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.
Friendly and welcoming with beautiful river views. Great affordable rate and lovely big stylish comfortable rooms (the bed was amazing! ) Great experience here. Cafes pools and shops only a short stroll away and beautiful country driving around the area. I highly recommend :) Will definitely be back. Most pleasant stay i have had in a long time! Very accommodating...5 / 5 stars
We booked for one night as part of a weekend away from Sydney. After a day on a motorbike, we were very tired and ready for a hot shower. Rob welcomed us with open arms, instantly making us feel at home. He helped us with dinner recommendations and local sites.5 / 5 stars
Well each of the three times I have stayed at this lovely little motel I have been asleep 3 hours before the smile has faded from my face. The beds are comfortable, air conditioning is perfect room is clean. Best of all the rates are very reasonable, thanks are to hosts Rob and Helen hope to see you guys again...5 / 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
We picked this place at random to break our long drive. It was a great room, quite a good size with a small outdoor seating area. amenities were great, everything was there from coffee plunger and ground coffee to really soft towels. Wifi was really slow, but free. Owner was very friendly and helpful.5 / 5 stars