlands, greater South Coast or onto Canberra! Grand Pacific Drive is also a great ‘appetiser’ to the Sydney to Melbourne coastal drive
Tourist Drive 8
Start along Tongarra Road, just off the Princes Highway at Albion Park Rail where you you can explore the history of rail at the Illawarra Light Railway Museum. You can also enjoy a ride on steam and diesel trains and view the railway memorabilia.
Turn left into Russell Street and visit the Tongarra Museum, where you can see amazing artefacts and learn some surprising snippets about early Shellharbour with changing exhibitions on display.
On Sunday afternoons you can experience High Tea at Ravensthrope, a beautifully restored 19th Century colonial Georgian manor house set on magnificent gardens.
Continue to travel along the Illawarra Highway through the lush green meadows before reaching the base of Macquarie Pass. Here you can visit Dee Kramer’s Gallery or experience the beauty of the Illawarra escarpment by taking a walk to the Cascades Falls, a hidden gem in Macquarie Pass National Park.
Alternatively hike along the Glenview Track which crosses the creek that plunges over the Cascades.
Continue to travel along the Illawarra Highway and up picturesque Macquarie Pass to Robertson in the Southern Highlands. A short drive leads to Fitzroy Falls, a spectacular experience where the waterfall cascades 230 metres to the valley below.
From Fitzroy Falls, Tourist Drive 8 leads you to Kangaroo Valley, a quaint village fringed by towering mountains. See Hampden Bridge, the oldest suspension bridge in NSW before continuing the drive that then ends at Bomaderry where you can turn right and head into Nowra or turn left and return to Shellharbour via the ever popular Berry.