About Kiama NSW - Visitor Information

Kiama NSW

What to do In and around Kiama ‘A gateway from the city to the country’

Kiama acts as a gateway between the Illawarra and the Shoalhaven and the start to the south coast. Only 90 minutes from Sydney and close to only 2 hours drive from Canberra Kiama is perfectly situated between country and city, land and surf, making it the ideal town for the day tripper.

A brief history

Much like many towns in the region, Kiama was first founded to supply the lumbering and trading demands of Cedars from the south coast back up to Sydney. The first of these pioneers to officially settle was David Smith in 1832 and before long Kiama grew immensely, becoming the primary harbour for trade on the south coast. When the Cedar industry slowed down Kiama supplemented this, and it’s dairying industry, for the quarrying of basalt (Blue Metal) the change being one that remained one of the largest industries in the region till today. The Kiama jetty and harbour no longer functions as a large trading port but does still offer an amazing selection of fresh fish from the trawlers. Kiama’s iconic lighthouse, 

built in the late 1800’s, still sits above the also iconic blowhole, which are definitely worth a visit, the lighthouse having only undergone one major change with its conversion to electricity in 1969.

South Coast Holidays offers you these properties:

  • The Gull House: Sitting up high on an acre of gardens and pasture, this property has one of the most amazing panoramic views, looking over both Kiama and down into Jamberoo. The properties interior is very spacious and modern, offering the comforts expected of high end luxury, including a private solar heated pool, three well equipped and furbished living rooms with two fireplaces for the winter and a wide shaded veranda for the summer.
  • La Dolce Vita: rivacy and comfort in a quiet area overlooking the lush dairy country that Kiama is renown for. This home has space aplenty both inside and out - almost 800 metres of outdoor living area with covered verandah completely surrounding the house.All rooms have (3m) 10ft ceilings and open out to the verandah.Perfect for family get-togethers.
  • Hello Kiama Hello Kiama is just a one minute walk from one of the best beaches on the South Coast. Or its just a short stroll to the centre of Kiama and Surf Beach.

Interested in other Kiama properties?

What to do and where to go in Kiama.

Looking to have fun for free? Kiama boasts some of the finest sandy beaches in the world, stretching from Minnamurra to East’s Beach, there is a beach for every level of surfer, body surfer or just those that want to play in the sand. When the winds are blowing south-east though, head up to the Kiama lighthouse on the headland, where if the winds are strong enough you can see the big blowhole in action, a stunning natural occurrence of water being whipped up into the air through a cavern system, sometimes reaching as high as 20-25 feet into the air. Just to the south of the small blow hole is the start to the Kiama Coastal Walk, taking around an hour return trip and following the coastline down to Gerringong, it makes for a perfect afternoon walk.

Are you a day tripper?

  • If you enjoy adventurous walks it’s only a 15 minute drive to the Minnamurra Rainforest, a rare tract of subtropical rainforest with an elevated boardwalk and waterfall.
  • Nearby to that in Robertson is the Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk, a 500 metre long, 25 metre high elevated tree top walk with views uniting the mountains, farms, bushland and sea.
  • Bringing the kids? Again only a 15 minute drive away is Jamberoo Action Park, a local theme park that includes water rides, chairlifts, a wave pool, tobogganing and much more.
  • But for those lucky enough to leave them at home, book a trip for one of the local wineries, The Crooked River Winery in Gerringong, The Silo’s near Berry and Coolangatta estate near Shoalhaven heads. 
  • For those that are less inspired by the region’s history, Berry is also home to a huge mass of festivals and markets held throughout the year.
  • Berry’s main street has an array of clothing shops, gift shops and restaurants, the cuisine incorporating a mixture of local sourcing and creativity to produce the epitome of simplicity and culinary delight. Only a five minute drive from the beach, it means Berry achieves the best of both coastal and inland accommodation.