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.
Excellent service. Rob greeted us on arrival and provided a good overview of sights to see. Comfortable room. Great location opposite the water and boat launching. Cafe and pub nearby. A lot of interesting sights nearby.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
Third stay here and always a pleasure. It is by no means a Shangri-La but the motel is very clean, beds comfortable and a small kitchenette very useful. Rob was fantastic and helpful even upgrading my aged mother in laws room that was more user friendly for an older person. No hesitation recommending this motel in a this lovely peaceful...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 were on the road and just looking for a place to hang our hats for the night. We found Anchor Bay Motel via the internet and gave them a call. Rob made our after-hours check-in so easy that I felt compelled to visit reception in the morning to thank him personally. After a wonderful night's sleep in a comfortable bed, it was great to put a face to the name. The motel is located right on the point so, being an early riser, I managed to get an enjoyable walk and take a few photos of the picturesque sunrise before hitting the road again. I'd gladly stay here again!!5 / 5 stars