It wasn’t long ago when we dashed off to Kiama with friends over the weekend. The 90-minute drive towards the South Coast of NSW is fantastic and of course, Australian summer is a great time to travel to Kiama.
Kiama is a beautiful seaside town and popular weekend destination for Sydney-siders due to its picturesque beaches, awesome food and accommodation options.
The biggest attraction in Kiama however is the famed Kiama Blow Hole. In fact, the word ‘Kiama’ is derived from an aboriginal word ‘Kiaram-a’ which means ‘where the sea makes a noise’. A blow hole is formed when large waves enter a cavity, compressing the air which makes the ocean water spout and the air makes a loud sound. Now this is a spectacular sight which attracts thousands of tourists to Kiama every year. It’s ideal to watch the blow hole when there’s high tide. If you want to be amazed by the wonders of nature then this is one to watch.
The Kiama Blowhole and lighthouse in background
What’s a blowhole – you can read it all at the little blow hole point
The Real Reason behind the Blow Hole in Kiama
The majority of Kiama’s headland (the land between the coastline and sea, mainly rocky shores) is made of volcanic rock called latite. When another layer of softer basalt rock extruded through latite, it created a cavity inside latite which eventually collapsed and created a blow hole.
The Kiama Blow Hole was first spotted by European explorer and sailor George Bass in 1797.
Cathedral Rocks – these formations are said to resemble a cathedral
Kiama coastline view from the little blowhole point
Don’t forget to pack the following:
- Comfortable shoes…preferably sport shoes since you’d be walking a lot whether you travel by car or train
Dress in style like Jessica Alba for a sunny weekend getaway
Eat and Shop
Gorge on delicious cupcakes, muffins, pies and frappes at the cafes near the famed Kiama Blowhole. There’s a souvenir shop where you can buy beautiful stone jewellery, fridge magnets, t-shirts among other things.
Getting to Kiama
Besides the nearly two-hour drive from Sydney, you can also take the train or coach services. For more information visit kiama.com.au
Images: kiama.com.au, gettyimages