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Humpback Whale in the Kiama Region, Photography by Lachlan Hall

Nature Walks & Wildlife

Discover how great the great outdoors can be

Looking for coastal walks, heritage trails, bush walks and perhaps a waterfall or two? The multitude of marked and unmarked walking tracks throughout the coast and hinterland offer some of the country’s most diverse and breathtaking scenery and wildlife. Download maps and guides here, and find tips and user friendly details from the Kiama Visitor Information Centre.

 

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National Parks

Nature is your playground here. Located in the lovely coastal town of Gerroa 15 minutes south of Kiama, Seven Mile Beach National Park has easy access opportunities for swimming, fishing, picnics and walking. Observe a large variety of birds and animals, and vegetation like coastal wattle and Banksia, and Blackbutt and Bangalays.

Heading inland, find Budderoo National Park and Barren Grounds Nature Reserve, with stunning lookouts and picnic facilities.

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Phil Winterton Photography

Waterfalls

They say don’t go chasing waterfalls, but these are definitely worth the trip. Minnamurra, Carrington, Fitzroy and Belmore Falls are all easy day trips, and perfect even if the weather is a little lackluster. Despite rain not being ideal for most walks, these are wonderful exceptions providing enough canopy overhead for a pleasant walk.

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Ground Parrot in the Kiama Region, Photography by Lachlan Hall

Wildlife & Nature

With such a botanically-blessed backdrop, an abundance of animals inhabit the land, sea and air, framed (or sometimes camouflaged) by many distinctive native species of plants and trees.

Even the casual observer will find something unique in our diverse slice of coastal, swampy, rain forested landscape. As for bird watchers and bona fide nature “frothers” the Kiama area is a true garden of delights!

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Train Tunnel View in the Kiama Region

Kiama Coast Walk

With one of Australia’s most scenic coastlines, you can get it all in one place – stunning ocean views, spectacular rock formations, green rolling hills, wildlife, unspoilt beaches and delightful detours. The Kiama Coast Walk is an unbroken ribbon of exploration stretching nearly 20 kilometres from the mouth of the Minnamurra River south through Kiama to Gerringong’s Werri Beach.

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Notes and Tips for Walkers

  • Walking with pets? For information about off-leash areas click here.
  • Do not leave children unattended. Some parts of the walks are along unprotected cliff tops, everyone needs to be mindful and sensible.
  • Make sure you take water with you, use sun protection and suitable footwear.
  • Be prepared in wet weather.
  • Take your mobile phone. Although remember reception may be broken at times.
  • Don’t walk alone. Let someone know your plans and time of return.
  • Avoid the middle of the day in summer time, early morning is best.
  • Don’t start long walks after midday in winter, just in case it takes longer than you planned.
  • Be mindful of your own fitness level and abilities.
  • It’s rare, but after heavy rain Werri Lagoon might be open to the sea, and may inhibit your walk on to Werri Beach. Contact Kiama Visitor Information Centre for an update 02 4232 3322.

 

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