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Kiama Area

Highlights

A scenic drive

Follow a local scenic drive along the Saddleback Mountain Road as its rises from the coast to a magnificent lookout from where you can enjoy panoramic views. On a clear day, you may be able to see more than 100km, from Cronulla near Sydney to Pigeon House Mountain on the South Coast. Hoddle's Trail is an enjoyable 60-minute walk along the escarpment from the lookout.

Must Do

Kiama

Set amongst green rolling hills and pristine beaches, the picturesque Kiama area is a 90-minute drive south of Sydney. The area's rural charm has been retained by farmland and a network of country and coastal towns where you can enjoy a relaxing break in an unspoilt setting.

Seaside Kiama is home to the world's largest blowhole, a natural spout of water that shoots up into the air with a "whoosh", attracting a large crowd when the wind, waves and tides are pumping. Next to the visitor centre at the blowhole, the Pilot's Cottage Museum tells the story of Kiama's colourful past and is well worth a visit.

A great way to explore the area and enjoy the stunning natural attractions is along the 22-km Kiama Coast Walk which can take you from Minnamurra to Gerringong. Follow the walk at your own pace, taking time to soak up the ocean views, explore secluded beaches and bays and get side-tracked along the way.

With nine beaches to choose from in the Kiama area, you'll be spoilt for choice.  Kendalls, Easts and Seven Mile beaches, along with many idyllic rock pools, provide perfect places to swim as they are usually protected from the big surf.

Further south, Gerringong is the quintessential Australian beach town, situated on a headland that offers panoramic views of the ocean and Werri Beach. The largest independent surf shop in Australia, Natural Necessity, is in Gerringong while nearby is the small coastal town of Gerroa, known for its major natural attraction, Seven Mile Beach National Park.

Inland is Jamberoo, an historic village located in a picture-perfect valley with country lanes and lush countryside. Enjoy lunch at the Jamberoo Pub, visit nearby Minnamurra Rainforest, the Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk or Jamberoo Action Park, the largest water-based theme park in NSW.

There are plenty of accommodation options in the Kiama area with options to suit travellers from a wide range of tastes and budgets.

Kiama Coast Walk

Kiama Coast Walk

One of the best ways to experience the stunning natural beauty around Kiama is on foot. The spectacular 22 kilometre Kiama Coast Walk begins at Minnamurra and wanders past headlands, rivers, beaches, Kiama's town centre,  Blowhole Point and the Little Blowhole before arriving near Gerringong.

Kiama Blowhole

Kiama Blowhole

The Kiama Blowhole is a natural rock formation where water spouts 20 metres or more into the air. Located next to Kiama Lighthouse at Blowhole Point, the spectacular display is most impressive when seas run from the southeast. The area is floodlit until 1am, making the blowhole a stunning night-time attraction too.

Whale watching from a boat on the South Coast

Kiama Whale Watching

Head to the beautiful South Coast of NSW to see pods of whales travel along the coast of Kiama during their annual migration between May and November. Join a whale-watching cruise to see these majestic creatures up close, or keep a lookout on the Kiama Coast Walk for the chance to spot them from land.

Local areas

  • Gerringong Gerringong is a seaside town ideal for water sport enthusiasts. Go surfing on Werri Beach and wind surfing on Seven Mile Beach.
  • Gerroa Gerroa is a small coastal town set on a headland overlooking the estuary of the Crooked River and close to pristine beaches.
  • Jamberoo A delightful little village full of history, Jamberoo is surrounded by emerald green pastures and set against the forested cliffs of the escarpment.
  • Kiama Kiama is a classic seaside town with great beaches and a sense of history. Take in stunning views along the Kiama Coast Walk.

Explore Kiama Area

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