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Named from an Aboriginal word meaning 'where the sea makes noise', Kiama is the home to the famous Blowhole, located approximately 90 minutes drive south of Sydney at the centre of the beautiful Illawarra.
Explorer George Bass first anchored his first boat in the small bay which is now the towns harbour and noted hearing "most tremendous noise" from the nearby blowhole. The bay was used by cedar-getters from 1815; by 1831 most of the hinterland was surveyed and the town was planned in 1937. The dairying industry prospered in this area and by the 1890s fresh milk was being sent to Sydney on the new rail service.
The Kiama region boasts many natural features including the Blowhole(a spectacular spurt of water from underground sea caves which can reach up to 60m), Blackbeach, Cathedral Rocks and numerous waterfalls and rainforest.