Kiama Coastal Walk
Kiama Coastal Walk
A stunning 22 km pathway accompanying our sparkling coastline. The spectacular Walk begins at Minnamurra and wanders past headlands, rivers, beaches, Kiama town centre (stop for a coffee!) up to Blowhole Point then on towards the Little Blowhole passing more beaches and bays before winding up at Werri Beach. You will find route markers and interpretative signs frequently along the way. The last 6 km between Loves Bay and Werri Beach is particularly blessed with its own rugged and untouched natural beauty. Keep an eye out for whales (May to November) and sea eagles and hawks all year round.
With its spectacular ocean views, inviting detours and proximity to amenities and public transport, the Kiama Coast Walk is the perfect way to explore and enjoy our region. Birdlife, basalt, beaches, bays and blowholes are just the beginning. With so much to discover, this guide divides the Walk into three natural sections (each taking between 1.5 - 3 hours to complete). Take your time or take your marks - choose your own pace and plan your trip to make the most of quality accommodation, eateries and attractions along the way. The local train line stops at Minnamurra, Bombo, Kiama and Gerringong which means you won't have to loop back. The Kiama Coast Walk is a mix of sealed pathways, beaches and grassed tracks - suitable for most levels of fitness. So step right up and explore Kiama on foot today - enjoy the walk!
Section 1 : Minnamurra to Blowhole Point
Grade: Medium, Distance: 8.4 km, Time: 3 hours
Starting the Kiama Coast Walk from the north, you will begin at Minnamurra Train Station. You will find a Kiama Coast Walk map here to get your bearings. From here, you will head south to James Oates Reserve and the Minnamurra River mouth. Almost immediately, stunning views are on offer from the headland – looking north to Mystics and Killalea beaches, plus Rangoon Island (named after the ship wreck in 1870). From here, markers will guide you to the gentle sweep of Jones Beach and the Cathedral Rocks beyond. This, along with the hidden beauty of ‘the Boneyard’ and eerie basalt columns of Bombo headland are all well-marked and worthwhile detours along the way. Popular with surfers all year round, North Bombo Beach gives you your first glimpse of Kiama Township. You have the option here to veer west and under the highway on to Hutchison St and on to the Kiama Cemetery and Spring Creek Wetland, otherwise continue along the beach.
Section 2 : Blowhole Point to Loves Bay
Grade: Medium/Hard, Distance: 5 km, Time: 1.5 hours
From Blowhole Point (also home to Kiama’s Visitor Information Centre and historic Pilot’s Cottage), beaches and bays lie ahead, with signage highlighting
landmarks and history along the way. From Storm Bay, past the Showground and down to Surf Beach (Kiama’s most popular beach, patrolled from October
to April), all-weather exercise equipment and sweeping views accompany you for this part of your journey.
The Norfolk-pine-dotted headland carries you around to Kendalls Beach, with its beachfront cabins and steep sides. Steps and a breathtaking grassy walk
will then deliver you to the Little Blowhole. While its larger cousin operates best in a South-East swell, this one takes flight in a more common North-Easter.
Your journey now continues on grass until sheltered Easts Beach comes into view, with steps at each end. The next point is a great spot to look back at how
far you’ve come. Loves Bay and its rocky solace beckons - your urban leg is complete.
For the most part this section takes you through a series of waterfront reserves; Storm Bay, Surf Beach, Kendalls Beach, Easts Beach and Loves Bay, laced together by headlands. The Little Blowhole is midway along this section. Take a break here to check out this unusual water feature in action. There are great views at every turn, especially looking back towards Kiama and the lighthouse.
Section 3 : Loves Bay to Gerringong
Grade: Medium/Hard, Distance: 6 km, Time: 2hrs
Dramatically different from the previous two, this section leaves the world behind. This newest part of the Kiama Coast Walk (opened late 2009)
is also the most untouched, as you follow a zig-zag of coastal pastures south from Kiama Heights to Werri Beach.
Your occasional partner on this journey is the South Coast railway, appearing and disappearing into tunnels carved more than 120 years
ago. It is here, amongst the exposed clifftops, rainforest remnants and endless ocean views, that the weather can play a factor – so be
prepared for all possibilities.
Kilometre markers inform your progress, while the Illawarra Escarpment gently tumbles into the sea before your very eyes. Along the way, it’s
possible to feel miles from civilization. Dipping amongst rocky bays and finally to the tidal Werri Lagoon, the township of Gerringong sits atop
the next hill; Either follow the beach or concrete path south and up the next green headland at the top, you are able to follow Belinda St 1.4km
to the train station (via Cafés and shops) to complete your loop or continue down the headland, finishing up at picturesque Boat Harbour.