Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Near Holwerd, Netherlands.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Just wandering the Netherlands.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Big blowholes in Kiama!

We headed into the town of Kiama this morning. It's a really pretty area, and with the rolling hills and green grass leading down to the sea, we think we could definitely spend more time here.

Unfortunate that we've only got the day, but it is what is is!

It's not a far drive from Jamberoo to Kiama... only about 8 kms (5 miles) yet everyone going there seems to be in a rush. In fact, we've found that on a lot of roads here in Australia... the speed limits are set high, and everybody follows them!

We are glad to be able to take our time and enjoy things we find along the way, but it's annoying to constantly find someone behind us who wants to go faster.

Scenery along the way.

At Kiama, we found a place in the sun to park. They have a sea water swimming pool there, and it looks beautiful, but it's still pretty cold for that. At least we think, so, but we did see a couple of people who go in with wet suits on. Brrr.

Salt water swimming pool.

It's a pretty coastline.

Another view of the pool.

One of the attractions here is a big blowhole... a hole in the rock where crashing waves pressurize the water so that it blasts out of the hole. We have seen these several times in other coastal areas, but never quite as good as this.

It's hard to time the occurrence... but it looks something like this....

Blowhole at Kiama.

We stopped in at the visitors center, and the lady there told us they have a nice walk along the coast, and it starts at the "Small Blowhole". We had already seen the big blowhole. so we might as well see the small one too!

But first, we went for a walk around town...

The harbor at Kiama.

The Kiama post office, operating in this same building since 1878.

You can see Bundy and Joyce near the big tree on the left.

The original Kiama Bank is still occupied by a bank.

Finished with our downtown tour, we drove over to the small blowhole where we parked and went for the coastal hike.

I took a video for you...

It was really something, and we stood and watched several "explosions" of the water coming up through the hole.

Then, we set off to do some of the walk. It actually goes for about 6 kms each way, so we couldn't do the whole thing, but we did a fair bit.

Ruth, watching the blowhole.

There it goes again!

Yet another Australian beach.

Scenery along the way.

I hate this kind of thing.

In many ways, Australia is similar to Canada. In many other ways, Australia is similar to the United States. One of the U.S. similarities is the legal warnings. Nothing is ever just an accident, somebody is always looking to blame somebody else. In this case, the council certainly doesn't want to have the blame placed on them, so they have to put these warning signs up on a hiking trail. 

It boggles my mind.

On a side note, I just finished reading John Grisham's "The Rainmaker"... about lawyers and insurance companies. I know it's a fiction novel, but nothing would surprise me if it was all true. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the book though!

Apparently they have totem poles here in Australia.
They call them "dreaming" poles.

Great day for a coastal walk.

By mid afternoon, the wind that has plagued us for the last few days was gone, and it turned into a beautiful day.

And the forecast for the next six nights in Sydney is also for beautiful weather!

Tomorrow (Tuesday) we will drive as much of the coast as possible staying off the main highway to Sydney, and we plan to arrive at our Airbnb cottage rental at around 3:00pm.

2 Pack of Camco TastePURE Inline RV Water Filters. Not quite as good a price as last year, but the cheapest they've been in a couple of months.

And in Canada...


  1. Wow, beautiful area! Looks like we have to consider visiting!

    1. It sure is! We would highly recommend a visit here and if you can do it with an RV it would be even better. :-)

  2. Cape Perpetua on the Oregon coast has a blow-hole...
    Are those sandy beaches you just showed open to the public or just the homeowners? I hope they are open as most of the one's in Oregon..

    1. We were in Cape Perpetua last fall and saw the blow hole there, this one definitely beats that one hands down, as we said this one was the biggest blow hole that we have ever seen.

      Yes, just about everywhere the beaches are open to the public but there isn't always public access to the beach from the land.

  3. Those blow holes are fun to watch! Wasn't aware they have totem poles there either?!

    1. They sure are, especially when they are big like these two were.

      We didn't know either, however these particular poles are called Dreaming Poles.


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