Kiama is a township 120 kilometres south of Sydney in the Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia.
The name Kiama is from the aboriginal word Kiaram-a, to which some sources give the meaning 'Where the sea makes a noise'; as reference to the famous Kiama Blowhole.
The first recorded reference to the district was by George Bass who anchored his 28ft whaleboat in the sheltered bay in December 1797. Cedar getters were the first to the area, among those was David Smith, who became the first permanent white settler when he built a residence in Kiama in 1832.
West of Kiama is the Budderoo National Park, home to the Minnamurra Rainforest. You can get there by bus from Kiama, which is a must as the plantlife and flora are spectacular.
The town also features several popular surfing beaches, caravan parks and numerous cafes and restaurants. It is the first country town south of Sydney, and attracts a large number of day trippers.
Kiama has an oceanic climate with warm summers and mild winters. Rainfall is spread relatively evenly throughout the year with the wettest months being in autumn and the driest in spring.