Platinum at Kiama Blue
31 Shoalhaven St, (formerly Grand Mercure Kiama Blue), Kiama, 2533, Australia
Kiama is beautiful, Apartment not so beautiful
My first time to Kiama with my family (including kids) was a short trip away from home. Thank god we didn't stay longer than 2 nights in this apartment. This expensive apartment promised everything. It sort of did, the Harbour view was beautiful in the morning and evening. However, privacy is an issue with the restaurants adjacent to you. We closed the blinds which took care of that issue. like i said, thank god we had the harbour view to look at.
The room is modern, 2 bedrooms, dinning area, lounge, spa bath/ shower, however the place needed a good clean. Half a toilet paper roll (no other supplies) linnen closet was locked so we re-used the bath towels that were provided only our first stay. There was no remote control for the T.V and DVD. The spider webs were still hanging off the blinds, dust was still visible, not to mention the baby cockroaches running around the bath and in the lounge room where my 4 year old son was playing. 'Mum' there is a bug on my toy car''!.
Spent money on buying food so we can have a cooked meal with my family to discover the stove cook top did not work.
I was happy to leave this apartment, it's a shame as the harbour view is beautiful and the place was not what I expected. Another suggestion, it would be nice to have seen a brochure of Kiama or the surrounding areas, restaurant listings etc especially when family or first timers visit a new place.
We had a great time in Kiama, people are friendly and Jamberoo Fun Park was our saviour. !!
More about Kiama
By the information centre at Nowra
Scenery on the way
Travel Tips for Kiama
THE LITTLE BLOWHOLE
They call this Blowhole “The Big Blowhole’s little cousin”
Located at the bottom of a nice park, with off – road parking available, it is best to visit when the seas are from the north-east. It wasn't doing anything, as the day I visited the sea was very calm.
A small version of the large Kiama Blowhole.
It is signposted with Brown Tourist signs.
Christ Church - (Church of England) is located near the start of Blowhole Point road.
It’s a pretty painted White Church. Originally the building was made of blue metal rubble. The interior walls were plastered in imitation of cut stone and after the building was completed the first heavy storm demonstrated the necessity of plastering the outside walls.
The foundation stone was laid in 1856, the building was completed in 1858, and opened in 1859.
Like the pews and other furnishings of the Church, the Gallery was built in cedar.
On entering inside, take note of the ceiling as it resembles the hull of an inverted ship, and was installed in 1872.
A pretty little Church.
Robertson basin is actually the Kiama Harbour, located in Kiama township.
Looking from the Pilot's cottage down the hill, is Kiama Harbour, which was built in 1876 to accommodate the increasing shipping trade in the area.
There is a rock pool located at the northern end of the Harbour, which was built in 1888/89.
It's a pretty little area.
PILOT'S COTTAGE MUSEUM
PILOTS COTTAGE MUSEUM............ Built in 1881, is now a beautifully restored cottage and is home to the Heritage & Maritime Museum. It is classified by the National Trust.
Inside, there are photos of Kiama in the early days, when the cedar getters, basalt quarrymen, were a part of every day life. There is information on the Blowhole, and how it was formed.
Open from Friday – Monday 11 – 3 pm
ADMISSION IN 2009 ...$3 Adults
The Lighthouse is located on the Point, above where the Blowhole is.
It was established in 1887, 10 years after the creation of the Robertson Basin, (Kiama Harbour) to service Kiama's supply of crushed blue metal and paving blocks for the streets of Sydney.
The original apparatus was an oil burner which was visible for nine miles. It was upgraded to the local town coal /gas in 1908 with a range of fifteen miles, and further upgraded to acetylene gas and group flashing in 1920.
At this point the light was demanned. In 1969 the light was converted to 240v mains electricity.
Once the light was automated and demanned in the 1920's the cottage closest to the lighthouse was soon demolished by vandals
However the other cottage remains and is still in use as a museum and visitors centre.
This cottage was the residence of the local harbour pilots from 1881 to 1981.