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Fast Facts

Distance & Driving times from major cities
Sydney to Kiama
115kms - 1:45 hours
Wollongong to Kiama
37kms - 0:34 hours
Canberra to Kiama
225kms - 2:50 hours
Melbourne to Kiama
815Kms - 10:10 hours
Closest Capital City:
Sydney NSW 115kms
Closest Airport:
Sydney International Airport
Activities: Swimming, surfing, bushwalking, bird watching, wind surfing, snorkeling, golf, tennis and fishing.
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About Kiama

Kiama has been a long treasured holiday destination. It has maintained its charm and avoided the high rise that has affected so many other resort areas.

Kiama and the area surrounding which stretches from the Minnamurra River to Gerringong and Gerroa in the south offers breath taking scenery including unspoilt sandy beaches, rainforests and the exquisite peaks of the Jamberoo escarpment.

Kiama is probably most famous for the Blowhole. Located at Blowhole Point is the Lighthouse and Pilots center. Both buildings are of historical importance as well as Kiama's post office which was built in the 1880's.

There are several art and craft shops and galleries exhibiting the work of local artists

Located just 15 minutes west of Kiama is Jamberoo. The Jamberoo Valley offers antique shops, recreation parks and bush walks.

The name Kiama comes from an aboriginal word Kiaram-a meaning, "Where the sea makes a noise" referring to the famous Kiama Blowhole. In December 1797 George Bass anchored his 28ft whaleboat in the sheltered bay which is today known as Kiama Harbour. In 1832 the area became popular with the cedar cutters. In 1836 the township of Kiama was proclaimed. During the 1870's the dairying industry started being supplemented by blue metal quarrying which is now one of Kiama’s major income earners along with tourism.

Places to Visit

Barren Grounds Bird Observatory
The Barren Grounds Bird Observatory is located at the top of Jamberoo pass and covers 1750 hectares. This bird watchers Mecca offers several walks through the heathland and there are stunning coastal views from numerous rocky outcrops. There is a field study centre and picnic facilities.

Bass Point - Bushrangers Bay
Bass Point is a marine reserve and includes the scenic Bushrangers Bay. Adjoining Killalea State Park Bass Point is a popular snorkeling location.

The famous Blowhole is located only a short distance from the town center at Blowhole Point. Discovered by George Bass in 1797 the famous natural attraction shoots spectacular plumes of water when the seas are flowing from the south-east. The Blowhole is floodlit at night until 1am.

Bombo Beach
Bombo beach is located just north of the township of Kiama. It is a popular surfing beach for experienced surfers. Whales are often spotted off the Southern Headland during the migrating season between April & May as they head North and then again between September – November as they migrate back to the Southern Ocean.

Bombo Headland
Towering basalt walls and columns made famous by various television commercials and video clips are the headlands claim to fame. The famous scenery was created by blue-metal quarrying in the 1880's. The headland is located at the northern end of Bombo Beach.

Bonaira Native Gardens
Located just south of Kendalls Beach the Bonaira Native gardens, feature a variety of rainforest species.

Cathedral Rocks
This distinctive rock formation has been popular with sightseers since 1890. Cathedral Rocks are located about three kilometres north of Kiama at the southern end of Jones Beach.

Golf Courses
For the golfing enthusiasts there is a choice Golf Courses located around the Kiama area including, Jamberoo and Gerringong. The Kiama Golf Club is located five minutes north of the Kiama township at Minnamurra and is supposed to be the best all-weather course on the south coast. The Jamberoo Golf Club located about 10 kilometres west of Kiama offers stunning views of the escarpment. The Gerringong Golf Club is located on a hillside just south of the township of Gerringong with spectacular views of both the pacific ocean and rainforest covered mountains.

Jamberoo Recreation Park
The park is located four kilometres north of Jamberoo village. Jamberoo Action Park offers Billabong Beach, Surf Hill, toboggans, a scenic chairlift, mini golf, a rock jump, several exciting waterslides, a maze, as well as BBQ and picnic facilities.

Jones’s Beach
Jones’s Beach is also a popular surfing beach with a North Easterly aspect. Jone’s beach is located just 5 minutes north of the township of Kiama. The beach offers spectacular views of Cathedral Rocks from the southern end.

Kendalls Beach
Kendalls Beach is an area of coastal land approximately 1km to the south of the town centre of the business centre of Kiama. It is set in a protected bay between Kendalls Point to the north and Kaleula Head to the south-east. A small but gorgeous beach, with amazing rock formations it is a popular swimming spot for families known for its small surf. BBQ and playground facilities are available.

Killalea State Park
Located between Kiama and Shellharbour Killalea is a 400 HA coastal reserve which features popular fishing spots, bush walking tracks, and surfing beaches including "The Farm".

Minnamurra Beach
Also known as Mystics it is a favourite with the locals. A very popular surfing beach and is located just off the Minnamurra River estuary.

Minnamurra Rainforest
The Minnamurra Rainforest is located in Budderoo National Park and has won several Environmental Attraction Tourism Awards. Enjoy a walk through along the raised wooden walkway in the education center and experience rainforest flora and fauna. The walk takes about 1 hour and is wheelchair accessible.

Pilot's Cottage Museum
Situated next to the visitors center at Blowhole Point. Situated in a beautifully restored cottage the museum displays a detailed pictorial record of Kiama's past including the cedar getters, the basalt quarrymen and maritime history.

Surf Beach
Surf Beach is Kiama's main surfing beach. It is surrounded by parkland and located close to Kiama's main shopping area. Surf Beach is patrolled on weekends in summer. BBQ facilities, picnic tables and changing sheds are available at Surf Beach.

The Terrace Shops
Situated in restored a group of historic timber terraces, and offer a range of craft, gift and specialty shops.


The climate is a temperate coastal climate . Typical summer and winter temperatures are:
Summer - 16°C to 27°C
Winter - 6°C to 17°C
Average Annual Rainfall: 1461mm

The highland areas around Kiama have slightly cooler temperatures
Summer - 9°C to 24°C
Winter - 1°C to 17°C

Getting there

Kiama is located in the Illawarra region about 115kms south of Sydney and 37kms south of Wollongong. Kiama is easily accessed by

By Car
Kiama is located on the Princes Highway 1.45 hours from Sydney 2:50 hours and Canberra

  • From Sydney take the Princes highway and follow the road along the picturesque coastline.
  • From Canberra follow the Federal Highway to the Hume Highway, then take the Illawarra Highway to the Princes Highway.

By Bus/Coach
Interstate bus services from Sydney to Melbourne operate daily via Kiama.

By Train
City Rail offers regular services to Kiama. See for timetables.


Kiama offers a range of different accommodation types including luxury apartments, motels, houses, cottages and bed and breakfasts.

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