A road trip is all the more special when you make it about the journey and not the destination. Discover new places, create new memories and ignore your GPS’s natural intuition to take you along the fastest route. Trust us, the scenic route is always the most memorable, anyway! A drive to, and through, the Shoalhaven will take you on a journey through picturesque national parks and beautiful, natural landscapes. From Sydney, the Shoalhaven can be reached in 160kms, winding along the southern portion of the pristine east coast. A 200km trip from Canberra can now be completed in record time and takes drivers through remote country towns showcasing Australia's rich heritage. And the 850km journey northwards from Melbourne guides you through the lovely seaside hamlets of the Sapphire Coast. Flushed with waterfalls, rainforests and escarpments of lush, dairy country alongside 100 magnificent beaches, you'll be tempted to pull over and explore that meandering trail. Sample local wines and produce along the way or buy a little something for someone special at our many towns and villages. Pack your bags and hit the road!
Royal National Park and Sea Cliff Bridge
Sydney siders, slow things down, skip the highway and take the scenic route along the coast. Drive through the lush Royal National Park and come out onto epic Sea Cliff Bridge. The views of the Tasman are just majestic as you wind your way along the coastline. Pull over for a coffee near Kiama Blowhole before continuing along the coastal road through Gerringong and arriving at our laidback seaside enclave of Shoalhaven Heads. A great lunch spot is the newly opened Bangalay Dining so make a pit stop and refuel. Beautiful Seven Mile Beach is literally at the restaurant's doorstep so why not take a dip before continuing along the drive?
Main Road 92, the quickest route from Canberra to the Coast!
Did you know that Jervis Bay isn't actually part of NSW? All the way back in 1915, the Australian government wanted to have a national port and with Jervis Bay Peninsula being the closest ocean to Canberra, this stretch of coastline was officially handed to the Commonwealth. Canberrans can reach Jervis Bay Territory in a speedy 2.5hour drive along this newly sealed route that takes you through quaint country towns and offers up a slice of historic Australiana. As you reach the Shoalhaven, you'll enter through Morton National Park and its breathtaking escarpments - we think it's a pretty spectacular welcome to our unspoilt region! Check out the detailed map and blog about roadtripping along Main Road 92 here.
Coast to the Highlands: Scenic Drive via Kangaroo Valley
Leading from Nowra to Goulburn, through the beautiful Kangaroo Valley, this drive will entice nature lovers to pop in here and there for mini-adventures in the escarpment and beyond. Make it a family day out or camp out near hiking hotspot Bundanoon at Gambells Rest Campground. Journey over Cambewarra Mountain to Fitzroy Falls in Morton National Park, a magnificent sight after heavy rain. Be sure to stop at lookouts along the way for spectacular elevated views over the deep gorges and wilderness. Find out more about this drive here.
Tourist Drive 8 - Nowra, Kangaroo Valley, Robertson, Albion Park
If you feel like chasing waterfalls along the escarpment (and who wouldn't?) a drive in from the north offers up many perfect opportunities to do so. This route takes in three waterfalls as it journeys through Macquarie Pass and Kangaroo Valley, onwards to Nowra and the Shoalhaven River. Have a picnic at one of the many enticing lookouts or treat yourself with tasty treats from the towns you visit along the way. See the map and get more detail.
Tourist Drive 4 - Bay And Basin
Leave the highway for a loop along the stunning southern section of the White Sands Coast of Jervis Bay and Basin. You'll be hard pressed to pick a favourite spot thanks to the diversity of ways to eat, play and stay. Adventures on the water are the hero here, but you'll discover a blossoming produce and market scene, great golf courses and short coastal walks. This route takes you through Jervis Bay National Park, Booderee National Park, Huskisson, Vincentia, Sanctuary Point and St Georges Basin. Map and more info here!
Melbourne Coastal Drive Through The Sapphire Coast
Melbournians, you lucky devils! This route will guide you through the pristine Sapphire Coast and its charming seaside villages of Eden, Pambula and Bermagui. Stop for lunch and sample some fresh oysters or indulge in a delicious pie, perfect additions to a good, old Australian road trip! Before reaching these towns, make sure to stretch your legs at Ben Boyd National Park. You can embark upon the famous multi-day Light to Light Hike by car instead, completing the journey in sections over a day and setting up camp underneath the sparkling stars. We can't think of a better way to take a rest before continuing along the drive the next morning.
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On the way into Huskisson visit the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum. The waters of Jervis Bay abound with fish and are home to many pods of dolphins. Regular cruises on Jervis Bay leave from Huskisson Wharf. During whale migration season (May to October) whale viewing cruises operate out of Huskisson.
This drive takes in Macquarie Pass, Robertson, Fitzroy Falls, Kangaroo Valley, and Bomaderry. The three waterfalls Carrington Falls, Belmore Falls and Fitzroy Falls can be viewed from great vantage points on short detours from the main route.