The Outback, Broken Hill. Credit: Maxime Coquard;Destination NSW
View of New England. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
Kiama, South Coast. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
Kiama Coast Walk
Explore Kiama on foot
The best way to experience the natural beauty around Kiama is on foot. Beginning at Minnamurra, this spectacular 22 km weaves past headlands, rivers and beaches to Blowhole Point, before pressing on towards the beautiful bays and beaches around Little Blowhole and the rolling escarpments of Gerringong.
The Kiama Coast Walk Route
The Kiama Coast Walk is broken into three sections. The first is from Minnamurra to Blowhole Point and takes about three hours.
Start at the mouth of the Minnamurra River before heading south and you'll pass Jones Beach, Cathedral Rocks, Bombo Beach and Kiama Harbour. Continue until you get to the Kiama Lighthouse and Blowhole Point. Visit the Boneyard, Bombo Quarry and Spring Creek Wetlands on your journey. As well as walking, you'll be able to swim or snorkel at various spots along the way.
The second section from Blowhole Point to Kiama Heights is a 90 minute walk through waterfront reserves - Storm Bay, Surf Beach, Kendalls Beach, Easts Beach and Loves Bay - connected by headlands. Take a break at the Little Blowhole midway along this route.
The third section takes you from Kiama Heights past Werri Lagoon and Werri Beach and on to nearby Gerringong. This six kilometre stretch along cliff tops with ocean views takes about two hours to complete. Markers featured every kilometre explain the fascinating history and geology of the area. Upon reaching Werri Lagoon and Werri Beach, continue on a little further.
Gerringong is another 2.5 km along Werri Beach and up the southern headland to the whale-watching platform, found at the end of the cemetery. This is a popular spot during whale season, between May and November.
Continue a further 1.5 km down Belinda Street to the railway station to complete the loop, or continue on to Gerroa, which is another 45 minutes walk from Gerringong, and Seven Mile Beach past the golf course.
Make sure you have a safe and enjoyable day out on the Kiama Coast Walk. Take water with you, use sun protection, suitable footwear and be prepared for wet weather.
Explore the beautiful regions of the NSW South Coast
Explore the region's coastal wilderness in spectacular nature and parks and enjoy stunning views on the Light to Light Walk. Take advantage of deep-sea fishing off Bermagui, whale-watching at Eden, award-winning cheeses at Bega, bush-fringed beaches at Tathra, water sports in Merimbula, and oysters and a rich Aboriginal cultural heritage around Wallaga Lake.
The Wollongong area offers countless adrenaline-filled adventure activities. Relax on scenic beaches, dine in local restaurants and beachside cafes, and explore the regions golf courses and galleries. Nearby, Stanwell Park features one of the best coastal hang-gliding locations in the world. Or enjoy a walk across Sea Cliff Bridge, or a dip in Austinmer's ocean pool.
Werri Beach is a surfer's paradise, with point breaks at both ends of the beach and waves peeling off the north or south headlands. The rocks to the south of the beach are great for fishing, and there’s also the Werri Beach rock pool. The popular Werri Beach Fish Shop is also on the beach. Continue around the south headland to a rock pool, boat ramp and park.
Seven Mile Beach National Park features vast ocean to one side and sand dunes, forests and walking tracks the other. Just half an hour away is Budderoo National Park, which contains the temperate Minnamurra Rainforest and the sublime Carrington Falls. Be sure to check out the Kiama Blowhole, a rock formation where water spouts 20 metres into the air.
Windswept yet secluded, Seven Mile Beach beach runs from Gerroa to Shoalhaven Heads and has a unique ecosystem of wetlands, beach and sand dunes. The beach is visually stunning, and there are nearby picnic and bbq areas dotted along the length of its encompassing national park. The northern section of the beach is patrolled by lifesavers.