Narooma comes from the Aboriginal ‘clear, blue water’ which is exactly what you’ll discover here… and so much more.

Montague Island aerial view
From Island to Estuary

It’s also the gateway to Montague Island, a unique wildlife sanctuary – home to NSW’s largest colony of Australian and New Zealand fur seals, and one of the most productive little penguin breeding sites in the country.

Narooma is one of the most spectacular and intriguing towns on the south coast, with a series of sweeping bends leading you to the stunning emerald 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.

Mill Bay Boardwalk

There is a lot on the north side of the inlet to explore. The timber boatsheds tucked beside the bridge offer fresh local oysters and seafood direct to the public, with oysters shucked in front of you if you’d like to eat them then and there. Eurobodalla sits at the heart of Australia’s Oyster Coast, which is celebrated in style each May with the annual Narooma Oyster Festival.

The Mill Bay Boardwalk meanders along the stunning water’s edge. It’s like nature’s playground where schools of fish, rays, dolphins and seals often make graceful appearances. Wide enough for walking, cycling and fishing the boardwalk leads to Apex Park, where the nearby clear waters at Bar Beach invite you to dive in for a sheltered swim or snorkel.

Narooma aerial view
The Perfect Holiday Playground

The southern side of the breakwater offers equally rewarding exploration. To get there, take a scenic drive through town and along Bluewater Drive to Bar Rock Road. Home of the famous Australia Rock, it’s also where the local fur seals like to relax in the sun.

The glassy waters of Forsters Bay are ideal for sheltered kayaking around the moored boats and extensive oyster farms. Launch from the Old Punt boat ramp next to the highway on the south side of Narooma bridge or near the cafes and restaurants along Riverside Drive. Quarterdeck has a tiki bar and one of the best seafood menus around, served with a side of live music and a spectacular over-water location.

Men with their catch of kingfish

The fishing around Narooma is superb and can be as easy as casting a line from the shore. The waters here are productive year-round with the estuary offering bream, flathead and leatherjacket, and the ocean reefs providing snapper, morwong, wrasse, trevally, and kingfish. Game fishing here is internationally renowned with yellowfin tuna, albacore, and striped and black Marlin found closer to the continental shelf.

Back on land, you’ll find the small town of Narooma has plenty to offer. The local Kinema, in all her art deco glory, is on the National Heritage Register and screens the blockbusters alongside arthouse. Also, housemade choctops! The many restaurants, cafés and galleries reflect Narooma’s open and authentic way of life… you’ll feel like a local in no time.

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