LOOKING FOR THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN KIAMA?!
Kiama is a small but beautiful beachside town in New South Wales, located approximately halfway between Wollongong and Jervis Bay. Kiama NSW is 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 Kiama 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 the beauty of all that Kiama has to offer.
Unfortunately, when I visited Kiama 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 of Kiama including how to get there, the best things to do in Kiama, where to stay and the best time to visit.
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WHERE IS KIAMA NSW & HOW TO GET THERE
Kiama is approximately a 35-minute drive south of Wollongong and a 1-hour drive north of Jervis Bay.
It’s best to have your own vehicle to visit Kiama as public transportation options are few and far between.
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Things to do Kiama
3 AWESOME THINGS TO DO IN KIAMA NSW
Please see below for an overview of 3 Awesome Things To Do In Kiama 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 in Kiama 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.
Kiama Blowhole – Things to do in Kiama
Viewpoint overlooking Kiama Blowhole
Kiama Blowhole and lighthouse
Kiama Blowhole – Things to do in Kiama
#2 LITTLE BLOWHOLE
Next up on this list of things to do in Kiama 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 – Things to do in Kiama
Kiama Coastal Walk – Things to do Kiama
Kiama Coastal Walk – Kiama Australia
ACCOMMODATION IN KIAMA
Looking for 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.
See below for a list of Kiama accommodation that I personally recommend:
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 10-minutes 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 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 Kiama during this time.
MAP OF KIAMA
MORE AUSTRALIA TRAVEL GUIDES
The coastline and hinterland areas along the east coast of Australia boast countless beaches, lakes, waterfalls, hikes and many more fun-fuelled adventures waiting to be had!
This is what Australia is all about and what I love to share with you in my detailed destination guides.
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- Byron Bay: Things To Do In Byron Bay
- Gold Coast: 3 Day Gold Coast Itinerary
- Springbrook: Springbrook Waterfalls
- Brisbane: Things To Do In Brisbane
- Fraser Island: Fraser Island Day Trip
- Sydney: Things To Do In Sydney
- Melbourne: Things To Do In Melbourne
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WHAT TO PACK FOR KIAMA NSW
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF KIAMA NSW
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions about what to do in Kiama, please leave a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can!