Kiama is the next town traveling south from Wollongong. Kiama has a slight suburban feel because it is at the end of the freeway. As a result this somewhat perfect town is becoming a dormitory suburb of Wollongong. Fortunately for this really nice centre heritage management is well and truly in place.
During the colonization of Australia, the Kiama area was settled by wheat farmers as the soil was volcanic and rain-swept unlike most of Australia. Many assisted migrants came from Northern Ireland on clearing leases and eventually half the marriages in the Kiama Anglican Church in a hundred years had Northern Irish Protestant ancestry. Kiama was one of the birthplaces of the Australian dairy industry with the first Dairy Factory (The Kiama Pioneer Factory) and first Dairy Co-operative in Australia.