Do you live, or are you planning a family trip to the stunning coastal towns of Kiama and Shellharbour in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia? You’re in for a real treat! These two beautiful towns have a huge range of activities to do as a family, whether you’re after some outdoor adventures or some indoor entertainment. Plus, the stunning coastal scenery will take your breath away!
So, what are some of the best things to do as a family in Kiama and Shellharbour? Here are our top picks
Beachy and coastal
For beautiful weather, hot days, or when you feel like being close to the water here are our top picks by the coast:
This natural attraction is a must-see for anyone visiting the area. Watch as the water shoots high into the air, and explore the rock pools nearby.
Kiama Coastal Walk
This scenic walk takes you along the coastline, past beautiful beaches, headlands, and scenic lookouts. It’s a great way to get some exercise and take in the stunning views.
Whale or dolphin watching
Kiama and Shellharbour are home to a variety of marine life, including dolphins and whales. Take a tour and see if you can spot these playful creatures in their natural habitat, or simply find a good vantage point on the coast to watch and wait!
With so many beautiful beaches in the area, it’s hard to choose just one! Spend a day swimming, surfing, or simply relaxing on the sand.
Pack a family picnic for any of the above and you instantly add an extra element of adventure to any of the above options, plus you’ll save on lunch costs! Get the kids involved and let them help choose their favourite food or snacks to bring.
Art, books and history
If you’re feeling less adventurous and more crafty or curious, why not head indoors to one of the regions’ more creative offerings.
The Shellharbour Village Craft Markets, held on the second Sunday of each month, are a great place to find handmade crafts and gifts and well worth a visit.
On a rainy day the Kiama Library is a great spot to spend a few hours simply browsing the books, or enjoying the ever-changing range of activities and events for kids. Check out their website to see what’s on this week.
In the mood for art? The Kiama Art Gallery showcases a range of art and photography from local and national artists. It’s a great way to spend a few hours, and you might even discover some new artists to follow.
If you’re curious about the history of the region, why not visit either the Illawarra Museum – showcasing the history of the Illawarra region – or the Kiama Lighthouse Museum to learn about the history of the Lighthouse and the people who worked there.
Sporty and active
For families with energy to burn and a competitive spirit, we’ve got you covered too!
Go tenpin bowling
Shellharbour tenpin bowl is a fun activity for all ages. Challenge your family members to a game and see who comes out on top.
Timezone Shellharbour doesn’t just offer the usual arcade games, it also has bumper cars, a party zone and a lolly shop that the kids will LOVE. Be prepared for hours of entertainment for the whole family!
Try a game of mini golf
Everyone loves a bit of competition, and who can say no to a family game of putt putt?! The Illawarra Golf Complex, situated just on the edge of Lake Illawarra, has a fantastic putt-putt course as well as a separate area to hold kids’ birthday parties. No booking required and open every day.
Kiama and Shellharbour are both amazing destinations for families looking for a fun and entertaining day together, whether it be indoor, outdoor, creative or active. The beautiful beaches and rock pools, numerous parks and playgrounds, and the famous Kiama Blowhole offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventures and stunning coastal scenery. So, whether you’re after a relaxing day out or an action-packed adventure, Kiama and Shellharbour have got you covered!
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