Bodalla & surrounds
Lush green countryside, heritage architecture and cheese making are the hallmarks of the 150-year-old dairy village of Bodalla.
The verdant green farmland and long timber barns surrounding this historic working village tell you you’re in prime dairy country. Australia’s first commercial cheese and first cheese exports were made here, and the tradition is very much alive.
Things to See and Do
The Bodalla Dairy Shed on the main road, uses an old-fashioned batch pasteurising method to produce award-winning cheeses from their own herd of notoriously happy cows. The process can be viewed from behind glass inside the dairy, and cheese-making courses are available. The adjoining Dairy Shed Café offers a chance to sample and buy all of the products made including their uniquely-flavoured ice cream, as well as other food and local produce. The café has a distinctly retro feel and features a great outdoor deck area for long warm days, and a huge stone fireplace for cooler times.
Other great eateries, quirky shops and interesting galleries are dotted along Bodalla’s main street, with Gallery Bodalla, in the old Post Office, exhibiting impressive local works. It makes for an easy and relaxed walk, with time to take in small details.
Like many 19th century towns, the architecture here is dominated by the two competing services of the time; the church and the pub.
The magnificent All Saints Church dates to the 1880s and is built in the Victorian Academic Gothic style. The nearby Bodalla Pub has been the towns other meeting places for over 100 years.
As well as offering incredible natural landscapes, the valley holds the relics of a wild and largely unknown past. The now quiet village of Nerrigundah was once a booming gold mining town. In 1866, Australia’s worst and most troublesome bushrangers, the Clarke Gang, held up the town to liberate it of its gold. In the ensuing gunfight, a police constable and one of the gang members were killed. An obelisk now stands in the town to commemorate the fallen police officer. There is still evidence of this gold rush past around the town.
National Parks, forests and wildlife
Another excellent trip from Bodalla is Eurobodalla National Park and the village of Potato Point. Wild coastal headlands, remote beaches, great fishing spots and absolute beachfront camping and accommodation make Potato Point a great little place to hide for a while.
It is also one of the best places on the south coast to see wild emus, with the giant birds regularly hanging about on local beaches. The story of how these particular West Australian Emus came to be here is both surprising and fascinating. Unofficially, photographing a kangaroo at South Durras Beach (north of Batemans Bay) and an emu at Potato Point Beach is known as “The Coat of Arms” and comes with substantial bragging rights.
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The flavours of the bush are making a big bang at Bodalla Dairy. Admit it: ice cream flavours like “Let’s Go Surfing” (also known as fresh mango with toasted coconut pieces) or Coastal Wattleseed, and cheeses with native ingredients like saltbush or Tasmanian pepperberry are hard to resist. It’s no wonder that life for the ...