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Kiama Surf Beach Guide: Everything You Need to Know (2024)

Kiama Surf Beach Guide: Everything You Need to Know (2024)

Kiama Surf Beach is a small yet beautiful beach conveniently located near Kiama’s town centre. It’s Kiama’s main beach and is known by the locals as just Surf Beach. As the name suggests, it’s a great beach for surfing but plenty of non-surfers visit the beach given its excellent facilities and accessibility. Also, many people choose to stay at the beach’s fantastic beachfront accommodation – the Kiama Surf Beach Holiday Park.

In this article, we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about visiting Kiama Surf Beach and staying at Kiama Surf Beach Holiday Park.

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About Kiama Surf Beach

Kiama Surf Beach has long been Kiama’s most popular beach. Given its prime location near Kiama’s main streets and shops, it’s one of the most visited beaches in the Kiama area. Of course, other than its ideal location, the sparkling blue waters of the beach are enough to attract visitors. Indeed, the Pacific Ocean beckons along this part of the Kiama coast.

Dan walks on a beach called Kiama Surf Beach

The embayed beach is approx. 270 metres long and is bounded by prominent basalt cliff headlands at each end. At Church Point, immediately north of the beach, you’ll find the Kiama Showground. While, at Kendalls Point, immediately south of the beach, you’ll find Kiama Surf Beach Holiday Park. At the centre of the beach, there is the Kiama Surf Life Saving Club, which was formed in 1908. Behind the surf club, is a park and playground.

An aerial shot of a beach called Kiama Surf Beach

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Before we look at all of the best things to do during a visit to the beach, let’s look at its exact location on a map.

Kiama Surf Beach Location

The Kiama Surf Beach is located in Kiama on the South Coast of New South Wales. To help you get your bearings, please click on the interactive map below.

A screenshot of a map showing the location of Kiama Surf Beach
Kiama Surf Beach map

Kiama Surf Beach: Things to Do

As the main surfing beach in Kiama, surfing is definitely one of the most popular things to do. The beach is consistently exposed to a decent swell with waves averaging anywhere between 1–1.5 metres. There are two permanent rips against the rocks at each end, with local surfers calling the northern break ‘The Wedge’.

Half a dozen surfers in the waters

Of course, you don’t have to surf to enjoy the beach. You can just swim and float in the glorious turquoise waters. But, given the permanent rips, you’ll want to be an experienced swimmer, staying between the flags. If you’d like to swim at a calmer beach, consider Kendalls Beach or Easts Beach.

Fishing is another popular activity at the beach. Both Church and Kendalls Point are great places for rock fishing. Of course, given the rips and potentially hazardous conditions, caution must be taken when rockfishing. Certainly, you’ll want to check the tide before heading out to fish.

Anyway, we’re not here to tell you what to do at the beach! Take a book, chill out and sleep under a beach umbrella or pack a picnic. It’s your time to relax and unwind with this beach providing the ideal setting.

Beck stands at one end of Kiama Surf Beach

Kiama Surf Beach Holiday Park

If you’re going on a Kiama Coast holiday and looking for beachfront accommodation, it’s hard to look past Kiama Surf Beach Holiday Park (AKA the Surf Beach Holiday Park and Kiama Surf Beach Caravan Park). This Kiama Surf Beach accommodation is hands-down one of the best holiday parks in Kiama.

Cabins at Kiama Surf Beach Holiday Park
Kiama Surf Beach cabins

Whether it’s a romantic getaway with your partner or a family holiday, Kiama Surf Beach Holiday Park will have an accommodation type to suit. The holiday park offers beachfront cabins, villas, bungalows and cabanas all fitted with modern living spaces, bedrooms and private bathrooms. Rest assured, each accommodation type is stocked up on all of the necessary amenities such as a kitchen and entertainment system.

With the surf beach just a short walking distance away, guests will enjoy a superb natural ambience. Or, if you can’t be bothered walking to the beach for a swim, you can simply enjoy the on-site sheltered outdoor swimming pool.

Otherwise, you can simply enjoy the views of Kendalls Beach from your private balcony. That’s right, given the holiday park’s position on Kendall Point, you’ll actually enjoy the best beach views of Kendalls Beach rather than the surf beach.

If you want to find out more details, look at more photos of the holiday park or even read some Kiama Surf Beach Holiday Park reviews, head straight to Booking.com.

Stay at Kiama Surf Beach Holiday Park

Pool with Pacific Ocean in background
  • Modern cabins, villas, bungalows and cabanas
  • Beachfront accommodation
  • Sheltered outdoor swimming pool

Other Kiama Beaches With Cabins

Of course, there are other great Kiama beachfront accommodation options to consider. Other than staying at Kiama Surf Beach Holiday Park, there are two other excellent beachfront holiday parks in Kiama and one in Gerringong. For your convenience, we’ll detail these other beachfront caravan parks below.

Other Kiama Beaches For Surfing

Other than Kiama Surf Beach, there are plenty of other great beaches in Kiama to surf. These include Jones Beach, Boneyard Beach and Bombo Beach. There is also great surfing at Werri Beach in nearby Gerringong, Seven Mile Beach in Gerroa and Minnamurra Beach (AKA the Mystics) in the Killalea Regional Park.

Surfers walking into the water
Werri Beach

Other Beaches in Kiama

If you’re in the mood for beach hopping, you’ll be happy to know that Kiama has plenty of glorious stretches of sand to choose from. Below, we’ll list all of the beaches in the Kiama area (excluding Kiama Surf Beach), in order from north to south.

Also, north of Kiama, in the Killalea Regional Park, there are two spectacular beaches – Killalea Beach (AKA The Farm) and Minnamurra Beach. South of Kiama, in Gerringong, there is Werri Beach. Between Gerringong and Gerroa, there is Walkers Beach. And, in Gerroa, as previously mentioned, you have Seven Mile Beach.

Read more: 10 Epic Kiama Beaches (With Parking, Surfing & Patrol Details)

A golden sand beach called Easts Beach.
Easts Beach

How to Get to Kiama Surf Beach

The easiest and quickest way to get to the surf beach is to drive. There is ample parking at either end of the beach as well as parking on Manning Street, which faces opposite the beach. Also, there is free on-site parking at the Kiama Surf Beach Holiday Park, if you’re staying there.

If you don’t have a car, we recommend hiring one for your trip to Kiama.

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It’s also possible to use public transport to get to Kiama. From Sydney, simply jump on a train to Kiama Station. From Kiama Station, it’s only a 5–10 minute walk to the beach. Use the Transport NSW Trip Planner or app to help plan your journey.

Kiama Coastal Walk

Another way to reach Kiama Surf Beach is by doing the incredible Kiama Coastal Walk. Of course, by doing the walk, you won’t have loads of time to spend at the beach. So, if you do the walk, you’ll have to come back to the beach another day to relax and spend more time there. But, in saying that, Beck and I really enjoyed doing the Kiama Coastal Walk. We highly recommend it as one unique way to visit and experience the beach.

Read more: Kiama Coastal Walk – Everything You Need to Know

Dan approaches the Kiama Surf Beach on the Kiama Coast Walk

Facilities

One of the best things about the surf beach is its great facilities. Below, we’ll list all of the facilities you’ll find at the beach in alphabetical order.

  • Accessible toilet
  • Beach wheelchair hire
  • BBQ
  • Car park
  • Changing rooms
  • Patrolled beach (October to Easter)
  • Picnic area with sheltered picnic tables
  • Playground
  • Public toilet
  • Sheltered area
  • Showers
  • Water sports
  • Wedding ceremony venue
A surf life saving club

Accessibility

Kiama is all about inclusive tourism and this is no different at Kiama Surf Beach. At the beach, you’ll find wheelchair-accessible toilets. On top of that, it’s possible to hire a beach wheelchair from the Surf Life Saving Club during patrol hours.

Kiama Surf Beach FAQs

Below, you’ll find the most frequently asked questions about the beach.

Where Is Kiama Surf Beach?

It’s located in Kiama, near the train station and town centre.

Is Kiama Good For Surfing?

Yes, not only is the surf beach good for surfing but so is Jones Beach, Boneyard Beach and Bombo Beach.

Is Kiama Surf Beach Dog Friendly?

Unfortunately, the beach isn’t dog-friendly. Thankfully, other beaches in Kiama are dog-friendly with off-leash areas. These include Jones Beach, Bombo Beach and Werri Beach. Otherwise, Kiama Surf Beach Holiday Park has dog-friendly accomodation on selected cabins and sites but only outside of high season. To book a dog-friendly stay, you’ll have to call or email the holiday park directly.

Is Kiama Surf Beach Patrolled?

Yes, it’s patrolled daily from the October long weekend to Easter.

What Are the Patrol Times?

The beach is patrolled Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 5pm. On weekends and public holidays, the beach is patrolled from 10am to 4pm.

Looking for an adventure a little further afield? Consider a waterfall walk in the nearby Minnamurra Rainforest.

We acknowledge and respect the First Nations people as the Traditional Custodians of the land/water that we visited and recognise that sovereignty was never ceded.

Daniel Piggott

Physiotherapist turned travel blogger, Dan is a keen hiker, natural wonder seeker and world traveller. He loves writing travel guides to help his readers explore the most beautiful destinations in the world.

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