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Kiama Blowhole

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by Todd Newton (subscribe)
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Published November 19th 2011
The Kiama Blowhole is a magnificent natural event which remains the central reason as to why people visit the Southern New South Wales town of Kiama, an hour and a half drive south of Sydney.

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Nicknamed 'The Big Blowhole' by locals, the Kiama Blowhole is a popular tourist attraction for on average 600 000 tourists a year. A second smaller blowhole exists minutes south of the coastal town of Kiama but is less regarded by tourists and is more difficult to venture through to.

Jet streams erupt into the air through large holes in the volcanic rock formed around the site. This occurs when the ocean current clashes against the latite rock and the overwhelming pressure pushes the water through holes in the rock, often pushing water streams twenty five metres into the air.

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If people stand as close to the blowhole as possible then prepare for the possibility of being drenched as the water streams can push water out like a giant water fountain that spouts greater distances.

This is not the only reason people come to visit the attraction. The site offers panoramic views of the ocean, where the seemingly blue colours of the ocean shimmer in the distance.

The site is located next to the famous Kiama Lighthouse, built in 1887 to serve as the watch tower for the local harbour where boats shipped paving blocks to Sydney.

The attraction is close to cafes and restaurants where people can grab a bite to eat after enjoying the views of the ocean and the local blowhole.

A trip to Kiama Blowhole is certainly one that will astound its tourists.
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Where: Blowhole Point Road Kiama NSW 2533
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