Where the river meets the ocean
The Minnamurra River marks Kiama’s northern border. It is a safe swimming spot and home to kayakers, paddle boarders and more, all enjoying its sandy shores and tidal personality. It also marks the north entry of the popular Kiama Coast Walk.
The best views can be found a short climb away on the nearby grassy headland. A full panoramic sweep of the Minnamurra township and Kiama’s namesake golf course nestled into the bow curve of the river. Meanwhile, the secluded Mystics Beach and offshore Stack Island offer a taste for the spectacular geological journey to come. This first section of the walk includes some of the most dramatic and varied coastline, including great whale watching opportunities from the platform north of popular surf spot Jones’ Beach, as well as the world-famous photogenic Cathedral Rocks upright formations. (Have your camera ready!)
Did you know?
- Minnamurra means ‘plenty of fish’ in the local aboriginal dialect. Evidence of shell middens and stone tools can be seen at the mouth of the Minnamurra River — once a common gathering place for the Dharawal people.
- Rangoon Island off Minnamurra headland is also known as Stack Island, and was named after the coal ship Rangoon was wrecked upon its rocks in 1870.