The name Kiama comes from the Aboriginal word Kiaram-a, which allegedly means ‘where the sea makes a noise’. Indeed this colourful town is famous for its blowhole. On the cliffs at Blowhole Point, waves surging into an underground cavity are compressed and forced upwards, exploding high into the air and accompanied by a loud ‘oomph’. The strength varies according to the wind, waves and tide but when it’s pumping it always draws a crowd.

Kiama Terrace – the row of weatherboard cottages along Collins Street – was constructed in 1886 to house quarry workers and their families. Discover the history of this township at the Pilot’s Cottage Museum where you’ll learn about the cedar cutters, basalt quarrymen and dairy farmers who settled here.

Don’t miss the Kiama Lighthouse.

Nearby Gerringong and Shellharbour are worth a visit.

Quick Facts

Kiama is an Urban Location area within the local government area of Kiama  in New South Wales, it is located approximately 95kms from the capital Sydney and extends over an area of 9.789 square kilometres. Kiama has a recorded population of 6881 residents and is within the Australian Eastern Daylight Time zone Australia/Sydney.

If you are planning a visit to Kiama we’ve put together some of the things you can see or do while you are here. These include, places to stay, tours and attractions, some upcoming events and places where you can grab a meal. Go ahead, try one of the buttons above. Every destination has something worth seeing so start exploring… If you know Kiama and think we’ve missed something, let us know and we’ll share it here.