Water Tower Lookout in Central Tilba

Water Tower Lookout and Bellbrook Farm Loop Walk in Central Tilba

Located in the historic village of Central Tilba on the South Coast of New South Wales, Water Tower Lookout offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and coastline.  The Bellbrook Farm Loop walk will take you further into the magnificent landscape at the foothills of Gulaga the “Mother Mountain”.

This incredibly scenic walk and lookout connects visitors to the rich heritage and natural beauty of the magnificent Tilba Valley. Set in idyllic rolling green hills and pockets of rocky outcrops,  this walk is ideal for visitors seeking a tranquil escape and deeper connection to the landscape.

How to get to Water Tower Lookout

Access to the water tower and Bellbrook walk is from the end of Station Street. There is some parking beyond the gate or in the street adjacent to the historic Dromedary Hotel.  It’s just a five-minute walk to reach Water Tower Lookout, up a fairly steep slope.

Central Tilba is easily accessible from major cities.

If you’re travelling from Sydney, take the Princes Highway (A1) heading south towards Batemans Bay and continue past it, driving for about 4 hours in total. After passing through Narooma, take the turnoff onto Corkhill Drive, which leads directly to Central Tilba. Turn onto Bate Street, and take the next turn onto Station Street at the Dromedary Hotel.

From Canberra, take the Kings Highway heading east and turn right on the Princes Highway (A1) at Batemans Bay. The drive takes approximately 2.5 hours, passing through Moruya, Narooma and scenic rural landscapes before reaching the turnoff at Corkhill Drive into Central Tilba. Follow the local signage to reach the walk and lookout.


There is a designated parking area at the base of the lookout, just a short walk from the main viewing platform. 

Best Times to Visit

To fully enjoy the outdoor environment and views from the Water Tower Lookout, visiting during the milder months of spring and autumn is recommended. The weather during these seasons is ideal for hiking and walking, with comfortable temperatures and minimal rainfall. Early morning is particularly magical, as the soft light enhances the natural beauty of the landscape, and wildlife is more active. Late afternoon provides golden lighting conditions, perfect for photography enthusiasts looking to capture scenic vistas.

Scenic Views

From the elevated platform of Water Tower Lookout, you can access a breathtaking panorama that showcases the natural beauty of the Tilba Valley. The lookout provides a 360-degree view that stretches across the historic Central Tilba village, sprawling green countryside, and toward the ocean. Looking inland, you can observe the charming architectural details of Central Tilba—a village that seems frozen in time with its preserved Victorian-era buildings. Beyond the village, the rolling hills and vibrant greenery of the surrounding countryside offer a picturesque tapestry that changes hues with the seasons.

Extending the walk onto the Bellbrook Farm Loop, the mown path which will lead you over a rocky outcrop and onto a timber stair case. The stair case takes you beneath some lovely shady trees and granite rocks. At the bottom you can take the 1.5km loop in either direction. Return the way you came.

About half way round the loop there is a picnic table near a lovely large tree where you can rest and take in the gorgeous scenery and upward views of Gulaga.

Outdoor Activities

Water Tower Lookout and the Bellbrook Farm walk in Central Tilba is just one of the outdoor activities that caters to nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. The surrounding area offers numerous opportunities for engaging with the natural environment. For the more experienced walkers,  a hike from Tilba Tilba will lead to the summit of Gulaga.

Gulaga Mountain Trail

Whether you’re looking to explore the rugged trails, observe local wildlife, or simply soak in the panoramic views, the surrounding areas provide a rewarding outdoor experience for all visitors.

Nearby Attractions

Once you have taken in the views from Water Tower Lookout in Central Tilba, explore a variety of nearby attractions, cultural sites, and dining experiences that showcase the unique charm and rich heritage of the region. Here are some highlights to consider exploring during your visit:

tilba dairy farm

Water Tower Lookout and the surrounding region provide a rich, varied experience combining natural beauty, cultural heritage, and local flavours. Whether you’re indulging in local dairy delights, exploring historic sites, or enjoying the great outdoors, there are many activities to enhance your visit to this charming part of New South Wales.

Visitor Tips

Cycling in Tilba

For a safe and enjoyable visit, keep these tips in mind:

Following these guidelines will help ensure that Water Tower Lookout and the Bellbrook walk remain a beautiful and safe place for everyone.

Start planning your visit to Water Tower Lookout, where you can explore the scenic landscapes, look into the stories that shaped the region, and relax in the tranquil surroundings of this iconic landmark. So, pack your bags and experience the beauty and serenity of the Tilba District from this exceptional vantage point.