Combining swimming, snorkelling and photography, the Kiama coast walk will keep you and your furry friend happy for hours.

Highlights

  • Cathedral Rocks
  • Bombo Quarry
  • One of the best coastlines in Australia
  • A nice long dog friendly hike!

Starting the Kiama Coast Walk

The Kiama Coast walk begins at the mouth of the Minnamurra River and continues up the headland with great views up the Minnamurra River and out to Rangoon Island. Follow the headland down to Jones Beach in Kiama Downs.

This is a great spot for a swim as the northern end of the beach is patrolled in the warmer months. At the southern end of the beach is Cathedral Rocks, a unique rock formation fantastic for photos.

Cathedral Rocks can only be fully accessed at low tide, so try to time your walk so that you arrive at Jones Beach just before low tide.

 

The Pillars of Bombo Quarry

Once you’ve explored Cathedral Rocks, follow the signage along the road, to the Boneyard and Bombo Quarry. The Boneyard is a small, secluded rocky beach that’s good for snorkeling.

Once you’ve reached Bombo Quarry, you’ll feel like you’re on another planet. The area has been completed destroyed by basalt quarrying in the past, leaving behind tall columns of basalt. Large swells often pound the columns spraying seawater high into the air and creating quite the spectacle.

 

Best Coffee Shops For a Sunrise Mission, Jonathan Tan, Bombo Quarry

Passing The Kiama Blowhole

After visiting the quarry follow the path back to Bombo Beach for a swim. The Kiama Coast Walk then continues on to Kiama Harbour which is home to several friendly and very large stingrays who feed on the scraps from the fishermen.

 

 

This section of the coast walk finishes at the always-exciting Kiama Blowhole. There are many cafes and shops nearby in Kiama so grab a cool drink and some lunch.

The Famous Kiama Wedge

Follow the signposts past Storm Bay and up alongside Kiama Showground, which often has rugby matches on in the cooler months – it’s probably the most scenic football field in the country.

The track will then take you along Surf Beach, which is home to the famous Kiama Wedge, you might see some of the region’s best boardriders catching waves.

Read more: Shredding The Surf Breaks of Kiama and Gerringong

 

Coastal Surf Town Vibes Under 2 Hours From Sydney Jon Harris Kiama surfing, 6 Apr 2019, the wedge

 

The next beach along the coast is Kendalls Beach, which normally has calmer waters, so it’s a good place to stop for a swim. On the headland south of Kendalls is a heavy reef break which absolutely pumps when a decent swell rolls in.

Little Blowhole And Beyond

The track then veers away from the coast and along the road to lead you to Little Blowhole.

Affectionately known to locals as ‘The Little Blowhole That Could’ because it actually blows harder and more frequently than Kiama’s flagship blowhole, it’s definitely one to tick off the blowhole bucket list.

 

 

The track then continues around the headland to be greeted by amazing views of East Beach and out to the next headland. East Beach is probably the calmest, cleanest beach in Kiama, so whip out the GoPro and take some highly sought after underwater selfies.

The last part of the walk takes you up the next headland into Kiama Heights past some cows, to a picnic area. You can finish the walk with a picnic and a great view.

Essential Gear

  • Swimmers and towel
  • Camera
  • Food and water
  • Sun protection
  • Cashola

How To Get There

The walk starts at the riverside park at Minnamurra, parking is available onsite in the car park off Charles Avenue.

Skill Level

Intermediate

Although this is a relatively easy walk, there are a few small hills spread throughout. There are a few cliff faces along the walk so stay away from the edge.

Distance Covered /  Time Taken

13km / 4.5hr

 

Feature photo by @johnharrisphotography