Kiama Travel Guide

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Kiama Highlights

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    swings says…

     Picturesque little town with dramatic views back at the shorelines; nice jumping-off place for some daytrips 

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     Dangerous Seas. 

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     Great spot to visit, put it on your list 

Kiama Things to Do


    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...

  • The Blowhole - *1*

    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...


    Storm Bay is located at the bottom of Blowhole Point Road . A lawned area and seats are nearby where you can sit and be entranced by the rush of water into this rocky bay.


    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.


    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...


    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...


    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...


    The courthouse, built in 1861, is one of the oldest-surviving public buildings on the south coast. Extensions to it were made later in the century.


    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.


    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...


    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...


    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.


    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...


    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


    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...

  • THE BLOWHOLE - *2*

    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!


    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...


    There are endless places to explore around KIAMA.Take in really fresh air along the coast or in the hinterlands around the area. A good tip is the user-friendly Kiama Walk-it map identifies locations of popular walking paths and tracks and also provides information on the time taken to complete each walk, distance and grade of difficulty. The Kiama...


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Kiama Restaurants

  • yummy fish and chips in such a beautiful...

    Kiama is a quaint and beautiful town on the South Coast of NSW and the fish and chip shop on the harbour is a place i always stop in with my family for lunch. The location is truly beautful and as i gobbled up yummy oysters, prawns and crispy barramundi and chips with my husband on the weekend we watched dolphins swim right into the bay!!! The food...

  • Worst!

    Owner was very rude and had a terrible attitude. While waiting for a table inside I asked the owner for some menus, and was told we had to wait to be seated to get a menu, or we could go outside and look at the menu in the window. We decided to wait.After a table cleared we went to sit down, for the owner to ask us not to sit because the table...

  • NEVER dine here.

    Visited this fish and chip shop for the first time expecting good things, being in a prime location. I placed an order while there was hardly any line and only about 5 people waiting for their food before me. I then waited half an hour for one 'fish and chips' and was disgusted by how the staff treated the customers. At one point i witnessed one of...

  • Coffee Shop/Cafe

    Short Black Coffee is a cute little cafe/coffee shop in the main street of Kiama. You can get all sorts of coffees, breakfast, lunches etc. The hot chocolate is the best hot chocolate I have ever had...YUM!!! They put real chocolate in the cup and it really tastes fantastic!!! Don't miss it if you're a hot chocolate fan...

  • Mexican

    The Ritzy Gritz is a cute little Mexican restaurant with great food...the price of drinks is a bit much though so we didn't stick around for long. I loved the Ritzy Nachos...YUM!

  • Pineapple Chicken like Jane Makes!!!

    I dunno, maybe when you're hungry anything tastes good, but I enjoyed the meal that we had here. It was very "North American Chinese Food", not authentic/ethnic... but that was fine.We went in off season and sort of between regular meal hours, so maybe we got it fresher than usual. I loved the Sweet and Sour Pineapple Chicken... was like they had...


Kiama Shopping

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    Terralong Street

    by CandS Updated Sep 15, 2004

    The Terrace is a group of heritage listed buildings with a variety of shops and cafes. They have homewares, gifts, cafes, restaurants, crafts, bookshops etc...

    What to buy: Cute teddy bears, second hand books, chocolate fudge sauce, paintings, soaps, bags'll find just about everything...

    What to pay: Anywhere between 5 cents on a lolly to $6,000 on an unframed photo... ;)

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Kiama Warnings and Dangers


    There is a fence around the Blowhole, DON’T ATTEMPT TO CLIMB OVER FOR A CLOSER VIEW, Many people have lost their lives by being silly and doing this. Some people have been skylarking and jumped the fence, only to meet with their death, not a pleasant way to go.There are plenty of warnings, it is fenced, so do the right thing, and stay behind it!

  • Rubbish!

    When visiting Kiama or any other Town or city in Australia, remember to dispose of your rubbish properly. There are always rubbish bins provided, so, Put it in a bin!If you are caught throwing a cigarette butt on the ground, or littering in another way, beware, there are fines as you see in my photo.


    A VERY DANGEROUS SPORTThis is one of the most dangerous types of fishing which is practised along this coast. Lots of people have lost their lives, some of the Rescuer's have died as well, being taken by the Sea. Be sensible, the Seas can be very rough in this area, and every now and then, a rogue wave comes in.IF you fish, do it the safe way!


Kiama Off The Beaten Path

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    Scenery on the way 4 more images

    by balhannah Updated Nov 24, 2009

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    Been at Kiama a while, want something else to do, or like us, the weather was bad...................what to do?

    We decided to head north towards Sydney, and see if the weather was better in that direction. Well, as it happened, it wasn't, but the journey was nice as we passed by lush green paddocks with plenty of Dairy cattle, and a lovely back drop of Mountains, very pretty!

    We had a look at the town of Nowra on the way, then carried onto Wollongong, which is a large Industrial city, with Bluescope Steel employing a lot of people who live here.
    The parks along the beachfront were nice, but as it was wet we decided to return another day, so headed back to Kiama.

    This would be a good days outing in fine weather if boredom had begun to set in!

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  • Kiama Post Office

    During our short stop in Kiama, I particularly enjoyed some of the interesting architecture of the town.

  • Beautiful.

    Looks like something out of another country- think Ireland/Scotland added with a bit more pacifica. Wonderful.

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