A chance meeting - between a European visitor to Australia on business, inquisitive about the unique route south of Sydney, and a local picking up a coffee at  Bulli Beach - was to kickstart a partnership that ricocheted from one side of the world to the other.

Gill was then working with Adidas at their German HQ and had a background in the music industry and the lifestyle brands that sector attracts. Gideon, a local firefighter,  a classic motorbike enthusiast and an enthusiastic surfer of vintage boards along the local breaks. Together they have created Grand Pacific Customs to allow all those passion-points to combine in a homage to the Illawarra region of New South Wales.

Inspired by the exhilarating setting, the friendly folks and the super-creative communities along with 140 km route, the Grand Pacific Drive has become more than just a route, it can be, and has proved to be, a life-changing experience. Together they work with local artists and makers to pay tribute to one of the hidden gems of the world, Australia's lower east side, in celebration of the unique escarpment topography that is fondly celebrated as The Big Edge.



Grand Pacific Customs, Thirroul, Australia pays respects to the Dharawal Nation, the traditional owners and custodians who traditionally have and continue to occupy the Illawara region. We would like to pay our respects and acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the Land on which we meet, and pay our respect to Elders past, present and future. We would also like to extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people present here today. These include, but are not limited to, the Korewal Elouera Jerrungarugh, Wadi Wadi, Wodi Wodi, Yuin, Wiradjuri, Kamilaroi, Bundjalung, Dunghutti and Gumbayggir Nation and acknowledge and respect that for the traditional owners these boundaries do not reflect the cultural boundaries of the local Aboriginal community.