Waves, Wines and Wildlife in a Day – Escape to Kiama from Sydney
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Need a break? How about a Kiama day trip from Sydney? Eat some good food, laze on a beach, and enjoy some scenic views. Do all that you would for a perfect holiday.
Curious about more? Read on! Here’s what we got from there!
Why day trip to Kiama from Sydney is so popular?
Kiama mainly attracts tourists because it has the largest blowhole in the world. This 2.5 meter opening in the rock sends plumes of water as high as 30 meters.
Apart from this, Kiama also offers you various adventures that you are sure to enjoy. There are parks and beaches that you can laze on with family, taking pictures of some scenic views.
Here, you get a lot of opportunities to get adventurous with activities that are sure to promise you an experience of a lifetime.
How to reach Kiama, NSW
Only 90 minutes from Sydney, there are several options to reach Kiama from downtown.
You can embark on a relaxing train journey while enjoying the scenic coastline in Australia if you are not in a hurry. The journey lasts for just about two hours, and there are trains at regular intervals, like about 4:00 pm. 4:30 pm, 5:00 pm, and 5:30 pm. Need to get onboard to the South Coast Line (SCO) from Sydney CBD and all info can be found here.
You can also opt to travel by bus. A bus leaves at 9:00 from Sydney each day for a journey about as long as the one by train. More info and booking a ride to Kiama by bus can be found here.
The most relaxing way to reach Kiama from Sydney is by car. You can drive at your own pace while enjoying the scenic view along Grand Pacific Drive. It would take around 90 minutes to reach Kiama from Sydney by car.
The route is pretty straightforward, and you can take small halts at tourist spots like the Royal National Park, Stanwell Park, and Wollongong before reaching Kiama. However, if you are not familiar with the roads in Sydney, driving here may seem complicated.
Highlights of our day trip from Sydney to Kiama
I am glad I chose a Sydney day tours, as we saw a lot more than I would otherwise. Here are the things we enjoyed:
First Stop – Bare Island / La Perouse
This place was spotted by Captain Cook, who referred to it as the small bare island. This fort, which was first built to protect the backdoor of Sydney, soon became one of the first war veteran’s homes in Australia.
The place offers a spectacular view, giving us a lot of pictures to upload. And don’t forget that it is surrounded by water for you to have some fun scuba diving or snorkelling too.
Scenic Drive Via Royal National Park
The roads were smooth, and the view was good with a lot of grasslands and cliff tops. There were all the proper facilities that we needed on the way.
And finally, the park was beautiful with beaches and bush walks and a lot of lookouts to see nature. The wedding cake rock was one of my favourites.
I am so glad to have stopped here. There was so much about this place, including the fact that it is the third-oldest national park in the world. We also took some awesome pictures to share with friends back home. If you want to plan a day trip to Royal National Park, read this article here.
Bird’s Eye View from Stanwell Park
If you like hang-gliding or paragliding, Stanwell Park is the place for you. Here, we enjoyed some of the most breathtaking views of the village as we went over cliffs and oceans. It was an experience of a lifetime.
We also had a good time touring the area. We went bushwalking along the coastal paths and trails.
The place has some excellent restaurants and cafes too. You can visit the LOAF cafe for sandwiches, Uluwatu Blue for Mexican cuisine, or the Tumbling Waters Retreat for some fancy local food.
You can also head to the Flying High Cafe for some ice cream.
We ended our visit to the Symbio wildlife park, spending some good time with the animals and hand-fed kangaroos.
Drive Via Sea Cliff Bridge
If you love going for a drive, don’t miss the 140 km scenic coastal drive along the Grand Pacific as it takes you through lush rain forests and from there to all the coastal towns for a good view of the region.
And you can also get adventurous along the way, with various activities for you to explore, food to taste, beaches to laze on, and so much more.
This was the best part of our Kiama day trip from Sydney.
Adventures At Kiama Blowhole
The Kiama Blowhole gives you more than a beautiful picture to share with friends.
Here, you can feel the spray of the ocean and perhaps even take a tour to the little blowhole, its cousin, which is consistent and more spectacular and hence worth the effort though a distance away.
A Swim at the Kiama Rock Pool
And with all the other adventures, don’t forget to enjoy a good dip at one of the ocean pools.
You could head to the Boar Harbour Ocean Pool for snorkelling or just swim at the Olympic Pool at the North end of the Black Beach Reserve or one of the saltwater ocean pools for time with your family.
Sadly, we didn’t come prepared for this, but we hope to make another Kiama day trip from Sydney again, this time, especially for an experience at the Kiama rock pool.
Lunch At the Ameki Cafe
Foodies, don’t miss the Ameki Cafe with its mouth-watering sandwiches and salads, my personal favourite being the club sandwich and Caesar salad.
If you’re too early for lunch, there are pancakes and toast, waffles and rolls, and so much more for an excellent breakfast to start your day!
Quick Stop at Gerringong Whale Watching Platform
Animal lovers, don’t leave Kiama without meeting its many whales.
The Gerringong is one of the best platforms for you to go oohing and awing as they leap and drop from among the waves.
While we couldn’t precisely cuddle them, we sure came home with pictures to treasure and share.
Here are the Geo coordinates if you want to visit this lookout – https://goo.gl/maps/1yJA2455suEf61Rj8
Relax At the Nan Tien Temple Berkeley
And finally, we ended with a visit to the Nan Tien Temple in Berkeley. This is a school that offers various events and services to someone looking for a quiet retreat.
Located in a pristine and serene environment, this temple is based on the teachings of Buddhism, with events and activities to suit all religious beliefs.
For this reason, this place is one of the major tourist attractions on the South Coast, having received various awards over the years. The site also welcomes volunteers who want to extend their services.
Plan Your Kiama Day Trip from Sydney Today
Kiama was a much-needed holiday for a break from all the office meetings and emails. You can enjoy it too.
Go ahead and have a good time, lazing on a beach in Kiama, which is a short drive away, and not to forget, get adventurous too. For more details and a guided day tour to Kiama, you can contact Sydney Private Tours.
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