Cathedral rocks on the Kiama coastal walk
The famous cathedral rocks

Kiama Beach to Minnamura River – Beautiful Coast Walk near Sydney

Kiama Beach  is a short train ride from Sydney, Australia. This train journey takes you through some of the most beautiful beaches near Sydney.

Kiama in itself is an awesome tourist town where you can easily spend your entire day gazing into the deep blue waters and lose yourself in time!

Kiama to Minnamura coastal walk, a beautiful walk to remember. Kiama is just a short train ride out of bustling busy Sydney!
Kiama coast side

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Beauty at its best

Then imagine how beautiful doing the coastal walk along the ocean from Kiama to Minnamura river would be!! Here are the beautiful pictures taken on this walk to inspire you 🙂

Hiking from Minnamura river to Kiama beach or the reverse route is an added bonus for adventure lovers.

Glorious Sunrise on the Kiama to Minnamura coastal walk
Glorious Sunrise on the Kiama to Minnamura coastal walk

Kiama beach to Minnamura walk (Kiama Coast Walk)

We took a train to Kiama from Circular Quay station in Sydney, New South Wales, on the South Coastline, changing trains at Wolli Creek Station.

It was a fantastic 3-hour journey as we saw many beautiful scenic places while passing through different places on the train ride. Especially, the ride from Helensburg to Kiama, passing Wollongong was amazing.

Kiama to Minnamura coastal walk, a beautiful walk to remember. Kiama is just a short train ride out of bustling busy Sydney!
Kiama beach

Blowhole and Lighthouse

The first spots to spend some time in Kiama are the blowhole and the lighthouse.

The beautiful bursts of white frothy water from the blowhole must not be missed.

After enjoying the blowhole, you can get some refreshments in the small cafes near the visitor center, grab a map from the visitor center and set off on the amazing coast walk.

The walk would take about 4 hours if you walk leisurely and stop for pictures and rest along the way.

Shades of blue in Kiama
Shades of blue in Kiama

We spent some time just savoring the beauty of the pristine blue waters by simply lying down on the soft green grass on the edge of the water near the visitor center.

There are many picnic spots all along the way. After getting refreshed, we started walking on the track, heading North.

Black skull shaped rocks

Within half an hour or so, we reached a queer place dominated by black rock. We spent sometime admiring the skull shaped black rocks and admiring the solid fingers of land fighting to stop the sea, it was so mesmerizing.

skull rock near bombo beach
Skull-shaped rocks near Bombo

Bombo beach

We spent about an hour at that place before heading down to Bombo beach. This beach is a gorgeous spot for a quick swim.

You can catch people walking their dogs, jogging or simply walking along the coast. You can also spot a train at times at your side if you lift your eyes towards the left.

We spent sometime just sitting on the beach, taking in the surroundings and it was surreal!

Bombo headlands

Then we headed to the Bombo headlands and saw what may be a water treatment plant on the way.

Bombo beach near Kiama on the way to Minnamura river is a jewel of a beach!
Bombo beach – a jewel of a beach!

Later on, the walk takes you to a more residential part of Kiama.

Many houses had beautiful speedboats in their yards. Friendly people guided us readily when we asked for directions.

Cathedral rocks

We passed the amazing Cathedral Rocks and Jones beach on the way, marveling at the beauty of the whole setting and moved on towards the Minnamura river itself. We stopped at many wonderful spots to click pictures.

Cathedral rocks on the Kiama coastal walk
The famous cathedral rocks

After spending a considerable time lying on the grass near the beautiful river, as the night started closing in on us, we reluctantly started for the Minnamura train station to head back to Sydney.

It was surely the best trip we ever had, such beauty all around. Australia is truly blessed with wonderful getaways.

Glorious Sunset on the Kiama coastal walk
Glorious Sunset on the Kiama coastal walk

Travel Tips

  • Take plenty of water and snacks with you.
  • Do not forget your sunscreen. Banana Boat Sunscreen(SPF 30) is my favorite.
  • Wear suitable footwear for the walk. It is a moderate hike.
  • Carry swimwear, dry towels and extra set of clothes (if you are planning a swim).
  • And an umbrella as weather might be unpredictable at times.
  • Take a map from the Kiama visitor center and mark your route. Stick to it when traveling solo.

More tourist spots

There are many more tourist attractions around this area. Minnamura rain-forest, Illawarra Fly tree top walk, Minnamura National Park and many other attractions are also popular with visitors.

If you have more time on your Sydney trip, this is a must visit place. If you are running on a tight schedule, check out my post, Top 5 things to do in Sydney for the places you simply have to visit in your trip.

For more Kiama pictures, check out My Flickr Albums.

Kiama to Minnamura coastal walk, a beautiful walk to remember. Kiama is just a short train ride out of bustling busy Sydney!
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Priyadarshini Rajendran is a travel enthusiast, avid reader and a passionate writer. She has a few of her books published and is writing more books. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a software consultant taking breaks for her travels. Her blog is her passion and she writes about travel, books and food on the blog. She offers customized itineraries for South Indian destinations.

14 Comments Posted

  1. This looks like a great hike with some beautiful highlights. The skull rock is a little scary though 🙂 Great post, thanks Priya!

  2. That’s so interesting! Australia seems absolutely unreachable to me right now, so it’s even more interesting reading about it. I love the shape of trees, and the skull rocks look properly creepy 😉

  3. It’s a beautiful place. Skull rocks on beach looks really interesting and Kiama coast side pic is my favorite 🙂

  4. Looks like a great walk! It is really fascinating seeing the different rock formations. Some of these remind me a bit of the Algarve in Portugal.

  5. I love that you can do this hike and take the train, what a great combo! Anytime I hike around Chicago, I get stuck in traffic for hours trying to get home 🙁

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