Our Community

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The Kiama Local Government area covers an area of 259 square kilometres, has an estimated population of around 20,000. Our residents are mostly Australian born and over 62% of the workforce commutes to Wollongong, Shellharbour,  Shoalhaven and Sydney.

We have a unique landscape which embraces pristine beaches, rainforests and open rural vistas. We have significant environmental features including extensive rainforest areas, National Parks, plateau and escarpment, lush valleys and coastal estuaries and wetlands.

Our community had a strong sense of pride that resonates amongst locals and is evidenced in the rich cultural activities and abundance of creative expressions. Strong local communities pull together to provide solid values and cultural pursuits that date back to the Wodi Wodi nation, Aboriginal peoples of the region.

The Kiama LGA’s vast physical expanse provides an abundance of land suitable for agricultural purposes. Many investors are taking advantage of the area’s temperate climate and rich agricultural soils to pursue new and innovative agricultural activities.

Education 

If education is the key to the future, we’re truly prepared with 5 primary and 1 high schools, plenty of child care centres. Just 40 minutes away, the world-acclaimed University of Wollongong plays a vital role in local economic development. It’s justifiably proud of its reputation as one of Australia’s leading educational institutions with exceptionally high teaching standards across all faculties. 

Kiama has its own Community College that provides an excellent range of programs from general interest to business training courses; vocational training that is nationally recognised. Yallah TAFE is also close by, and is a highly regarded campus for Horticulture and Rural studies while the University of the 3rd Age encourages mature students to find fulfillment.

Transport 

Getting here is easy. It’s a beautiful drive, or a comfortable trip on one of the daily coaches between Sydney and Melbourne. You can also take a picturesque train ride from Sydney to the heart of Kiama (the station has disabled access), aboard the air-conditioned, double-decker Tangara - perfect for tourists and commuters alike. There are stations located at Minnamurra, Bombo, Kiama and Gerringong. There is also a local network of buses that link Kiama with Wollongong, Shellharbour and Nowra.

Towns & villages

Kiama is the commercial centre of our municipality. 

Once supported by the cedar getting, dairy and basalt industries, today tourism, accommodation, retail and the service industries drive our economy. 

In the north of our region, Minnamurra and Kiama Downs are a sports haven with great fishing, snorkeling and golfing. 

In Kiama Downs, a new housing precinct combines modern and affordable homes with retail businesses and spacious parkland. 

Jamberoo, a 15 minute drive into the hinterland from Kiama, is prime dairy country. 

Here you will find the award winning Minnamurra Rainforest and New South Wales's largest theme park, Jamberoo Action Park. 

Gerringong and Gerroa, 10 minutes south of Kiama, are famed for their beaches. 

Gerringong has a lively mix of light industrial business, excellent accommodation and shopping. 

Our region’s rich cultural history stretches back thousands of years to the original inhabitants from the Wodi Wodi tribe. 

This precious culture, as reflected in the Kiama Municipal Council’s Cultural Plan, continues to enrich our lives today and attracts thousands of visitors every year. 

When you return to Kiama from business in Sydney or a night out in Wollongong, when you notice the lack of traffic, inhale the clean air and take in a stunning ocean view, you’ll know you’ve made the right move.