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Kiama

brief history ...

Kiama - main street
©2006 Gabriel Ditu
The region was first inhabited by the Aborigines.

The first European to explore the area was George Bass in 1797. Later on Kiama was settled by farmers.

Trivia: The name of the town is derived from the Aboriginal word Kiarama meaning "sea noise", probably in reference to the Kiama Blowhole.

about ...

Kiama is a picturesque town situated 120 km south of Sydney.

Attractions:
  • Surf beaches
  • Kiama Blowhole and Kiama Little Blowhole (best)
  • Cathedral Rocks north at Bombo
  • Kiama Lighthouse, on Blowhole Point
  • Saddleback Lookout 600 m high situated 7 km South West
  • The Jamberoo Recreation Park
  • Australian pelicans

tourist information ...

Kiama blowhole
©2006 Gabriel Ditu
How to get there
Best is by train from Central Station in Sydney and go off the train at Kiama Station (Illawarra line). Check the City Rail timetables. See map.

Relevant links:
Kiama City Council
The official guide to Kiama
Visit Kiama
28 Octomber
1834 - The Battle of Pinjarra occurs in the Swan River Colony in present-day Pinjarra, Western Australia. Between 14-40 Aborigines are killed by British colonists.

- The first plebiscite on the issue of military conscription was held; it was defeated.

1971 - The British satellite Prospero X-3 was launched into space from Woomera, South Australia, making Britain the seventh country with a satellite.
Australian slang
  • fair suck of the sav! exclamation of disbelief
  • brizzie Brisbane
  • mappa tassie woman's pubic hair area
  • earbashing nagging
  • bush telly campfire
  • handle beer glass with a handle
  • poofter male homosexual
  • dill idiot
  • dead-cert certain
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