Kiama is a beautiful seaside town on the NSW South Coast, best known for its beaches and blowholes. 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 prettiest ocean pools.

Couple enjoying a paddle on Minnamurra River, Minnamurra south of Kiama

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, a 22km trail between Minamurra and Werri Beach.

After visiting the blowhole, head to the National Trust-classified Historic Terrace Houses, built in 1886. There are many more delightful shopping opportunities in Kiama, from galleries to emporiums. You can also discover Kiama’s history at the Pilot’s Cottage Museum, in a lovingly restored home built in 1881.

For adventurers, there are a number of tours for kayaking and fishing. Join Escape Kayak Tours for a guided adventure along the serpentine estuary of the Minnamurra River. Check out the exciting events calendar for festivals, markets and shows, including the Kiama Jazz and Blues Festival in March.

The Kiama Farmer's™ Market held every Wednesday at Surf Beach, located on Manning Street


There’s a new beach for every day 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.

Eat and drink

The food and wine experiences in Kiama are built around both beach culture and the region’s bountiful produce. It’s 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 chic French fare or hear live music at Art Bar.

Getting there and where to stay

Getting to Kiama is easy. The drive from Sydney takes about 1hr 45min 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. There are many places to stay, including hotels, apartments, houses and beachfront holiday parks.