Nature & Beaches
With Budderoo National Park, Seven Mile Beach National Park and Barren Grounds Nature Reserve all within a 30-minute drive of Kiama, not to mention, waterfalls Minnamurra, Carrington, Fitzroy and Belmore Falls all an easy day trip away, the town is a real paradise for nature lovers.
Walking & Hiking
Want to get a good feel for Kiama? Stroll its Kiama Coast Walk, a roughly 20-kilometre-long stretch from the mouth of the Minnamurra River through to Gerringong’s Werri Beach. Spot whales (May to July and September to November) from the Minnamurra Whale Watching Platform, watch the surfers at Kiama Surf Beach and finally, go for a sunset dip in Gerringong’s Boat Harbour Rock Pool or Werri Lagoon.
Inland, try Minnamurra Rainforest Falls Walk (a 4.2-kilometre circuit), Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk (1.5-kilometre return and requiring a ticket) or Carrington Falls Missingham Lookout Track (1.1-3.8 kilometre return). For maps and an overview of each walk, download the official Kiama Walking Guide.
Attractions & Activities
You can’t come to Kiama and not see the Kiama Blowhole. Said to be the largest blowhole in the world, the landmark was first sighted in 1797. Today, it has multiple viewing platforms and nearby picnic spots from where it can be enjoyed. A short walk away, on Blowhole Point, is Kiama Lighthouse, opened in 1887. The Little Blowhole is a 10-minute drive south.
Drive 10 minutes north of town and you’ll reach Cathedral Rocks, volcanic rocks shaped into stunning sculptural forms. Also worth visiting is the breathtaking view from Saddleback Mountain Lookout, a 10-minute drive inland. If you’re here on a Wednesday (3-6 pm or 2-5 pm in winter), drop by Kiama Farmers’ Market at Coronation Park, Surf Beach, for fresh fruits and veggies from local farmers and regional producers.