Kiama, located on the South Coast of NSW, is its very own version of cool. Here is how you can spend quality time in this picturesque village when you only have 24 hours. Check out some of the best things you can do in Kiama, NSW.
9 am The Blowhole
The Kiama Blowhole is reason enough to swerve off the Princes Highway and join the throngs of tourists cheering as the surf spits through the rocks. This natural attraction was formed from basalt lava some 260 million years ago. BYO raincoat: when there’s a decent southeast swell running, the water spout in the sea-cliff cavern can shoot up to 25 metres in the air. According to DNSW, the blowhole is the largest in the world. Join crowds of locals for a walk along the foreshore that winds up at the rock pool. Hustle to the harbour for the free Stingray show from 10am to 10.20am.
10 am Breakfast at Penny Whistlers
Motivate yourself to walk along the Kiama coastline to this cool café with killer harbour views. On a busy morning, punters arrive on bikes and pushing prams and scrambling for the vanilla bean porridge with spiced caramel apples and gingernut and almond crumble. This café by day doubles as a destination for dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Take note of the Penny Whistlers’ pop-up whisky nights if you are partial to a glug of spirits.
Noon Lunch at the Hungry Monkey
There’s a lot of life in this place come lunchtime when the place is pumping out its signature southern fry chicken burgers with jalapenos and hot sauce. No ode to Americana is complete without a menu that includes a ‘bad boy’ of ground Angus beef, pacific battered onion rings, bacon and chipotle aioli. Be virtuous and order the roasted vegetable salad of zucchini, heirloom carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin, broccolini and mixed leaves.
3 pm Kiama Markets & Grower’s Market
Time your visit to Kiama to coincide with the farmers’ market, which is held every Wednesday on Manning St. The farmers’ market is located a pebble’s skip away from Surf Beach and it’s where local growers, producers and makers come to sell their wares. The markets, run by locals, are intimate and invigorating selling everything from herbs and vegetables to fruit and flowers all harvested the same day.
5 pm Pre-dinner drinks at The Little Blowhole Art Bar
This intimate alleyway bar is perched on top of a hill in the back streets of Kiama. Inside, the muted palette on the wall allows for the works of local artists to shine. Take a seat at the bar and chat to the locals about why the creative culture in Kiama is so strong. The Art Bar has monthly exhibitions and live music every Sunday afternoon between 2 and 5pm. Tapas is the perfect fit for The Little Blowhole: order the cheese and cured meats and a few glasses of wine from the global wine list.
6 pm Dinner at Silica
You can’t miss Silica. It’s set on the staggeringly beautiful Surf Beach and boasts beautiful views of the Old Briny. Silicia is the principal constituent of sandstone. And this breezy eatery is so close to the coastline it’s almost part of the rock formations. Here, the menu is built around the fresh, locally sourced produce. If you’re eating in, order an entree of quail two ways and the market fish with borlotti beans, fennel and macadamia. Otherwise, find a patch of shade under the nearby stand of Norfolk pines and grab crisp battered fish and chips to go.
7 pm Bunker down at the Sebel Harbourside Kiama
Kiama is about 90 minutes’ drive from Sydney as the crow flies. Book in for a night at the Sebel Kiama Harbourside, which is right in position. Alternatively, if you want to stay and play for longer than a day, the Driftwood Beach House is a charming option. Both accommodation options are within walking distance of the famous Kiama Blowhole and historic terrace shops.
Carla Grossetti was a guest of Destination NSW.
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This article was first published on 23 October 2018 and updated on 10 August 2020.