Located in the charming coastal town of Kiama in New South Wales, Australia, the Kiama Blowhole is a natural spectacle that attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists each year1. The name ‘Kiama’ has long been translated as “where the sea makes a noise,” a fitting description for this geological marvel1.
A stones throw from Sydney, the picturesque seaside retreat of Kiama is one of the South Coast's favourite tourist destinations.
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The Kiama Blowhole was formed from basalt lava flows approximately 260 million years ago12. The blowhole is essentially a sea cavern beneath the rock. As ocean swells crash into the cavern, they compress the air inside, causing water to spurt through a gap in the rocks towards the sky13. Under certain sea conditions, the blowhole can spray water up to 25 metres (82 ft) in the air1.
The blowhole was first discovered by local Aboriginals who named it 'Khanterinte’1. It was first written about by English explorer George Bass on December 6, 179741. Bass had captained a crew of six and set out on an open whaleboat to explore the south coast of Australia. He noticed the blowhole after anchoring his boat in a sheltered bay1.
The discovery of the Kiama Blowhole ushered in a wave of development for the region. Towering cedar forests were removed and basalt quarries were carved across the region to supply a growing nation4. Today, it is one of Kiama’s major tourist attractions and contributes significantly to the local economy1.
The Kiama Blowhole is more than just a natural spectacle; it’s a testament to Australia’s rich history and geological diversity. Whether you’re standing perilously close to feel the spray or watching from a safe distance, the sight of water shooting high into the air accompanied by a thunderous sound is an experience you won’t forget.
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