Scenic Day Trip from Sydney to Kiama

Experience spectacular coastal scenery as you travel south along the Australian Coast to the beautiful town of Kiama

The historic 1887 Kiama Lighthouse
The historic 1887 Kiama Lighthouse cc licensed photo by Dushan and Miae

A trip along the coast to Kiama is a great way to spend a day during your Sydney vacation. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and visit this picturesque ocean-side town with its famous blowhole, spectacular coastal walkway, heritage sites, parks, beautiful beaches and more. Best of all there are no crowds here!

You begin with a spectacular train ride from Sydney that takes you south through Royal National Park and along the beautiful rollling hills of the eastern coast of Australia passing through many small coastal towns along the way. You can view the entire 2½ hour train ride in just 13 minutes on the HD video at the bottom of our 'Photos and Video' tab. You will also see many beautiful photos of the Kiama area which will make you want to go there all the more.

The first thing to do when you arrive is to exit the station to your right and walk along Terralong Street toward the ocean. Go right at Terralong and follow it to Blowhole Point Road. Follow that out to the Kiama Visitors Centre where you can get a map of the area and ask questions to plan your day. The visitor centre is open daily from 9am-5pm (10am-4pm on Sundays during the Winter)

Adjacent to the Visitors Centre you can see the famous Kiama Blowhole, the Kiama lighthouse and, if travelling on Friday through Monday you can visit the Pilots Cottage Museum - a regional and maritime museum in a restored 1881 cottage. Afterwards you may want to explore the many interesting specialty shops and eateries located in the historic 1886 Terrace Houses. Just follow Terralong Street northwest from the point up to Collins Street and go right. The Terrace Houses are up ahead on the right hand side. There are also several other historic buildings located in the town dating back as far as 1859. You will also find an abundance of eateries and small boutique shops to explore as you walk along Terralong Street.

We would also suggest enjoying a portion of the 22 km long Kiama Coast Walk. One option is to walk north for about 3 km along Bombo Beach passing the Bombo Headland and ending at the striking Cathedral Rocks. The other option is to follow the Kiama Coast Walk south past the beautiful Surf and Kendall Beaches to Kiama's Little Blowhole located on Marsden Head. The later walk is just over 2kms each way. Bonaira Native Gardens are also within walking distance south from the Kiama Visitor's Centre.

Whatever you decide to do during your day trip to Kiama, we are sure you will find the trip a relaxing and enjoyable part of your Sydney vacation.

You can learn more about Kiama from Kiama Tourism or the official tourism site for New South Wales - VisitNSW - Kiama.


Train Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Intercity - Central Station11 minutes to Kiama Visitor's Centre and Blowhole Point

How to get to Kiama Lighthouse by Train

By Train: Take an Intercity South Coast ine train from Central Station in Sydney for an enjoyable journey along Australia's beautiful east coast to Kiama Station. When you get to the station follow the directions above. Travel time each way ranges from just over 2 hours to about 2½ hours depending on the time of day, so you will want to get an early start.

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