8 BEST things to do in Kiama, NSW

  • Kiama blowhole
  • Cycling Kiama
  • Kendalls Beach Kiama
  • Yves restaurant Kiama

With so many beautiful beachside escapes here in Australia, it takes something pretty special to stand out from the crowd. One particular place on the NSW South Coast does exactly that and it constantly keeps me coming back for more adventures. That little gem is Kiama, just 1.5hrs drive south of Sydney.

If you’re a lover of the great outdoors, you’ll be in your element here. It’s only a small region, but it packs a huge punch complete with mesmerising blowholes, sublime sandy beaches, sensational surf and snorkelling spots, photo friendly rock formations, and dreamy rolling green hills.

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve visited here and having just returned from my most recent trip, I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite spots around the region, starting with:

The top things to see, do and photograph in Kiama!

1. Minnamurra River and Kiama Coastal Walk

  • Minnamurra River Kiama
  • Minnamurra River Kiama
  • Minnamurra River Kiama
  • Minnamurra River Kiama

The most northerly point of the Kiama region, Minnamurra River is one of Kiama’s most popular swimming spots. The calm waters here are perfect for a dip as well as kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. It’s also the starting point for the Kiama Coastal Walk and the views from the headland out over Rangoon Island and Mystics Beach are remarkable. Late afternoon is one of my favourite times here as the gorgeous green headland is bathed in a stunning golden light.

2. Cathedral Rocks, the Boneyard and Bombo Quarry

  • Boneyard Kiama
  • Boneyard Kiama
  • Snorkelling at the Boneyard Kiama
  • Cathedral Rocks Kiama

Following the Kiama coastline south, the next stop has some of the most memorable natural rock formations you’ll find anywhere on the east coast of Australia. Cathedral Rocks and Bombo Quarry are famous with photographers Australia wide, sunrise is the pick of the times to shoot both and if you’re looking to capture Cathedral Rocks from inside the cave then you’ll need to be here at low tide to be able to access the cave.

The Boneyard is a long-time favourite for snorkellers and the crystal clear calm waters close to shore are teeming with fish. The right hand reef break here is also popular with surfers.

3. The Blowhole and Little Blowhole

  • Kiama blowhole
  • Kiama blowhole
  • Kiama blowhole
  • Kiama blowhole

Kiama’s most well-known natural attraction is the Blowhole. One of the biggest in the world, this blowhole performs best in South Easterly swells and the roar as the sea blasts up through the rock is phenomenal. My favourite time to shoot here is also at sunrise as the spray looks quite magical in the golden early morning light. If this blowhole is a bit subdued, be sure to check out the little blowhole not far from Kendalls Beach. This one prefers NE swells and you can get some great photos of it from up close.

4. Surf Beach and Farmers Market

  • Surf Beach Kiama
  • Surf Beach Kiama
  • Surf Beach Kiama
  • Surf Beach Kiama

Located right in the centre of town, Surf Beach is Kiama’s main surfing beach and also home to the Farmers Market held every Wednesday afternoon from 3-6pm. With lots of delicious fresh produce from local suppliers, it’s a must visit and would have to have one of the best market backdrops anywhere.

5. Kendalls Beach

  • Kendalls Beach Kiama
  • Kendalls Beach Kiama
  • Sunrise at Kendalls Beach Kiama
  • Kendalls Beach Kiama

Just around the corner from Surf Beach is Kendalls Beach and a great holiday park with fantastic cabins and caravan and camping sites. I’ve spent many summer holidays over the years staying here and if you love falling asleep to the sound of the ocean waves lapping at the shore then this is the spot for you.

There’s some fun waves here too especially for body surfing and body boarding. It’s also a great spot to shoot waves with the clear breaks being very photogenic. At low tide you might also find your very own mini rock pool at the northern end of the beach and you can’t beat relaxing in one of these for a few hours.

6. Werri Beach and Gerringong

  • Werri Beach
  • Werri Beach
  • Gerringong sunrise
  • Werri Beach

Around 15mins drive south of Kiama are the beautiful seaside communities of Werri Beach and Gerringong. It’s my favourite spot to shoot surfing in the region with a dynamic coastline and varying vantage points. You can position yourself down on the sand, alongside the ocean rock pool or up on the headland and capture every angle possible. It’s also the finishing point for the 20km Kiama Coast Walk.

7. Jamberoo and Jamberoo Action Park

  • Jamberoo Action Park
  • Jamberoo Action Park
  • Jamberoo Action Park
  • Jamberoo Action Park

The huge rolling green hills of Jamberoo are a sight to behold, especially with the iconic cabbage tree palms dotted throughout the countryside. Also set amongst this gorgeous scenery is the fun filled Jamberoo Action Park. The park is NSW’s largest family owned and operated water theme park and has something for everyone.

8. Places to eat in Kiama

  • Stoic Brewing Kiama
  • Yves restaurant Kiama
  • Yves restaurant Kiama
  • Stoic Brewing Kiama

In between all this sight-seeing and exploring you’ll need to grab a bite to eat and there’s no shortage of great restaurants and cafes. When you’re in Kiama, Yves at The Sebel Harbourside is a must with fantastic views and even better food, I highly recommend the Slow Cooked Wagyu Brisket.

Gerringong is home to a couple of top spots, the Hill Bar overlooking Werri Beach is extremely popular with a modern Australian menu and the family owned and operated Stoic Brewing with their unique beers and ciders is well worth a visit too. A little further south at Gerroa is The Blue Swimmer, a beachfront café and restaurant. The breakfast I had here overlooking Crooked River and Seven Mile Beach was the perfect way to start the day.

What are your favourite things to do in Kiama?

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