The Memorial Arch Kiama

A day trip to Kiama

I love one-day road trips. They are quick weekend getaways without spending too much money on travel or accommodation. Sydney has been blessed with many of these beautiful gems for one-day road trips. Kiama is one such gem that is easily accessible and can be covered in one day. It is a town for a chilled out relaxed one day trip.

A day trip to Kiama
A panoramic view of the town

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About Kiama…

Kiama is a coastal town located in New South Wales of Australia. It is famous for its Blowhole where the water shoots up into the air between the two cliffside caverns. It is a perfect coastal escape for anyone who wants to go out of Sydney. The town has amazing cafes and restaurants where one can have a relaxed lunch. More information can be found on the Visit NSW website.

Did you know that the word Kiama has been translated as “where the sea makes a noise”? This is so apt considering that the town is famous for its blowhole.

How to reach Kiama?

  • Drive – Kiama is about 121 kilometres from Sydney. It takes around 2 hours to drive to the coastal town. It is a very nice and comfortable drive on a highway.
  • Public Transport – The train journey takes around 2.5 hours from Martin Place (Sydney). The cost of the train journey is between AUD 20 and AUD 40. More information can be found on the Transport for NSW website.
A day trip to Kiama
Bombo beach

Things to do

Kiama Blowhole

As the name Kiama suggests, it is a town where the sea makes a noise. The number one thing to see in Kiama is to watch the blowhole. The blowhole is where the sea water rushes through the gap between the cliffs. Sometimes the sea water goes up to 25 metres in the air. It is an interesting thing to watch and also look at people cheering and expressing every time the sea water makes it into the air.

There are public toilet facilities near the town.

Kiama Blowhole
Kiama blowhole

Kiama Lighthouse

Located very close to the Kiama Blowhole, the Kiama Lighthouse is another point of interest in Kiama. The Kiama lighthouse was founded in the year 1887 and it is an active lighthouse. The lighthouse is currently managed by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).

Do not miss the sunset at the Kiama lighthouse, it is simply breathtaking.

Kiama Lighthouse
Kiama lighthouse

You would be surprised to know that I worked with RMS for a few years :).

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Memorial arch

The Memorial arch at Kiama is in recognition for all those who sacrificed in the Great War between 1914 and 1918. There are name plaques opposite to the arch that honour all the names from the First World War and the Second World War.

The Memorial Arch Kiama
The memorial arch

Enjoy a picnic

A relaxed picnic at the local park listening to a local band is an amazing way to spend a warm sunny afternoon. This is what one can do at the Hindmarsh Park.

Picnic Kiama
Local band performing

Bombo Quarry

Bombo Beach is located 2 kilometres from Kiama. The Bombo Headland Quarry is an unmarked path from the Bombo Beach and is situated between the Kiama Downs and Kiama. It is famous among photographers and is a great spot to view the rough sea. It is an unusual place with basalt columns where the ocean swells up and down quickly. This is a place that makes you feel you are not on Earth.

Be very careful at the quarry as it can be very dangerous on the rocks. The sea swirls up and down very quickly without giving enough time to react.

I RSVP’d for an event that was organised by one of the photography groups on Meetup, the group was headed to Bombo beach for photography. This was the first time I visited Bombo Quarry and I fell in love with this place.

Bombo Beach
Bombo Quary

Lunch at a local cafe

As I mentioned earlier, Kiama is filled with cafes and restaurants. It caters to all cuisines like Australian (Fish and Chips), Kebabs, Thai, and Indian. Definitely be rest assured that one can get a good lunch at this coastal town. There are also some fine dining restaurants that one can spend a nice evening.

I suggest trying the Fish and Chips by the sea at a local shop. They are really delicious and amazing.


There are a few local shops where one can buy souvenirs and clothes from local artists. These are a great way to promote and contribute to the community.

I did find some beautiful things to buy while I was strolling around the streets.

Kiama Shops
Local shops

Whale watching

Kiama has various spots where one can watch whales during the whale migratory season (between the months of May and October). I have read and heard that there are different points within the town, especially near the lighthouse, where one can look out for humpback whales.

Note: I have never spotted whales in Kiama, unfortunately.

Is it safe for solo female travelers?

Yes, absolutely. Kiama is very safe. I have been to this amazing town solo and with friends, many times and I have had no issues. People are warm and friendly. The town is buzzing with people over the weekends and hence it is not at all lonely and dangerous. However, like any other place, I would still suggest you be cautious especially at nights, and trust your instinct.


I recommend spending a day at Kiama. It is a relaxed little coastal town and spending a day in this town is totally worth it. Also, it is accessible by public transport so one can easily go to this town even if they do not wish to drive.

  • There are plenty of towns around Kiama. Other places to explore are the Gerrigong and Gerrora. They are both spectacular coastal neighboring towns.
  • There are also amazing coastal walks with beautiful views of the ocean.

I would suggest spending a day unless you are doing a coastal walk. In the case of a coastal walk, it is advisable to stay for the night at Kiama.

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    • The Bambo beach and the light house look so beautiful. I’m sure you must have had a great time there. This place and the local market look very interesting.

  1. Wow I love the Bombo quay! And the water hitting the rocks was something we enjoyed in Bali and it was really thrilling. Like little kids we were jumping when the water droplets sprinkled on us.

  2. I am sure Kiama makes a perfect getaway for a day trip. It looks so lovely. I would love to see the Blow Hole, which seems so fascinating and a rare natural phenomenon. The Lighthouse too looks so different, always love lighthouses, they have such an aura of romance around them.

  3. Kiama looks perfect place for a day trip. I love to see the light house as well as Blow Hole. I adding this place to bucket list and will plan a trip very soon.

  4. Australia is one of my favorite countries, the climate there is fantastic. I have never visited Kiama before but it looks like a hidden gem, it will definitely add it to my “places to visit” list.

  5. Kiama is an Australian hidden gem! It looks like the perfect place for a day trip while visiting Australia. The bamboo quarry looks incredible, as does whale watching during season. If I’m ever in the area I will make sure to plan a day trip here. Your blog post was a delightful reference.

  6. Kiama is surely a great place to visit in Australia. The Bombo Quay seems to be a perfect place to spend your evenings enjoying the water hitting the rocks. The lighthouse looks so beautiful too

  7. Kiama sure looks like a gem of a place! It sort of reminds me of Cape Perpetua in Oregon here and that Quarry like Iceland cost! This quaint town is seems to be much more than just an exciting coastal area and yes a perfect place for a day picnic šŸ˜€

  8. I too am a big fan of day-trips. Its the most economical, esp., if I manage to pack my lunch more often than not, I manage to not spend a penny using travel passes & museum passes! Good to know that Sydney is blessed with many such places. Good to know it is well connected by train also. The blowhole looks incredible. I would cheer there too. Its definitely a fun thing to do! Bumbo Quarry looks incredible. Definitely every photographer’s delight.

  9. I would love to visit the place for its blowhole. One more thing which amazed me, was the memorial arch, its structure resembled Arc of Triumph Paris and even our own Gateway of India in Mumbai. Sydney definitely have few of the rare gems.

  10. There are so many places to visit in this short span of a lifetime, yet another place I think I want to explore. The lighthouse always fascinates me and this one is superb.

  11. Kiama looks like a really beautiful place in New South Whales and small enough to visit in a day. It even has a lighthouse, which I’d love to photograph. Good to know there is a beautiful spot to see the quarry at Bambo Beach.

  12. Who doesn’t love a good daytrip to get away from the hustle and bustle. And seems like Kiama is the perfect option for it. I had never heard of the Kiama blowhole and it is so wonderful to learn so many new facts about it. And I am glad that there are so many different things to do in Kiama apart from the blowhole which makes it just the perfect place to spend an entire day.

  13. Kiama seems just perfect as a destination for the type of holidays I love. The day trips are my favorite too. The lighthouse seems so nice and little different from the ones that we tend to associate with a lighthouse. The blowhole spot would be great to visit too. Overall looks ideal for relaxed holiday. Would love to explore sometime.

  14. I love one-day road trips too. Since we have dogs at home, we really do not the luxury to take long vacations. Kiama is beautiful. It would be nice to visit the Bombo Beach and I am pretty sure my husband would enjoy taking photos here. Thank you for sharing this post as well as the reminders to be careful. Looking forward to visit in the future.

  15. Oooh wow this place looks perfect for a day trip – love the coast and this has stunning scenery and plenty to do – thanks so much for sharing

    Laura x

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