Ancient volcanic vents have given touristy Kiama a distinctively ragged coastline. Most famous for its blowhole, which launches sea spray high into the air, Kiama is also close to coastal and forest walking trails, many of them easy and family-friendly. It's a likeable place: even travellers who raise an eyebrow at the abundance of souvenir and swimwear shops are likely to be won over, especially in summer when the scent of lemon myrtle floats on the sea breeze and an easy-going ambience infuses the town.
For millennia the land was tended by Aboriginal Australians from the Dharawal language group, the Wodi Wodi. Most of them perished or became displaced when European settlers arrived in the late 19th century to till the land for wheat production and, when that failed, dairy and mining.