Frequently asked questions about our day tour to Kiama & the South Coast
Is breakfast, lunch or dinner included on the Picture Me Kiama South Coast Day tour?
For this tour we provide a gourmet style BBQ lunch with bottled water and snacks provided during the day. Jamberoo and Kiama have some incredible local bakeries, cafes and gourmet food speciality shops that sell a range of local and international treats.
Is the Grand Pacific Drive similar to the Great Ocean Road?
The Great Ocean Road stretches from Torquay to Port Campbell in Victoria and is about 2 hours away from Melbourne. So if you are visiting Sydney and only have limited time then you may not be able to get to Melbourne and have enough time to visit the Great Ocean Road.
The Grand Pacific Drive is very similar to the Great Ocean Road and it starts in the Royal National Park, less than an hour south of Sydney’s CBD and is a 140 kilometre scenic coastal drive that takes you rainforests, over the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge and through the coastal cities and townships like Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama.
You get to experience the Australian way of life without needing to venture too far away from the heart of Sydney
What is the Royal National Park?
The Royal National Park is one of the largest in Sydney sitting on the eastern coastline of Australia characterised by its mis of coastal cliffs, secluded beaches and eucalyptus-rich bushland. Trails crisscross the park and give travellers a mix of rain forest lookouts and waterfalls with the park is inhabited by kookaburras, lyre birds and echidnas & other Australian wildlife.
How long does it take to get to Kiama?
It takes about 1 ½ to 2 hours to get to Kiama from the heart of Sydney although we break up this leg by stopping at the scenic Sublime Point Lookout and Minnamura cliffs. Both have incredible views looking down the South Coast.
What is the Kiama Blowhole?
In geology, a blowhole (or marine geyser) is formed as sea caves grow landwards and upwards into vertical shafts and expose themselves towards the surface. Depending on the tides & swells, this can result in hydraulic compression of sea water that is released through a port from the top of the blowhole and water blows out the top creating a spectacular scene.
There is a blowhole in the town of Kiama, New South Wales, Australia and the name ‘Kiama’ has long been translated as “where the sea makes a noise”. It is one of the town’s major tourist attractions and depending on conditions it can spray 50 litres of water up to 25 metres in the air which will sometimes drench bystanders.
How can you get to Kiama or other parts of the South Coast from Sydney?
If you don’t take a day tour your other options for exploring the South Coast include hiring a car for the day which may cost between AUD$60 and $150. Alternatively you could get public transport with a train from Central Station to Kiama taking just over 2 hours travel time and costing up to AUD$40.
The difference between these other choices and day tour is either the stress involved with driving on unfamiliar roads, the limited ability to see multiple places via the train and of course not knowing some of the hidden gems that our local guides go to.
What things can you see on the South Coast on the way to Kiama?
The South Coast has an abundance of things to experience which makes it one of the best day trips from Sydney for any visitor. The towns dotted along the coastline have a beachside charm that is very Australian with some of the highlights including the;
- Royal National Park
- Kiama Blowhole
- Symbio Wildlife Park
- Grand Pacific Drive featuring the Sea Cliff Bridge
- Local, popular beaches
- Nan Tien Temple in Wollongong
Will we get to see or touch Kangaroos or Koalas?
Our tour does not include a visit to an animal park like Symbio Wildlife Park or Mogo Zoo that is on the South Coast but we do venture into the Royal National Park where there is an abundance of wildlife that can be seen in their natural habitat.
Do we go to Mogo Zoo or Symbio Wildlife Park?
Symbio Wildlife Park is about 45 kilometres south of Sydney. The nearest train station is Helensburgh and you will need an Uber or taxi from the station. With so much already packed into our Kiama Coast tour itinerary we don’t include this as a stop but we are able to accommodate it on one of our private tours.
Mogo Zoo is nearly 4 hours one way when driving by car so it becomes difficult to fit this location into a tour and have enough time to enjoy the zoo plus other locations on the South Coast of NSW. We’d suggest organising one of our Private Day Tours to visit this leading tourist destination on the South Coast.
Does the Picture Me Kiama South Coast Day Tour visit Berry?
Mogo Zoo is nearly 2 hours one way when driving by car so, similar to Mogo Zoo it becomes difficult to fit this location into a tour. We do love Berry for its quaint country town feel and eclectic mix of food and shopping, so we’d suggest organising one of our Private Day Tours to visit this other leading tourist destination on the South Coast.
Does this day tour visit the Original Gold Rush Colony or Jamberoo Action Park?
Picture Me Tours are focussed on immersing you in the natural wonders of that Sydney and its surrounding region has to offer. Therefore we have crafted our tours to specifically avoid the typical tourist crowds & tourist trap destinations so that you have more time experiencing Australia like a local.
We know from our own local experience that people who live in Sydney typically don’t visit these locations very often so we spend our time exploring parts of the South Coast that will be more memorable for your trip & help you create some amazing photographs to take home of the ‘real’ Australia.
Does the Picture Me Kiama South Coast Day Tour suit seniors?
This day tour from Sydney is perfect for seniors with our luxury seating and casual pace.