In New South Wales, Kiama is a region formed by volcanic islands where the lava flowed and erupted 260 million ago. Perhaps the most spectacular of them all is Kiama Blowhole where waves crash against rocks below, creating a sea-cliff hole that, with a thunderous ‘woosh,’ squeezes the air and pumps water 30 meters into the sky. Read below to find some interesting facts about the natural wonder and things around Kiama.
How was Kiama Blowhole created?
As a result of pressure accumulating in an underwater chamber caused by the plaque near the blowhole, water spurts out of the Kiama blowhole. Pressure rises as water fills the chamber just at the side of the tunnel. Whenever the waves die down, the force inside the chamber forces water right through the blowhole.
Kiama’s blowhole is a true geological marvel that attracts thousands of tourists each year. Their roots were built some 260 million years ago by volcanic lava flows. The ocean’s force later created how we see it currently, smashing the softer stratum rock to form the towering blowhole
What hours does the Kiama Blowhole operate?
Kiama blowhole is a nature’s creation; therefore, it’s bound to be unpredictable. Both blowholes are weather dependent, relying on wind direction and ocean surge. The Kiama Blowhole (at the Lighthouse near Blowhole Point) works well in a SE Wind/SE swell, whereas the Little Blowhole prefers a NE Wind/NE swell. Both blowholes are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and admission is free.
Things to do besides Kiama Blowhole
Watch geological wonders, Blowhole Point and little Blowhole
Blowhole Point is the primary attraction that lends the entire coastline its name. It is now home to a variety of additional attractions too. The spout here is not assured because it is affected by the sea’s surge. While you wait for nature’s spring, why not enjoy picnicking among the towering Norfolk pines which decorate the rocks, or have a great lunch at Diggies near Blowhole Point?
The Little Blow Hole is located south of the larger Blow Hole coastline, along Tingira Drive in Kiama, on the north side of Marsden Head. The Little Blowhole is positioned on the rocky beach and operates more frequently than the big Blow Hole. The latite here is collinearly connected, and the spray rises through an aperture in the latite where one of the columns fell into an underlying sea cave formed from a basalt dyke. The latite here exhibits prominent flow characteristics like crystal alignment and vesicle elongation.
Enjoy Kiama Coast Walk
The blowhole is one of several attractions along the 20-kilometre Kiama Coast Walk You must watch a cliff-hugging track that includes numerous geological wonders, bird-rich wetlands, and extensive stretches of beach. The trail is separated into three portions, with the Big Blowhole marking the beginning of the middle segment. Follow the route north to see Cathedral Rocks and the basalt columns of the Bombo Headland. You can also move towards the south to see lovely beaches and the Little Blowhole, which, although not as high, is far more stable in its activity.
Admire Pottery at Old Toolijooa School
Old Toolijooa School is a cottage industry workshop that makes hand-made earthenware pottery, primarily household ware, but also ornamental pieces, miniature animals, garden dragons, and other items. It was built on the site of the ancient Toolijooa school, which had long ago shut, some kilometres south of Gerringong hamlet and surrounded by the dairy farms. Visitors may observe pots being manufactured, glazed, or burned depending on the day. There’s no need to buy; instead, have a look around the exhibition area to observe the large range of pots on sale. Because they live and work here, they are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Hiking at nearby Saddleback Mountain
Saddleback Mountain Lookout, located just 10 minutes from Kiama Blowhole, is one of the region’s most popular tourist spots. Take in the amazing vistas from Cronulla on the northern side to Milton in the south on a clear day. While the north-facing platform beside the main car park is great, the recently opened southern platform slightly up from the main car park is well worth a visit. Kiama’s magnificent Saddleback Mountain, with its lofty Saddleback Mountain Lookout, is a photographer’s dream.
Spend a day at the Bambo Headland
The Bombo Quarry facility is a spectacular and interesting spot where the remnants of ancient columnar jointing create the Australian counterpart of the Irish Giant’s Causeway. The Kiama Walking Trail leads to the Headland after leaving the freeway at the Bombo Beach exit. You need to turn right at the first roundabout and head straight to Bombo Beach to watch the Quarry. The trek to the quarry starts after the road divides. Take the path closest to the ocean, as the other road leads to the water treatment facility. The route leads into the quarry via a marshy region.
Discover the old Colonial Post beside Kiama Blowhole
Stroll around the Kiama Blowhole region’s core to get a sense of the town’s colonial past. The architectural gems, grandiose specimens that were indicative of the town’s grandeur in the nineteenth century, are likely to pique your interest. The 130-year-old lighthouse shadows the blowhole on the cliff and lights a continual warning to mariners of the hazardous perils 36 metres below. Adjacent is the magnificently preserved Pilots’ Cottage, which was erected in 1881 and is now a Heritage and Maritime Museum. The next gate is the Kiama Information Centre, which has a large selection of maps and complimentary booklets to make the stroll more educational.
Camping beside the Kiama Blowhole region
BIG4 East’s Beach Holiday Park is a camping ground near the Kiama Blowhole. There are well-maintained cottages and villas on the estate, as well as privately owned caravans and mowed powered sites for the campers and tent trailers. With a palm-fringed 25-metre resort-style pool, an underground “jumping pillow,” and a dedicated playground, children are spoiled for sure. Beside the East’s Beach, Kendall’s Seaside and the Kiama caravan park adjacent to Surf Beach, along with Kiama Harbour Cabins, are other waterfront campgrounds in the area.
Merrymaking at the Jamberoo Action Park
While the Gold Coast of Queensland is home to some of the country’s most well-known and renowned theme parks, the nearby places to Kiama Blowhole have been the one to equal their joys and thrills. The Jamberoo Action Park focuses on water-based activities. The Perfect Storm is a new coaster that is not for the faint heart, as it is labelled as one of the world’s longest, largest, and most exciting water thrill experiences of its kind. Expect a few shouts to ripple around the park when you have other aqua rides with names like Taipan and the Funnel Web. Jamberoo Action Park, set on 40 hectares of manicured gardens and parks, caters to people of all ages and sizes, with activities and attractions for everyone.