Kiama: My dad’s hometown and the perfect weekend trip from Sydney. I love visiting Kiama and seeing the place that shaped my dad into the awesome father he is today. I like seeing the school where he was school captain in his final year; the house where he spent his childhood; the beaches he regularly surfed and the routes he drove as a taxi driver.
Things to do in Kiama
The beautiful, relaxed and beachie town is located about a 1.5 hour drive south of Sydney, or a quick train journey away. It has many a great surf beach for the surfer dudes looking for that perfect wave. There is the must-have Kodak Moment — standing in front of the Kiama Blowhole at Kiama Harbour, which is the largest natural blowhole in the world. Watching and waiting for the water to come shooting out of the hole is just something you have to do while in town.
Insider Hint: If you go to Tingira Crescent, you will find the Little Blowhole.
Down Terralong Street you will find the quintessential clothing boutiques stocking Australia’s well-known surfing/beach labels, hipster bars and cafes to stop and grab a bite to eat, a drink or an ice-cream (for me anyway).
A favourite way to unwind for me is to go for a walk along the coastline. You can begin near Terralong Street or the Kiama Harbour and make your way south, following the path over the cliffs, by the beach and around the corner to the next surf spot. If you are a keen walker you can even start the journey in Minnamurra, as it stretches 22 kilometres all the way through Kiama to Werri Beach. You can plot your walk here.
From Kiama you can explore the New South Wales South Coast even further, visiting Gerrigong and Jamberoo. Gerrigong has the wineries while Jamberoo has New South Wales’ biggest adventure park for the families.
Kiama and its surrounds are the perfect weekend escape from Sydney for everyone — individuals, adventurers, couples and families.