The first tourist attraction that comes to mind when Kiama is mentioned is obviously the majestic Kiama Blowhole, the unusual rock formation by the sea that sporadically spouts out plumes of water accompanied by a great 'whoosh'.
Lesser known is the Bombo Headland, located just 1.5 kilometre north of Kiama, a gem briefly mentioned on the tourist brochure which offers an amazing visual experience. The headland is a legacy of blue metal quarrying in the 1880's and 1990's which has left a moonscape of basalt walls and hexagonal columns. It is now used as a backdrop to television advertisements.
Enter from Cliff Drive and take the path off the main route onto the rocks – you will soon find yourself surrounded by spectacular rock formations. When we visited, obvious track marks were left from a car commercial which only added more appeal to the already enigmatic location.
It is worth taking another detour when traveling back north to Sydney and drop by Cathedral Rocks. It is another showcase of the beauty found along the Australian coast where years of erosion have shaped these volcanic rocks into delightful sculptures.
Finally, if you have time, take the scenic route back to Sydney by driving along the coast on Grand Pacific Drive. You will pass the stunning Lake Illaawarra through sea side villages such as Shellharbour and Port Kembla. Take your time and relax, enjoying the view and stop by for coffee once in a while. Remember to go over the famous Sea Cliff Bridge north of Wollongong where countless car commercials were filmed before you enter the world's second-oldest national park for some meandering paths and winding roads overlooked by striking trees in the Royal National Park.
The whole trip could be comfortably completed in a day, with the trip along Grand Pacific Drive from Sydney to Kiama taking around 2.5 hours for one way and around 1.5 hours travelling back from Kiama to Sydney along M1 and Princes Highway. Perfect distance for a weekend escape the city getaway drive!