Get blown away
Kiama is a beautiful seaside town on the NSW South Coast, best known for its beaches, blowholes, volcanic rock formations and scenic stretches of coastal walks. It’s a favourite with families looking for a laidback holiday spot and surfers chasing world-class waves. Plus, you’ll find great food, plenty of history and some of the state’s best ocean pools.
Things to do
Sitting just beneath the lighthouse, the Kiama Blowhole is a natural cavity in the fortress-like cliffs that blasts seawater 20 metres or more into the air. If the water is less than spectacular, try the Little Blowhole just south of town. Both spots are part of the stunning Kiama Coast Walk, about a 20km trail between Minamurra and Werri Beach.
If you’re looking for a little adventure, a 10-minute drive from Kiama’s Blowhole is Saddleback Mountain Lookout. Soak in the panoramic views from Cronulla in the north to Milton in the south and then venture to Kiama Harbour for a stroll around the foreshore.
Kiama’s town is full of charm, head to the National Trust-classified Historic Terrace Houses, built in 1886. There are many delightful shopping opportunities in Kiama, from galleries to emporiums to cultivated arts trail. You can also discover Kiama’s history at the Pilot’s Cottage Museum, in a lovingly restored home built in 1881. Or relax and wind down at one or more of the many cafes and restaurants in the area.
For adventurers, there are a number of tours for surfing, kayaking, paddleboarding and fishing. Join Lands Edge Surf School for a guided surfing adventure at Seven Mile Beach. Check out the exciting events calendar for festivals, markets and shows, including the Kiama Jazz and Blues Festival which is held in March.
There’s beach to suit everyone in Kiama. Surf Beach is the main beach with a park and children’s playground. To the south, Kendalls Beach has shallow water and gentle waves that are ideal for families. Bombo Beach stretches for more than a kilometre and is popular with surfers and dog walkers. Easts Beach which is situated in the southern part of Kiama’s beach coast, and is the perfect bathers’ destination, protected from wind and swell.
Eat, drink & stay
The food and wine experiences in Kiama are built around both beach culture and the region’s bountiful produce. They are on show at the Kiama Farmers Market at Surf Beach on Wednesdays. The streets are lined with cute cafes serving Sydney-quality coffee. Try Yves restaurant for a chic French fare or hear live music at Art Bar.
There are many places to stay, including hotels, apartments, houses and beachfront holiday parks. There are also flights available to Shellharbour, which is 19 km north from Kiama.
Getting to Kiama is easy. The drive from Sydney takes about 1hr 45 mins along the spectacular Grand Pacific Drive. You can also take a scenic train trip along the coast and the journey takes just over two hours.
Fly into Shellharbour Airport
Shellharbour Airport is located at Albion Park and is the gateway to Shellharbour City.
Flying to Shellharbour is the fastest way to enjoy everything the region has to offer from surfing at a National Surfing Reserve or enjoying a round of golf, to spectacular beaches, beautiful scenery, bush walking and more.
Link Airways operates direct flights from Shellharbour to Melbourne five days a week and Shellharbour to Brisbane five days a week.