Tent in cow paddocks

kiama-tents-in-cow-paddocksIn 1862, the first boarding house for tourists was opened in Kiama by Mrs Newburn. It was called Waratah House and was situated in Terralong Street. With the completion of the Sydney to Bomaderry railway in 1893, the popularity of Kiama as a tourist destination blossomed.

The introduction of the motor car brought more day visitors and camping became popular. Local farmers initially allowed campers to use their paddocks and gradually 
campgrounds were established on headlands and behind Kiama's popular beaches.

The natural beauty of the Kiama area was both revered and reviled from the time the cedar-getters and farmers settled here. Some people were enchanted by its massive rainforest, while others found it threatening.

As the rainforest was cleared for agriculture, the landscape became less alien to the Europeans and the appeal of the area increased. The stone walls enclosing properties, mainly built by Thomas Newing from 1857, were reminiscent of parts of the British Isles.

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.