Kiama is a small but beautiful beachside town in New South Wales, located approximately halfway between Wollongong and Jervis Bay. There are many great things to do in Kiama, and it’s best known for the Kiama Blowhole, Little Blowhole, and the stunning beaches that can be discovered along the Kiama Coastal Walk.
Kiama also boasts a buzzing cafe, bar and restaurant scene, retail stores, and beautiful parks which, all together, makes it a must-visit destination during your travels along the east coast of Australia. I recommend spending at least one or two days in the area to explore all that Kiama has to offer.
Unfortunately, when I visited it was very stormy with nonstop rain for two days and I only had a short window of around 2 hours one afternoon to explore when the sun was out. Apologies in advance that my images in this blog post don’t show the sunny side of Kiama but please don’t let this deter you from visiting.
I have put together this easy guide including how to get here, the best things to do in Kiama, where to stay, and the best time to visit.
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WHERE IS KIAMA NSW?
Kiama is approximately a 35-minute drive south of Wollongong and a 1-hour drive north of Jervis Bay.
HOW TO GET HERE
It’s best to have your own vehicle to visit Kiama as public transportation options are few and far between.
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Storm afternoon in Kiama
3 AWESOME THINGS TO DO IN KIAMA NSW
Please see below for an overview of 3 Awesome Things To Do that you will find in this post:
- Kiama Blowhole
- Little Blowhole
- Kiama Coastal Walk
#1 KIAMA BLOWHOLE
First up on this list of awesome things to do is exploring the famous Kiama Blowhole. Kiama’s famous Blowhole is, in fact, the largest seaside blowhole in the world!
It’s quite easy to access the Kiama Blowhole from the parking lot and even has a viewing platform that offers a great vantage point of the Blow Hole Kiama from above. From here, take the stairs down to get even closer to the blowhole and you may even get wet from the misty spray.
The Kiama Blowhole features a large hole in a rock that sticks out into the ocean and shoots up large plumes of water high into the air each time a wave crashes against the rocky cliffs.
Kiama Blowhole is only a short distance from the town center and railway station. There is a picnic area, public toilets, a rock pool and a Visitor Information Centre nearby.
Kiama Blowhole was discovered in 1797 and it is estimated that close to 900,000 people visit Kiama Blowhole each year. It’s one of the most popular Kiama attractions and not to be missed on your list of things to do in Kiama.
Viewpoint overlooking Kiama Blowhole
Kiama Blowhole and lighthouse
Kiama Blowhole – What to do in Kiama
#2 LITTLE BLOWHOLE
Next up is a visit to the Little Blowhole. It’s a short 8-minute car ride south from Kiama Blowhole to reach the Little Blowhole.
Similar to the Kiama Blowhole, there’s a viewing platform at the Little Blowhole from which you can view the spray reaching remarkable heights.
The Little Blowhole is equally as popular as the Kiama Blowhole even though it is smaller. However, it is said to be more consistent and puts on regular big splash displays for everyone to enjoy.
#3 KIAMA COASTAL WALK
Last but not least on this list of things to do in Kiama NSW is going for a walk along the spectacular 22-kilometer Kiama Coastal Walk which takes you from Minnamurra River in the north to Gerringong’s Werri Beach in the south, passing through Kiama, its sunny beaches, rocky cliffs, and both blowholes.
The Kiama Coastal Walk is adequate for all levels of fitness and if you get lucky enough you might even be able to spot whales cruising along between the months of May – October.
Kiama Coastal Walk
Sunset in Kiama
Kiama Coastal Walk – Things to do Kiama
The coastal walk
ACCOMMODATION IN KIAMA
There are countless accommodation options to choose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Kiama to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
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LUXURY: THE SEBEL HARBOURSIDE KIAMA
MID RANGE: KIAMA SHORES
BUDGET: MOTEL 617
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CAMPING IN KIAMA
I personally stayed at Discovery Parks Gerroa which is just a 10-minute drive down the road from Kiama and can’t recommend this holiday park enough!
Whether you’re traveling in a campervan or looking for a cabin to stay in for a night or two, Discovery Parks has got you covered with plenty of affordable accommodation options to suit all types of visitors.
The park features a swimming pool, activity room, laundry amenities, hot showers and toilets, camp kitchen and BBQs, mini-golf, river access, free WiFi, and more!
Located right on the shores of Crooked River and a stone’s throw from Seven Mile Beach, the location is simply perfect.
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Discovery Parks Gerroa
BEST TIME TO VISIT KIAMA
Kiama sees glorious sunshine almost all year round.
If you want the best of the best conditions weatherwise, I recommend visiting between May and October (Autumn, Winter, Spring) which is most ideal for beach bumming, coastal walks, and water sports.
Summer in Kiama NSW is between December and February which sees hotter temperatures and some rainfall though it’s still a great time to visit during this time.
Another option for accommodation in Kiama is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals!
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