There has never been a better time to explore closer to home. In just under 3 hours Canberrans can experience a magic seaside escape at Kiama. Switch up your long-distance travel plans for a mood boosting getaway in Kiama. Wind down with the help of the calming sound of crashing waves or switch on your inner explorer. Kiama offers a fresh take on travel and a range of diverse experiences.
1. Nature is King
Spend the weekend being one with nature throughout the coast and hinterlands. Stroll along the sand on one of Kiama’s Beach walks or embark on arguably Australia’s most scenic route – the stunning Kiama Coast Walk. Nature is king at Kiama and takes on many walks of life. Take the family whale watching or plan a picnic, fishing or swimming day among National parks, waterfalls and wildlife. From the fauna to the flora, the unspoilt beaches to the green hills, Kiama’s nature experiences create memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime.
2. Embrace Wellbeing
For those who like to return from vaycay feeling relaxed and reenergised, Kiama is all about those feel good feels. Let all your troubles float away with Coastal Float Health & Wellness. Gather your gang for an intimate and fun session. Close your eyes and imagine floating at the rock pools. For those looking to laze around your beach-front accommodation, call upon Just Breath- Home and Mobile Massage to book the crew in for an afternoon of relaxation. If that’s not enough zen, there are plenty of other places to enjoy a massage or beauty service, yoga, meditation or Pilates and natural therapies.
3. Eat Like a Local
The best part about visiting any new area is pre-planning for the food hit list. We’ve done the groundwork for you and asked the locals where the best places to grab a bite to eat are. If you like your dining cosy and casual with a side of ocean views, this is the list for you.
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4. Local Drops: Wineries & Breweries
Embracing the local drop anywhere you visit is must! Gerringong has a proud wine and local brewery culture. Boasting views of both mountains and sea, visit the family owned and operated Crooked River Wines and Stoic Brewing for a tasting paddle and tour. If you’re looking for somewhere to dine with local fare on the menu, head into The Hill Bar & Kitchen where you can drink and eat local
5. Seaside Shopping
For the most beautiful boutique by the sea shopping days there are two main areas to check out Kiama and Gerringong, both offering coastal inspired boutique shopping, with the chance to grab coffee, walk around, chat with the locals. Both 34 Degrees South Trading Company and Historic Terrace Houses encapsulate coastal chic.
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6. Wake up to a view
Where beautiful landscapes are found, beautiful accommodation follows. In the case of Kiama stunning views are the draw card. In the region you’ll find gorgeous places to stay including beautifully appointed hotels, secluded rural cottages, restored heritage homes, to award-winning luxury coastal homes. Some of the most notable include Absolute Oceanfront Cottage, Sundara Beach House, Jamberoo Pub and Saleyard Motel and Holiday Parks. If you’re after a fail-safe way to book luxe accommodation, both Amaroo Kiama and Swell Kiama will find you the perfect stay.
7. Explore nature’s eye candy
One of the best ways to find the locally best kept secrets is on social media. By following #kiama #gerringong #gerroa #minnamurra #jamberoo and #bombo you’ll be privy to the most Instagramable locations such as the Blowholes and Lookouts. The Little Blowhole often plays second fiddle to the Big Blowhole however locals say this one is more consistently showing off its glory with a spectacularly large South east swell. There’s no shortage of nature’s eye candy in Kiama.
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8. Art: Be Inspired
Every getaway needs a touch of creativity and culture. The Kiama Arts Trail conveys the natural beauty of the picturesque countryside along with award winning artists’ Galleries & studios en route. From art studios to photography galleries, local creations and sculptures see it all on the one artistic trail full of flair.
9. Take on an adventure
From the wanderers to the adventure seekers, Kiama allows for a holiday full of action. Take a weekend off to upskill, enjoy the outdoors or find a new hobby. Take in the views while Ziplining and treetop walking, splash into a surfing lesson, enjoy the early mornings fishing offshores or in the rivers. Jump on a bike or a horse and go for a bush ride. Take the scenic route on the many cycleways available or head off road and traverse the hills. Kimberley Park Stud is a horse-riding school that caters to all ages. If you’re after a good laugh and a great way to test your balance, Stand Up Paddle Boarding offers group sessions and fitness classes on the board!
10. Hands on Holiday
In the holiday swing of things, let the creativity flow. Get hands on and even create your own souvenir to bring home and remember Kiama by. Visit the commercial kitchen at Buena Vista farm for cooking workshops designed around the family-farms passion for wholefood cooking. Learn how to make beautifully scented candles and diffusers with Willowvale Road or delve into ceramic with Zeynep Testoni Ceramics. At Kiama Art Workshops you can try a little of everything including painting, drawing, sculpture, textiles, printmaking and jewellery design and see which medium sparks your interest.
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