Nature Sign at the Sea Cliff Bridge, Stanwell Park, NSW
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The drive along the precipitous coast , just north of Wollongong, from Bulli to Sutherland, via the Royal National Park on the Grand Pacific Drive is a wonderful scenic drive with numerous points of interest along the way.
If Victoria's Great Ocean Road is on the travelling Australia itinerary then don't miss this drive either but you will need a long day or preferably 2 days to see all the places of interest that this drive has to offer.
Scenic hills rise sharply from the coast on the Grand Pacific Drive at Stanwell Tops, 24km north of Wollongong or 60 km south of Central Sydney.
The strong air currents make Bald Hill Lookout a great take-off point for hang gliding enthusiasts and in fact a monument at the lookout acknowledges one of Australia famous early aviators - Lawrence Hargrave (1850 - 1915).
In the distance can be seen the balanced cantilever Sea Cliff Bridge, named after a local primary school competition by 11 Year old schoolgirl Makenzie Russell. The Sea Cliff Bridge was officially opened by NSW Premier Morris Iemma on 11th December 2005 following construction during 2004-2005 at a cost of A$52 million. The bridge is interesting in that it is one of only 7 off-coast bridges at this time in the world. The necessity for the bridge arose after a series of landslips isolated the coastal villages of Coalcliff and Clifton along Lawrence Hargrave Drive.
The completion of the bridge has seen substantial growth in tourism to the Royal National Park and Wollongong's northern beaches.