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Road Trip: Sydney to Eden

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Published October 21st 2020
Visit one of the deepest harbours in the Southern Hemisphere
Please note: Some attractions might be closed due to COVID-19. See websites for all updates.

Sydney to Eden Road Trip is packed with endless beaches, quaint towns, pristine coastline, wildlife and bird watching opportunities galore, and more, making this road trip one to add to the bucket list.

The road trip to Eden from Sydney takes a little over 6 hours and covers 474kms- non-stop, but, why will you not stop to discover the numerous beauty attractions along the way?

Eden Harbour


Whether you are spending a month traversing this part of the New South Wales coast or on a short break, this road trip is doable regardless.

For a full list of Road Trip to the Sapphire Coast click here.
Below is a mapped out key stops along the road trip that will undoubtedly impress. You can spend as long as you like at each destination/attraction.

Head south on the Princess Highway/A1 via the Royal National Park- The Royal National Park is packed with natural wonders including lush bushland, lookouts, walking trails and treks, campgrounds, picnic spots, water-based activities, waterfalls, hidden gems, wildlife spotting and birdwatching opportunities, and more.

Exploring "off the beaten track


Must-see:

Bald Hill Lookout. This lookout is famous for hang gliding. The lookout is also home to awe-inspiring views, including views south of Wollongong on a clear day. Other views include Stanwell Park Beach and Sea Cliff Bridge.

The Bald Hill Flying Cafe makes a great spot to grab a bite to eat before hitting the road again.

Breathtaking coastal views can be seen from Bald Hill Lookout


Sea Cliff Bridge & The Grand Pacific Drive. This iconic and famous attraction is a must-stop on the road trip from Sydney to Eden.

The road hugs the coastline and passes spectacular cliffs. There are parking spots available along the Sea Cliff Bridge, which makes for a perfect place to stretch your legs and walk along with one of the most picturesque bridges in the world.

Must-see:

Not so much see, but do. Drop into the Scarborough Hotel, which offers excellent pub lunch, refreshing cold beers, and magnificent views.

Views from Sea Cliff Bridge


Next stop is Wollongong, if you are strapped for time, continue to Kiama.

Suppose you do want to stop at Wollongong. In that case, you will find several spectacular surfing and swimming beaches, lookouts, lighthouses, Wollongong Botanic Gardens, museums and galleries, great eateries, bushwalks, beach and coastal walks, and Nan Tien Temple.

Must-see: The Science Centre and Planetarium. This family-friendly attraction is operated by the University of Wollongong and covers everything from dinosaurs to electronics. It is also home to the largest planetarium in New South Wales.

You will find an array of interactive displays, exhibits, science shows, planetarium shows, and more.

Click here for the website.

Enjoying the tranquility at Wollongong Botanic Gardens


Next stop is Kiama. Here you will find the Kiama Lighthouse that stands tall guarding the famous Kiama Blowhole.

Kiama is not just home to Kiama's Lighthouse and the famous Blowhole, it is also home to a spectacular family-friendly beach, quirky and Oceanside cafes, restaurants and bars, as well as being home to the breathtaking Coastal Walk and lookouts.

Must-see:

The Blowholes, of course! The main Blowhole can sometimes disappoint and is blows happen mostly on a choppy day; however, the Little Blowhole is more promising and is worth checking out.

Enjoying a scenic stroll along Kiama's marina


Next Stop:

Jervis Bay. Welcome to stretches of white-sanded beaches, turquoise waters, wildlife and nature galore as well as quaint villages.

Jervis Bay is the "halfway" stop to Eden, and there are plenty of accommodations ranging from the house rentals, B&B stays, camping and more.

Must-see:

Huskisson. Huskisson is a must-visit when stopping at Jervis Bay. Here you will find charm, beautiful white-sanded beaches, great food (head to The Husky Pub for delicious schnitzel and beer or Huskisson Bakery for their famous pies), and more.

Another must-see is Hyams Beach which is the whitest sand in the world!

Check out those colours!


Next Stop:

Ulladulla. Home to stretch of beaches including Mollymook Beach and Dolphin Point, Warden Head Reserve, bushwalks, lookouts, nearby National Parks, as well as Rick Stein's Bannister's Restaurant.

Must-see: Warden Head Reserve- home to the Lighthouse and some of the best whale watching experiences.

Warden Head Lighthouse can be seen from the Coomee Nulunga Walk


Next Stop:

Batemans Bay. This popular summer getaway, is home to plenty of things to do, see and experience, including fishing and boating trips, snorkelling, diving, and swimming, bushwalks, animal encounter experiences, lookouts, scenic drives, camping, and more.

Must-see:

Mogo Zoo (10-minute drive from Batemans Bay) and Birdland Animal Park for adorable animal encounters and experiences.

Picturesque views can be seen from Big Bit Lookout


Next Stop:

Narooma. Here you will admire endless views of the coast, be spoilt for choice with beaches, including Bar Beach, which is home to a netted inlet swimming area. Check out the Boardwalk and Australia Rock- an eroded rock that resembles mainland Australia.

Must-see:

Montague Island! A visit to Narooma will not be completed without visiting Montague Island and its wonders. The only way to visit Montague Island is via a guided tour.

The tour includes a boat cruise to and from the Island, lighthouse tour, and penguin watching. There are other tours available, including swimming with the seals!

Check out those gorgeous hues at Bar Beach


Next Stop:

Bermagui. Bermagui is another stunning coastal town and is home to the iconic Camel Rock natural formation (the rock is shaped like a camel), Michael Lerner Lookout, Bermagui Pool Blue, Bermagui Fisherman's Wharf, and more.

Must-see:

Bermagui's Blue Pool. The Blue Pool is a natural ocean rock pool and washed with clean, clear seawater. It makes a fantastic spot for snorkelling and swimming. There is also a viewing platform that offers endless breathtaking coastal views.

The Blue Pool!


Next Stop:

Merimbula. Merimbula is the largest town on the Sapphire Coast (it has its own airport) and is home to many swimming holes, beaches, and oyster farms.

Other things to do, see, and experience is the Mangrove Boardwalk, bushwalks, whale watching, feast on locally freshly caught fish (and chips), whale watching and dolphin watching cruises, lookouts, National Parks, and more.

Enjoying the many spectacular bushwalks that surround Merimbula


Next Stop:

Your destination Eden! Welcome to the quaint fishing coastal town where you will feel you have stepped back in time.

Eden is undoubtedly the coastal garden of natural beauty. There is an abundance of attractions and activities to enjoy.

Attractions include:

Killer Whale Museum

Ben Boyd National Park

The awe-inspiring The Pinnacles at Ben Boyd National Park


Twofold Bay

Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre

Eden Wharf

Check out that blue!


Eden Lookout and Rotary Park

Eden War Memorial

Aslings Beach Rock Pool & Aslings Beach

Eden Historic Cemetery



Lake Curalo Boardwalk

Bundian Way Story Walk

Eden Golf Course

Bell Bird Creek Nature Reserve

Timbers Workers National Memorial

Spotting out majestic White-Bellied Eagles


Where to Stay:

There are plenty of accommodation options in Eden, including quaint B&B stays, house stays, motels and motor inns, holiday parks and camping, hotels, cottage stays, and more.
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Why? Explore the Sapphire Coast
When: All year round
Where: Sydney to Eden
Cost: Free & Ticketed Attractions- See Above
Your Comment
Great article and photos. How often on road trip do we just concentrate on getting to where we are going instead of enjoying all the by-ways have to offer.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|1097) 34 days ago
We love a good road trip and will put this on our list.
by Annette Vandersluis (score: 2|830) 30 days ago
Pamula has the best vintage tea shop. Stella's! You should put this on your list!
by mtrau (score: 0|8) 34 days ago
And Moruya!!! Why leave it out?
by marital (score: 1|13) 27 days ago
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