10 September 2018
Kiama, a few hours drive south of Sydney, is home to the famous blowhole, beautiful beaches, and seaside strolls. If you’re looking to wander along the water, there’s no shortage of paths to take.
Spend the day exploring the coastline, or take a short stroll past headlands and hills. No matter how you like to hike, you’ll find exquisite sights on these beautiful coastal walks in Kiama.
Perhaps the most famous coastal walk in Kiama combines two of its best features: the Kiama Blowhole and Little Blowhole. The walk will take you over an hour, making it the perfect coastal walk for an afternoon.
Begin your adventure at Kiama Blowhole, where water sprays with astounding power into the air. Walk past beaches and bays before reaching Kendalls Beach, where a grassy walk will leads to Little Blowhole. Little Blowhole is a short walk through the Kiama suburbs just off Tingira Crescent. View the remarkable ocean spout from a viewing platform, or find your way to the foreshore.
The Minnamurra River is a a popular swimming spot and home to kayakers, paddle boarders. Heading inland from Minnamurra Point in Kiama, begin your journey near the ocean, where you’ll be able to take in riverfront and oceanfront views. Explore the banks of the river for a peaceful stroll, or enjoy the sight of the river’s mouth before heading to Minnamurra Point and onwards toward Boyds Beach. A walk from the river to Kiama Blowhole will take around three hours, but you can make this walk as long as you please.
Cathedral Rocks, located in Kiama Downs, offers stunning, jagged coastline and spires of rock that emerge from the sand and water. The Cathedral Rocks to Bombo Beach coastal walk begins at Cathedral Rocks, but many visitors find it easier to walk to the rocks from Jones Beach car park. The car park is located opposite Moona Avenue around an eight minute walk up Jones Beach. From there, head down to the sand or grass and walk along the coast until you see the stunning volcanic formations. As you continue your stroll, you’ll pass the Bombo Headland, where you can take in expansive views of the ocean and marvel at the natural towers of basalt columns.
Continuing south will bring you to the stretch of sand named Bombo Beach. The long, yellow-sand beach offers plenty of space to sit and relax in the sun.
For a coastal walk with uninterrupted ocean views, you can’t go past the Bombo Headland to Kiama Blowhole walk. Begin at Bombo Headland, surrounded by the beautiful basalt columns that make up the jagged coastline. Before you head off, don’t forget to look out to sea for signs of whales, which make their journey along the NSW coastline between May and November.
From Bombo Headland, follow the unspoilt seaside ridges until you reach the Kiama Blowhole – Kiama’s most popular natural phenomena. This spectacular spectacle displays the power of the ocean with seawater spouts that shoot 20 metres or more into the air. In the right conditioners, you’ll hear a booming sound before watching the ocean swell rise into the sky.
South of Werri Beach and Gerroa, you’ll find a coastal walk that offers the best of the region. Sink your feet into golden sands, hear the rustling greenery of nearby forest, and listen to the ocean washing onto Seven Mile Beach.
Start your walk from the southern end of the Beach Road picnic area. The track will take you through forested dunes that run parallel to the beach beyond. Surrounded by towering trees, you’ll begin to feel the ocean breeze as the track emerges on Seven Mile Beach. The massive stretch of sand is perfect for a rest or a mid-walk swim. Finish your walk by simply retracing your steps back to the Beach Road picnic area.
The Werri Beach to Kiama Coast Walk is an 11 km one-way track filled with stunning coastline. Begin at the north end of Werri Beach by Werri Lagoon, where you’ll find a small car park and street parking along Werri Street. After you’ve reached Werri Beach, continue north from the top end of the beach. The walk takes roughly four hours to complete. If you’re spending time relaxing around Werri Beach, be sure to head to the Southern Headland to enjoy some whale watching throughout May – November. You’ll find a whale watching platform offering an expansive view of the ocean – and maybe a few fins.
You’ll pass Loves Bay and Easts Beach – both worthy stops along your journey. Easts Beach has steps at either end, allowing you to trek across the golden sand. Next, you’ll reach Little Blowhole, Kendalls Beach, and Surf Beach. Your walk can stop at any point you choose, or you can continue north past Blowhole Point, Kiama Harbour, Bombo Beach, and all the way to the Minnamurra River.
Whatever your coastal stroll style, you’ll find it in Kiama.