Narooma is one of the most spectacular and picturesque towns on the NSW south coast, with a series of sweeping bends leading you to the stunning aquamarine waters of the estuary and old steel bridge. The Wagona Inlet and bay waters are instantly inviting, and the urge to pull over and immerse yourself in the landscape is hard to resist.
Narooma offers the dream destination for that romantic getaway, or an adventurous weekend on land and sea. Find nourishment for the soul and body with sunset cocktails, dining with a million dollar view, and the fresh taste of produce straight from the farm gate.
Narooma is one of the most spectacular and picturesque towns on the NSW south coast, with a series of sweeping bends leading you to the stunning aquamarine waters of the estuary and old steel bridge. The Wagonga Inlet and bay waters are instantly inviting, and the urge to pull over and immerse yourself in the landscape is hard to resist.
Spend 3 days and 2 nights on this adventure itinerary to get a deep dive into Narooma and the surrounding hamlets and villages like Bodalla, Mystery By and the historic Tilba district
Eurobodalla …. All kinds of natural
Narooma lies on the stunning south coast of NSW, approximately 4 hours drive south of Sydney on the M1.
As you unwind on the journey from the city to the relaxed vibe of the south coast, take some time out to stop in Bodalla, the heart of dairy country and home to the famous Bodalla Dairy Shed, All Saints Church and a string of shops and cafes housed in the historic buildings that line the main street.
Bodalla Dairy Shed is a family owned and operated dairy that handcrafts a unique range of dairy products with unique Australian flavours. It has built on the long-standing reputation of Bodalla as a prime dairy and cheese producer. The Dairy Shed café is a top spot for grabbing a light meal, great coffee and cakes. Enjoy your treats the back deck with a view over the lush pastures that feed the cows that produce the milk that goes into a range of delectable products; cheeses, creamy yoghurts and silky smooth ice-creams that are now distributed across the state.
The cheese factory and ice cream lab next door is where the magic happens –taste and buy supplies for the weekend – try the Aussie bush tucker ingredients like lemon myrtle, gum leaf, pepperberry, saltbush and wattleseed. You can also bottle feed the poddy calves at 10am and 4pm each day… they are so cute and extremely hungry for that fresh, creamy Bodalla milk!
Take a few minutes to inspect the magnificent All Saints Church. It dates to the 1880s and is built in the Victorian Academic Gothic style and is one of many historic Bodalla attractions. The grounds display a prayer labyrinth. The nearby Bodalla Pub, established in 1875 has been the town’s other community meeting place for over 140 years.
Once you have explored the shops and cafes, round off your stop over with a craft ale at Malt Man Brewing. Try ‘The Flash’ hazy mid strength beer, weighing in at 3.3% it is a great smashable beer. Or fill up a Growler or the Original Malt Man Malty 500ml Take-Away.
Check in at Amooran Oceanside Apartments and Motel. With spectacular views over the ocean and to Montague Island, Amooran is also a short walk to town, the golf course and an ideal centrally located Motel to explore Narooma and the surrounding district.
Book in for dinner at Queen Chow, the new Asian fusion dining experience from Merivale, now at the Whale Inn with stunning views over the Wagonga Inlet and ocean.
Open at 6am for great coffee and a big brekky, head down to Narooma Ice Creamery Cafe.
Then take the short drive to the headland cemetery to see the spectacular Glasshouse Rocks, an ancient geological site around 500 million years old and one of the most photographed icons on the NSW south coast.
Make your way from the café to Bluewater Drive and the town wharf to take your pre-booked charter to Montague Island. Montague Island is a hotspot for wildlife with superb whale watching during Spring, seasonal bird migration, Little Penguin viewings in summer, and Australian and New Zealand fur seals all year round. Snorkel with the seals for an awesome underwater experience with the playful seals, just like puppies, they always have a wet nose and don’t mind getting up close and personal. You can also opt for an island tour and learn about the history of the lighthouse and the islands cultural significance to the local Yuin people.
Take the Pedal to produce a self guided E-bike tour with Southbound Escapes.
Discover the Narooma to Dalmeny Coastal Trail on an e-bike & enjoy a delicious local produce picnic. Re-connect with nature, minimize your impact by simply cycling through. The E-Bikes make the ride so much easier and are really good fun! See the top sites like Australia Rock and Bar Rock Lookout, Mill Bay Boardwalk and follow the coastal cycle path all the way to Dalmeny taking in the amazing vistas along the way. Grab a craft beer at Big Niles Brewing Co before heading back.
Wind down with afternoon cocktails and dinner at Quarterdeck, Merivale Group’s newest waterfront dining experience right on the Wagonga Inlet, offering stunning sunset backdrop of the inlet and mountains.
Situated in the foothills of Gulaga Mountain, the cute creperie and café will get you fuelled up for a big day ahead. Try the French toast with banana, or the crepes with bacon, maple syrup and ice cream with a freshly brewed coffee on the side.
Starting at the rear of the Dromedary Hotel and looping through lush farmland at the foothills of Gulaga, you will be rewarded with scenic vistas via boardwalks, steps and tracks. Sit a while to take in the gorgeous rural view over the Tilba Valley.
Return to the town centre and explore the heritage listed shops of Central Tilba. The little hamlet gained fame as the home of Australia’s River Cottage and is home to the Tilba Real Dairy cheese factory and retail outlet. Sample the range of delicious cheeses crafted right in the village and stock up for supplies to take home and enjoy later.
The eclectic range of eateries, galleries and gift shops will keep you occupied until lunch time.
When the shopping is done, take the meandering back road to the Tilba Valley Winery and Alehouse for a delicious lunch in the vineyard. A rustic setting overlooking the shores of the vast Corunna Lake is the perfect way to relax with live music, a hearty ploughmans lunch with a local wine or craft beer.
Finish you exploration of the Tilba Valley with a visit to Mystery Bay and a kelp harvesting tour with mbK for Life. Take a journey of discovery where you will collect natural kelp from the beach and learn how to turn it into one of nature’s superfoods. You can purchase healthy Kelp Salt Seasonings to take home and restock online.
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Narooma is famous for its seafood and local produce. Pick from a range of delicious dining options
Lookouts, walks, cycleways, beaches, heritage sites and much, much more to dicover in Narooma
When a coastal town’s name translates to the local Yuin phrase for ‘clear blue water’, it’s obvious from the get-go that you’ve chosen your destination well. But while it’s tempting to immediately jump into Narooma’s glistening aquamarine waters, they also make a beautiful backdrop: in this location, there are dozens of memorable activities to do, and many of them involve staying dry.