Cathedral Rocks, Bombo Quarry and Kiama

I am happy to report (as per the last post) that we both slept much better with our rearranged Honda CR-V. By removing the folding part of the back seats, we were able to fully extend and with our heads against the tailgate, we had nearly a normal bed! We had breakfast not long after sunrise and planned our day, starting with a quick visit to Cathedral Rocks. 

Kiama Downs offers up the spectacular Cathedral Rocks. Access is either at the southern end of Jones Beach (park in the car park and walk along a grassy stretch underneath the wealthy houses, until you reach the very end, then follow the beach around – an easy 15 min walk) or viewable with an easy walk down a grass path near the sewer treatment from Cliff Drive. 

Cathedral Rocks were quite epic, from any vantage point, and we had great seas crashing over the rock formations. It was again amazing to see the geometric formations, leftover from lava flow. 

When we took the Jones Beach entry, at the end of our grassy walk we came across a tiny picturesque haven, that reminded me ever so much of something Anne of Green Gables might have stumbled across. The frogs chirped happily, their croaks joining the cascades of bird songs  who were freely nipping between twig and tree, no care in the world, only bothered by me. 

Some of the birds we saw are pictured below including the Red-whiskered Bulbul, New Holland Honeyeater, a female Superb Fairywren, followed by two photos of a Little Wattlebird (try and spot him in the seventh pic!)

Our next stop was Bombo Quarry. The gated driveway warned of a potential closure “at any time” and Lib embraced her adventurous spirit by throwing caution to the wind and driving in. Fortunately Lib ignored my continued pleas to “turn back”, “we won’t make it down there”, “there’s no way we can drive out of here”, “our car will definitely topple over”, “I’m getting out – you drive that part alone” and we were able to rock n roll (only with more rock and less roll!!). 

Our first stop within the quarry, not active since the 1900s, really showed an ongoing battle between man and nature. I thought having a quarry next to nature at Bass Point was interesting, but Bombo Quarry certainly takes the cake! The remaining rock formations are extremely bizarre and the sound of a wild ocean only adds to this cinematic landscape. 

There are plenty of photo opportunities here, and by car you can get part of the way, by foot you can journey further. My favourite two photos from Bombo Quarry include our Honda CRV (I am in love!). 

In this pano you can really see the scale of the stone. Note tiny Lib within the rocks and our Honda over on the very far left. 

In this second photo, our Honda CR-V is just parked amidst some epic rock formations. 

Oh and who doesn’t love an attempted 50 point turn (Go Lib!), when you realise you have come to the end of the semi-dirt road and you need to turn back. 

Our next stop took us just down the road to Kiama, to see the infamous Blow Hole, Little Blow Hole and Lighthouse. The bigger Kiama Blow Hole wasn’t putting on that much of a show (“She was much bigger yesterday” said an elderly Italian  man), but yet again, nature’s natural progression was on show. The Blow Hole was the most touristy place we came across so far, with a mixture of Australian and foreign tourists leaning over to gasp and cry out as the water shot up. Lib loved the sound of the Blow Hole; the thwump of the water hitting the underground chamber echoing up to greet us. 

The WikiCamps app commenters were right – the Little Blow Hole was better! We loved getting up close and personal with this little one. Plus there is a bit more thrill when you aren’t cordoned off by protective poles. 

We stopped in for lunch on a hill by the Kiama harbour where we ate a delicious wrap and lemon tart from a deli on the corner. While we feed our souls and tummies, we mapped out next leg of the journey inland – to Kangeroo Valley!

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