Looking for a weekend getaway hotspot? Check out Kiama, on the south coast of NSW, approximately a 2 hour drive outside of Sydney. The first reason to head down there is the scenic drive down the NSW coast, with roads taking you through lush greenery one minute then spits you out onto an amazing ocean scene that will keep you challenged to stay focused on the road.
Kiama itself is nestled in amongst a couple of beautiful beaches, with the Kiama Blowhole at the point. A great spot for an active weekend, the Kiama Coast Walk is 22km of scenic fitness motivation if you are up for it! Broken into 3 sections, you can do some or all of it. If you can handle the whole route, it takes you from Minnamurra to Gerringong if you are up for the challenge. Along the way the route include hot spots such as the Kiama Blow Hole (at Blowhole Point), the Little Blowhole, the Werri Lagoon, and Werri Beach.
Kiama is one of those places ideal for doing everything or nothing. With plenty of adventure activities, beaches and fishing, and nearby towns to visit, for those wanting to fill there schedule there are plenty of options. For those wishing to slow things down and hang out in town, there are plenty of places to eat, drink, and relax, and for when you feel like you should perhaps do something semi-active, Kiama has seaside markets every 3rd Sunday on the beach.
Kiama has some great cafe and coffee options. Penny Whistlers is a new option with beautiful water views on Shoalhaven st, complete with a great menu (not to mention licensed if you are in the mood for a long lunch). One of the best things about this menu is that it has options for everyone, from the kale/quinoa health conscious of us right through to the boys (or girls!) just wanting a juicy burger – they have got you covered.
Short Black Coffee, on Terralong st is an award winning coffee spot (and if you need more motivation than that, they use real melted chocolate in their hot drinks….mmmm).
Crooked River winery is a must visit spot, just a quick drive from Kiama. With absolutely stunning views over the vines and also out to sea, the food here is incredible and the wine is so good it gives the food a run for it’s money. Great staff to add to that makes this the perfect place to spend a lazy long lunch!
Kiama has a few accommodation options, but we stayed at The Sebel Kiama Harbourside which was a perfect location with lots of great food options within walking distance, as well as the adjoining pub. Airbnb and Stayz have some local options, as well as some nearby accommodation a short drive away in Gerringong.
Highly recommend if you are looking for a quick weekend break!