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The place where the sea makes noise

The name Kiama is derived from the Aboriginal word "Kiarama", meaning "place where the sea makes a noise", but today the noise comes not only from the famous blowhole and its cousin The Little Blowhole but from a vibrant seaside village.

From the picturesque café scene set amid historic buildings housing unique shops, the maritime atmosphere of the harbour and famous lighthouse and attractions such as the breathtaking coastal walking tracks around places like Bombo-there is something for everyone.

Kiama is surrounded by coastal beauty in areas like Gerringong, Gerroa and the cool tranquillity of Minnamurra Rainforest and its roaring waterfalls and soothing streams. The rolling hills around Kiama offer picturesque drives along lanes lined by dry stone walls past classic dairies and farmhouses. Saddleback Mountain lookout allows you to get a bird's eye view of the entire district and coastline.

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Kiama Blowhole

Thunder down under 

The Blowhole is what's given Kiama a special place in the heart of travellers. With the right sea conditions it can shoot water up to 25 metres in the air or about as high as a five level building. In addition to the Blowhole and its surrounds, there's the maritime atmosphere of the harbour and lighthouse and massive views along the coast including Bombo and its Cathedral Rocks. While 600,000 people visit the Blowhole each year, there's a second 'Little Blowhole' that's also spectacular in Tingira Crescent a few moments south. 

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Kiama Coast Walk

Walking Wonderland - the Kiama Coast 

The spectacular Kiama Coast Walk gives you a whole new take on the area, including breathtaking cliffs and coastline, boulder beaches, rolling hills, sea caves and rock platforms. It is broken into three sections, from Minnamurra to Blowhole Point (3 hours), Blowhole Point to Kiama Heights (90 minutes) and from there to Werri Beach (90 mins) with an additional stretch down to Gerringong, Gerroa and Seven Mile Beach (45 mins). There are markers every kilometre explaining historical and geological features. Detailed information is available from Kiama Visitor Centre and website.

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Jamberoo Action Park

Where you control the action!

Home of the Funnel Web, the longest, biggest and most exhilarating water thrill ride in the World! 

Dare to enter the Funnel Web’s burrow with three of your friends for a heart stopping 30km an hour exciting ride where you’ll dart in and out of darkness or drop into the eye of the Perfect Storm and the prepare for the adventure of a lifetime as you experience moments of zero-gravity! Jamberoo Action Park is also home to The Taipan, Banjo's Billabong and Outback Bay-plus plenty of other exciting rides for the whole family to enjoy.

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Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures

Above all, Illawarra Fly and  Zipline Experience is a must do!

You're 710 metres above sea level with views over beautiful Illawarra countryside and the massive Pacific Ocean. Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures takes you over the rainforest, 50m from the forest floor. The Zipline Tour is officially the highest in Australia as you fly on a series of cable spans and navigate suspension bridges up to 35 metres above the forest floor! There are free guided tours and meet the ranger sessions daily and you can book for the extra special sunrise tour which comes with breakfast at the Café 106.

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Magnificent Beaches

Seven Mile Beach - 11.2k beach just doesn't sound quite as romantic!

Explore the magnificent Kiama coastline and discover Minnamurra, Bombo, Kiama, Gerringong, Gerroa and Seven Mile Beach.

Minnamurra is a water lovers wonderland! From swimming, surfing, snorkelling, canoeing and stand-up paddle boarding it's the ideal location for a fun and active day out.

Werri Beach is one of the best surfing beaches on the South Coast. It features an ocean pool on the rocks for those who like to enjoy a dip or even a few laps.

Seven Mile beach stretches from Gerroa to Shoalhaven Heads near Nowra with many endless personalities to discover. 

It also has a little river/lake. Head to Beach Road picnic area with the family for a barbecue by the sea. In 1933 Seven Mile Beach was used by Sir Charles Kingsford Smith as the runway for the first commercial flight to NZ, the one where his partner Patrick Taylor six times climbed out along the wing to keep the plane flying! Seven Mile Beach National Park offers fishing, swimming, picnicking and walking options for everyone.

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Minnamurra Rainforest

'Lord of the Rings' forest and  Waterfalls - Minnamurra Rainforest

A walk or cycle through this spectacular natural world shows you the rainforest that once followed our coast, along with crashing waterfalls and crystal clear streams. The Minnamurra Rainforest elevated walkways make for easy movement as your senses awaken with the myriad birds. You're likely to spot superb lyrebirds, water dragons or swamp wallabies. There's a relaxing riverside picnic area with barbecues provided. The multi award-winning Minnamurra Rainforest Centre is full of information.

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Crooked River Wines

A winery located on the cusp of a hillside overlooking beautiful coastal Gerringong, with views west to the escarpment, Crooked River makes its wines where the mountains meet the sea. One of the South Coast's most innovative winemakers, known for unique red and white wines including those that reflect the local terroir and interesting blends. 

There's also now a popular craft beer. The Venue Restaurant showcases the best local produce, meats and seafoods along with wine. Willowvale Estate House offers accommodation for up to four couples complete with a full size kitchen and dining room and magnificent verandah with views of the green hills and higher peaks to the west.

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Kiama Accommodation

Beachfront. Beachfront. Beachfront!

The quaint seaside township of Kiama delivers a variety of accommodation properties to suit all styles and budgets. You're spoiled for choice if ocean-front is your desire, with hotels and tourist parks in abundance. You'll find beautifully and conveniently located beds either immediately opposite or within close walking distance of the ocean and its beaches.

The Sebel Harbourside Kiama is one of our top picks. This 4.5 star modern resort overlooks the stunning Kiama Harbour, boasting spacious air-conditioned rooms that are tastefully furnished.

View some of the available Kiama properties at the top of this page or visit the Kiama website
If tourist parks and camping grounds are more your style, visit the "Places to Stay" spotlight in our Travel Tips section.

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