Saddleback Mountain rises to about 600 metres above sea level
and has spectacular views of the Barren Grounds Plateau to the west,
Gerringong and Coolangatta Mountain to the south and Kiama, Wollongong
and Lake Illawarra to the north. On a clear day one can see as far
north as Kurnell Sand Dunes in Sydney and as far south as Pigeon House
When viewed from Kiama, it has a distinctive saddle-shaped peak and is connected to the southernmost tip of the Illawarra Escarpment. Its summit is reached by Saddleback Mountain Road, which forms the basis of the Saddleback Smash.
This 6km uphill climb starts at Kiama High School, up Saddleback Mountain Road, before a left turn continues the rest of the way to the summit, Saddleback Lookout. The viewing platform here along with the many old stone walls that can be found along the way, were constructed by the Kiama Rotary Club. Therefore all proceeds from the Saddleback Smash will go directly towards Kiama Rotary Club.