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.
Illawarra Walks – what we do? Illawarra Walks provides guided and self-paced 1, 3, 6, 7-8 days walking holidays exploring the Illawarra region, which is arguably the most picturesque coastal and wilderness area in Australia. The best way to discover the ecological, historical and geological wonders of the Illawarra is on foot. Holidays with Illawarra Walks offers the active tourist a unique opportunity to enjoy the incredible landscapes beaches and wildlife, to create memories that will last a lifetime as they cross the Illawarra’s stunning mountains and coast line. Guests will be spoiled in guest houses and B&Bs in the picturesque coastal towns, and have the opportunity to dine at the local Illawarra restaurants. Guests luggage is transported to their accommodation while they enjoy walking between destinations. Illawarra Walks field guides are local geologists and environmentalists who are intimately familiar with the area's environmental, historical and geological aspects, and are passionate to share local stories with you along the track.Learn More
Into the Wild Nature Tours Australia is a nature tourism business based in Kiama on South Coast of NSW, Australia, offering small group wildlife tours. The business owner and operator, Darren O’Connell, is the Head Tour Guide and a Master’s Degree qualified Wildlife Ecologist, and has worked in environmental education for over 25 years. Darren started ‘Into the Wild Nature Tours’ to share some of most spectacular landscapes in Australia with overseas and other visitors, and to educate guests about the natural and cultural heritage of the region. With just a few tours on offer, it allows the company to focus on the best spots that guests would want to experience and return home with lifelong memories (and some amazing photos!!). Tours available include the stunning white sands and crystal clear waters of Jervis Bay, the challenging Kiama Coast Walk and the eye catching waterfalls and wildlife of Kangaroo Valley.Learn More
Located just 10 minutes' drive from the beautiful township of Kiama, NSW's largest family owned and operated water theme park is the ultimate destination for family fun in the region! Drop into the Darkness at Jamberoo between September and April and experience a trilogy of tube rides – all with an element of darkness, anticipation, enhanced thrills and excitement! The Perfect Storm - drop into The Eye of the Storm The Funnel Web – drop into The Spider’s Lair The Taipan – drop into The Belly of the Snake Here’s more about some of the rides and features at Jamberoo Action Park: * The Perfect Storm - surrounded by darkness, cracks of thunder and streaks of lightening, you will travel through 3 tornados, deep inside the tallest, longest, most exciting water ride of its kind, in the world… * The Funnel Web – at speeds up to 30km you’ll twist and turn before entering the spider’s lair – a giant funnel, and a great photo opportunity beside the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD Funnel Web spider sculpture. * The Taipan - those brave enough to enter the belly of the snake will experience a high intensity thrill as their raft twirls mysteriously down a completely tubular waterslide in and out of darkness. * Banjo's Billabong – the largest aqua play structure built in the southern hemisphere with over 200 water cannons, cranks, and sprays, six water slides across 4 storeys all drenched by 2 huge buckets that tip 1800litres over the structure every few minutes * Outback Bay – one of the largest wave pools in NSW, this has something for everyone. Whether surf enthusiasts practising their bodysurfing, thrill seekers drifting with the 1.5 metre high waves or those looking to relax on the bay side deck chairs, Outback Bay is a hit for all. * Billabong Beach – at a warm 26 degrees all season long, the little ones will have smiles from ear-to-ear as they gallivant around the beach with heated shallow pools, mini water slides and fun water jets. * Surf Hill - a speed slide which features an 18 metre drop and wave like grooves, competitive fun seekers will revel as they race their friends in one of eight lanes of action. * Rapid River - An action-packed attraction, riders sit atop rubber rafts as they travel the river's course meeting bucking rapids, cascading waterfalls and waves up to 1.5 metres high. When all the fun gets too much Jamberoo Action Park's many places to eat provide just the energy kick needed to keep the action going. Food stops include scrumptious seafood from Bombora Seafood, a huge variety of ice creams to choose from at Bombora Scoop and mouth-watering burgers from the Burger Barn. For those who prefer to bring their own lunch, various picnic areas and coin operated BBQ's are available around the Park. Guests can also take a piece of the action home from the Souvenir Shop, Surf Shack or Photobooth. Admission into the Park covers all rides and attractions and parking is free, so fun seekers can enjoy all that Jamberoo Action Park has to offer all day long. There is so much to see and do at Jamberoo Action Park. For more information www.jamberoo.netLearn More
Depart from picturesque Kiama aboard the fully surveyed and licensed Kostalota. Rodney & Ann Garard's award winning fishing trips include bait, tackle, licences and tuition where required. A deckhand helps with re-rigging, untangling of lines and cleaning of quality fish. Fishing from a boat out of Kiama is immediately "outside". Deep Reefs, Sandy Beaches & warm summer currents of the Pacific Ocean/Tasman Sea attract many different fish species all year round. A variety of charters are available for anglers of all ages, individuals, small or large groups. Prices start at $140 per person for Reef fishing. Minimum numbers apply. Reef Fishing charters Target snapper, morwong, flathead etc. Leave at 6am returning 2pm approx. Up to 15km from port - depths to 130m. Individuals and small groups may be combined to make up numbers where mutually agreeable. Deep Sea Fishing charters Target Blue eye trevalla, Hapuka, Gemfish. Depart 6am return 4pm approx. Bottom fishing at the continental shelf 30km offshore. 300m depths. Boat bookings only. Bookings confirmed on payment of 50% deposit within 7 days of making reservation. Deposit refundable only if trip cancelled by operator. Balance payable in full on day of charter for all persons booked.Learn More
Kiama Cycles and Sports is centrally located and can hire bikes, bike helmets and mobility scooters. For all bicycle sales, maintenance and repairs see the friendly crew at Kiama Cycle & Sports. Come in and browse the selection of sporting footwear, clothing and accessories. For information about where to ride, cycle news and organised rides then check out the Kiama Bug website - the Kiama Bicycle Users Group. E BIKE & HELMET HIRE: If you are visiting the area and want to get out and about to do some exploring then why not HIRE AN E BIKE! Kiama Cycles and Sport can hire both E Bikes and bike helmets. Give the friendly staff a call and book your E Bike & helmet hire, then head off to enjoy all this beautiful area has to offer! E Bikes make riding around Kiama so much easier. Rides up Saddleback Mountain, around Jerrara and Jamberoo now become possible for novice riders. The rates are $35 - 1 Hour $50 - 2 Hour $60 - 3 Hour $70 - 4 Hour $80 - 8 Hours All E Bike hire is between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:30 PM Sunday E Bike hire is by appointment only - 0407598954 All E Bike riders must be 16 and over The Kiama Bicyle Users Group (K-Bug) even organise regular FREE cycle trips throughout the Illawarra and are usually followed by a coffee or lunch break (at own cost).Learn More
Kiama Leisure Centre is an indoor multi-purpose fitness and sports facility, owned and operated by Kiama Council. Facilities Pool Area- includes an 8 lane 25m heated pool, a heated toddlers pool and a Spa and SaunaLearn To Swim - a safe environment where individuals can learn to be confident in the waterGym and Aerobics- we offer cardio equipment, weights and aerobic classesIndoor Sports Hall- we offer a range of indoor sportsKinder Gym- we offer baby gym and kinder gym classesAqua Aerobics - we offer aqua aerobic classes in our indoor heated poolHoliday Activities- children's holiday activities can be booked at reception or by phoneParties- we offer Pool Parties and Gym Fun PartiesKiosk- offering a range of confectionery, snacks and drinksShop- we offer swim wear and accessories including goggles, caps, ear plugs, swim nappies, drink bottles, back floats, arm floaties and kick boardsEFTPOS is available at the Centre with a minimum purchase of $10 - NO CASH OUTLearn More
Kiama Tennis Club has been operating for the past 52 years and today boasts one of the largest memberships on the NSW South Coast. We are at the western end of Noorinan Street u2013 at the very end. It's a wonderful location. We have seven flood-lit artificial-grass tennis courts, a big clubhouse with kitchen facilities, toilets TV and two table tennis tables. There is also a double-width "hitting" wall near the entry to the car park. We have excellent professional coaching from our qualified coaching staff with Hotshots and Cardio tennis all available through the club. You can hire the Tennis Courts located at Blowhole Point during the hours of 9am - 5pm 7 days a week, from the Kiama Visitor Information Centre. Fees apply.Learn More
Land’s Edge Surf School has been helping locals & visitors alike to find their surfing feet for 20 years at Seven Mile Beach, Gerroa. Our team of friendly & qualified surf instructors can improve your skills whether you’re a complete beginner or seasoned surfing enthusiast! · Group lesson session times: 8am – 10am & 10.30am – 12.30pm· 2 & 4 consecutive day group lesson packages· Private lessons on request· Lessons from $50· Closed public holidays High quality wetsuits & specially designed soft surfboards are supplied. Gear hire and gift vouchers available. Bookings essential.Please note: Land's Edge Surf School are not taking small/private bookings during the cooler months. They will re-commence at the end of the year.Learn More
A rare tract of subtropical and temperate rainforests on the NSW South Coast. Part of the Budderoo National Park. Park entry fees: $12 per vehicle per day (Minnamurra Rainforest area only). Bus or taxi: $4.40 per adult and $2.20 per child. The Minnamurra Rainforest is a multi award winning attraction located in Budderoo National Park, a short fifteen minute drive west of Kiama past the village of Jamberoo (off Tourist Drive No 9)Visitors can experience the spender and beauty of this rare remnant of subtropical and warm temperate rainforests which is representative of the once extensive rainforests of the Illawarra region. Visitors regularly see first hand the fauna of the area such as the normally elusive Lyrebird, the Eastern Water Dragons, Swamp Wallabies and a host of bird species which make Minnamurra their home. Leading from the Information Centre, visitors commence their rainforest experience along a network of elevated walkways and paved tracks. Meandering through the rainforest is the Loop Walk, a 1.6km walk which is linked by suspension bridges across the Minnamurra Rivulet. The first 500m of this walk provides for assisted wheelchair access. Visitors should allow 45mins - 1 hour to complete this walk. Half way around the Loop visitors are able to deviate up the paved Falls Walk (2.6km return). This walk is a little more challenging offering the reward of spectacular views over the rainforest canopy and the gorge carved by Minnamurra Rivulet. The walk concludes with a viewing platform and rest area at the base of the Upper Falls. Total of both walks is 4.2km walk distance and visitors should allow 2 hours. Other facilities include visitor information services, a retail shop, a Cafe for light meals and refreshment, Picnic and BBQ facilities. Guided Tours are available by prior booking. No Smoking in Parks Policy As from 1st May 2016 smoking will prohibited in all national parks in New South Wales. The National Parks & Wildlife Regulations 2009 (NPW Regulation) prohibits smoking in parks, (clause 15A, effective from 1 May 2016). This Policy applies to all lands acquired or reserved under the NPWS Act 1974, including lands managed by National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) under Part 11 of the Act. Under the new regulation, a person can be fined up to $550 for smoking where the ban applies. Minnamurra Rainforest is proudly managed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.Learn More
Surf Camp Australia has a range of different surf packages to suit you! Whether you are after an Aussie experience, a fun weekend away, a holiday with a difference, a trip out of the office, or purely just want to learn to surf, our Surf Camps have it all! Seven Mile Beach is Australia's best learn to surf beach. It consistently delivers ideal surf conditions for beginner surfers.This location combined with our expert instruction and high quality surfing equipment provide the ultimate surf experience.We have been introducing beginner surfers to the sport of surfing for close to a decade. Through this experience we have refined our learn to surf programme to offer the best beginner courses available anywhere. Our multi-day beginner courses are for everyone. We teach paddling, standing up, dropping into waves and riding across them. You can expect to stand up and ride your first wave in the first hour. After a full day of surfing you can relax and enjoy our high standard of meals and beachside accommodation.Learn More