Old princess highway meanders through beautiful and isolated National Park where can stopover at the seaside city of Bundeena for a nice cup of coffee or Fish and Chips. Stanwell Park is famous for hang-gliding. The beautiful cliffs over the oceans offer beautiful views of NSW coastlines stretching all the way to Steel Works at Port Kembla.
Stanwell Park & Austinmer beaches are packed with people on a hot sunny day. These beaches are popular with surfers and artists who enjoy the seclusion from the hustle and bustle of Sydney City.
Exploring Beautiful city of Wollongong
Wollongong is a major city 80km South of Sydney. Wollongong is accessible from a couple of different ways. You can either drive down Princess Highway 1 to South Coast or take Old Princess Highway past Sutherland. Old Princess Highway Passes through the National Forest merging with New Princess Highway near Thirroul (Bulli Pass). The Old Princess Highway is a country road passes through the historic towns and lazy laid back beaches.
An alternative way from Western Sydney passes through Penrith, Campbelltown and turning south past Appin. From the Liverpool region, Heathcoate road is the best way to join Princess Highway near Bulli Pass.
Wollongong beaches and lighthouse attracts large crowds over the weekends in summers. This area offers plenty of open spaces for picnic, cafes, restaurants, rock pools and clean beaches. Mount Kiera Lookout offers amazing views of Shoalhaven region and Wollongong City.
Driving from Wollongong to Kiama Blowhole
Kiama blowhole is a natural wave formed phenomena which makes Kiama a popular attractions while driving along the South Coast. The blowhole is formed by waves crashing against the granite rocks. This blowhole gradually builds up with waves and throws out a large amount of water and foam in the air.
There is plenty of open picnic space in the waterfront area and is quite popular with weekend crowds.
Kiama Lighthouse near Kiama Blowhole
Historical Town of Berry NSW
Drive further south from Kiama takes you to the historic town of Berry. Berry is a nice historic town and has very lively ambience. You can enjoy local horse cart ride and other farming attractions in the town. The architecture of the building in the city is quite old and capture the state and lifestyle of early settlers in this region.
Main Street of Berry NSW
There are many nice cafes and restaurants along the Princess Highway. The next stop on the way is Ulladulla and is quite popular for fishing. There is a nice cabin available along the river and offers an ideal environment for relaxing by the waterfront and enjoying boating and fishing.
Accommodation can be hard to find at Jervis Bay as the spot is quite busy during summers. If you are planning to look for accommodation online better option to find affordable accommodations in Ulladulla or Nowra.
Beautiful Murry Beach in Jervis Bay
In order to get to Jervis Bay, you turn left from Princess Highway once you go past Nowra. There is a $10 entry fee for entry to the beaches. Camping grounds are available in the area.
You need to have your own transport to explore these beaches as they are quite far apart from each other. There are a couple of nice spots such as Murray Beach and Hyams Beach. Make sure you are well equipped with your supplies for the Beach as under the sun it gets really hot and you will need to set up your beach canopies.
Mollymook Beach Area near Ulladulla
There are secure parking lots available near the beaches and you have to take walking tracks to get to Murray Beach. Hyams beach is very close to residential streets and easily accessible from the streets.
At Murray beach, the water flows in ripples and as you step into the water the sand is white and water is clear and absolutely refreshing. You can site in you beach floats and enjoy and nice cool beer while drifting over the water. You will spot occasional fishing boats and tour boats pass by you.
Driving from Kiama to Berry NSW
Another 200km from Jervis takes you across beautiful Morton national park. The drive is uphill and you can see beautiful mountain ranges stretching westward. The region is very scarcely populated and you come across lazy towns with building dating back to 1880s.
Other interesting road trips
- Sydney to Wollongong
- Sydney to Jervis Bay
- Sydney to Port Stephens & Port Nelson
- Sydney to the Blue Mountains
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