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Published October 21st 2020
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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?
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.
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
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.
Not so much see, but do. Drop into the Scarborough Hotel, which offers excellent pub lunch, refreshing cold beers, and magnificent views.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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