Cool kid’s activities for the July school holidays
With the school holidays just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to pack a bag, jump in the car and head to the Kiama coast. We’ve rounded up some of the best holiday activities – whether you’re chasing waterfalls or watching whales the Kiama area is the ideal playground, for kids big and small.
No matter what you’re after these school holidays, we’ve got you covered. From the coastline to the escarpment, kids big and small will be running, jumping and zipping their way through the school holidays. Check out just some of what’s on offer below or print our school holiday flyer for a quick reference.
The Kiama area might be best known for its sunny beaches, but the Illawarra escarpment and the lush rainforest that covers it is only minutes away. Minnamurra Rainforest is open seven days a week: follow the accessible track through a looping forest floor walk, or take on the slightly steeper walk to the falls themselves.
For a different perspective entirely, head to the top of the mountain and experience the highest zipline in Australia at Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures. For the little ones, or if you’re just wanting to take in the view at a slightly slower pace, the cantilevered treetop walk offers a unique nature exploration to keep them excited.
The area is also home to a number of gushing waterfalls and child-friendly bush walks, so be sure to check them out, too!
Whether you’ve grown up around horses and want to introduce your children to these gentle giants, or you’re giving it a go for the first time, Kimberley Park Stud is the perfect place to spend an hour or a day. From scenic bush rides and lessons to activity mornings and full farm days, you can experience the fun of farm life only minutes from the coast.
Welcoming explorers big and small, Gerringong’s Buena Vista Farm runs tours and classes of their family-owned-and-run piece of paradise. Tours take you to meet the goats, hens, bees and ducks that roam the property, to visit the many gardens, as well as sample the cheese made on site. The best news? Kids under 3 are free!
Museums and Motors
If planes are your thing, you’re in for a treat. HARS Aviation Museum, based at Shellharbour Airport, is open every day and run by volunteers – you’re sure to leave armed with at least a few new facts.
If you prefer to keep your wheels on the ground then the Australian Motorlife Museum is the place to be. Their slogan of ‘driving the past into the future’ comes to life with extensive displays of veteran and vintage cars, as well as a wide range of other exhibits.
For those wanting to experience the wheels in motion, head south to Bishops Bigfoot Adventures and let the 4WD open sided tractor-bus carry you to an elevation of 1000ft on Mt Coolangatta.
On the Water
While it might be a little chilly for most of us, kids will still love running from the waves into the folds of a sun-warmed towel. The area is home to myriad of beaches, primed for playing on the sand, paddling in the shallows, or heading out the back to catch a wave. If you’re new to it, book in to a surf lesson and learn the basics with Gerringong Surf School and Surf Camp Australia.
For those not willing to be fully submersed, Shellharbour Stand Up Paddle Boarding run private and group tours on the Minnamurra River, it’s a great way to test your balance and explore the riverbanks. If you’re seeking warmer waters, don’t forget to check out the indoor heated pool at Kiama Leisure Centre.
Kiama Charter Service offers visitors the chance to head out beyond the harbour and see the coast from a whole new angle (get it?). Owned and run by locals, you’ll be provided with everything you need to reel in perfect holiday memories, and maybe even a fish or two!
If you’re chasing marine mammals of a larger variety, head 1.5hours south to Jervis Bay and let the team at Jervis bay Wild take you on the whale watching trip of a life-time.
Make and Create
Creative kids looking for something new? We’ve got kits and classes galore! The Kiama Library is running a number of workshops throughout the holidays, including beading and puppet-making, as well as their range of online activities which can be accessed at any time. Alternatively, pick up a beading kit from the Bead Shack in Gerringong.
Our thriving market calendar runs throughout the Kiama area and makes for a perfect family day out. Centrally located in both Kiama and Gerringong, it’s an easy walk for little legs. Local produce makes for a great lunch, keep your eyes peeled for craft and activities, and don’t forget to make friends with the feathered and furry visitors along the foreshore and at the petting zoo.
Green with Envy
Golf courses might normally be aimed at the bigger kids, but there’s plenty of opportunity for the little ones to get involved. Gerringong Golf Course has to have one of the best views on the coastline, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for passing whales as you’re teeing off. Kiama’s course is nestled riverside, with a clubhouse over-looking the greens and a Pro-Shop for those wanting a few extra pointers, or to simply look the part.
For something a little bit left of field, head to Jamberoo Golf Course, where you can take your pick of traditional or FootGolf – something everyone should try at least once.
Holidays can be hungry work. For ideas on where to eat, check out the Destination Kiama Dining Guide – whether you’re looking for a country pub, seaside fine-dining or the iconic fish and chips, this will point you in the right direction.
If you’re seeking local tips and recommendations, or hanging for a hit of headland tennis, head to the Kiama Visitor Information Centre on Blowhole Point. Our friendly staff are there to answer questions, give advice and welcome you to our little piece of holiday paradise.
We would love to see your holiday snaps from the Kiama area – share your photos or footage with us at @KiamaNSW on Facebook and Instagram, using #kiama #gerringong #gerroa #jamberoo #mimmamurra #bombo.
While you’re visiting our beautiful area, please respect the local community by continuing to implement COVID-Safe practices such as physical distancing, wearing a mask and regular hand washing. If you are feeling unwell, please stay home and seek medical advice.
Header Image Photo Credit: Peter Izzard Photography