"Visit the Blowhole, relax and unwind in this tranquil seaside town!"
Kiama NSW is a firm favourite with the locals. It's proximity to Sydney makes it a perfect weekend getaway, being under 2 hours away by car. It's a quaint, peaceful seaside town with heaps of character.
How long and When to Come?
Kiama nsw is on the east coast of Australia between Sydney and Melbourne. It therefore makes it a great stop off destination for a Sydney to Melbourne Road Trip.
Unfortunately given it is so close to Sydney, most only stop here for a quick look at the famous blow hole and then carry on along the coast. I'd definitely recommend spending a couple of hours here, have lunch, take a swim and admire the blow hole.
If you are looking for a weekend getaway,not too far from Sydney then Kiama is ideal. It has a real holiday feel about the place as well as some lovely cafes and beaches.
The weather here is very similar to that in Sydney. So, I'd recommend coming in the warmer months - November to February would be ideal and remember to avoid the school holidays if you can (the whole month of January.)
What to do in Kiama NSW?
This is a sleepy coastal town so it's time to kick back, relax and enjoy some great food, wonderful views and a quick dip in the sea.
Bombo beach is where the locals head to surf. The currents here are quite strong so it's not a great beach for beginners.
The smaller Kendalls beach is much better for swimming and great for families due to the small waves.
KIAMA COAST WALK There is a lovely 6km walk that takes in some lovely scenery from Kiama Heights to Gerringong.
CYCLE TRACKS - There are also some lovely cycle tracks and plenty of places from which you can hire bikes. The Minamurra to Kiama track is particularly lovely.
LOCAL MARKETS If you are here on a weekend, you might be lucky enough to attend the craft market(3rd Sunday of each month) or produce market(4th Saturday of each month) - both work a look.
SCENIC DRIVES - There are plenty of little drives in and around Kiama to explore the east coastline of Australia. The town of Gerringong is worth a visit too.
WHALE WATCHING Spotting a whale is actually quite possible in Kiama during their migrating season - April/May or September/November.
The Kiama Blowhole
The Kiama blowhole is well known. Hopefully you will visit Kiama on a day when the blowhole is at its best. You want a day with big waves.
Basically the incoming wave is forced through a tunnel in the cliff. As the wave tries to leave the pressure forces the water to spurt up in the air - just like a whale would do. It is rather fascinating to watch!
Where to Stay
Harbour Cabins, Blowhole point - these are great modern, clean and well equipped cabins with great ocean views. I'd recommend staying here.
Sebel Harbourside Resort - a great location, modern, large rooms.
Motel 617 - more budget but clean and does the job.
Where to Eat in Kiama NSW?
There's a main strip of shops and cafes and they are all delightful. So pick one that looks busy and you really can't go wrong!
For something a bit more special try:
We enjoyed great seafood at Cargo's Wharf restaurant. The food was fantastic, service great and prices reasonable for the quality experience. You can watch the pelicans who wander in front of the restaurant from time to time!
Waves at the Beach also gets good reviews.
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