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48 hours in Kiama

Beatrice Smith

Winter catch-ups can be a bit grim.

Usually, it’s hustling from your car to a warm spot, preferably with piping hot coffee. Walks are out of the question, as are picnics, as is pretty much anything outdoors. So why not look a little further than the nearest café?

Kiama, Gerringong and Gerroa are just a stone’s throw away and their average temperatures during winter make Canberra look like the South Pole. Grab the girls for a road trip—here’s our ideal weekend itinerary.

FRIDAY EVENING

Leave the work week behind as you pop on that podcast you’ve been hankering to listen to and hit the Hume Highway for the 2.5-hours drive to Kiama.

Once you’ve arrived and checked into your accommodation, head to one of the region’s newest dining destinations—Silica—a restaurant and bar in a two-storey heritage building, with stunning views of Church Point.

Chargrilled octopus with almond, chilli jam, parsley and lemon

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Indulge in local seafood, pair a perfect cut of beef with a glass of local red, or if you’re not feeling up to a full meal, unwind from the week in their upstairs bar.

With high ceilings and candlelit corners, relax into a leather lounge— cocktail in hand—and watch the moon rise over the water.

Silica Kiama | 72 Manning Street, Kiama | 4233 0572 | silicakiama.com.au

SATURDAY

Credit: Dee Kramer Photography.

9 am – Breakfast at Milk and Honey  

Perched on Blowhole Point with sweeping views across Kiama Harbour, Milk and Honey is a dreamy weekend brunch spot.

Soak up the sun on the expansive terrace and fuel up your Saturday with zingy juices, excellent coffee and hearty breakfast classics.

Milk and Honey | 7022 Terralong Street, Kiama | 0418 146 618 | facebook.com/milkandhoneycafekiama

10 am – The Kiama Coastal Walk (or 6km of it, anyway)

Credit: Destination NSW.

The Kiama Coastal Walk stretches for over 20 kilometres across the coast, but 6km of strolling up lush rolling hills is a great weekend workout.

Start at Loves Bay (plug Kiama Coastal Path Car Park into Google Maps) and walk the designated path down to neighbouring coastal town of Gerringong. While the track is fairly undulating (and should be given a miss in high winds or after heavy rain) it’s a walk suited to most fitness levels.

With uninterrupted views across the ocean and access to secluded coves and bays (including the last remaining patch of local rainforest that used to cover the area) it’s a diverse and incredibly scenic experience.

Allow 2.5 hours to make the approx. 6 km journey and take plenty of water.

Park at the Kiama Coastal Path Car Park. At the end of the walk you’ll arrive at the Werri Lagoon at the northern end of Gerringong. From there you can either call Kiama Cabs (4237 7505) to take you back to your car or, if you’re up to a challenge, walk back!

12.45 pm – Lunch at Wild Patch Café

Once you’re back in Kiama, it’s time to refuel at Wild Patch Café. This bright space features a menu focused on seasonal dishes with an indulgent twist, like wholefood sweet potato waffles with vanilla ice cream, seasonal fruit and organic maple syrup.

Serving Byron Bay Coffee Co as well as a variety of speciality brews like Turmeric Lattes and Bullet Proof Coffee, it’s an indulgence you’ll feel great about.

We recommend the hot chocolate and the Strawbs and Cream smoothie.

Wild Patch Café | 14 Manning Street | 0477 340 312 | wildpatchcafe.com

2 pm – Massage at Coco Chai Day Spa

You’ve done the hard yards (6km of them!) so now it’s time to unwind. Housed in an adorable heritage cottage in the centre of Kiama, Coco Chai has a holistic approach to wellbeing, offering everything from Medi Spa treatments to Hot Stone massage.

Coco Chai Day Spa | 42 Collins Lane, Kiama | 4233 1668 | cocochairdayspa.com.au

6 pm – Hungry Monkey

The decadent burgers on Hungry Monkey’s website are just the start. This sleek eatery offers a fresh and innovative breakfast and lunch menu, but why not head there for dinner, when you can order large plates like Beef Short Ribs alongside Turkish Bread with Burnt Butter and Prosciutto with smoked eggplant?

Pair this with one of the drops from their extensive wine list and you’re in for a good night. And to finish, how about Toasted Marshmallow with espresso, chocolate and lychee sorbet?

Hungry Monkey | 5/32 Collins Street, Kiama | 0403 397 353 |  thehungrymonkey.com.au

SUNDAY

9 am – Emergence Yoga

Warm up your winter morning with a visit to Emergence Yoga. The studio, housed in a gorgeous art deco building, has so much character thanks to aged floorboards and waves of grey fabric draped above.

Allow Emergence’s warm and personable instructors to take you through a class complete with complimentary mat hire, bolsters and even blankets.

42 Terralong Street, Kiama | 1300 053 435 | emergenceyoga.com.au

10 am – Shop ‘til you drop

Credit: Dee Kramer Photography.

After yoga, not take a leisurely stroll around Kiama’s shopping district and visit some of its many boutiques.

Bombo Clothing Co offers visitors two levels of curated fashion, footwear and accessories as well as works from local artists, or browse chic local and imported homewares, such as candles by Husk and clothing from Assembly, at Deer Willow.

Is there an art lover among you? Beachside Emporium sells original paintings, prints and photographs as well as sculptures and one-off pieces of artisanal jewellery.

Deer Willow, 12 Manning Street, Kiama

Bombo Clothing, 55 Collins Street, Kiama

Beachside Emporium, Shop 15/106 Terralong Street, Kiama

THE DRIVE HOME

Credit: Destination NSW.

On the way back home, take it slow. Cruise through Robertson (and if you’re peckish, why not visit their award-winning pie shop?) or grab a lunch in Bowral.

Lovely little corner cafe of ours 💕

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The Press Shop’s Insta-perfect exterior is only surpassed but it’s gorgeous interior – and don’t forget that behind the café is a gorgeous stationery and letterpress shop.

5/391-397 Bong Bong Street, Bowral | Open Sundays from 8 am – 4 pm | thepressshop.com.au

ACCOMMODATION

HINDMARSH COTTAGE

Hindmarsh Cottage, Image via: kiama.com.au.

This gorgeous historic cottage is more than 150 years old but has all the modern comforts you’ll need such as central heating, dishwasher and recently renovated bathroom. Retaining the charm of a bygone era, Hindmarsh Cottage is also smack bang in the centre of Kiama, giving you walking access to almost all the locations in this article.

stayinkiama.com.au

TERRAGONG

If you’re after a true escape to the country, look no further than the elegant Terragong. An old school BnB surrounded by rolling hills, Terragong is only 10 minutes from the centre of Kiama but feels miles away.

terragong.com

SEACLIFF HOUSE

If you’re planning a special occasion in Kiama, Seacliff House’s country chic interiors, pool, expansive grounds and wood burning fireplace should do the trick. A private house surrounded by lush pastures and views of the sea, Seacliff House sleeps up to 12 and even has an outdoor fire pit and games room.

seacliffhouse.com.au

THE SHED

Modern, minimalist and featured in House & Garden Magazine, The Shed. Gerroa is a barn-like space that features floor to ceilings windows overlooking 100 acres of farmland. With room to sleep eight, and three separate bedrooms, this is perfect for a getaway with your whole family or friendship group.

theshedgerroa.com

Want more options? Check out visitnsw.com/destinations/south-coast.

The author travelled courtesy of Destination NSW, however, her opinions remain her own.

Feature image: Destination NSW

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Beatrice Smith

Bea loves that her job as HerCanberra’s Online Editor involves eating, drinking and interviewing people - sometimes simultaneously. The master of HerCanberra’s publishing schedule, she’s usually found hunched over a huge calendar muttering to herself about content balance. Otherwise, you’ll find her at the movies or ordering a cheese board. More about the Author