Kites, Kestrels and Kiama – The Kiama Coast Walk – Northern Section – 5 July 2018

I travelled down by train with Bob to do the Kiama Coast Walk between Minnamurra and Kiama.

After getting off the train, we made our way to the start of the Coastal Path near the Minnamurra River. It was a fine day, and a very warm day for winter. We were glad there was a sea breeze. 

The path soon climbs up over Minnamurra Point, with its fine views of the Minnamurra River and Stack Island.

We could see some whales – but they were a long way out to sea. Too far away to photograph. Instead I photographed some swiftly moving Swallows –

We descended and then walked along Jones Beach to the next point of interest – The set of sea stacks known as Cathedral Rocks. The tide was low enough for us to walk around behind the stacks.

We then had to backtrack  a bit and walk along some roads to reach the far side of the stacks. Then more road walking to reach the Boneyard, a beach just before Bombo Headland.

We walked out to the end of the headland, and could not help noticing all the birds in the bush on the way. I managed to get a set of photos of a Lewin’s Honeyeater catching an insect.

At the headland, we stopped for lunch and took the opportunity to look for more whales. Again, we saw some – but they were too far out to photograph.

We then found a track that is a shortcut to Bombo Quarry. We wandered around the quarry looking at the interesting geological features.

On our way out, we spotted a Black Shouldered Kite circling not too far away.

After grabbing a few photos of it, it was joined by a Nankeen Kestrel. Nice.

We then reached Bombo Beach. It was a bit tiring walking along the length of the beach – slow sand and a warm day.

At the end of the beach there is some more road walking. This was made more interesting when we spotted two more Kestrels hovering – searching for food.

One of them dived and flew off with what looked like a small lizard.

We then walked around Kiama Harbour and out to the Blowhole. The tides and swell were not suitable for it to blow, but we did notice that the distant Little Blow Hole was in fine form –

Before walking to Kiama Station, we stopped at the headland cafe for refreshments.

More photos of this nice walk are online here on my website.

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