Home' Destinations : Destinations 25Aug2011 Contents THE HERALD
Seeing the world from on high is truly a pleasurable,
exhilarating way to discover just what an area has to offer.
It certainly proved the case on a trip to the beautiful and
historic South Coast town of Kiama, where our activities and
stunning waterfront accommodation gave a bird's eye view
of a region famous for its sweeping views and breathtaking
The added dimension left few doubts about the dramatic
landscape and a real desire to get down among it.
With its rugged coastline and vast expanses of unspoilt
countryside, the areas around Kiama offer up beauty at every
Getting a taste of the Global Hotel Alliance's (GHA) Discovery
package, a guest loyalty program, meant being involved in
some great, hard-to-forget experiences.
The Sebel Harbourside Kiama was the elegant, upmarket
base for our several days of discovery. The resort overlooks the
picturesque Kiama Harbour, which boasts both contemporary
and historic aspects.
Its great location means it is an easy walk to all the
harbourside activities and the main business district, with
shops, cafes and restaurants.
The resort also provides an easy walk to the town's most
famous natural attraction, the Kiama Blowhole. This almost
theatrical rock-and-ocean collaboration attracts people of
all ages ''oohing'' and ''aahing'' at the spectacular plumes of
water coming from the inner cavity of the rock formations on
this rugged part of the coast.
The resort is also on the doorstep of many activities Kiama
has on offer: Fishing and game fishing, whale watching
cruises, pelican watching, surfing, shopping, scenic drives and
natural attractions such as the Bonaira native gardens and
The town is steeped in history but also offers up restaurants
and cafes, often in old-world style settings, and there are
various arts and craft shops and markets.
The resort is in keeping with the overall ambience of the
area, combining a restored heritage-listed bluestone infants
school revamped as a conference and meeting centre with a
contemporary bar and bistro.
Our ''discovery event'' put us in a place few would have the
chance to be in if it were not for a fabulous innovation that
gives a twist to the usual walk through a rainforest.
The Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk lets you do some in-your-face
meandering that only a dinosaur could hope to emulate.
About 25 metres above ground, this almost Seismosaurus
vantage point is a uniquely Australian concept as there are only
four steel canopy walks in the world, all located in this country.
The ''fly'' opened in 2008 as the first and only treetop walk
WALKING IN TREETOPS
SOUTH COAST: Top, Kiama's treetop walk and trees on
Saddleback Mountain, and, right, the Minnamurra River,
Cathedral Rocks and the famous blow hole.
The view of Kiama from its forest treetops is stunning,
discovers JANE PARSONS.
Kiama ... Recharge those batteries...
Book online www.kiama.com.au
Call the Visitor's Centre to speak with one of our friendly staff
02 4232 3322
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