Kiama Blowhole, Tourism New South Wales

Population 12290

This popular holiday town, hosting one million visitors each year, is best known as the home of the Kiama Blowhole. The rocky coastline, sandy beaches and appealing harbour provide an attractive contrast to the green rolling hills of the lush dairy pastures of the hinterland.

Visitor Information

Blowhole Point Rd; (02) 4232 3322 or 1300 654 262

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  • Royal National Park

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  • Conjola National Park

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Nearby towns

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  • Shellharbour

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In Town

Kiama Blowhole The spectacular blowhole sprays to heights of 60 m. Read More

Family History Centre: world-wide collection of records for compiling and tracing family history; Railway Pde; (02) 4233 1122.

Heritage walk: includes terraced houses in Collins St and Pilots Cottage; leaflet from visitor centre.

Specialty and craft shops: several in town showcasing local work; leaflet from visitor centre.

Beaches: perfect for surfing, swimming and fishing.


Gerringong A coastal town with a renowned heritage museum featuring remarkable scale models of the Illawarra coast. Gerringong's name comes from the Wodi Wodi language and is said to mean 'place of peril'. It is unclear where the peril lies, however, with safe beaches ideal for surfing, swimming and fishing. Heavy rainfall means the hinterland is lush and green. 10 km S.

Little Blowhole: smaller but more active than the Kiama Blowhole; off Tingira Cres; 2 km S.

Bombo Headland: blue-metal quarrying in the 1880s left an eerie 'moonscape' of basalt walls and columns, which have been used in commercials and video clips; 2.5 km N.

Cathedral Rocks: scenic rocky outcrop best viewed at dawn; Jones Beach; 3 km N.

Kingsford Smith Memorial and Lookout: site of Charles Kingsford Smith's 1933 take-off in the Southern Cross, with panoramic views; 14 km S.

Seven Mile Beach National Park: surrounded by sand dunes, this low forest is inhabited by birds and small marsupials. It makes a pretty spot for picnics and barbecues, beach fishing and swimming; 17 km S.

Scenic drives: in all directions to visit beaches, rock formations, cemeteries and craft shops; brochure from visitor centre.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Futureworld Eco-Technology Centre 27 km

This smallish museum in Miller Street is definitely worth a look for those interested in the future of sustainable transport, power, water use and other conundrums of modern living. There are hands-on displays.... Find out more

Cycling in Jervis Bay 45 km

For a pleasant family cycle with young children, hop on the safe and gentle cycling path that winds around Jervis Bay at Huskisson and Vincentia, beside beautiful coastline and some fun playgrounds. A longer bike path... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Five Islands Brewing Company 29 km

Started by local Illawarra rugby league legend Michael Bolt in 2001, the Five Islands Brewing Company has travelled a markedly different course to most other craft-beer enterprises. FIBC began life as a beachside bar and... Find out more

Campsites around town

Killalea camping area 6 km

This is a well-equipped camping ground in prime position behind Mystics Beach. There are walking tracks, fishing spots and a golf course nearby; alternative accommodation is available in the form of a bunkhouse with 40... Find out more

Carrington Falls camping area 18 km

This small camping area can get crowded in peak periods, so think twice if you’ve got a campervan or trailer. You’ll find it on Carrington Falls Access Rd, off Jamberoo Mountain Rd, 8 km east of Robertson.... Find out more

Corrimal Beach Tourist Park 32 km

Located on gorgeous Corrimal Beach, 5 km north of Wollongong, Corrimal Beach Tourist Park offers everything from tent sites through to standard, beachside and mountain-view spa cabins. Facilities include laundry, camp... Find out more

Bendeela Recreation Area 34 km

In picturesque Kangaroo Valley, 20 km north of Nowra and 8 km west of Kangaroo Valley village, Bendeela is a hidden gem in a treasure chest of natural beauty. Camp in a secluded, shady grove next to the Kangaroo Riverand... Find out more

Grassy Gully camping area (bush camping) 46 km

You can reach this campsite via Grassy Gully Rd, which turns off Burrier Rd. It’s basic bush camping here – bring your own everything, including water and a portable toilet. There are no wood BBQs, so also... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Big4 Easts Beach Holiday Park 2 km

This is a fabulous, large and well laid out beachfront park with very good amenities and facilities, including TV cables to all ensuite sites. The East family is a prominent owner of several New South Wales caravan parks... Find out more

Shellharbour Beachside Tourist Park 10 km

This caravan park is in a quiet location on the beachfront, adjoining the beachside baths. The shops, including some eateries, are just a short stroll away. While pets are allowed, only small dogs are permitted. This is... Find out more

Seven Mile Beach Holiday Park 12 km

Swim at the beach or sit back, relax and watch TV at this large, fabulous beachside park. It has great facilities, including ensuite sites with full Austar TV hook-up. It also has excellent amenities and is in a... Find out more

Windang Beach Tourist Park 15 km

This is a council-owned, popular beachside holiday park located on the south side of Wollongong, next to Lake Illawarra. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at these times.... Find out more

Shoalhaven Heads Tourist Park 23 km

Holiday Haven caravan parks are great parks, owned and operated by the Shoalhaven Heads Council. This large, award-winning riverfront park has very good facilities. It is just a short walk through to the beach and a... Find out more

Mountain View Village 23 km

This is a large, quality park with great amenities and very good facilities, including tennis courts, mini golf course and a very popular 500-metre walking track with eight gym stations. Ask about the courtesy bus that... Find out more

Crookhaven Heads Tourist Park 28 km

This is a large council holiday park located on the southern headland of the Crookhaven River, north of Culburra. It has ocean views, good facilities and is close to both deepwater and estuarine fishing spots. Bookings... Find out more

Shoalhaven Caravan Village 31 km

This is a large, owner-operated riverfront park just 1 km east of Nowra and easily reached from the Princes Highway. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Corrimal Beach Tourist Park 32 km

A council-owned beachside park on the north side of Wollongong, this place has good amenities and is a popular holiday destination. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Bulli Beach Tourist Park 37 km

This popular, council-owned holiday park adjoins a patrolled beach with beach pools. In a quiet area, this place will appeal to families or those just spending a few peaceful days out of the holiday season.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Seashells Kiama

Ideal for families or groups of friends, Seashells Kiama is a chic and fully self-contained three-bedroom home with a fully equipped kitchen, large outdoor barbecue and entertaining area, rumpus room, internal laundry... Find out more

Spring Creek Retreat

Set among the lush rolling hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Kiama, Spring Creek Retreat is surrounded by 8 hectares of rural landscape framed by 100-year-old dry stone walls. Guests are spoilt for choice, with two... Find out more

Bellachara Boutique Hotel

Bellachara is brimming with chic elegance and style. Each guest room is decorated in a rich chocolate and cream colour scheme, with features such as double walk-in showers. There are four types of guest room available:... Find out more

What's on around town

Craft market: Black Beach; 3rd Sun each month.

Produce market: Black Beach; 4th Sat each month.

Rotary Antique Fair: Jan.

Jazz and Blues Festival: Mar.

Big Fish Classic: game-fishing competition; Apr.

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