The Kiama area is popular destination for surfers with a fine selection of world-class waves at various spots including Mystics Beach, Jones’ Beach, the Boneyard and Bombo Beach. Mystics Beach is recognised by the National Surfing Reserves as having powerful waves that are ‘short, peaky, thick and wedge-like’ and best for experienced board-riders
Beaches around Kiama
Kiama, a seaside town, is on the Grand Pacific Drive, a beautiful 138 km touring route south of Sydney that passes through the Royal National Park and along the coast through Wollongong to Kiama. The main beach in Kiama is Surf Beach, which is patrolled during the warmer months, and has plenty of facilities and parkland with a children’s playground.
Near Kiama’s famous blowhole, a rock formation that spouts seawater 20 or more metres into the air, is the pretty seaside town’s main beach. Surf Beach is a popular destination for families because of its sheltered bays, parkland, playground and picnic and other facilities including parking.
The Kiama Blowhole sits on a peninsula just north of Surf Beach. North and south of Kiama stretches a beautiful coastline. The area has nine beaches including one of Australia’s best surfing spots, Mystics Beach. The rugged headlands offer great views of the vast Pacific Ocean and the escarpment.
Near Mystics is Bombo Beach, another popular surfing location. From Sydney and Wollongong, you can travel by train along the coast and alight at Bombo station, opposite the beach. The journey takes about two hours from Sydney’s Central Station. Kiama has plenty of places to stay.
Surfers and body boarders also love Werri Beach at Gerringong and Seven Mile Beach at Gerroa, both south of Kiama. For sheltered swimming, enjoy Easts Beach which is just south of the Little Blowhole. Kendalls Beach is also popular with locals and adjacent to a holiday park. The beach is just north of the Little Blowhole.
Enjoy NSW beaches like a local by following these simple beach safety tips
Always swim between the red and yellow flag; surf lifesavers have identified this area as the safest spot to swim in the water. It's also a good idea to always swim with a friend.
Pay attention to the advice of the lifesavers and safety signs. Visit SharkSmart to understand any potential risks in the area you are swimming. You are always welcome to ask lifeguards for more safety advice. If you find yourself needing help in the water, stay calm and attract attention.
Check conditions before you go. You can also find patrolled beach by visiting beachsafe.org.au.
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