Where to go and what to do along the way
From the Coast to the Highlands
Head up the escarpment to the Southern Highlands and start your journey in Bowral at the new International Cricket Hall of Fame (formally The Bradman Museum) open 7 days 10.00 am to 5.00 pm (except Christmas Day)
Travelling 5 min west of Bowral along Centennial Rd, visit the picturesque Centennial Vineyards tasting some of the best cool climate wines in the region then follow the road to the historic village of Berrima for shopping, galleries and antiques.
Head back along Berrima Rd towards Moss Vale and along the Illawarra Highway towards Robertson.
If time permits adventure into the village of Burrawang one of the prettiest villages in the Highlands.
Follow the Illawarra Hwy to the famous Robertson Pie shop and then right down Jamberoo Mountain Road to the Illawarra Fly for an adventure through the tree tops and lunch and refreshments at the licensed Café 106. Complete your journey down Jamberoo Mountain road back to the coast
Canberra to the Coast
From the Hume Hwy take the Sutton Forest exit into the village of Sutton Forest and visit one of the best rated gardens in the world Red Cow Farm. Open spring through autumn 10.00 am to 4.00 pm every day except Christmas Day.
Nearby is the historic homestead Montrose Berry Farm where you can pick your own berries and experience their produce all made at the farm. Follow the Illawarra Highway to Robertson passing green pastures and picturesque countryside, along your journey you will see signs for Exeter Village, Mount Ashby Winery, or Burrawang Village if you have time go and investigate these historical places of interest – they are well worth it!
Head through Robertson towards the Robertson Pie shop and turn right down Jamberoo Mountain Rd to the Illawarra Fly for your treetop adventure with stunning views over the escarpment with lunch and refreshments at the licensed Café 106. Continue down the mountain to Kiama and the blowhole and stay overnight or head back to Canberra.
Sydney to the Fly
I hour south of Sydney from the Royal National Park is the Grand Pacific Drive. Hhugging the coastline this rollercoaster journey takes you through the rainforest, dipping into coastal seaside towns like Thirroul and Austinmer down to the Shoalhaven. Discover why so many people “Love the Gong”. Places to check out – Wollongong Harbour, Islands Five Brewery, & Nan Tein Temple. Continuing South along the Hwy to Albion Park, turn right up Illawarra Highway or as the locals call it Macquarie Pass turning left onto Jamberoo Mountain Road to the Illawarra Fly – an awe inspiring adventure in the treetops with spectacular views over the escarpment. Enjoy lunch and refreshments at the licensed Café 106. Continue back down Jamberoo Mountain Rd to Kiama to see the blowhole and back to Sydney popping into the Gateway centre and Jumbulla Aboriginal Discovery Centre at Bulli Tops . Alternatively take the expressway to Bowral and through the villages of the Southern Highlands onto the Hume Highway and M5.
From the Southern Highlands to Fly
Take the Nowra Road to Fitzroy Falls a spectacular waterfall and native bushland. Continue down the rainforest clad mountain to the Kangaroo Valley, a pretty and dramatic village with rivers and creeks, pubs, cafes, canoeing and bushwalks. Over the mountain is the popular village of Berry with boutiques, cafes and one of the best bakeries in the region.
Follow the coastal road to Kiama marvelling at the beauty of some of the South Coasts best beaches where the mountains meet the sea. Experience the thrill of the Kiama blowhole then travel up the Jamberoo Mountain Road to the Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk for an exhilarating and awe inspiring adventure in the treetops and lunch or refreshments at the licensed Café 106. Your journey then takes you through the village of Robertson back through the Highlands. Why not stop at the Burrawang Pub form a cleansing ale or crisp wine and enjoy the picturesque views from the Beer Garden on your journey home.