Sydney Train Walks

From Port Kembla via Illawarra 9h / 33km to Kiama

About this walk

This walk follows part of the Kiama Coast Walk.

It takes about 9 hours to complete the full 33 kilometre walk, with plenty of breaks and photography stops. A brisk walker can do this much faster, but consider that there's a lot to see along the way.

Getting there and back

Plan your return trip from Port Kembla at transportnsw.info. Get the train to Kiama using transportnsw.info.

Along the way

From the station cross the roundabout and follow Foreshore Road to the Breakwater Battery Museum.

Walk past field of white pyramids out of the museum on the other side.

From there follow Gloucester Blvd to the end along the ocean. Then Olympic Blvd down to the surf club.

From Port Kembla's surf club, follow the beach all the way to the far end.

At the end of the beach follow one of the trail to the dunes past the holiday park.

Cross the bridge across the lagoon and use staircase down into the reserve on the other side.

Follow the reserve along the lagoon back to the beach.

Follow the bike path along the beach and cross the next lagoon across the pedestrian bridge at Barrack Point.

Follow the street around Barrack Point and follow the beach to the Shell Harbour Surf club.

From the surf club follow Wollongong St across the headland to Shell Harbour on the other side.

Follow the main road out of town to the roundabout near the motorway. Turn left to follow Dunmore Road.

Follow Dunmore Road down to the now obsolete Dunmore Station and cross the train tracks there.

Across the tracks, follow the bike path along the motorway to the left.

Cross the lagoon across the bridge. Turn left into the first side street to find an underpass underneath the train tracks.

Follow Charles Ave past several reserves on the left. The last one, called James Oates Reserve, connects to the headland.

Along the headland follow the signs for the Kiama Coastal walk.

Follow the path along the headland and down to the beach on the other side.

At the end of the beach follow Cliff Drive past the Cathedral Rocks.

At the end fo the drive the road turns into a narrow footpath to Bombo Beach.

Follow the beach, cross the lagoon, and find the path up under the rail bridge.

Follow the roads closest to the ocean along the headland.

On the other side of the headland, Blowhole Point and the lighthouse will be visible across the bay.

Follow the path around the harbour to visit the lighhouse and blowhole.

Along the road from the lighthouse back to the shops, follow Railway Pde on the left to the station.

What to bring

  • Check the national parks website for possible detours, closures and restrictions.
  • Install an OpenStreetMap app for Android or iOS and preload the area.
  • Download the GPS data if your device can import it.
  • Print out this map and get a better one from a visitor information centre if possible.
  • Be sure to leave enough charge in your phone's battery for emergency calls.
  • Bring plenty of water, comfortable shoes, a hat and SPF 30 sunscreen.
  • Also bring a light windbreaker/raincoat in case you get caught out in the rain.