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Where the sea makes a noise

It could be the rhythmic hum of the breaking waves, the reassuring wink from the iconic lighthouse, or the ‘whoosh’ from one of the world’s biggest blowholes. Kiama’s relaxing coastal vibe has an instant effect. The name Kiama is from its Wodi Wodi Indigenous name Kiaram-a, to which some sources give the meaning “where the sea makes a noise”— a reference to the famous Kiama Blowhole.

This coastal escape was originally the only stop on your journey. Today it acts as the region’s centre and base to explore in all directions. There is plenty to keep you busy with picnics in the park (with free WiFi), stunning local beaches and rock pools, boutique stores, and cafes and restaurants. Kiama offers the perfect mix to suit every kind of getaway, from social gatherings and family adventures to chilled hideaway or romantic rendezvous.

Start your journey at Blowhole Point, the ideal place to get your bearings and the best place to enjoy 360 degree views. Here you’ll find the larger of the two Blowholes, Kiama Lighthouse and the Kiama Visitor Information Centre.

Kiama blowhole and lighthouse

A photographer's dream

We’re more than just a pretty face of green rolling hills and gorgeous cows. Kiama is on the virtual map with numerous ‘insta-worthy’ hot spots visitors flock to for that extraordinary capture. Our world famous blowhole is not only visually impressive, the thrill of the booming whoosh sounds will knock your socks (and hat) off!

Photographers from all over return year after year to places like Cathedral Rocks, Blowhole Point Ocean Pool and Saddleback Mountain to snap some of their best photos.

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People walking in a cow field, Photography by Jon Harris

A walk to remember

Ready to experience something special? There is nothing quite like the mix of rolling green hills, rugged cliffs and breathtaking views along the Kiama Coast Walk, which stretches almost 20 kilometres from the mouth of the Minnamurra River through to Werri Beach in Gerringong.

You can opt for a short stroll, selecting from many different easy-access start and finish points.

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Farmers Market

People persons

Ever since those first passenger trains rolled into town in the 1880s, Kiama has been proudly showing off its abundance of natural riches. Crowds return year after year for a chance to recharge and revel in everything the region has to offer.

But one of the richest resources still remains our friendly locals. From local farmers markets to shopping in gorgeous boutiques to attending one of our many incredibly fun events, there is a special seaside vibe that words can’t explain. You just need to come experience it for yourself.

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Shopping Kiama - Peter Izzard Photography

Say hello to a good buy

If the views and people don’t get you, the food, drinks and shopping will. Our local markets are not to be missed; and non-locals are not only warmly welcomed, they are totally invited! We are also gaining a name for our talented local chefs at award winning restaurants.

Hunting for some unique wares? You won’t tire looking through our fabulous boutiques, clothing stores and gift shops. Especially with over 30 amazing cafes and coffee shops to keep you going. For coffee lovers near and far, you’ll have something to write home about.

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