Kiama is on the New South Wales south coast about 120km from Sydney, making it a perfect day out or weekend away. Kiama is derived from the Aboriginal word “kiarama“, which means “Place where the sea makes a noise”. Kiama’s township hugs the coastline and is surrounded by undulating farm land to the escarpment.
Kiama’s number 1 draw card is the Kiama Blow Hole (video), located at Blow Hole Point and next to the lighthouse. The point past the blow hole is an excellent fishing spot, but be careful of dangerous waves.There is also a small blow hole, located at Tingira Cres (video) which also puts on a great show with the right weather conditions.
There is a wide selection of restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs to get a good feed. Wednesday afternoon farmers market is held at surf beach (until they repair storm damage at blacks beach). The Kiama sea side markets are on the 3rd Sunday each month, The makers and growers market is on the 4th Saturday each month and the night markets are held twice a year in June and December, all are well sign posted on the day.
Kiama boasts some great beaches, Jones Beach is located at North Kiama Drive, Kiama Downs, Bombo Beach which is right next to the Princess Highway, Blacks Beach is located near to the harbour, there isn’t much sand here just lots of rocks and its popular with people snorkeling. Surf Beach is on Manning Street and is the most popular beach.Kendalls Beach (Bonaira Stand) East Beach (Ocean Street) are located right next to a caravan parks, making them popular with holiday makers and families. Most of these beaches have picnic tables and BBQs. Jones Beach, and the north end of Bombo Beach, Surf Beach are all great for a surf. The beach isn’t the only place to cool down, Kiama has two rock pools, Blowhole Point Rock Pool is located between the lighthouse and the harbour, with a shower and toilet block. The Continental Pool is at the northern end Blacks Beach Reserve.
For those who are a little energetic, why not take on one of Kiama’s walks. The coastal walk is 22km long and is broken up into three sections, starting at Minnamurra River to Kiama Blowhole 8.4km, Blowhole Point to Loves Bay 5km and Loves Bay to Werri Beach in Gerringong 6km. For an easier walk why not walk south along Jones Beach to Cathedral Rocks, we suggest going at low tide to get a photo from the cave. Another easy walk is the old quarry at the north end of Bombo Beach. Or stroll around town shopping, Kiama’s historical buildings or the harbour. If you want to drive an extra 15km there is a great walk at Minamurra Falls in the Budderoo National Park, most of the walk is on raise boardwalks and concrete paths, it is very steep in spots. You maybe lucky enough to see a lyrebird or two. The park has toilets, picnic tables, BBQs, gift shop and a cafe.There is a park entry fee of $11 per car,
If your into bird watching try the Spring Creek Bird Hide & Wetlands, head towards Jamberoo and turn off at Dido Street and park at Glenbrook Drive and follow the signs. If bird watching isn’t your thing you can always look for whales from May to June then from October to November, with Blow Hole Point a great vantage spot, At times the whales can be very close here. Alternately you can get on a whale watching cruise.
Hindmarsh Park and Surf Beach are great places for lunch and time to relax, there is plenty of picnic tables and a great play grounds for the kids to play on.
No trip to Kiama is complete without a trip up to Saddleback Mountain for the stunning view over Kiama and its surrounding areas. Saddleback was once a volcano vent tube which played a big part in creating the rugged coastline.
Kiama offers an array of accommodation hotels, motels, bed & breakfast, farm stays, caravan parks and over the Christmas holidays the Kiama show ground is open to camping. The only free camp is at Jamberoo at Kevin Walsh Oval which is 10km drive from Kiama. The sports ground only has toilets, picnic tables and rubbish bins with a maximum stay of 72 hours. Some people traveling south stay at the Nungarry Rest Stop and north bound stay at Wirriwin Rest Stop across the road both are about 5km from Kiama. Both these rest areas have toilets, picnic tables, rubbish bins and are both pet friendly, but these are unofficial camps.
Google map of Kiama, which is a great reference for directions – Map Here
Kevin Walsh Oval, Jamberoo GPS coordinates -34.647172, 150.774578
Nungarry Rest Stop (south bound) GPS coordinates -34.630879, 150.836070
Wirriwin Rest Stop (north bound) GPS coordinates -34.635570, 150.831836