Narooma to Central Tilba and return
Narooma to Tilba is a ride back in time along the Old Highway; reminiscent of the early 1900's to this day. Imagine the old carriages traversing the rugged roads and the old cycles creaking along with a basket out front filled with picnic goodies. Time really has stood still in the Tilba region.
ROUTE: Nar 4 - History and Beyond Tilba
DISTANCE: 39 km
GRADE: moderate reasonable level of fitness required
VERTICAL ASCENT : 800m
SUITABLE: Mountain bikes or hybrids
The route is a mixture of sealed surface, gravel road, and gravel track (short sections). It has a number of short hills which gives it its moderate grading. The steepest section is when you make your way through the urban area of south Narooma. So don't be put off!
This ride follows the Old Highway to the turn off to Central Tilba along Ridge Rd. which leads to the Tilba Punkalla Rd which takes you right into Central Tilba.
There are a number of other ways to get to Central Tilba from Narooma, this is the easiest route. The road is sealed for part of this route.
Central Tilba is a Heritage listed village full of wonderful crafts and food experiences. There are a number of cafes and a great cheese outlet. You might like to cycle on to Tilba Tilba.
Another option is to ride out to the Historic Tilba Cemetery right out on the coast. See details of these options below.
The route back to Narooma is the same as the way you came. However you do have the option of a terrific loop through Mystery Bay. Details of this option are also below.
Ride starts at large Car Park in Riverside Dr near Boat Ramp and Restaurants. Head south along Riverside Dr
Pass Bettini Lane on left
Pass Davison St on left continue on foreshore road (Lake View Dr) to end of road
Proceed straight ahead on track through foreshore reserve
At end of track join sealed road (Gem Cres) up the hill.
Turn right into Gareth Ave
Turn left into Dorothy Dr and proceed up the hill
Turn right into Cole Cres
Turn right on to Old Highway keep following this.
Pass Flying Fox Rd on right
Pass Scenic Dr on right
Pass Corunna Rd on left
Pass Lilyvale Rd on right
Pass old Cemetery on sharp bend on left
Cross bridge on Corunna Creek
At top of hill turn right on to Ridge Rd and follow this gravel road
Pass Tilba Punkalla Rd on right. Continue down hill on sealed road. Follow this road to Central Tilba
Enter Central Tilba
End of ride is at T intersection with Corkhill Dr. Return to Narooma through Mystery Bay as below.
Tilba Tilba OPTION
Ride can be extended to Tilba Tilba by turning right at this intersection on to Corkhill Dr. and heading south. (4km return) The road is sealed, but is undulating.
Historic Tilba Cemetery on the coast OPTION
Ride can be extended to the Cemetery by turning left into Corkhill Dr. Head up to the Princes Highway and cross over to Sherringham Lane. At the next fork keep left and join Haxstead Rd. Follow this to the end of the sealed road and bear right through the gates on to a gravel road, down the hill. Follow this out to the Cemetery. (Beware the first section of rough gravel road). This is an 8km round trip from Central Tilba with a similar level of difficulty.
Return through Mystery Bay OPTION using Nar5
An alternative route back to Narooma is to go via Mystery Bay, this is 3km longer but does provide some stunning new scenery and views. The last 10km of this option into Narooma are however the same as the route you took to Central Tilba. To take this option, which is signposted as Nar5, turn left into Corkhill Dr and head up to the Princes Highway. Turn left (north) along the new highway for 300m then turn right on to Victoria Creek Rd. After 1km turn right on to Sunnyside Rd which is a gravel road. This takes you across to Mystery Bay Rd. Turn right at Mystery Bay Rd to go to Mystery Bay Village and the beaches. See Ride Nar3 for information on the things to see in Mystery Bay and the route back to Narooma