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Kiama
Kiama is a municipality 120 kilometers south of Sydney, in Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia, in the municipality of Kiama. One of the main tourist attractions is the Kiama Blowhole. The coastal town offers several popular surfing beaches, caravan parks and several outdoor cafes and restaurants. Its proximity to the south of Sydney makes it an attractive destination for a large number of hikers.
Tourism
The beaches around Kiama offer a wide range of surfing conditions. Many surf competitions are held here every year. These include Boyds Beach - Kiama Downs, Bombo Beach - Bombo, Surf Beach - Kiama, Easts Beach and Caravan Park - Kiama Heights, Kendalls Beach - Kiama and Mystics Beach - Minnamurra River.

The name "Kiama" is derived from the Aboriginal word "kiarama", which means "Place where the sea makes noise". Kiama is also known as the place where the mountains touch the sea. This is in reference to the Kiama Blowhole, which attracts a large number of visitors each year.


A few kilometers to the north, in Bombo, is the Cathedral Rocks, a well-known and visited formation, with a walk / cycle path along the coast of Kiama. There are other rock formations on these headlands of moderately renowned cliffs.

The Kiama Post Office, one of many historic buildings.

Kiama has a shopping center for cafes, restaurants, art galleries and shops on Terralong street. Also on this street there is a war memorial, a historic fire station used for exhibits and a small shopping center. There is a strong artistic following and interest in cultural events in Kiama.

A locally famous phenomenon is the local group of Australian pelicans. The pelicans were honored with a metal statue in the harbor.

Seven miles southwest of Saddleback town is Lookout at the top of Saddleback mountain 600 feet high with views of the Illawarra plains and escarpments for Nowra, Pigeon House Mountain and Coolangatta Mountain. The Saddleback and Noorinan Mountains provide an impressive backdrop for the city.

Jamberoo Action Park, the theme park facing the water, is located 10 minutes from Kiama in the small town of Jamberoo.

To the west of Kiama, on the green hills lies the Jerrara Dam, built in 1800 to provide water for the area. Now it's a reservation.

North of the Minnamurra River is Killalea Recreation Area, a nature reserve in Bass Point. It is south of Shellharbour.
Gastronomy
Being a coastal city where the beaches are the main tourist destinations, its gastronomy is essentially composed of fish and seafood, and you can also find restaurants with a wide range of international cuisine.
Climate
Kiama has an oceanic climate typical of southern and central New South Wales with warm summers and mild winters. Rainfall is spread relatively evenly throughout the year with the wettest months being in autumn and the driest in spring.
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