Kioloa- A Tranquil Haven
Kioloa is the perfect getaway. A quiet seaside village of under 200 population surrounded by water and bush land, it’s the idyllic retreat for weary souls needing to break away from the hustle, bustle and stress of everyday life to calm their mind, body and soul. Located on the south coast of New South Wales, this seaside retreat, although seemingly isolated, and without mobile phone reception is, however, only a two hour drive from the Australian capital, Canberra, and four hours south of Sydney. Bateman’s Bay, a thriving holiday destination for the national capital’s residents, is only a 45 minute drive north of Kioloa.
Famous for its pristine beaches and its superb surfing, Kioloa’s main source of income is tourism; therefore, this small hamlet is definitely not short of holiday accommodation to suit every holiday style and budget. Holiday rentals in Kioloa range from budget accommodation to large holiday villas. Families are definitely well catered for with a large range of family accommodation available, as independent holiday houses and cottages, some with large grounds, are plentiful in the area.
This unspoilt golden shoreline retains much of its natural beauty, wedged as it is between pristine azure waters, and a backdrop of almost virgin Australian bush which comes down to the beach, and where kangaroos wander undisturbed.
A Beach Getaway in an Oasis of Serenity
Kioloa is protected from heavy seas by Belowla Island; it is just minutes to some of the best beaches, lakes and fishing spots on the NSW coast and is a haven for fishing, snorkelling, kayaking and surfing. Kioloa Beach is a safe beach for swimming, snorkelling, windsurfing and diving. For boat fishing enthusiasts, a boat ramp is located at the southern end of the beach, although they may also choose beach and rock fishing. Kioloa beach is idyllic for families due to its calm waters; and as dogs are allowed on this beach and there are many options of pet friendly accommodation in and around Kioloa, families won’t have to leave their furry friends at home when holidaying in the area.
Pretty Beach is situated in Murramarang National Park, where the bush meets the sea and the kangaroos come right down to the beach. The Park protects almost 12,000 hectares of coastal lands and its extensive forests are home to many native animals. If you have a view of the beach from your holiday home in Kioloa, dawn and dusk are the best times to spot eastern grey kangaroos as well as red necked wallabies, as they come out to feed.
Swimming, surfing, fishing, picnicking or just relaxing amidst nature are some of the activities to be enjoyed in this undefiled haven off the beaten track. For those holidaymakers willing to try their hand at fishing, rock and beach fishing can provide a diverse list of species including Salmon, Groper and Snapper.
Merry Beach is another of the beaches located within the Murramarang National Park. If looking at staying right on the beach, you will find a great range of holiday accommodation to suit all budgets, and with ocean views. When you’ve had your fill of water activities, enjoy the botanical pleasures the park has to offer and take a walk on one of the bush walking trails to enjoy the amazing scenery and the diverse and colourful birdlife.
If you make Kioloa your holiday home, it’s a great base from which to explore a great wealth of other National Parks teeming with native flora and fauna and only a short drive away which include the Budawang National Park, a rugged wilderness for experienced bushwalkers; Bimberamala National Park, a park of steep forests and water holes and Morton National Park which is home to Pigeon House Mountain, with magnificent panoramic views of rugged cliffs and valleys from the top of the Mountain.
Mild and Sunny
Kioloa enjoys warm summers with mild and sunny winters, as its climate is regulated by the sea; winter nights, however, can become cold. Summer months are the wettest months and thunderstorms may occur from November to March. Any time of year is great for taking some relaxing time out in Kioloa, as there are diverse activities to be enjoyed in the local area, yet the ideal time for enjoying its pristine blue waters is during summer from November to February, although spring and autumn are also excellent times to visit Kioloa.
Getting to Kioloa
Canberra, the national capital, is the closest large city to Kioloa and is approximately a two and a half hour drive away from beachside accommodation. The other major cities are Sydney, between three to four hours drive away and Melbourne, at a distance of between ten to eleven hours driving time away. Its closest neighbour of any considerable size is Bateman’s Bay, a thriving centre of approximately 15,000 inhabitants, which is 40 minutes drive south of Kioloa. If travelling from the UK, the closest international airport is in Canberra. Transborder Express runs a bus everyday from Canberra airport to Kioloa and back, and there are two buses daily run by Premier Motor Service (PMS) from Sydney to Kioloa and back, this bus service departs from both the national and international terminals at the Sydney airport.