Sydney to the Royal National Park: Head south out of Sydney on the Princes Highway, and weave through the beautiful Royal National Park - the world's second-oldest. Stop at Garie Beach, located within the Park for a quick surf or to simply take in its stunning scenery.
Royal National Park to Helensburgh: Head to Helensburgh, on the National Park border, and make a beeline for Symbio Wildlife Gardens, where you can pat, cuddle or feed a host of furry, finned and feathered friends.
Helensburgh to Stanwell Park: Continue a few minutes south to Stanwell Park, set in pristine bushland overlooking the sea. Visit the Laurence Hargrave Memorial of Flight before making your way to nearby Bald Hill, which offers incredible ocean views and is internationally renowned as a hang gliding mecca. Give it a try if you're game; or simply enjoy the 360 degree views from the lookout.
Stanwell Park to Austinmer: Drive another 20 minutes, taking Grand Pacific Drive and the majestic Sea Cliff Bridge, which hugs the coastline between Coalcliff and Clifton. The bridge's design - which projects it out over the ocean - rewards you with spectacular sea views. Next it's on to Austinmer, ideal for lunch in a cosy cafe. Walk barefoot along Austinmer Beach and check out the lovely ocean baths, first built in 1914.
Austinmer to Wollongong: Proceed through Thirroul and Bulli and into the northern stretches of Wollongong. Drop your bags at your accommodation - there is plenty to choose from, including some with fantastic sea views - then head out to enjoy some of The Gong's nightlife. A laidback university town, Wollongong has plenty of pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes to choose from - all enhanced by fresh sea air.