8 Reasons Why Kiama is your Next Holiday Destination
Sheltered by a pristine pine forest, Kiama can be found along the New South Wales coastline. Less than 10,000 people call Kiama home, making it a haven for travellers looking to get out of Sydney’s urban sprawl.
The perfect destination for long weekends and school holidays, the Kiama region has something to entice every traveller. Famed for its stunning landscapes, rolling surf and rainforest trails, there are a myriad of reasons to visit this charming seaside town.
1. The Kiama Blowhole
Carved into the underside of a volcanic rock formation, the Kiama Blowhole is the town’s most famous natural landmark. In the right weather conditions, it can shoot plumes of water 20 metres into the air, which is visible from the nearby observation deck. The beach is lit by a floodlight until 1am, so you can visit this incredible natural attraction day and night.
2. Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures
Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures (or simply ‘the Fly’, as locals call it) offers a gateway to the region’s spectacular scenery. This awe-inspiring experience includes a 1,500-metre walk through the rainforest canopy, beautiful lookouts, self-guided trails and the highest zip-line in Australia. At 700 metres above sea level, the Fly is perfectly positioned to offer 360° views of the surrounding rainforest.
3. A Flourishing Wine Region
Kiama may be known for its laidback coastal vibe, but that’s not the only reason people come from far and wide to visit. The nearby Shoalhaven Coast wine trail has become one of the region’s most popular attractions. It stretches from Kiama all the way down to Durras, encompassing a collection of boutique vineyards and breweries.
4. Surfing Hotspots
Kiama’s coastline is scattered with spectacular surf breaks. If you’re new to surfing, Seven Mile Beach is popular with beginners. In search of something a little more ambitious? Known for its huge southerly swell, Cathedral Rocks (also known as Boneyards) is a magnet for thrill seekers, best suited to experience surfers. You will find the Cathedral Rocks north of Bombo Beach near Kiama Downs.
5. Kiama Markets
Kiama plays host to some of the most popular markets in regional NSW. Stop by the following markets to discover a huge range of locally-grown produce, handmade wares, clothing, and cuisine.
Kiama Seaside Markets
- When: The third Sunday of each month
- Where: Black Beach
Kiama Farmers’ Market
- When: The fourth Saturday of each month
- Where: Black Beach
Jamberoo Art and Craft Markets
- When: The last Sunday of each month
- Where: Kevin Walsh Oval, Jamberoo (Getting from Kiama to Jamberoo takes around 15 minutes by car)
- When: The third Saturday of each month
- Where: Gerringong Town Hall (Gerringong is a 10-minute drive from Kiama)
6. Marine Wildlife
Between the months of May and November, the waters surrounding Kiama come alive with pods of dolphins and whales. Boat tours are available, or you can watch from one of the following vantage points around town:
- Blowhole Point
- Marsden Headland
- Gerringong’s whale-watching platform.
If you feel like getting out on the ocean, tour Kiama’s pristine waterways with Dolphin Watch Cruises.
7. Fine Dining
Kiama’s dining scene covers everything from casual cafés to gourmet restaurants. Whether you’re looking for culinary sophistication by the beach or a coffee shop with hinterland views, these are some of the best Kiama restaurants where you can satisfy your appetite:
- Amaki Cottage Café – Specialising in big breakfasts and fresh salads, this cottage-style café is one of Kiama’s favourite venues for casual dining. Located just a short distance from The Sebel Kiama Harbourside, it overlooks Hindmarsh Park.
- The Kiama Golf Club – Surrounded by the Minnamurra River and the Pacific Ocean, enjoy lunch with a view at this charming old golf club.
8. The Kiama Coastal Walk
To experience breathtaking natural beauty together with a healthy dose of cardio, explore the Kiama Coastal Walk. This 22km track passes Blowhole Point, the Minnamurra River, Cathedral Rocks, Kiama Harbour, and Bombo Beach. Made up of grassy walking trails, sealed bitumen paths and beach tracks, the walk is suited to varying levels of fitness.
Feeling inspired to escape to Kiama? Stay at The Sebel Hotels and Apartments for comfortable and central Kiama accommodation.