Sydney and Canberra pay close attention – if you haven’t heard of the Kiama area, which is just a 90 minute drive south of Sydney, here’s a reminder as to why this little piece of paradise remains a firm favourite for families:
Did you know that the name Kiama has long been translated as ‘where the sea makes a noise’?
Kids will wonder at two very impressive (and noisy) blowholes formed from basalt lava flows 260 million years ago! With a south east swell, head to the lighthouse for the main blowhole, for a north east swell head to the little Blowhole.
At night, why not step outside and look up to enjoy amazing star gazing opportunities, away from city lights.
If zipping or walking through the tree tops is more your thing, then head to Kiama’s Illawarra Fly treetop walk (NSW’s only steel canopy walk) and eco-zipline adventure with stunning panoramic views taking in everything from the rainforest floor out to the Pacific Ocean.
In the warmer months, head to the Jamberoo Action Park – the largest family owned and operated water them park in NSW guaranteed to deliver squeals of delight and hours of family fun.
Or for something completely different outside, head to Jamberoo for a rare chance to try Foot Golf – great for everyone in the family!
You can’t stay in the area without checking out Kiama’s awesome parks and playgrounds (- your kids would never forgive you!).
Let’s face it – we’re all time poor and technology is partially to blame. Spending time together in nature is a fabulous distraction and the perfect canvas for families to paint beautiful memories.
For diverse beachcombing-scapes to explore as a family, the Kiama area exceeds expectations. Want white sandy beaches and space to roam? Head to Kendall’s Beach in Kiama, Werri Beach in Gerringong or Seven Mile Beach in Gerroa – just to name a few. Surfing lessons for the young and young at heart await. For a tucked away Hawaiian-esque pebble beach with grassy picnicking areas? Head to Boneyard.
No need to head overseas if you are looking for stunning turquoise water where the river meets the ocean. Instead, head to Mystics Beach. While you’re there, find a path in the bush behind you and 20 steps later you’re on a sandy beach lining the Minnamurra River – with an entirely a new view!
Minnamurra river is a favourite choice for parents wanting their kids to connect with nature and with each other. Enjoy sports like kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and fishing. The sandy beach offers space to sprawl out, enjoy a picnic and play games with each other.
Kiama is well-known for its stunning Coastal Walk stretching for 22 kilometers from the mouth of the Minnamurra River south through Kiama to Gerringong’s Werri Beach – keep an eye out for migrating whales! The Walk is set out in stages, so you can do either a little or a lot and it’s easy to select a portion to enjoy with your little ones and take in the gorgeous views all year round.
For those on wheels that enjoy time zipping along on land/terra firma, go cycling one of the many biking paths in the region.
For some inner calm, experience the tranquillity of nature at the Minnamurra Rainforest Centre. Meander along the easy grade wheelchair accessible, lower level trail or continue on the Falls Walk for spectacular views over the rainforest canopy and stunning waterfall.
Barren Grounds Nature Reserve is also a must see for wildflowers (in season), coastline views and the Illawarra Lookout Walk which is 2.6kms
Before you get started on any adventure, make your little ones feel like they are on a mini expedition and download the Kiama checklist for clever kids from their visitor’s guide!
What may surprise you and your family is the number of impressive historic buildings, cafes and restaurants, boutique stores, and studios and galleries to explore.
The area is also well-known for its food with plenty of family-friendly cafes and restaurants where you can sit and share your stories after a day adventuring!
You’ll be pleasantly surprised researching family-friendly accommodation when you see the options!
One example is East Beach Holiday Park offers a special experience being close to the centre of Kiama while still feeling you have your own private beach! They have a brand new pool complex, including a heated lounge pool with children’s play areas – plus a large resort pool with 2 lap lanes and a disability ramp! The main attraction for kids is a big waterpark that has 3 water slides and tipping bucket! With jumping pillows, children’s playgrounds, massage studios and a variety of accommodation options, you’ll find this to be another highlight to your stay.
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For those that love to create, we have you covered, from painting to pottery to animation and so much more. The Kiama area has a strong art community so there is usually a class, hands on workshops, exhibition or event to check out giving you a chance to mingle with friendly locals! Like the annual KISS Arts Festival coming up April 26-28, with international acts, local talent, unique experiences and pure entertainment. There will be lanterns, lampposts, laughter, art, music, circus troupes, hula-hoops and more!
Kiama has a temperate coastal climate through winter meaning it rarely gets down into single digits, while average daytime maximums bottom out at a manageable 17 degrees. This makes it a top choice for families to see any time of the year.
For such a relaxed and peaceful place, the Kiama area sure knows how to have fun. There are endless family-fun events, and more popping up every year. Check out what’s happening around the area to get an idea and help plan your next trip!
Plus you will want to check out one of these ongoing events throughout the year:
Kiama Seaside Markets – 3rd Sunday of every month and occasional holidays
FREE Stingray Show – 3rd Sunday of every month to coincide with the seaside market.
The Kiama Farmers Market held every Wednesday afternoon at Surf Beach is a popular gathering point for local families. Sample local seasonal delights, chat with friendly farmers and soak up the sounds of local musicians.
Check out our Events Calendar to view more
Stay a week, do as little or a lot as you desire. Not matter how long you stay, the Kiama area will find a way to nestle permanently in your heart as your favourite place to escape for a family holiday.
BIG4 EASTS BEACH KIAMA
MID YEAR SAVER – 20% discount
Would you like to sit back and relax for more than a couple of nights and explore the sights of Kiama and the South Coast – Including amazing walks, wineries, beautiful country towns, rainforests and so much more? Stay 3 or more nights in any of our accommodation, ensuite or powered sites and receive a 20% discount.
Book online at www.eastsbeach.com.au or call one of our friendly reception staff on 02 42322 124
KENDALLS BEACH HOLIDAY PARK
‘EAT, STAY, PLAY’
Stay 3 nights in any beachfront or garden cabin and receive a FREE family pass (2 adults and 2 children) to Shoalhaven Zoo and a FREE family pizza from Zia’s. Kids stay free.
To take advantage of this offer please book direct and quote ‘eatstayplay’ firstname.lastname@example.org (02) 4232 1790
T&C’s Valid for new bookings with stay dates between 29 April 2019 – 5 September 2019. Not available in conjunction with any other deal or discount.
DISCOVERY PARK GERROA
At the mouth of Crooked River, with the white sands of Seven Mile Beach nearby, sits the lovely seaside town of Gerroa and your next holiday park, Discovery Parks – Gerroa (formerly known as Big4 Discovery Parks – Gerroa).
EARLY BIRD – 3 NIGHTS SAVE 25%
60DAY19 – Promo code
“We want to reward those who plan early and book in advance. Book 3 or more nights at least 60 days in advance of your travel days and save 25%. Available on all cabin and site accommodation types.”
Terms and conditions:
Subject to availability for new bookings only. Must book 60 days or more in advance. Offer valid from 29/01/2019 to 14/12/2019. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Must quote promo code at time of booking. Please note that blackout dates may apply over school holidays, public holidays, long weekends and local special events. Offer valid for both online bookings or by calling the park. Discount is based on the standard rate, does not include extra guests. Offer may be changed or cancelled at any time without notice.
Giant Easter Egg Hunt 2019 @ Jamberoo Action Park – Join the Easter Bunny and Sammy the Shark to hunt for easter eggs hidden throughout the picnic grounds of the Park. After the hunt concludes you can enjoy a great day of thrills and spills at Jamberoo Action Park
Wings over Illawarra Air Show – Australia’s best annual air show is a thrilling event for all ages. Jaw-dropping formation aerobatics, fast fighter jets, vintage aircraft, and formation flying teams with breathtaking manoeuvers to delight and inspire!