Rainy Day Escapades
We won’t blame you if you are of the opinion that summer days are all for sunny skies and outdoor fun, but from time to time, mother nature needs to green things up a bit. But don’t despair! We have some suggestions on how to keep everyone entertained when the skies open.
If you needed an excuse – well here it is; along with the promise you will walk out feeling better than when you walked in. We have everything from relaxing to remedial, float to facial. Check out our blog for inspiration and make a booking quick!
For something equally relaxing and invigorating, Body In Line Pilates welcomes all visitors to their studio and promises you will exit bendier than when you walked in, or check out Emergence Yoga Kiama that offers a wide range of yoga classes every day of the week (all levels welcome).
Create Your Own Keepsake
Clear your mind by occupying your hands and take home with you a custom-made souvenir of your holiday to enjoy for years to come. Try your hand at expressive art, clay and ceramics, candle and diffusers, jewellery, or beading. Many of our workshops also offer packages with food platters and drinks to really help get the creative juices flowing and some specialise in keeping the kids entertained. See here for details.
Get Baked (wholesomely)
Here’s an idea; head to the crème de la crème of dessert bars, Moist ‘N’ Glazed website and place your order for a ‘Home Doh DIY Kit’ (no, you don’t need to be at home). This is the ultimate for creative lovers of donuts, with four donuts plus a huge selection of sweet bits and pieces to decorate your masterpiece. Mum or Dad of the year award guaranteed!
If something lighter takes your fancy, why not collect an array of fresh ingredients from the myriad of talented growers and producers at the weekly Kiama Farmers’ Markets and try your hand at creating a grazing platter or sumptuous locally-sourced dinner delight? Missed Wednesday market day? Never fear, The Pines Pantry, Otis Deli, and Little Earth Cafe all offer a selection of locally made goodies each and every day.
You can’t get wetter than wet right? How about you embrace the rain, visit one of our four natural ocean pools (plus lots of secret natural swimming holes), provided the conditions are safe, you are invited to jump right in! Or if you want 100% chance of fun, why not slide into the new year at Jamberoo Action Park or back to basics , find some muddy puddles to jump in!!
Your Gastronomy Challenge
One of the best parts of a holiday is the food – whether you’re noshing on award-winning pastries from Parfait Patisserie or Flour Water Salt, or enjoying some freshly prepared seafood, so many travel memories are centred around what we ate, and where – we just happen to be offering you them both in epicly-amazing proportions.
Since travelling far is (for now) a little more challenging at the moment, take to itinerant through taste – no matter where you want to go; Miss Arda will transport you to the bazaars of the Middle East, Hanoi on Manning brings the markets of Vietnam to our sunny shores, JJ’s Indian will have you dreaming of the colours and flavours of Southern Asia. Make weekends that little bit more exciting with Little Betty’s extensive drinks and tapas list that will have you dreaming of the Mediterranean and the Gerroa’s Blue Swimmer at Seahaven and Silica in Kiama both bring Australia’s best seasonal produce to your plate. Head to Italy with Zias Caffe or Olive and Vine. Did we hear you say vegan? Yep, I Feel Good Cafe in Gerringong specialises in vegetarian and vegan food and just so happens to be next to be Australia’s ultimate surf shop Natural Necessity.
Experienced them all? Then download our Kiama Dining Guide and make your way from A-Z we can assure you you’ll find something delectable from each and every menu.
Create a #moody playlist and hit the road
Some of our most favourite attractions are actually often at their best in splastastic weather. Grab a cuppa and start at Kiama’s two blowholes, before heading west through Jamberoo. It’s no secret that waterfalls love water. Check out Minnamurra Rainforest, before Carrington Falls and Belmore Falls 15mins from Robertson. You then have the option to continue on to Fitzroy Falls through Kangaroo Valley and return to Kiama via Berry Donut Van (duh!).
Here’s a little something we prepared earlier to get your tunes on point:
Mocktails and Cocktails, Wines and Brews
Spoilt in Kiama for the choicest of drinking locations (and quite the opposite outlook to the traditional ‘den’), here are just a few of our favourites for you to try:
- The Hill or sister groove bar Gather in Gerringong – talk about VIEWS!
- Little Bettys – Kiama’s newest hip tapas bar
- Diggies @ Blowhole Point – from sun up to sun down – always a crowd-pleaser
- Art Bar Kiama – fashion vibes tucked away at Little Blowhole
- Yves – overlooking picturesque Kiama Harbour
- Kiama Golf Club – a family friendly favourite
- The quintessential Jamberoo Pub
- Crooked River Wines – with an onsite restaurant, relax amongst the vineyards with one of their award-winning brews with views (did we mention the courtesy bus?!)
- Stoic Brewing our microbrewery in Gerringong has a surprisingly large selection of beers and ciders with food trucks making an appearance most weekends.
Check out our gig guide for live entertainment to time your tour with tunes.
Library, Museum, or Art Gallery … indoors!
With free entry, Gerringong’s newly opened Gerringong Historical Museum and Library allows you to excite your senses and uncover stories of times gone by whilst having a great range of books and multimedia options. Kiama Library on Railway Parade has an exciting range of school holiday activities for you to check out – see here for more.
We are spoilt for choice when it comes to galleries and studios, from shopfront galleries like Terra Gallery in Kiama and Fern Street Gallery in Gerringong (both of which offer a great range of workshops and events) to some of the more hidden gems, create a day of it and visit all our spectacular local galleries.
Pick up a Cosy Read
Nothing says relax more than a cuppa and a good read. We are lucky enough to have this sensational combination served to you in the most popular, Bouquiniste.
Or take a visit to our more traditional The Bookshop Kiama covering everything from culture to classics.
With maps and guides aplenty, there are hidden gems around every corner. Head to kiama.com.au to see the range of Visitor, Walking and Dining Guides available, or call into our friendly team at the Kiama Visitor Information Centre at Blowhole Point for some first-hand recommendations and tangible guides.