The lush green countryside and timber barns surrounding this 150-year-old working village tell you you’re in prime dairy country. Australia’s first commercial cheese was made here, and this fine tradition is very much alive.

Bodalla Dairy Cheese Factory

Today, Bodalla cheese making is more bespoke. The Bodalla Dairy Shed, on the main road, uses an old fashioned batch pasteurising method to produce award-winning cheeses and artisan Italian gelato from their own herd of notoriously happy cows. Watch the process from behind glass inside the dairy, or take a cheese making courses. The adjoining Dairy Shed Café offers a chance to sample and buy all of the products, as well as other food and local produce. The café has a distinct retro feel, and features a great outdoor deck area for long warm days and local music, and a huge stone fireplace for cooler times.

The historic All Saints Church at Bodalla

You’ll find Bodalla’s main street dotted with quirky shops and galleries, with Gallery Bodalla in the old Post Office exhibiting impressive local works. Bodalla Bakery is famous for its pies and bread baked in the centuries-old oven. You could take away, but why not join the locals for a yarn in the café.

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. It features a tower and spire, large rose window, oak woodwork and intricate stained-glass windows. Visitors are welcome to explore the building and its garden surrounds.

Kangaroos on the beach at Potato Point
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 extensive bragging rights.

You can also head inland from Bodalla to explore the breathtaking hinterland.

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