From the famous Kiama Blowhole to lesser-known attractions, there’s so much to love about the seaside town of Kiama
Just a 90-minute drive south of Sydney, on the NSW South Coast, the Kiama region is full of outdoor adventures for kids. What may surprise you is the number of impressive historic buildings, cafes and restaurants, boutique stores and art galleries to explore.
Stay a week or just a weekend, the choice is yours – it’s close enough to Sydney and Canberra for a short break, but there’s plenty to keep kids occupied for a week or more. Whether you’re keen for adventure or a relaxing escape, Kiama is sure to earn a special place in your heart.
Learn all about what Kiama has to offer below, including the best places to eat, play and stay.
Family Attractions in Kiama
There’s lots for families to see and do when visiting Kiama:
- Kiama Blowhole: Without a doubt, the biggest attraction in town is the Kiama Blowhole, which is the largest of its kind in the world, with water spouting as high as 30 metres. There are several boardwalks from which to view the spectacle.
- Kiama Coast Walk: The 20-kilometre-long track stretches from Minnamurra River to Werri Beach in Gerringong. The Walk is set out in stages, so you can do either a little or a lot. Highlights along the way include the Kiama Lighthouse, which was built in 1887, and Pilot’s Cottage Museum (open on weekends).
- Whale watching: During winter, the Kiama Coastal Walk makes a great vantage point from which to spot humpback whales passing by on their annual migration. Alternatively, book a whale watching boat tour.
- Water activities in Kiama: There are several surf schools in the area, while Kiama Harbour provides a safe place to go kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding.
- Jamberoo Action Park: Kids will love racing down the waterslides, braving the thrill rides and splashing about in the giant wave pool at Jamberoo Action Park, which also has a mini-golf course and a chairlift leading to a bobsled.
- Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures: The whole family can go ziplining at Illawarra, which also has a treetop walk and fairy houses dotted throughout.
- Buena Vista Farm: At this attraction near Gerringong, kids can meet the goats, pigs and chickens during a farm tour.
For more family fun, see our full list of things to do with kids in Kiama.
Family Accommodation in Kiama
With a beautiful beach right at its doorstep, a huge pool, epic water park and super fun kids’ club, BIG4 Easts Beach Holiday Park Kiama is the ideal place for a fun-filled family holiday. There’s a range of accommodation options to choose from, including powered campsites, cabins, villas and large beachfront retreats for up to eight people.
Sunny’s Aquaventure Park has multi-level platforms with two water slides, a giant tipping bucket and an ocean-themed splash pad with interactive features, as well as a shaded water journey for babies and toddlers.
The Krazy Kidz Club, which is open on weekends and during the NSW school holidays, offers such activities as slime making, sand art, foil art, scratch art, cupcake decorating and cooking classes to learn to make treats like Mars Bar balls, Crunchie slice and Malteser Fudge.
Parents can relax on sun loungers while watching their kids play in the two pools, one of which has a children’s water play area.
Best Family-friendly Kiama Restaurants & Cafes
The South Coast region is well-known for its food, with plenty of family-friendly cafes and restaurants in Kiama to enjoy:
- Cafe Kiama & Scoops Ice Creamery & Gelateria is bright and colourful, offering everything from hot dogs to Vietnamese pork rolls, plus milkshakes, smoothies and what feels like countless flavours of ice-cream, sorbet and gelato.
- Penny Whistlers Café has a dedicated kids’ menu featuring items such as hotcakes with maple syrup, ham and cheese toasties (with cherry tomato, avocado and cucumber on the side) and fish and chips.
- Sails Bistro at Kiama Leagues Club has a playground on the verandah and kids’ lounge at the entrance, with a TV, Sega car racing games, arcade games and claw machines where they can win various prizes.
- Crooked River Wines in Gerringong, around 10 minutes’ drive south of Kiama, is a fantastic venue for people of all ages. As well as a cellar door, an on-site restaurant with views over the vineyards and live music on Saturday afternoons, there’s a large grass area where children can play, a giant swing, chickens roaming around and friendly goats to pat.
Outdoor Markets in the Kiama Region
For such a relaxed and peaceful place, the Kiama area sure knows how to have fun. There are endless events for families, including Kiama’s regular markets:
- Kiama Farmers’ Market: Every Wednesday in Coronation Park. Pop into Kiama Farmers’ Market to peruse the stalls bursting with colourful locally-grown produce. As well as live music, there’s a dress up box to keep the littlies entertained, games such as chess, and food stalls offering gozleme, dumplings and donuts for an early dinner.
- Gerringong Rotary Markets: Third Saturday of the month, Gerringong. On the third Saturday of every month, the centre of Gerringong fills with stalls piled high with boutique and handmade products. Live music is also on the menu!
- Kiama Seaside Markets: Third Saturday of the month, Black Beach. The largest and most vibrant market in the region, Kiama Seaside Markets is the place to find local arts and crafts. Kids’ rides and treats by the seas are another drawcard for families. Extra markets are typically held in April, June and January.
- Jamberoo Village Market: Last Sunday of the month, Reid Park. At this quaint country market, chat with the friendly locals and sift through bric-a-brac to discover hidden treasures.
When is the Best Time to Visit Kiama?
The NSW South Coast’s temperate climate makes Kiama perfect for family holidays any time of year. Even in winter, Kiama rarely gets down into single digits, while average daytime maximums bottom out at a manageable 17 degrees.
The annual KISS Arts Fest is held in Kiama each October. Formerly known as the Kiama International SeaSide Arts Festival, the event schedule is packed with kids’ activities and family events, including music, theatre and comedy shows.
Proudly produced in partnership with BIG4 Easts Beach Holiday Park Kiama