I love the peace the sea brings me, as if I am made from the salt itself.
Those words above, discovered on tumblr, echo perfectly my feelings about the ocean and my most favourite seaside destination, Kiama on the Illawarra coast of New South Wales.
A spectacular region of verdant green rolling hills and golden beaches, Kiama stole my heart from my first visit as a teenager in the 1970s, and is a place that I go back to again and again and again. It's where my children and I spent delicious summer holidays together. Serendipitously, the area is also close to Peter's heart. After migrating from Darlington in the UK, he and his parents made their home at nearby Warilla, and he spent many happy hours at Kiama as a boy. It's now our happy place. Please allow me to show you why we love Kiama so...
The Good Things team enjoyed a short break in the Kiama district as guests of the Kiama Municipal Council (thank you again). We made our own way there via private vehicle. This is not a sponsored post and all opinions are our own. (As mentioned previously, Kiama has long been a regular destination for us and is one of our most favourite seaside destinations in Australia).
Thank you John Bentley, from JB Lightscape Photography, for allowing me to share his image of Cathedral Rocks. John lives in the region. He and my Peter went to school together. John, Peter and I would love it if you could take us out there at low tide some day. xx
Kiama is in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, accessible via car, motorcycle, coach or train. By car, the journey is 90 minutes from Sydney, 40 minutes from the Southern Highlands, and around two and a half hours from Canberra. If you prefer to travel via train along a scenic coastline, rail services run regularly from Sydney.
Attractions in and around the Kiama district include the world famous Kiama Blowhole; Saddleback Mountain lookout; Cathedral Rocks; Minnamurra Rainforest; Kiama Coast Walk; Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk; Jamberoo Action Park; the Little Blowhole; Seven Mile Beach National Park; and ocean baths at either end of Kiama Harbour. There's also a whalewatching platform at Minnamurra Headland (accessed via Eureka Avenue). For more information about where to stay; and what to see and do, visit Kiama Tourism. Stay tuned for more about our Kiama adventures in upcoming Good Things features, in which will showcase the best eateries, the Kiama region foodie trail, and where to stay.
Tell me dear readers, do you crave seaside holidays? Have you ever visited the Kiama region? (If not, you simply must add it to your bucket list!).
Hello. I'm Liz, a writer, cook and traveller based in Canberra, Australia.
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