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Kiama, NSW

Of the coastal resorts south of Sydney, Kiama (located 90 minutes south of Sydney) is probably the most attractive. A small resort and fishing town, Kiamais famous for its star attraction, the Blowhole. Stemming from a natural fault in the cliffs, the blowhole explodes into a water spout when a wave hits with sufficient force. Whether your interest is in history, arts & crafts, fishing,riding a wave, its all located in Kiama.


The name Kiama is from the aboriginal word Kiaram-a, to which some sources give the meaning “Where the sea makes a noise”- a reference to the famous Kiama Blowhole.
The first recorded reference to the district was by George Bass who anchored his 28ft whaleboat in the sheltered bay (now known as Kiama Harbour) in December 1797.
Cedar getters were the first to the area,among those was David Smith, who became the first permanent white settler when he built a residence in Kiama in 1832.

The site of Kiama Township was reserved by the Government in 1826 and proclaimed in 1836. Kiama was proclaimed a Municipality in 1859.
In the 1870’s the dairying industry was supplemented by basalt (blue metal) quarrying, now one of the district’s major income earners alongside tourism.
Many of the historical buildings can be viewed and a heritage walks leaflet is available at the Kiama Visitor’s Centre on Blowhole Point.

Nearest Airport: Albion Park & Mascot

Where to stay?

Popular Activities

  • Golfing
  • Beach

About Kiama

  • Locality: Urban locality
  • Kiama Postcode: 2533
  • State: New South Wales
  • Region: South Coast
  • Latitude: -34.67168
  • Longitude: 150.8567
  • Elevation: 9m
  • Population: 6881
  • Median Income: $33852
  • Area (Sq/km): 9.789
  • Timezone: Australia/Sydney

Tours In Kiama

Discover some of the tours options around Kiama

Explore The Outback

Australia has a vast remote interior, much of it largely untouched. By night, the outback is deathly quiet, with the only light provided by the stars and the moon - a perfect oportunity for stargazing. Explore the isolated heart of the country, meet and connect with Aboriginal people and experience one of the oldest living cultures in the world. Go ‘walk-about’ and immerse yourself with Australia’s endless outback horizons.

Outback Experiences

Luxe Accommodation

Enjoy a distinctly Australian luxury experience, such as the unforgettable reefs, islands, beaches and coast; rugged mountain ranges, rainforests and vast national parks; and the many vibrant food and wine regions. Take a once in a lifetime adventure and discover the sheer indulgence of experiencing the wonders of Australia in style and stay in total luxury.

Australia has wide variety of accommodation options to suit most budgets and travelling preferences. Choose from luxury lodges, boutique hotels, serviced apartments, motels, bed and breakfasts, caravan parks as well as youth and backpacker hostels.


Glasshouse Mountains

The Glasshouse Mountains in the hinterland of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast are actually the cores of 20 million year old volcanoes. The sides of the volcanoes have eroded away leaving only the hardened rock spiremountain cores we see today. Learn more about this awe-inspiring landscape.

Glasshouse Mountains