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Guide to Kiama, Gerringong and Gerroa
  • Gerringing headland from Werri Beach
  • Sweeping view of Gerroa from the hill
  • Kiama ocean beach walk
  • Seven Mile Beach
  • Werri Beach headland
Only an hour and a half drive south of Sydney brings you to Kiama, Gerroa and Gerringong, an area of lush green pastures, spectacular cliffs along the seaside and almost a dozen fabulous beaches.
 
Kiama is a vibrant and historic town with many landmark buildings and is a great spot to wander for the day or to catch a bite to eat.
 
Top 5 things to do and see
 
Minnamurra Rainforest
The Minnamurra Rainforest is near Jamberoo, around 15 minutes drive from Kiama. There is a 1.6km boardwalk that takes you through the subtropical landscape where you can see huge ancient fig trees, massive ferns and native lyrebirds. A part of this walk is wheelchair-friendly, and it’s suitable for kids through to seniors - so long as you take it slowly, as it’s lovely and shady. There is a longer (2.6km) steeper walk for the more energetic, which takes you to the falls.
 
Kiama Blowhole
An icon of Kiama, you need to visit when the tide and winds are just right (seas running from the south-east) to see the spectacular blowhole in action. A trip to the blowhole is a ‘must do’ activity for any first-time visitor and is particularly fun when you have kids with you. It’s a short walk from the town centre and there is a wheelchair-accessible viewing platform.
 
Kiama Coast Walk
This lovely walk stretches from Kiama down to Werri Beach at Gerringong. You can start at either end (or in the middle) and just do a little of the walk, or walk the whole way and catch the train back to where you started. The walk takes you past the Cathedral Rocks at Kiama Downs, the Kiama Blowhole and Bombo Beach, along rocky headlands and waterfront reserves and finally along the clifftops, through the dairy pastures to the south of Kiama. It is a wonderful experience with stunning scenery.
 
Surfing at Seven Mile Beach
Gerroa is famous for Seven Mile Beach, which runs all the way down to Shoalhaven heads. There is a range of surfing schools, including weekend camps, operating in the area, ready to get you up and on your board. Great fun for both adults and kids! However if you want to surf outside of the peak summer season, then you will probably need a wetsuit.
 
Golfing at Gerringong
There are 3 golf courses in the area (at Jamberoo, Gerringong and Kiama), but if you’ve ever driven along this stretch of coastline, it’s hard to miss the views from the top of Gerringong Golf course. Play a round while soaking up the coastal and mountain views. You may even spot a passing whale.
 
Holiday options
Kiama is an easy weekend getaway for Sydneysiders, but there is plenty to do if you have longer to stay and explore. There are lots of nature-based activities and plenty to keep the kids busy, especially if you add in a trip to the Jamberoo Recreation Park.
 
When to go?
Summer is a great time to hit the surf, however for other outdoor activities, spring and autumn may be best. Given the proximity to Sydney though, you’ll need to book ahead for weekends.
 
How to get there?
90 minutes south of Sydney on the Princes Highway and just over 2 hours from Canberra, taking the Illawarra Highway to the coast. Trains also depart from Sydney, Minnamurra, Bombo, Kiama and Gerringong.
 
How long to go for?
At least a weekend, but to take part in our top 5 activities you’ll probably need at least a week.
 
Where to stay?
There is an extensive range of Illawarra holiday accommodation available, with everything from self-contained houses and apartments to B&Bs and motels. Check out the many options for Kiama, Gerringong and Gerroa on rentahome.com.au, takeabreak.com.au and Stayz and you are sure to find the perfect place for your next holiday escape to the area.
 
Tourist Information
An annual visitors guide is published on the area, the website is www.kiama.com.au or visitor information centres at Kiama, Jamberoo and Gerringong have plenty of brochures and maps.

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