History & Heritage

Beyond the limits of holiday nostalgia, the past is waiting to explore

For such a small area, the Kiama region has so much to share of its past – both from Indigenous culture and the two centuries since European settlement. Throughout the municipality, you’ll find information signs that provide a window into how things used to be. And if you want a little guidance, we have two ways to learn a little more.


Immerse yourself in the area’s timeline by grabbing a copy of the Heritage Walks brochure. This simple brochure maps out historically significant points of interest in Kiama town centre and surrounds, Gerringong and Jamberoo.


Download the Kiama Library tours app for your iPhone, iPad or Android device and follow your virtual guide around the highlights of Kiama. The tour includes 15 points of interest, six audio components and takes approximately 45 minutes to navigate through – the perfect complement to your walk.

Kiama & District Historical Society Inc (Pilots Cottage)

Kiama NSW

Step into Kiama's past and discover the maritime and regional museum. Built in 1881, the restored Pilot's Cottage provides information on history relating to shipping, the cedar industry and bassalt quarries in the Region.Run entirely by volunteers

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Kiama Masonic Centre

Kiama NSW

What is Freemasonry? Freemasonry had its roots in ancient Egypt and was active as a 'trade organisation' for stonemasons in medieval times. Since the 1700's it has welcomed a broader membership and today Freemasonry is more relevant than ever, giving men, from all walks of life, support to navigate changing times and become the best they can be, to support each other and to enhance their communities. Freemasonry is an international movement with over six million members worldwide but it works very much within the local community. It is founded on a system of knowledge that uses many ancient symbols and stories to pass on its humanitarian values and timeless wisdom. The tradition provides values that transcend materialism and complement the codes of all great faiths. Our values are non-denominational, ethical and based on deep respect for every human being. Despite many misapprehensions, Freemasonry is not a religion, a cult or a conspiracy. Nor does it have any sinister motives or practices. Lodge Kiama No.35, United Grand Lodge of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, Meets on the 2nd Thursday each month, Tyling at 7pm.

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