The Kiama Coastal Path stretches from Minnamurra all the way down to Gerringong. However the nicest stretch is the section between Kiama and Gerringong, which only opened up to public access about eight years ago. The path hugs the edge of the coast and passes bays and beaches that you’d never normally have access to.
You can park at either end and either car shuffle or get a taxi back to the start. At the Gerringong end you park up at Werri Lagoon and at the Kiama end you park at Elanora Drive. The walk is about six kilometres and while there are some hilly bits, it’s not the most demanding hike around these parts by some margin. If you’re feeling fit then you can of course walk in both directions (which is what my wife Catherine and I did in the above video) and then reward yourself with a nice lunch at the end!
There are interpretative signs along the way that explain the background to that particular location, such as the old remants of the cedar-cutters workings. There are also benches placed in suitably attractive locations where you can sit down and get your breath back for a bit. The track does degrade a bit over the winter and sections can become quite boggy so you might want to wear boots instead of trainers if the weather’s been damp recently.
There are several spots along the way where you can make your way down onto the rock shelfs along the coast and explore the reefs up close. You’ll often find fishermen out on the rocks fishing for tailor and salmon. You can also engage in fossil hunting here – if you have a keen eye you can spot fossil trees and, if you’re lucky, brachiopods (small sea creatures).
If you take your time, the walk from one end to the other will take between an hour and 90 minutes or around three hours to walk in both directions without rushing it. If you visit during whale season (April to August when they head north, and return southwards from around September to November) then you stand a good chance of seeing whales fairly close to shore here.