Drives & Lookouts
Scenic Drive One
Bombo Beach, Jones Beach, Minnamurra River
Time: 30 minutes
Start at the Kiama Visitors Centre on Blowhole Point, drive the loop past the Lighthouse and Blowhole, turn right on Terralong Street, then straight through the roundabout, past the pink Post Office and through the centre of town.
The sports fields and Kiama Leisure Centre are on your left in an old bluestone quarry. Follow the signs to Sydney. Spring Creek and Kiama Cemetery are on your left and Bombo Railway Station on your right.
Take the Bombo exit and turn right into Bombo Beach for a walk or swim. Back in your car, continue along Riverside Drive and turn right at North Kiama Drive. Follow this up the hill, turn right over the railway line and then turn sharp right into Cliff Drive. See Cathedral Rocks, an outstanding outcrop of natural rock, on your left.
Return to North Kiama Drive, head north past Jones Beach, turn left then right onto Charles Avenue.
See Kiama Golf Club (left). Turn third right to James Oates Reserve, Minnamurra River entrance and Rangoon Island. Enjoy a great walk around the headland.
Return to Kiama via Federal Street under the railway line and through the Golf Course. Turn left onto Riverside Drive and head back to town.
Scenic Drive Two
Surf Beach, Kendalls Beach, Little Blowhole, Easts Beach
Time: 30 minutes
Start at the Kiama Visitors Centre on Blowhole Point, drive the loop past the Lighthouse and Blowhole turn right on Terralong Street, then left at roundabout onto Manning Street. Travel south past the pink Post Office (right), historic Council Chambers, the Old Bank and the Westpac building (left).
See Coronation Park and Surf Beach (left). Just past the Catholic Church and school, turn left at Barney Street roundabout to Chapman Point and Chapman's Reserve, named after the original owner of historic Hartwell House, seen on the corner of Hartwell Crescent. For magnificent views, walk or cycle the path from Surf Beach around the headland to Kendalls Beach.
Turn right at Farmers Street for the bluestone Coach House, formerly part of Hartwell House. Turn left into Manning Street and take the next left into Bonaira Street. The Old Hospital (right) was built in 1931. Down the hill is Kendalls Beach (left) and playing field (right). Behind this is the entrance to Bonaira Native Reserve and Walk. Stay on Bonaira Street; follow Gwinganna, Tombonda and Tingira to discover The Little Blowhole.
Take a short walk north to Fry's Cave, an enormous sea cavern in the cliff face. Continue along Tingira Crescent to Marsden Street for Easts Beach (left). Take Wilson and Marks Streets back to South Kiama Drive, turn right and head back to town.
Scenic Drive Three
Mount Pleasant Lookout, Gerringong, Gerroa, Kingsford Smith Lookout, Seven Mile Beach
Time: 1 hour
Start at the Kiama Visitors Centre on Blowhole Point, drive the loop past the Lighthouse and Blowhole, turn right on Terralong Street, then left at the roundabout onto Manning Street. Travel south and join the Princes Highway at Kiama Heights. The scenic 'bends' lead to the breathtaking Mount Pleasant Lookout (left) for a view of Gerringong and south.
Continue on Princes Highway down the hill. Take first Gerringong exit (left) on Fern Street and into the charming town centre. To surf at Werri Beach, turn left down Geering Street or continue past the shops and turn left down Jupiter Street to swim in the rock pool, picnic or launch a boat at Boat Harbour.
Return to Fern Street (which becomes Crooked River Road) and travel south past Gerringong Golf Course and Walker Beach (left) to Gerroa with sweeping views of Seven Mile Beach.
Turn left at stone Gerroa sign (Headland Drive) and visit the Kingsford Smith Lookout. With panoramic views of Seven Mile Beach, this lookout commemorates the first commercial flight from Australia to New Zealand by Sir Charles Kingsford Smith in 1933. Continue on Heasland Drive to dramatic Black Head for diving or rock fishing. Crooked River joins the beach and is a charming picnic and swimming spot.
Back on Crooked River Road, travel south 4km to Berry township sign, turn right on Beach Road. At Princes Highway, turn right towards Foxground, then stop at Crooked River Winery (left), the largest on the south coast, then head back to town.
Scenic Drive Four
Saddleback Mountain Lookout, Jamberoo Village, Minnamurra Rainforest, Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk, Jamberoo Action Park
Time: 1 hour
Start at the Kiama Visitors Centre on Blowhole Point, drive the loop past the Lighthouse and Blowhole, turn right on Terralong Street, then left at the roundabout onto Manning Street. Travel south and turn right at Kiama High School onto Saddleback Mountain Road. Turn left at the hill top and follow the scenic country road which takes you to Saddleback Lookout where, on a clear day, you can see almost 120km north and south along the coast. This is also the start of Hoddles Track bush walk.
Leave the lookout and turn left on Fountaindale Road and follow the bitumen track to Jamberoo Road. Turn left and proceed for 2km to reach historic Jamberoo village. About 1km through town, turn right at the roundabout, then left up Jamberoo Mountain Road for the award winning Minnamurra Rainforest in Budderoo National Park, Barren Grounds Nature reserve and the Illawarra Fly Tree Top Walk at Knights Hill.
Return to Jamberoo Road, turn left and travel for about 4km to Jamberoo Action Park, then onto Albion Park. Turn right at the Princes Highway to head back to Kiama. Or from Jamberoo Action Park you can return back to Kiama on Jamberoo Road, past historic Terragong House.
Grand Pacific Drive
Royal National Park, Bald Hill, Sea Cliff Bridge, Thirroul, Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama and Shoalhaven
Time: 2 hours, 30 mins
Grand Pacific Drive encompasses some of the most spectacular coastline in New South Wales and Australia. Starting just 45 minutes south of Sydney at the entrance to the Royal National Park (world's second oldest), the 140km drive takes you through coastal rainforests, quaint seaside villages and traverses along the iconic 665 metre Sea Cliff Bridge. Grand Pacific Drive then makes its way into the bustling city of Wollongong and through to the beautiful coastal towns of Shellharbour and Kiama, passing rolling hills, wineries and dairy farms on your way to the Shoalhaven. From here, either continue south to Batemans Bay and the greater South Coast or head west into the Southern Highlands and then onto the nations capital, Canberra.