Bombo, New South Wales

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New South Wales
Panorama of Bombo, New South Wales.jpg
Panorama of Bombo, on the shorefront of Bombo Beach
Bombo is located in New South Wales
Coordinates34°39′S 150°51.5′E / 34.650°S 150.8583°E / -34.650; 150.8583Coordinates: 34°39′S 150°51.5′E / 34.650°S 150.8583°E / -34.650; 150.8583
Population112 (2016 census)[1]
Location119 km (74 mi) from Sydney
LGA(s)Municipality of Kiama
State electorate(s)Kiama
Federal Division(s)Gilmore
Localities around Bombo:
Kiama Downs Kiama Downs
Jamberoo Bombo Tasman Sea
Kiama Kiama

Bombo is a suburb of the Municipality of Kiama, in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. It is located 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) north of Kiama.


Bombo is derived from "Thumbon", the name of a renowned headman and warrior born in this district.[3]


Bombo is the gateway between Kiama and its northern suburbs, Kiama Downs and Minnamurra. The Princes Highway runs through Bombo. In November 2005 a new six lane road opened replacing the original two lane road.[4]

Bombo railway station opened in 1887 as the terminus of the Illawarra railway line. In 1893 the line was extended to Kiama. It is the closest railway station to the Pacific Ocean in New South Wales.

In the 1950s the New South Wales Government Railways established a ballast quarry.[5] Boral operated an adjoining quarry from the 1970s until 2014.[6]


Bombo's main waterway is Spring Creek.

Boneyard Falls, an oceanic wave action waterfall, are located on the Bombo Headland.

Heritage listings[edit]

Bombo has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Bombo". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 12 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Bombo Postcode, NSW". Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Bombo". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 20 June 2009. Edit this at Wikidata
  4. ^ Premier opens North Kiama bypass ABC News 28 November 2005
  5. ^ 30-year life extension Freight Rail & Countrylink Xpress issue 3 March 1990 page 4
  6. ^ Boral Bombo Quarry Boral
  7. ^ "Bombo Railway Station group". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01092. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Bombo Headland Quarry Geological Site". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00177. Retrieved 18 May 2018.