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Kiama

brief history ...

Kiama - main street
©2006 Gabriel Ditu
The region was first inhabited by the Aborigines.

The first European to explore the area was George Bass in 1797. Later on Kiama was settled by farmers.

Trivia: The name of the town is derived from the Aboriginal word Kiarama meaning "sea noise", probably in reference to the Kiama Blowhole.

about ...

Kiama is a picturesque town situated 120 km south of Sydney.

Attractions:
  • Surf beaches
  • Kiama Blowhole and Kiama Little Blowhole (best)
  • Cathedral Rocks north at Bombo
  • Kiama Lighthouse, on Blowhole Point
  • Saddleback Lookout 600 m high situated 7 km South West
  • The Jamberoo Recreation Park
  • Australian pelicans

tourist information ...

Kiama blowhole
©2006 Gabriel Ditu
How to get there
Best is by train from Central Station in Sydney and go off the train at Kiama Station (Illawarra line). Check the City Rail timetables. See map.

Relevant links:
Kiama City Council
The official guide to Kiama
Visit Kiama
17 January
1922 - The first Archibald Prize for portraiture is won by William McInnes.

1972 - A tent embassy is set up in Canberra outside Parliament House, protesting land rights.
Australian slang
  • BYO restaurant/party where you Bring Your Own alcoholic drink
  • zippy energetic
  • figjam someone who has a high opinion of themselves
  • bushman's clock kookaburra
  • Apple Isle Tasmania
  • crash go to sleep
  • iron underpants control briefs for women
  • brickie construction worker
  • brass razoo not worth anything
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