Holiday with Kids
It may be best known for the shock and awe of its big blowhole and spectacular coastline, but there’s so much more to discover with kids in the cool, creative and breathtakingly beautiful Kiama region, writes
The anticipation builds much like the water pressure below as crowds gather to witness the mystifying eruption of seawater from Kiama’s famous blowhole. The kids stare in anticipation – the brave ones waiting in the splash zone – not wanting to blink in case they miss it. We try to countdown the moment it will erupt only to be caught off guard. A loud ‘whoosh’ signals the blast and water shoots high into the sky, followed by synchronised sounds of awe and applause. It’s like going on a ride – once is not enough so we wait to witness the spectacle all over again.
Located by the lighthouse at Blowhole Point, Kiama’s blowhole proves a powerful introduction to the many delights of creative and delightful Kiama, a seaside town nestled between stunning beaches and scenic rainforests on NSW'S South Coast that draws families back year after year.
Thrills and spills
Kiama certainly does not fall short on excitement. With world-class water parks, treetop zip lines and a selection of outdoor sports, often the hardest part is agreeing on what to do first. A standout, and a long-time favourite of mine, is Jamberoo Action Park, the largest family-owned water park in the state. The bigger kids will be in their element here, racing down water slides, seeking out thrilling rides and challenging themselves on the popular rock jump. Meanwhile, little ones can splash safely in the heated pools, themed water fountains and mini water slides at Billabong Beach.
If water rides aren’t your thing, perhaps flying through the treetops on Australia’s highest zip line will take your fancy. Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures run guided tours suitable for ages four and up that involve a fun day of navigating suspension bridges and flying on cable spans 35 metres above the forest floor. While you’re there, make time to do the self-guided Treetop Walk, which is well worth it for panoramic views over the canopy to the Royal National Park, Lake Illawarra and the South Pacific Ocean.
Closer to town are several fishing spots, golf courses, cycling routes, beaches and tennis courts that also make for fun family activities. If you’re looking for a surf spot, be sure to try out The Wedge break at Kiama’s Surf Beach, or head south for the long rolling waves of Seven Mile Beach at Gerroa – said to be one of the best places in the state to learn to surf. During your stay, consider a lesson at one of the three surf schools based in Gerroa. They’ll provide all the gear and have plenty of experience teaching both adults and young kids who have never surfed before.