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.

 Cue Sheet

Cumulative

Distance

Notes

0km START

0km

Ride starts at large Car Park in Riverside Dr near Boat Ramp and Restaurants. Head south along Riverside Dr

0.39km

0.39km

Pass Bettini Lane on left

0.56km

0.17km

Pass Davison St on left continue on foreshore road (Lake View Dr) to end of road

1.06km

0.5km

Proceed straight ahead on track through foreshore reserve

1.28km

0.22km

At end of track join sealed road (Gem Cres) up the hill.

1.43km

0.15km

Turn right into Gareth Ave

1.63km

0.2km

Turn left into Dorothy Dr and proceed up the hill

1.81km

0.18km

Turn right into Cole Cres

1.98km

0.18km

Turn right on to Old Highway keep following this.

3.09km

1.11km

Pass Flying Fox Rd on right

4.15km

1.06km

Pass Scenic Dr on right

5.6km

1.45km

Cross causeway

6.42km

0.82km

Pass Corunna Rd on left

7.7km

1.28km

Pass Lilyvale Rd on right

9.63km

1.94km

Pass old Cemetery on sharp bend on left

10.05km

0.61km

Cross bridge on Corunna Creek

10.56km

0.51km

At top of hill turn right on to Ridge Rd and follow this gravel road

15.22km

4.66km

Pass Tilba Punkalla Rd on right. Continue down hill on sealed road. Follow this road to Central Tilba

19.31km

4.09km

Enter Central Tilba

19.58km
TURN AROUND POINT

0.27km

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