From Minnamurra in the north to Gerroa in the south, the Kiama region on the NSW South Coast is blessed with beautiful sandy beaches and excellent surf breaks. One of the best surfing spots in Australia and recognised in the respected National Surfing Reserves is Mystics at Minnamurra Beach.
Mystics is just one of the attractions for surfers, with Jones Beach, Boneyard and Bombo Beach on the way into Kiama, home to the famous Kiama Blowhole. The main beach in Kiama is Surf Beach, a popular spot with families because of its sheltered bay, parkland and children’s playground.
A short drive south of Kiama is pretty Gerringong and Werri Beach , another top surfing beach. You can also walk or cycle from Gerringong railway station to the beach. Point breaks are at either end of the beach and there’s a beachside holiday park. At the southern end is Ourie Pool, a rock pool built in the 1930s.
Kendalls Beach is another delightful family beach, with barbecue facilities and picnic tables. The Little Blowhole is just south before Easts Beach, which is sheltered too. You’ll find plenty of places to stay in the region, an easy drive from Sydney on the Grand Pacific Drive. You can travel by train, too.
Another gorgeous sea pool is the Boat Harbour Rock Pool, which is south of the whale-watching platform and near Cooke Park’s barbecue facilities and picnic tables. A short walk from either rock pool is a Gerringong surf gear and beachwear institution, the family-run Natural Necessity Surf Shop.
One of the best beaches to learn surfing is Seven Mile Beach in enchanting Gerroa, south of Gerringong. Land’s Edge Surf School and Surf Camp Australia offer lessons at the beach, where Charles Kingsford Smith piloted the first commercial flight between Australia and New Zealand in 1933.