Grand Pacific Drive Bridge, New South Wales, Australia
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Melbourne to Sydney Coastal Drive

Day 7: Jervis Bay to Sydney
185 km/115 miles, about 2.75 hours

Emerge from your bush retreat accommodation and spend the morning amid nature's wonders in Jervis Bay National Park. Take in sensational coastal views and enjoy ample birdwatching opportunities along the White Sands Walk from Greenfield Beach to Hyams Beach, said to have the whitest sand in the world. The full loop is an easy 2.5 kilometres (roughly an hour).

From here, set your sights north to Sydney, heading through Nowra en route. Set on the banks of the majestic Shoalhaven River, the town's attractive parks, green spaces and cafes make it an ideal spot to revive with lunch or get a quick caffeine hit.

Drive on for about 40 minutes to the seaside town of Kiama and its famous blow hole. Feel nature's force on the cliffs at Blowhole Point, where waves surging into an underground cavity force themselves up and explode with great drama and noise into the air.

Consider an inland detour (approximately 25 minutes) to Kiama's award-winning Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk. This unbeatable experience leads you 1500 metres through lush, temperate rainforest at up to 30 metres above ground, culminating in a spiral tower that rises 45 metres above the forest floor.

Press on for the perfect final leg to the New South Wales capital along the winding and scenic Grand Pacific Drive. Take in gorgeous views of the rocky coastline, stunning beaches and rock pools. Drive along the winding Sea Cliff Bridge, which is suspended over the water alongside the cliffs, before heading inland for the highway trip into Sydney, Australia's largest city.

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Grand Pacific Drive, New South Wales, Australia

Grand Pacific Drive

Wind through coastal rainforests and villages from Sydney to Wollongong, and visit the seaside towns that lead to the end of the Grand Pacific Drive.

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Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Jervis Bay

Join a whale-watching cruise, learn how to throw a boomerang and then take a stroll through the historic streets to revisit the town's nautical past.

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Kiama Blowhole, New South Wales, Australia

Kiama Blowhole

Find a viewing spot on the cliffs at Blowhole Point and experience the full force of nature as waves surge and explode through the Kiama Blowhole.

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Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk, New South Wales, Australia

Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk

Take a stroll through temperate rainforest 25 metres above the ground and witness the majestic Illawarra escarpment on this remarkable treetop walk.

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