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.
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
We wanted a quiet place to celebrate our wedding anniversary and we weren't disappointed. The motel was very clean, with modern furnishings and very comfortable. Room rate was good value. Hosts were friendly and helpful and the location of our second level room (#10) had an excellent view of the jetty and river surroundings.5 / 5 stars
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 had a quick overnight stay here while attending a wedding. The hosts are very welcoming and happy to recommend places to eat etc. the room was very clean and had a lively view of the wharf where the fishing boats come in. It was also very quiet. Be aware that some of the rooms are only accessed via stairs so if this is a problem for you make sure to ask for a downstairs room. All in all a lovely stay and I would definitely return.5 / 5 stars
This is a very quiet and friendly village, and Anchor Bay Motel is comfortable and welcoming. The views across the water are wonderful, with pelicans galore on the jetty across the road. It's about 10 mins to Nowra, and 30 mins to Huskisson where most of the tourist action is centred.5 / 5 stars