Guide to the Grand Pacific Drive

The Grand Pacific Drive is a must for your bucket-list if you are looking for the ultimate coastal road trip. Take the drive along the spectacular coastline to Wollongong and beyond. The perfect stopover, stay at Mantra Wollongong in the heart of the CBD, close to all the city’s attractions and beaches. Read on to discover our best spots to stop near Wollongong along the Grand Pacific Drive!

Bald Hill
When you drive out the end of National Park you’ll hit the coast and Bald Hill. Giving you panoramic views of the hinterland and the beach below, it is the perfect spot to snap a few photos for the gram’ and brings you to the iconic area of the Grand Pacific Drive. The next 10-15kms of the drive provides you with the most spectacular scenery, as you are driving right along the coast.

Sea Cliff Bridge
Iconic to the Grand Pacific Drive, the Sea Cliff Bridge is worth the stop to walk across. The bridge protrudes out of the massive cliff faces over the water. Walking across gives you the chance to admire the amazing bridge structure, ocean and coastal views and the hinterland.

Northbeach Wollongong
When you reach Wollongong, you’ll first arrive at Northbeach. Park the car and walk up to the lighthouse for great views of the beaches or take a stroll along the paved walkway.

Lake Illawarra
If you drive for the next 10-15 minutes you will arrive at Lake Illawara, taking you along the edge of the lake. There are a few nice spots to stop here and take a short stroll along the water’s edge.

Where to stay? Stay at Mantra Wollongong, located in the heart of the CBD just moment’s from the regions beautiful beaches. Providing all the convenience for the perfect stopover during the Grand Pacific Drive, it is the perfect hotel to explore Wollongong and surrounds. Stay 2 nights or more and save up to 20%*! Book today!

Header Image via The Kid Bucket List

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