By Darren Stones
With its blowhole and photogenic beacon within a stone’s throw of each other, Kiama’s touristy aspect is assured. Head for the aptly named Blowhole Point and witness the powerful gush of sea water and inspect the historic lighthouse. With a little patience, good timing, and favourable weather, both attractions can be photographed within a frame.
Due to Mother Nature’s fickle manner, the blowhole is often a fizzer. But when the water is gushing skywards, and the wind is gusty, the gathering of unsuspecting tourists is drenched in the blink of an eye. It’s amusing to say the least.
The scenic north-facing rock pool is ideal for a swim. It’s generally a safe place for a few laps, but at times waves crash over the rocks and create a whole new experience.
The harbour foreshore is an idyllic spot to roll out a picnic blanket and savour a cheese platter and bottle of white. For those inclined to sip a latte` and sample a muffin, try one of the cafés along Terralong Street.
Adjacent the Kiama Leagues Club, the Memorial Arch is the main street’s feature. On Anzac Day each year, the parade finishes here and a ceremony is conducted. Thousands come out to show their support for what is arguably the nation’s most patriotic day.
Take a drive up Saddleback Mountain and branch off onto the narrow back roads to inspect the historic stone walls – they’re worth investigating. And whilst you’re in the area, pull over and say g’day to some of the local bovines.
Accommodation options are plentiful in Kiama. From caravan parks, to luxurious apartments, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for. Dining options include: cafés, clubs and restaurants. Live entertainment is provided at the Kiama Leagues Club Friday-Saturday.
Kiama Ocean View Motor Inn – 3.5 stars
9 Bong Bong Street
Kiama NSW 2533 Australia
Phone: (02) 4332 1966
Dining and entertainment:
Kiama Leagues Club
109 Terralong Street
Kiama NSW Australia
Phone: (02) 4232 1777
Kiama Visitor Information Centre
Blowhole Point Road
Kiama NSW 2533
Toll Free: 1300 654 262
Phone: (02) 4232 3322