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    KIAMA LIGHTHOUSE

    by balhannah Updated May 29, 2010

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    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.

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    The Blowhole - *1*

    by balhannah Updated Nov 24, 2009

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    This is a MUST SEE when in Kiama. It is best to visit at high tide, and when the sea is running from the south east.

    On the 1st day we visited this phenomenon, the sea was very calm and the Blowhole was not doing anything. During the night, strong wind and rain came, and in the morning it was high tide and the seas were very rough.

    We went to the Blowhole again, and what an amazing show it was putting on. If was like the geyser “Old Faithful” in the USA, some sprays were so high that I couldn’t fit them in my photo. The Waves that roar through the cave and then explode through a hole in the cave-roof can be as high as 60 metres. The site is floodlit until 9.30 pm.

    This is the 3rd time I have viewed the Blowhole, and the best by far, and the worst weather by far!

    LOCATION Then end of Blowhole Point road, below the Kiama Lighthouse. There is plenty of FREE PARKING.

    FREE!

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    WESTPAC BANK

    by balhannah Written Nov 24, 2009

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    This is a two-storey Victorian Classical Revival stone and brick building, which opened its doors in 1887 as the City Bank of Sydney.

    Unusual, but there is a figurehead of George Thorton, original chairman of the bank located above the doorway, something you usually don't see.

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    KIAMA TERRACE HOUSES

    by balhannah Updated Nov 24, 2009

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    The Kiama Terraces are a row of weather board houses that were built in about 1886 for the quarry workers’ families.

    The only weatherboard terraces left in NSW they were in a state of disrepair by the 1960s and were almost demolished. Now, they have been Classified by the National Trust and placed under a permanent conservation order.

    They have been lovingly restored and are now a major tourist attraction, a nice sidewalk, and a browse through shops selling anything from antiques, books, souvenirs and crafts. There is also a cafe for that much needed break from walking!

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    OLD KIAMA SCHOOL

    by balhannah Updated Nov 24, 2009

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    The Old Kiama school is one of the most impressive buildings in Kiama, built out of Basalt. Originally, all ages of children attended school here.

    Cooking classes were held here and they were very popular. The students were able to eat what they had cooked. The Girls used to come to school in starched white pinafores and starched hats on their heads.

    The central single story section was built in 1871, with additions being made over the next two decades.
    The Infant's school was re-located to new premises in 2001.

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    THE POST OFFICE

    by balhannah Written Nov 24, 2009

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    An eye catcher in Kiama is the Italianate Post Office building on the corner of the street. Completed in 1878, it is a Victorian Classical Revival structure, its colonnades and tall square clock tower, and the painted pink colour, certainly attracted my attention.

    Prior to its construction, on the site originally reserved for a town hall, the postal service was conducted on private premises from 1841 and before the railway arrived the mail was delivered by coach.
    Kiama was receiving deliveries twice weekly by 1842.
    The arrival of the mail was always accompanied by the blasting of a horn to assert right of way and alert the district to the arrival of the mail.

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    BEACHES

    by balhannah Written Nov 23, 2009

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    Kendall's Beach - Kiama
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    Kiama has quite a few nice little beaches.
    These are set in coves, protected a little from the elements of the weather. With nice clean sand, and good picnic facilities, these are very popular in school holidays and over christmas.

    Kendall's Beach, East's Beach, Surf Beach (for the surfers) and Bombo Beach all are very nice.

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    LOOKOUT & STONE FENCES

    by balhannah Written Nov 23, 2009

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    On our sightseeing drive around Kiama, we came upon chance a good lookout. The views were good, and also here were historic old stone fences.
    Most were discovered over 100 years ago as paddocks were cleared for farming and grazing.

    Much of the work is attributed to a Thomas Newing, a prolific and skilled stone wall builder for over 60 years, who used the the local volcanic stone to build the fences. He made two wall faces leaning against each thencapped them with a continuous row of larger stones.

    Nearly 400 stone walls have been listed as heritage items in the Kiama municipality. .

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    PILOT'S COTTAGE MUSEUM

    by balhannah Updated Nov 23, 2009

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    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

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    ROBERTSON BASIN

    by balhannah Updated Nov 23, 2009

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    Kiama Harbour
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    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.

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    CHRIST CHURCH

    by balhannah Updated Nov 23, 2009

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    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.

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    THE LITTLE BLOWHOLE

    by balhannah Updated Nov 23, 2009

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    Coastline at the Little Blowhole
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    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.

    FREE

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    CATHEDRAL ROCKS & BOMBO HEADLAND

    by balhannah Updated Nov 23, 2009

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    This is a rock formation that is meant to resemble a Cathedral, I will leave it up to your imagination!
    Nice ocean views and you can clamber down to the Cathedral.

    At the headland there are unusual balsalt walls and columns caused by metal quarrying in the 1880’s to 1900’s.
    There are nice views from here of Kiama, Cathedral Rocks, Minnamurra Headland & Jones Beach.

    LOCATION…… Kiama Downs ( 3ks north of Kiama)….. southern end of Jones Beach, view from Cliff Drive.
    It is signposted with Brown Tourist signs.

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    THE BLOWHOLE - *2*

    by balhannah Written Nov 23, 2009

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    How the Blowhole operates
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    As I said on my previous tip, the Blowhole is a must visit. Well, just don't look at that, then go away, walk right to the end, this is where the sea forces itself through a narrow channel and comes out the Blowhole.
    On a stormy, wet, rough and windy day like when I was there, the sea was like a boiling cauldron. No way would you want to fall in!

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    BERRY & SURROUNDS – SOUTH COAST NSW

    by balhannah Updated Nov 23, 2009

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    BERRY dates back to the early 1800’s. It’s a small historical Town, set amongst stunning scenery, with nearby rolling green hills with Dairy cattle, and the backdrop of the Cambewarrra range makes this a beautiful area to visit.

    The town is now known for its boutique shopping and Cafes, and on the outskirts of town are boutique Wineries.

    The drive between Berry & Kiama is particularly beautiful. Take the time to do the drive, it is not far from Sydney.

    WHERE….2 hours drive south of Sydney on the Princes Highway.
    OR….You can catch a Train

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