Archive for February, 2010

Are these photos proof that Kiama is the World’s Greatest Blowhole?
Does this photo (which shows a blow at the Kiama Blowhole around 1880, much higher that the Kiama Lighthouse, (which is 36.3 metres off sea level) a world record?


Some History on them name Kiama and here
“Blowhole History

The main Kiama Blowhole was discovered by George Bass on his voyage of coastal exploration on December 6, 1797, after anchoring his whaleboat in the sheltered bay which became Kiama Harbour.

The shore Bass wrote, showed evidence of considerable volcanic fire and on the point he found: “The earth for a considerable distance round in the form approaching a circle seemed to have given way; it was now a green slope…..Towards the centre was a deep ragged hole of about 25 to 30 feet in diameter and on one side of it the sea washed in through a subterraneous passage…with a most tremendous noise…”

Bass was not, in fact, the first to discover the Kiama Blowhole, as local Aboriginals had for generations referred to it as Khanterintee.

In January 1889 a performer by the name of Charles Jackson attracted large crowds to see his crossings of the mouth of the Blowhole on a tightrope.

A smaller “little Blowhole” is located a few minutes south of the main Blowhole & performs best under moderate seas.”

The second largest blowhole, in Mexico, La Bufadora, thinks so. It claims to be the second largest blowhole in the world and names Kiama as the largest
While no official listings exist, what science articles on the subject do name Kiama as the world’s largest blowhole.

Maybe it is time for Kiama to claim the title, and use it to promote the town, but also come up with a plan for what the poor thousands of tourists who go up to see the Kiama Blowhole, should do instead, maybe a Lunchtime Blowhole Show next to the Blowhole every day?

Most other towns would be pretty much onto this, but I think Kiama tends to rests on its tourist laurels!



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This concert was organised by folk legend Phyl Lobl and its relevance is that most of the songs were celebrating the local history of Kiama and the Illawarra, with songs about Daisy the Kiama cow, Mountain Dew Moonshine, The Butter Track, The Ghost Glen by Henry Kendall, and others.

Performers Phyl Lobl, Shayna Stewart, John Broomhall, Alan Morrison, Bob McInnes, John Spillane, and Stuart Leslie perform at Kiama’s inaugural Songs of the South folk concert. (Songs of the Kiama and Illawarra Local History)

Well-known singer Margaret Roadknight put in an unexpected cameo
More photos in the gallery here.

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Kiama, Australia News

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