Kiama: a scenic coastal village
Kiama is a classic seaside town with great beaches surrounded by pastures and forests. Take in the area's stunning coastline along the Kiama Coast Walk and visit the Kiama Blowhole and Lighthouse.
Kiama is famous for its blowhole. On the cliffs at Blowhole Point, waves surging into an underground cavity are compressed and forced upwards, exploding high into the air and accompanied by a loud 'oomph'. The strength varies according to the wind, waves and tides, and when it's pumping, it always draws a crowd.
Situated on Blowhole Point adjacent to the Visitors Centre, the Pilot's Cottage Museum tells the story of Kiama's colourful past, from the time of the cedar cutters to the basalt quarrymen and dairy farmers. Kiama Terrace, the row of weatherboard cottages along Collins Street, was constructed in 1886 to house quarry workers and their families. Don't miss the Kiama Lighthouse. Nearby, Gerringong and Shellharbour are worth a visit.
Saturday 25 April to Saturday 23 January 2016
Kiama Craft and Produce Market Established in 2003, the Kiama Craf
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.
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.
The Folk by the Sea festival returns to Kiama in 2014 and features a wide range of music across two and a half days including folk, world, and blues as well as poetry, spoken word and dance. Kiama's Regional Wine Show attracts wine aficionados from across NSW to celebrate the region's award winning winemakers.
Family walking along the beach, Kiama. Image Anson Smart
Man swimming in Blowhole Point rock pool. Image James Pipino
Children running to the beach from Kendalls on the Beach Holiday Park in Kiama. Image James Pipino
Kiama Coast Walk. Image credit: Kiama Tourism
Kiama Coast Walk spans 22km from Minnamurra to Werri Beach, Gerringong