With picturesque historic villages, lush green valleys and granite punched outcrops, the Tilba region is a stunning southern gateway to Eurobodalla.
Former home of River Cottage Australia, the area is renowned for pure produce, bespoke arts and crafts, and a contemporary take on authentic living.
The accommodation here fits the lush country surroundings with boutique B&Bs, comfortable cabins and cosy country glamping.
The village of Central Tilba is as beautiful as it is unique. Classified under the National Trust, and named as one of Australia’s best heritage sights, the town offers a living snapshot of 19th century Australia.
The preserved weatherboard shops of the main street house a charming selection of art and craft, gourmet produce, antiques and curios. The iconic two-story Dromedary Hotel has been a Tilba gathering place for over 120 years and retains much of its original feel and charm. Across the road, the old-school lolly shop with its huge range of treats and sweets is another well-known meeting place and a delight for families discovering old favourites together. The pace along the shopping strip is relaxed and unhurried and rewards those who take time to find the small details.
Surrounded by flourishing countryside and sparkling waterways, quality food and produce abound and are at the heart of the Tilba lifestyle. At the bottom of Central Tilba’s tree-lined main street, ABC Cheese Factory continues a tradition started in its dairy in 1891, and offers award-winning cheeses from local jersey cows. You will also find the south coast’s most extensive range of honey to sample and buy. On Saturday mornings, the Tilba Growers Market in the ‘Big Hall’ offers the best local produce straight from the growers and makers, and makes a good base for a gourmet picnic nearby.
A short drive from town on the edge of Lake Corunna, the Tilba Valley Winery offers a cellar door and rustic menu in garden surrounds. The winery often holds cultural events, including a regular program of Sunday lunch with live music.
Not far from Central Tilba is the small gem of Tilba Tilba. The road between the two villages winds through granite-speckled foothills, and gives glimpses of cottages and mowed green grass behind windbreaks and timber fences. Also heritage listed, the tiny village evokes a sense of barn-find treasures and fresh produce waiting to be discovered around each corner.
Nestled at the foot of Gulaga (Mount Dromedary) it is a good starting place to explore this beautiful and spiritual land. Gulaga is the mother of ancestral identity for the Yuin people, and to be able to visit is a privilege. Guided walks by local Yuin people are probably the best way to connect with the spirit of the land, but self-guided walkers are welcome. A track leaves from behind the nicely eccentric Pam's Store, and takes you through rainforest to the summit. From here views stretch across the coast to the headland and waters of Mystery Bay. We can’t tell you what happened at Mystery Bay… it’s a mystery.