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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
06 March
1788 - Lieutenant Philip Gidley King takes formal possession of Australian Norfolk Island.

1812 - Two Wesleyan Methodist classes were established in Sydney by Thomas Bowden and John Hosking - the beginning of Methodism in Australia.

1837 - The Theatre Royal in Hobart opened. It remains Australia's oldest working theatre
Australian slang
  • knock to criticise, put down
  • croc crocodile, load of rubbish, nonsense
  • raw prawn, to come the to bullshit
  • kangaroos loose in the top paddock mentally challenged
  • digger a soldier
  • nellie alcoholic drink
  • spit the dummy get very upset at something
  • hard yakka hard work
  • gurgler drain, sewer
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