Kiama and Surrounds

Popular as a day destination for decades, Kiama is fast becoming a destination to spend more and more time. Thousands flock to the world famous Kiama Blowhole and stunning beaches each for good reason. A little inland is the quaint village of Jamberoo with the historic Jamberoo Hotel and for those a little more adventurous, the exhilarating Jamberoo Action Park.

Local Dining

Penny Whistlers: 5/31 Shoalhaven St, Kiama - +61 2 4233 2770

With stunning views out to Kiama Harbour, it is hard to beat starting your day with a coffee from this ever popular breakfast spot. Their bacon and egg roll with rocket, earthy tomato relish on Italian flat bread is a crowd pleaser while the crushed avocado and lime with Meredith feta is great for those a little more health conscious. The coffee is good, very good. Meticulously weighed and brewed by Pete, who's team know what it takes to make a great venue. More recently, they have started offering dinner with arguably Kiamas best wine list.

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The Hungry Monkey: 5/32 Collins St, Kiama - 0403 397 353

Make sure you plan early before heading to “the monkey” especially over the weekend. Super cool, super clean and delicious to match. There is not much better than having lunch, sitting outside in the sun, watching the passing pedestrian traffic, tucking in to one of their famous burgers and matching beer.

Our suggestion: “the Bad Boy..” Seriously good.

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Kiama Blowhole (but not the one you’re thinking)

When visiting Kiama, you have to visit the blow hole. It’s just one of those must do items. However, if crowds are not your thing, then we highly recommend heading to check out the aptly named “little blowhole.” What it lacks in size, it makes up with presence, picking up the slightest of swell to throw giant plumes in the air. Contact us for directions to this hidden gem.

Cathedral Rocks

North of Bombo beach is the beautiful little enclave deceptively named “The Boneyard.” Perfectly protected from any southerly wind, this is one of the areas best ocean swimming holes, a favourite with locals. To get here, you go directly past Cathedral Rocks, which is well worth a stop at. These volcanic rocks are incredibly hard, however have been eroded over the years at their joints, leaving cubic formations jutting out from the sea. A truly unique photo opportunity at any light.

Saddleback Mountain

If you want to see the region in one shot, make sure you drive (or walk if you’re game) to the top of Saddleback Mountain and enjoy the view looking all the way from Kiama, over the Jamberoo and Minnamurra Valleys towards Sydney. On the clearest days, you can sometimes make out the sand dunes of Kurnell. More recently a second viewing platform was opened, offering views south, past the Shoalhaven River, down to stunning Jervis Bay.

LOCAL ACTIVITIES

Kiama Coastal Walk

While this coastal track spans 20kms from Minnamurra River to Gerringong, it is best to choose a section appropriate to your fitness level and time. The most iconic part of the walk is Loves Bay to Gerringong, snaking along untouched headlands and craggy rock cliffs. You’ll feel like you’re miles away from civilisation. Make sure you pack enough water and please click on the link below for a link to some further information on this scenic walk. Click here for more information

Jamberoo Action Park

Nestled at the foothills of the Illawarra escarpment, Jamberoo Action park has been operating since 1980 and is constantly evolving and upgrading. What started as a grass skiing park, now offers waterslides, mini golf, wave pool, multiple wet and dry play areas and the famous bobsled from the top of the mountain. Take the whole family and enjoy a full days excitement, sure to tucker out the most energetic of participants.

Historic Walking Tour

While not an official tour, there is plenty to see if you look a little deeper into the history of Kiama evolution. Starting at the historic terraces on Collins st, walking through Hindmarsh park towards and then around the harbour to the rockpool and then up to blowhole point, before visiting the pilots cottage. You will learn about the blue metal quarries, the miners cottages, steam liners supplying Sydney’s infrastructure growth along with a flourishing sea trade. Finish it all off with some fish and chips at surf beach, watching the surfers take on “the wedge.”