Family Fun

From tiny to teen, there's something for everyone...

The Kiama area loves families – and the feeling appears to be mutual. In fact, there’s a reason some adults have been coming back to Kiama area year after year since they were children. Holidays are memory-making machines, and Kiamaarea? produces some of the best family memories all year round.

Whether it’s a chance for your kids to unplug and experience a nostalgia-tinged holiday like you used to take, or an opportunity to immerse yourselves in an adrenaline-charged, wide-eyed escape, Kiama has a little something for every kind of family.

Goodbye traffic fumes and high rises. Hello family fun!

KIAMA CHECKLIST FOR CLEVER KIDS!
Think you’ve got what it takes to explore the Kiama area? See if you can tick off the 12 tasks below. Good luck!

 Find a stick that looks like the letter Y.
 Stand on the shadow of a tree so it looks like you’re standing on top.
 Skim a flat stone so it bounces at least 3 times (what is your record?)
 Find something with a year on it that starts with “18--"
 Find a seat with a dedication plaque to someone. Sit and imagine sitting having a chat with them. What would you say?
 Find a shell with a spiral shape on it.
 Find three feathers – all from different birds.
 Spot an insect that crawls and a different one that flies.
 Locate a wall that has ivy growing up it.
 Find a tree or bush exactly the same height as you. Get a photo alongside it.
 Find a place where you can see two different beaches from the same spot.
 Spot two of the animals listed on page 35. (Bonus points if you spot 3, or 4… or 5!)

Want to complete MORE clever checklists? Pick them up from Kiama Visitor Information Centre.

Bead Shack

Gerringong NSW

Play, Shop, Learn. Discover a wonderland of beads & accessories. See for yourself why the love of beads reside in the Shack. Bead Shack is a family owned business based in the seaside town of Gerringong. Visit our shop and discover our wonderful range. Everyone is welcome at Bead Shack! Creative Workshops from $15 per person for all ages.

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Bigfoot Adventures

Shoalhaven Heads NSW

Ride to the summit of Mt Coolangatta! Operates from the Coolangatta Estate near Shoalhaven Heads, NSW. Bigfoot Adventures NSW is an amazing experience for all ages. A huge 4WD open sided tractor-bus carries tourists on a one-hour tour up to 1000ft elevation on the historic property of Coolangatta Estate. The tour highlight is definitely an adventurous climb up Mt Coolangatta from where some of the best views of the South Coast can be enjoyed. A ride on Bigfoot is a great way to see the convict built village dating back to 1822. Learn about the award winning wines produced by the Estate, as you drive through the vineyards. Departing from the main carpark at the Coolangatta Estate, tickets are purchased on the day of your ride from the office located adjacent to the wine cellar. Payment by cash, debit card, Visa & Mastercard. PRIOR BOOKING ADVISED or visit on-line to make your booking at www.bishopsadventures.com.au/bigfoot-adventures/

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Eagle Rock Adventures

Kiama nsw

Eagle Rock Adventures is the highest rated adventure company in the Sydney region. We offer half or full day abseiling, canyoning, hiking and kayaking tours. Our fully qualified guides will take care of you and ensure that you have a fun and safe adventure! We can take you abseiling and canyoning in the Blue Mountains, canyoning in the Southern Highlands, and kayaking to the Sydney Opera House or to the Royal National Park. Our most popular tour in the Southern Highlands is of the scenic Maquarie Rivulet, located in one of Australia’s most southerly stands of subtropical rainforest and endangered warm temperate rainforest. This canyon features great views of the Illawarra Escarpment, the Pacific Ocean and local wildlife. The highlights of this canyon are a great variety of rock slides, big rock jumps (optional) and waterfall abseils. Whatever your experience, fitness level or confidence this canyon has something for everyone.

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Early Start Discovery Space

Wollongong NSW

The Early Start Discovery Space is an extraordinary destination for all children from birth to 10 years and their families. It is a hands-on family fun experience where together children and adults explore, discover and create.  The Discovery Space is Australia’s only dedicated children’s museum and the first-of-its-kind in the world on a university campus. It offers interactive, playful experiences that inspire imagination, build skills and ignite a love of learning. The best-designed activities ensure accompanying adults have as much enjoyment as the children.  The Early Start Discovery Space is a great venue for children any time but especially on weekends, during school holidays or on wet weather days.  Located on the University of Wollongong’s main campus, the Early Start Discovery Space is open to the general public from 9am – 4pm Tuesday to Sunday. Memberships, casual entry, birthday parties and pre-school, primary school and vacation care excursions available.

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Escape Kayak Tours

Minnamurra NSW

Escape Kayak Tours is a kayak adventure business operating on the beautiful Minnamurra River. We are the Illawarra regions exclusive guided sea kayak tour operation. Our aim is to introduce people to the pleasure of kayaking in a relaxing natural environment, paddling on one of nature’s most spectacular rivers on the South Coast of NSW. We are extremely passionate about all forms of kayaking & adventurous outdoor activities. We strive to offer all of our customers a fun, relaxing & enjoyable experience. Come & experience one of our 4 guided kayak journeys along the majestic Minnamurra River & the beautiful surrounding coastal area of Killalea State Park. Sunrise Adventure – 2 hours Mangroves Adventure – 1.5 hours Minnamurra Spit Adventure – 3 hours Half Day Adventure – 4.5 hours Discover the clear tidal waters of the sandy Minnamurra Inlet, explore the sheltered mangroves of Rocklow Creek, observe the diverse marine, bird & wildlife & explore the river’s natural beauty. See the spectacular Mystics Beach & the unique Rangoon Island. Come & learn the basics of kayaking. Specialising in individuals, couples & small groups of up to 8 people. Escape Kayak Tours fleet consists of a mix of single and double seated sea kayaks. Your Adventure includes: Fully qualified ‘Australian Canoeing’ kayak guide Single or double seated ‘Australis’ sea kayaks Paddles & PFDs (Lifejackets) Sunscreen & 600ml bottled water Light refreshments/snacks (3 hour & 4.5 hour tours only) Professional paddling tuition along the way FREE photos emailed to you after tour    * Tours are suitable for people aged 16 and over.   'Special occasion gift vouchers available' NSW Maritime licence - HDO 830

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Gerringong Surf School

Gerringong NSW

Learn to Surf with Rusty Moran, former big wave professional surfer with 35 years surfing experience. School Holiday Program - Surf, Skate & Meditate - Kids aged 5-15. School Term Surf & Skate - Gerroa Beach - Before and After School group lessons. Learn to skate Saturday Class - kids aged 4-8 Surfing Mums - Wednesday and Sunday Mornings Private Coaching - all ages and abilities For coaching info Call Rusty on 0414 245 216 For bookings, text Vanessa Moran on 0414 555 306

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Granties Maze

Foxground NSW

The trees in Granties Maze were planted over 30 years ago by John Grant. Today this small family friendly amusement park is open to the public. There is NO admission fee and customers only pay for what they use. All prices are on our website. There are over 50 attractions many of these will not be seen at any other amusement park in Australia. Mr Grant designed the park for families with small chidren (Below the age of 13). Although there are a few thrill rides for the teens and young 20's, it is predominately for the younger brigade. About 20 of the attractions you need human power not machines. The 6 metre tall spider web will give the fittest of people a good workout. Besides the attractions there is a garden wedding centre with a picnic hut that will sea 200 people. This is ideal for budget conscious people who wish to keep the cost of their wedding in reasonable proportion. A dodgem tract and cars are available for corporate, birthday and special events. This is not available for the maze attendees. Because there is NO admission charge guests can come in use 1 ride and then go. If they wish to spend all day then they can hire one of the moderately priced picnic huts, bring their own picnic lunch and stay all day. The cost is $9 for the small hut (1 family), $16 for the mid hut (2 families), $70 for the medium hut (5 families), $400 for the large - which will seat 200 people. The only Workcover approved hay ride is available for hire for scouting and youth groups. It can also be used by Senior Citizen parties. The maze is set on 69 acres and Mr Grant has announced that every year he intends to add another new attraction!

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HARS Aviation Museum

Albion Park Rail NSW

The HARS Aviation Museum is an all volunteer group of Aviation Professionals and Enthusiasts who have premises at Illawarra Regional Airport (YWOL), Albion Park just over an hour by road South of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.Open daily from 09:30 to 15:30 (except Christmas Day), the HARS Aviation Museum is unlike many others you may visit.  Admission includes a guided tour through the premises, which owing to them being “working” hangars, requires an escort.  You will not be hampered by barriers and you will be able to experience the aircraft and other displays in a way that is just not possible elsewhere.Cafe Connie is open onsite for great coffee, snacks and light meals.

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Illawarra Fly Tree Top Adventures

Knights Hill NSW

Discover Illawarra's highest natural high. New Zipline Adventure at Illawarra Fly! Now open is the awe-inspiring Illawarra Fly Zipline Adventure! Kids and adults alike will be able to swoop amongst the tree canopies and experience the thrill of a lifetime at Australia's highest zipline.The award winning Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures is one of Australia's premier treetop walk and zipline experiences. High above the native rainforest, the treetop walk features two gently swaying cantilevered arms, and a central tower raised nearly 50 metres from the forest floor. Positioned 710 metres above sea level, the stunning views take in everything from the rainforest floor into the canopy and out to the Pacific Ocean. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels, wheelchair and pram accessible and those with limited mobility can take advantage of the free courtesy cart to get them to and from the steel walkway. Onsite licensed cafe and gift shop. Located under 2 hours from Sydney and Canberra, making it an ideal day trip. Cafe 106 Licensed cafe serving brunch, lunch and afternoon tea. PRODUCTS Guided Sunrise Tours take place on the 2nd Saturday, every two months and run for 3 hours from 6am to 9am, depending on the time of year. Early birds are greeted with coffee on arrival and are rewarded with a full hot breakfast on return to Cafe 106. Just $65 per person including guided tour, treetop walk and hot breakfast. Zipline Tours The zipline experience can take up to 2.5 hours as it includes the self-guided Treetop Walk for you to enjoy the forest from a different perspective before or after your Zipline Tour BOOK NOW! Book your Illawarra Fly Zipline Tour now and be one of the first to experience the highest zipline in Australia. Call 1300 362 or email info@illawarrafly.com

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Illawarra Folk Club Inc

Kiama NSW

The Illawarra Folk Club is a non-profit incorporated association comprising local musicians, dancers, poets, storytellers and culturally minded folk! One of the club's signature events, FOLK by the SEA, is held annually in Kiama.  FOLK by the SEA is an intimate folk festival event featuring the sounds of folk, world, roots, dance, Celtic, bluegrass and gypsy music held over three days in the picturesque seaside town of Kiama, famous for its blowhole. The ticketed event (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) features 50 artists from overseas and Australia in 100 concerts at Kiama Showground and surrounds. Enjoy an enchanting variety of music sessions right next to the crashing waves of beautiful Surf Beach. This is the chance to get together with your mates and relax with world class music, right next to the sea, or why not become involved with the dancing, sessions or poet's breakfast. Camping is available at the Kiama Showground  or there are variety of accommodation options in Kiama, from BnBs  and hotels to tents and cabins at the caravan parks. Book through www.folkbythesea.com.au or phone 1300 887 034 or info@illawarrafolkfestival.com.au 

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