In the last post I talked about my study and my part-time job in the supermarket. I would really feel sorry for myself, however, to be in Australia but not to find time going to the beach.
So here comes me to introduce Kiama, a seaside town along the South Coast of NSW.I took the trip there with my own nearly a year ago, after that I've been to several other places along the coast of NSW, but Kiama remains to be my top favorite all these days.
It was exactly the same time of January last year when I was on summer vocation, the night before I was surfing on the net, and suddenly found the breathtaking photographs my friend uploaded to her Facebook, after her return from Kiama. The views attracted me so much that I decided to explore the charming place immediately the next day.
The next dawn when Kookaburra was laughing in the tree, I got up and had a quick preparation for my baggage (only a camera, a coat, my wallet and home-made sandwiches) . After a 20- minute walk to the nearest train station and another 20-minutes train to the Central Station where I transferred, my dream journey towards Kiama began.
I took the South Coast Line to Kiama, it was a memorable train journey, since there are several popular beaches and towns along the line, such as Wollongong, Shellharbour and Bombo. Seeing from window the beautiful seaside and blue sky, I totally enjoyed myself during the long journey.
It was nearly noon when I arrived at Kiama. It proved to be a place that lived up to my 3-hour travel by train. It's a place famous for its lighthouse, blowhole and quality surfacing beaches. But what I like most was the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere of the town. Here are some photographs I took.
It is said that the name Kiama has the meaning of "where the sea makes a noise", but I imagine seldom people would take the sounds of wave and seabird as "noise". Walking along the seaside made me totally relaxed, and Kiama thus became one of the fascinating places that I'd never like to leave.
After the long walk alone the beaches, I turned back to wonder around the town, it's a place with history: peaceful, neat, and at the same time keeps a vivid atmosphere through various cafes and retail outlets. Below is the photograph of the Post Office in town center, it is completed in 1878 and is one of the oldest buildings on the south coast.
I spent another 3 hours to return and got back home nearly midnight. It was a fantastic experience of travelling with my own. I like wondering about with a dozen of friends as well, but that's a totally different experience- with friends you always concentrate on the conversations and the friendship among you. But travelling by yourself enables one to explore more the new places as well as oneself. In a place like Kiama, you never fail to find something new on the journey alone.