You might be travelling down from Sydney for the weekend, or travelling the Sydney to Melbourne route. Whatever the case, there is some spectacular coastal scenery to see on the way. Why not check out Grand Pacific Drive.
The drive starts at the southern part of Sydney near Sutherland. Take the exit (Farnell Avenue) into the Royal National Park. Continue east and south through through the National Park, with some great lookouts, bush drives, and walks if you’ve got the time.
Continue down to Stanwell Park’s Bald Hill Lookout, and then on to the Sea Cliff Bridge – an impressive bridge which hug’s the cliff face it is as good to walk as it is to drive. As you drive down through the northern suburbs of Wollongong, there are some great eateries.
I’d recommend getting back on the A1 at Wollongong, but there is some nice coastal scenery through Wollongong and Shellharbour if you’ve got the time. One place that is not well known is Bombo Quarry (near Kiama) – it’s a photographers dream with the unusual rock formations.
The Blowhole at Kiama is always worth a visit – especially if the swell is coming in from the southeast when it is at its best. After Kiama, take the Gerrigong exit which will line you up for Seven Mile Beach.
All this driving can get a bit thirsty, at the bottom end of Seven Mile are some nice wineries including Mountain Ridge, Coolangatta, and Two Figs. We like Two Figs with the great views over the lower estuaries of the Shoalhaven and Crookhaven Rivers. And they make nice wines too!
Not far to go now – into Nowra, cross the river, left on Kalander Road and go straight through the farming countryside for about 12 kilometres to the Anchor Bay Motel. Time to try a glass of the wine since you only had a sip at the winery, right?
Overall, this scenic detour adds about an hour to the drive time with some great coastal scenery.
Set in a delightful location next to very good seafood eateries and near a charming jetty, this place was a delightful surprise. Clean and comfortable rooms and friendly staff and a bottle of wine in the fridge!4 / 5 stars
We have spent my partner and me a night at Anchor Bay Motel. We were on a kind of short road trip around. And I found it on TripAdvisor just close by we have stopped. I was so amazed with comments about the service and value that we both were excited to try it. And we have not been disappointed....5 / 5 stars
A lovely location and friendly welcome, rooms are nice and clean, very comfortable with thoughtful touches. Stayed twice and enjoyed both visits. I was travelling without my husband and this place was perfect.5 / 5 stars
Nice people & clean rooms in a good spot. The upstairs rooms have a view so we paid the extra & it was worth it. There was a balcony to sit out on & we were given lots of helpful info on great beaches to visit. Would stay there again. Rod D5 / 5 stars
I have stayed at the Anchor Bay twice now, it is convenient and away from suburbia of Nowra and is right on the water at Greenwell Point. The rooms are always tidy, smelling fresh with very clean linen and blankets (I liked the low setting on the electric blanket - just enough for my aching back) and the coffee tea facilities well appointed. It is a must to walk along the walkway from the jetty to the end and back before breakfast. The fresh sea breeze and brisk walk does you the world of good. The manager is always polite, courteous and ever helpful with our needs. The jetty and boat ramp are great for pictures and looking back on Coolongata Mountain at Shoalhaven. The free picnic BBQ and tables are an added bonus across the road with a great Fish & Chip shop on the corner. We will be back again, for sure.5 / 5 stars