Grand Pacific Drive is a cliff-hugging, breathtakingly scenic route that meanders along the coastline just south of Sydney. A highlight is the 665-metre-long cantilevered Sea Cliff Bridge that curves around the cliffs 50 metres out to sea. But it’s not just the amazing views that make this road trip so special: this stretch of coastline is packed with great things to see and do.
Explore Royal National Park (the world’s second oldest national park), stop for a swim at any number of surf beaches, eat fish and chips beside the sea and visit Nan Tien Temple, the biggest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere.
It’s an easy day drive from Sydney, or you can make a weekend of it and be charmed by cute seaside villages bursting with antique shops and great places to eat and drink. Take the long way back to Sydney and wind your way though forgotten hinterland valleys in the Southern Highlands, stretch the legs on a walk through lush rainforest to a beautiful waterfall at Minnamurra, be mesmerized by the views from the Illawarra Fly and Fitzroy Falls.
Whichever way you decide to go, it will be a road trip to remember.