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06 December - Kiama's Blowhole

Unread postby Max ADU » Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:14 pm

Today in Australian History
Wednesday, December 6, 1797


George Bass discovers the Kiama blowhole, on the New South Wales coast.

Kiama is an attractive town and Local Government Area 120 km south of Sydney on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia. The name "Kiama" is derived from the Aboriginal word Kiarama, which means "place where the sea makes a noise".

This is in reference to the famous Kiama Blowhole, a natural cavern at Blowhole Point.

The ideal conditions in which to view the blowhole are when the seas are running southeast: at these times, the blowhole can erupt in a spray of water up to 60m in height.

Kiama was discovered by explorer George Bass on 6 December 1797 after he anchored his whaleboat in the bay which is now Kiama Harbour.
Bass noted the evidence of volcanic activity in the distant past, and of the blowhole itself, he wrote:
"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 ..."


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It is the town's major tourist attraction and under certain sea conditions, the blow hole can spray water usually up to 25 metres (82 ft) in the air, in quantities that thoroughly drench any bystanders.

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Re: 6th December - The Blowhole + photos

Unread postby HappyGoLucky » Sat Dec 08, 2012 10:46 pm

How wonderful you got inserted a movie too.... I like being there. Thanks.
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Re: 06 December - Kiama's Blowhole

Unread postby Aliraza125 » Tue Dec 02, 2014 7:42 pm

I love the fact that you do so much research and to include photos. movies and any other things that go with the article..

Keep up the good work.
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Re: 06 December - Kiama's Blowhole

Unread postby Max ADU » Thu Feb 11, 2016 4:27 pm

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