Coast Walk; Connecting the country

coast-railway-tunnelThe section of railway, that links Kiama with Bomaderry, was opened in 1893. It passes through cuttings and tunnels (such as this one) as it slices through the spurs of Saddleback Mountain.

The completion of the railway from Bomaderry to Sydney solved many of the problems that plagued the dairy industry of Kiama. Butter had proved to be the only viable dairy product in the district, as Bega dominated the cheese market and milk and cream were too perishable to be transported by ship. In 1889 a ‘milk train’ service was established from Kiama and local milk factories began to consign milk to Sydney.

The introduction of refrigeration and rail transport shifted production from butter to milk for the entire district.

This plaque is one of many found around the district. The plaques discribe the history of their locations. They were commissioned by Kiama Council in 2009.

If you had seen them around, you are welcome to have a look at the collection of plaques in the district.