Food and wine in the Kiama Area
The beautiful Kiama region is deliciously enticing, from cool bars and cafes with ocean vistas to wine tasting in vineyards, farm stays, browsing fresh produce in beachside markets and relaxing with a cup of coffee in heritage-listed terrace houses. Discover how easy it is to live – and eat – like a local.
Juicy Wagyu beef, succulent seafood, tasty cheeses and crunchy vegetables are just some of the fresh regional produce you can taste in the home of the Kiama Blowhole, one of the world’s largest water spouts. There is a delectable range of places to eat. You can even enjoy high tea at the Mercure Gerringong Resort.
The natural beauty is astonishing: pristine beaches, ancient rock formations, escarpment rainforest and rolling hills. Rich soils grow bountiful produce. There are dairy farms and cattle graze in verdant pastures. Fresh seafood is harvested from the ocean and estuaries along the NSW South Coast.
In the pretty park at Surf Beach, the weekly Kiama Farmers Market (held on Wednesdays) offers a wonderful selection of local seasonal produce, seafood and locally made gourmet delights.. You can buy Wagyu beef, fruit and vegetables, mushrooms, honey, eggs, cider, wine, and creamy gelato made from local milk.
Another great beachside market is the Kiama Makers and Growers Market, held on the fourth Saturday of the month at Black Beach, near the main street. The tempting stalls offer everything from gourmet delights and fresh produce to handmade, eco-friendly and sustainable products.
For lovely views try Penny Whistlers, a cafe which looks over the picture-postcard Kiama Harbour. Or head to the Little Blowhole Art Bar, which has amazing ocean and rural views. At the Historic Terrace Houses, built in 1886, you’ll find tempting shops and delightful spots for a bite to eat.
There are memorable farm experiences. Join a Buena Vista Farm cooking workshop. Schottlander’s Waygu Farmstay is the perfect escape for beef lovers. The Pines is a beautifully restored homestead on a dairy farm. One of the area's most exciting events is the Kiama Show, a beachside agricultural show with carnival rides.
Kiama is also part of the Shoalhaven Coast wine region and you can enjoy wine tasting at the cellar door of Crooked River Wines and Roselea Vineyard in Gerringong, or a cold beer at Stoic Brewery, a short drive south of Kiama near Gerroa.
The largest winery on the South Coast, Crooked River Wines also produces craft beer and adult ginger beer, and you can dine in its Oak Room Eleven restaurant - the vistas are delightfully tranquil and gorgeous. On the June long weekend, the winery hosts the enchanting Winter Wine Festival.