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.
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
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 were extremely pleased with our accommodation. The room was spotlessly clean and very comfortable. It isn't luxury but it isn't a luxury price. The host could not have been more helpful or pleasant, even helping with our luggage. We stayed in the access room and found it very pleasant. The kitchen is small but functional and the beds were super comfortable. I would doubt you could better the cleanliness and comfort for the price. Highly recommended.5 / 5 stars
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 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