With a population of about 11,000 Kiama is a well-known costal resort popular with day-trippers or holiday makers and is about 1½ hours south of Sydney via the Princess Highway. Its dramatic rocky coastline, enticing beaches and attractive harbour make this town a worthwhile visit.
The name Kiama comes from the Aboriginal word meaning “where the sea makes noise”.
Basalt (blue metal) quarrying along with dairying and tourism are the towns’ major income earners.
With a choice of 9 beaches to surf, swim or bath at, the most popular beaches would be Surf Beach and Kendall’s Beach.
Back on December 6th 1791, George Bass stumbled across The Blowhole whilst exploring the coastline. It’s the town’s major attraction.
When the wind and water is coming exactly from the south east, this is when you’ll see the waves roar and explode through the hole in the cave roof sending spray as high as 60 metres.
It’s been reported that well over 100 years ago the Blowhole forced a massive amount of water up higher than the lighthouse! Now I’d like to see that!
From this headland you can embark on a scenic and heritage walk, it’s also a prime spot for a picnic, natural rock swimming pools are at your door step and you are moments from the action of the shops and restaurants.
Surf Beach Holiday Park
Situated just a hop, sick and a jump away from the town’s centre, perched on a headland overlooking the 2 main beaches; Surf Beach and Kendall’s’ Beach, Surf Beach Holiday Park has accommodation to suit families through to the honey-mooners.
22 luxury cabins hug the cliff top, all with picture perfect views. The leader would be the 2 bedroom Penguin Palace (sleeps 4). With a king size bed, 3 TV’s, slick kitchen with all the mod-cons (dishwasher, microwave, gas heater), the all important spa and a 3m panoramic glass window with views of the sparkling blue waters of the Pacific that will beckon you from sunrise to sunset.
Among the beachside activities for the kiddies there is an in-ground pool and wading pool, a games room, camp kitchen, BBQ plus a Kids Club in the summer time.
Note: On Monday, you will be able to go inside and film in the deluxe Penguin Palace, the Ocean View Cabin, Seaview Cabin and the Spa Cabin. You will also film the camp kitchen, featuring the pool table, BBQ, games room and the swimming pool. There is also a playground. Belinda will have some kiddies there for some action.
Brett Funnel will be there to meet you also; he is the Manager of all the Holiday Parks in the Kiama area.
Originally built in 1886 to house workman from the basalt quarries, they are the only weatherboard terraces left in NSW, now classified by the National Trust, have been restored and attracts tourists to the strip of terraces occupied by craft shops, restaurants and cafes.
10 speciality shops line one side of Collins Street, just off Terralong Street. There’s something for everyone… from books to wind chimes, to pottery pieces and souvenirs. Take your pick from the Mexican or Italian restaurant or a cuppa at Amaki Cottage café.
Full list of shops at The Terrace:
Allure (home and giftware’s from afar) – Diana – 4232 2022
Chachi’s Ristorante BYO (Italian) – Matt – 4233 1144
Pots of Taste (pots, water features, gifts) – Lesley – 4232 1149
Ritzy Gritz New Mexican Grill – Rudy/Belinda – 0414 630 780
or 4232 1853
Terrace Gift Shoppe (sweets, souvenirs) – Leonie – 4232 1072
Amaki Cottage Café – Trisha – 4232 1214
Future Pastimes (crystals, jewellery, mystical gifts) -
Quarry Crafts – Diane – 4232 1778
Terrace Bookshop – Carol – 4232 3155
Terrace Glory Box – Loraine – 4232 1147
Jamberoo & Recreation Park
Jamberoo is a small and charming village 113km south of Sydney via the Princes Highway and 7km west of Kiama.
This is a quiet and attractive village in the Jamberoo Valley and is surrounded by nature reserves and National Parks which are popular for bushwalking and bird watching.
Jamberoo offers many activities… Surf Hill, Bob-sleds, Racing Cars, Speed Boats, The Rock, Landscape Golf, Surf Hill (8 track aqua racer), the Jamberoo Express and Chairlift ride.
There are 2 brand new action activities to be opened on 10th September which cost $3.5million to develop: Billabong Beach (an interactive beach & pools with cartoon characters, water guns, for kids aged 3-10yrs old) & the Rapid River (250m water course with waterfalls, rapids, ½ meter wave machine. These will be visible on our shoot day, but not in operation.
Blowhole Point, Kiama
Kiama: Get all your info about in and around Kiama here. All Maps, brochures, accommodation info etc can be sourced here.
Surf Beach Holiday Park: Low season rates for 2 people: Penguin Palace $200/night, $1,029/week or $515 for a weekend package. Spa Cabins $145/night, $815/week or $380 for a weekend package. Seaview Cabin $130/night, $740/week or $340 for a weekend package. Ocean View Cabin $120/night, $675/week or $320 for a weekend package. Ensuite Van & Annex $90/night, $480/week or $250 for a weekend package. Mobile Home with Ensuite $90/night, $480/week or $250 for a weekend package.
Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.
Blowhole Point: Open every day 9am-5pm
Terrace Shops, Collins Street, Kiama
Ritzy Gritz New Mexican Grill, Collins Street, Kiama. Phone: 4232 1853
Jamberoo can organise 3 different BBQ menus for groups of 20 or more.
Jamberoo Recreation Park
Jamberoo Road, Jamberoo. 7km west of Kiama.
Phone: 4236 0114
Fax: 4236 0019