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Kiama Coastal Walk
Join the Kiama coastal Walk at Shutters by the Sea. Stroll into town towards the light house or head south to Easts Beach

Cows on the Coastal Walk Kiama
Enjoy the rural delights on your walk to Gerringong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Join the Coastal Walk on the waterfront in front of Shutters by the Sea Airbnb.The Kiama Coastal Walk stretches from Minnamurra in the north right down to Gerringong south. 22 km in all. Outstanding scenery makes this one of the best scenic walks in NSW. Stunning beaches, amazing rock formations with hexagonal patterns and don't forget the ocean views. You may try the walk from Kiama to Easts Beach section and call in at Little Earth Roasters in Tingira Crescent for refreshments. 

  For those who appreciate natural beauty, the Kiama Coastal Walk awaits just outside your doorstep. Embark on this scenic trail that stretches from Minnamurra to Gerringong, offering unparalleled views of the ocean and the rugged coastal landscape.                                                 


Little Blowhole in action
Little Blowhole See it at Shutters by the Sea

The Kiama Blowhole attracts thousands of visitors every year. But it's the little cousin The Little Blowhole 50m from Shutters by the Sea  that we love. The spray can reach spectacular heights and the whoomph is amazing to hear.

At it's peak the spray will land directly in front of Shutters by the Sea.

Situated off Tingira Crescent, you can walk to nearby coffee shops or south around the headland  via the Coastal Walk to Easts Beach all the way to the village of Gerringong.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 Saddleback mountain lookout

Saddleback Mountain Lookout Kiama
Motor on up to Saddleback Mountain Lookout with views as far as you can see

 Saddleback Mountain Lookout  is where, on a clear day. you can see all the way towards Cronulla in the North to Milton in the South as far as your eyes can see. Motor past the dairy farms with their historic dry stone walls all the way to the top of the mountain. Pop your windows

down and savour the country air. The drive itself is worth it. You might like to continue your drive onto Jamberoo and stop off at the  Jamberoo Pub  for a spot of lunch.                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Beaches And Swimming

Surf Beach Kiama
Shutters by the Sea is located on the cliffs on the headland between Easts Beach and Kendalls Beach

Some of the most popular Kiama beaches are, Jones Beach in northern Kiama, Bombo Beach, Kiama Surf Beach in the town centre,  Kendalls Beach and Easts Beach to the south. A good way to explore these beaches is by walking the Kiama Coast Walk as mentioned above, which passes all of these fantastic beaches.

Kiama is a renowned spot for surfers, it offers a variety of waves for different levels, it's a great place to catch a wave or take a lesson.

         Easts Beach is a five minute walk from Shutters by the Sea.


The Farmers Markets are on Wednesday afternoons. A perk of staying midweek. 

Fruit, veggies, gelato and so much more. Pick up a few tasty treats for dinner. Be sure to try the Shanghai Dumplings.

The harbour is front and centre when the market comes to town. Mingle with the locals down at the park.

Wednesday Farmers Markets-a great opportunity to pick up some tasty treats
Wednesday Farmers Markets-a great opportunity to pick up some tasty treats

There are monthly markets with everything from local honey and meats to flowers and arts and crafts. Head to the harbour for these markets are packed with locals and visitors. Check out the weekly and monthly markets here

                           10 PLACES TO EAT IN KIAMA                                                Padres  is new up the street and serves dinner. Our guests report that  it was a highlight of their stay in Kiama.    (Closed early in the week).

Little Roasters  is also just up the street  from Shutters by the Sea and is open till 3-4 pm and has delicious coffee and a selection of light lunches.  

Diggies at the lighthouse has lovely summer juices and some tasty breakfast and lunch with a view.

Experience a blend of beautiful coastal views, refreshing sea air, and delicious coffee, juices, and all-day brunch offerings at this vibrant, relaxed cafe. 

Olive & Vine restaurant in Kiama boasts an eclectic and delicious modern Australian menu, including gourmet pizzas. The beachside restaurant offers a relaxed atmosphere, perfect for casual dining with friends and family. Dine in at and takeaway available. 

Silica Restaurant in Kiama has stunning ocean and coastal views from its location on Surf Beach. The restaurant serves the freshest local seafood and offers a top-notch dining experience, with two dining rooms featuring modern furnishings and décor. 

Penny Whistler  is a cool harbour view cafe that offers a relaxed atmosphere and great friendly service. Enjoy artisan coffee by Campos and gourmet food by head chef Rylee Cole while taking in the stunning view of Black Beach Kiama.  

 Zia’s Cafe is a family owned and operated Italian restaurant offering dine-in, takeaway and delivery in the heart of Kiama. Open for lunch and dinner 6 days, Zia’s is the perfect place to catch up with family and friends all while enjoying delicious food with a beautifully relaxed atmosphere.

My  personal favourite is the calzone and salad.                                                                                                                                                                         The Hungry Monkey Kiama has matured into the pinnacle of dining experiences in the area. This dynamic cafe restaurant offers a diverse range of meals from healthy and nutritious breakfasts, to gourmet burgers and an exceptional chef designed dinner menu. Located just off Manning street, this beach town cafe is the local’s choice. With the option for dine-in, takeaway you can get amazing food and great service anytime in the terraces is renowned for its Angus burgers and other tasty meals. 

If you are after a little spice.    JJ’s Indian Restaurant offers a unique dining experience, serving innovative Indian cuisine in an elegant and stylish setting, situated in the heart of Kiama. JJ’s provides a classic combination of indisputable knowledge, unique experience and traditional values that carry worldwide recognition. 

El Corazon Cocina  Authentic Mexican flavours in a great location overlooking Kiama Harbour. Fajitas are the flagship meal. Great Cocktail list including six different types of the classic Margarita. Extensive Tequlia and Mezcal selection. Both indoor and alfresco seating available with a great outdoor bar area. Regular live music. food was fresh and delicious, the margaritas excellent and service was also top notch. Recent guests November 2022 said "We had very enjoyable evening at El Corazon"   

The Fish Co-op has fresh prawns and oysters . Perfect for a picnic at the rockpool. 

Jaws and Saltwater for seafood takeaway are great too. 

10 Things to do in Kiama

  1. Visit the Kiama Blowhole. This natural wonder is one of the most popular attractions in Kiama. It is a sea cave where water is forced through a narrow opening in the rocks, creating a powerful spout of water that can reach up to 30 meters high.              Kiama Light House
  2. Take a walk on the Kiama Coastal Walk. This 8.4 km trail follows the coastline from Minnamurra River to Kiama Blowhole, offering stunning views of the ocean and the surrounding cliffs.

  3. People on the Coastal Walk
    The Coastal Walk to Gerringong is a favourite
    Take the Coastal Walk to Gerringong
  4. Go shopping in Kiama Harbour                                                                                                                            The harbour is home to a variety of shops, cafes, and restaurants. You can also take a boat cruise or fishing charter from the harbour.Kiama Harbour
    Kiama Harbour with rock pools and walkways
    Kiama Harbour with rock pools and walkway to the Light house
  5. Pilot's Museum at the Light house
    This museum tells the story of Kiama's history. From it's aboriginal beginnings to a seaside resort
  6. Hike to the top of Saddleback Mountain.                                                                                                        This challenging hike offers panoramic views of Kiama and the surrounding coastline.                                                                                                                    Saddleback Mountain scenery
    The walk to Saddleback Mountain is a hikers dream
  7. Visit the Minnamurra Rainforest. Visit the Minnamurra Rainforest. This lush rainforest is home to a variety of plant and animal life. There are also a number of walking tracks through the rainforest.                                                                                                                            Minnamurrafalls
    Minnamurra Falls
  8. Go wine tasting near Kiama.                                                        Crooked River winery Gerringong
    Crooked River winery also has a great cafe
    The Kiama region is home to a number of wineries, where you can sample some of the region's award-winning wines
  9. Take a day trip to Jervis Bay.                             
  10. Visit the Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures.                                                                                                                                                                                       
  11. Relax at one of Kiama's many beaches. Easts Beach is a great swimming beach.                                                                                                                                Easts Beach Kiama
    Easts Beach .An easy walk from Shutters by the Sea

Here are some of the wineries near Kiama that you can visit:

  • Crooked River Wines Gerringong    
  •  Crooked River Winery
    located in Gerringong, about 9 kilometers from Kiama
    Crooked River Winery
  • Two Figs Winery              
  • Mountain Ridge Wines    
  •  Coolangatta Winery
    located in Coolangatta, about 23 kilometers from Kiama.
  • Coolangatta Estate                   
  • Roselea Vineyard   

I recommend booking your wine tastings in advance, especially if you are visiting during peak season.

The wineries I have listed are all within a 30-minute drive of Kiama. The prices for wine tastings vary, but you can expect to pay around $20-30 per person for a tasting of 4-6 wines.

I hope this helps!

Please let me know if you have any other questions.