The village of Central Tilba is as beautiful as it is unique. Classified as a National Trust and regarded as one of Australia’s best heritage sites, the town offers a living snapshot of 19th century Australia along with a strong connection to indigenous cultural history.

Dairy cows at Tilba
History

Dairy farms founded their homes from the rich volcanic soil around the mountain. Between the dairy farms and the villages, Tilba Tilba was born. When gold mining dwindled in the early 1900s the dairy industry continued and Tilba became the home of exceptional cheeses.

With a flourishing countryside and sparkling waterways, quality food and produce has become the lifeblood of the Tilba region. Once the home of the TV series River Cottage Australia, the area is renowned for pure produce, bespoke arts and crafts, and a contemporary take on authentic living.

At the bottom of Central Tilba’s tree-lined main street, the ABC Cheese Factory continues a tradition started in its dairy in 1891, offering award-winning cheeses from local jersey cows. You will also find the South Coast’s most extensive range of honey to sample and buy.

Central Tilba
Central Tilba

On Saturday mornings, the Tilba Growers Market in the ‘Big Hall’ offers the best local produce straight from the growers and makers. Experience authentic village life then take your haul for a gourmet picnic nearby.

The weatherboard shops of the main street house offer a charming selection of art and craft, gourmet produce and antiques. The iconic Dromedary Hotel has been a Tilba gathering place for over 120 years and retains much of its original feel and charm. Across the road, the old-school lolly shop with its huge range of treats and sweets is another well-known meeting place and a delight for families discovering old favourites together.

A short drive from town, on the edge of Lake Corunna, is the Tilba Valley Winery and Ale House offering a cellar door (wines and ales) and rustic menu in garden surrounds. Try Sunday lunch with live music.

Tilba Tilba
Tilba Tilba

Not far from Central Tilba is the small village of Tilba Tilba. Corkhill Drive, the road between the two villages, winds through granite-speckled foothills, giving glimpses of cottages and mowed green grass behind windbreaks and timber fences. Also heritage listed, the tiny village evokes a sense of barn find treasures and fresh produce just waiting to be discovered.

Mount Gulaga, the backdrop to Tilba, is the ancestral origin of the Aboriginal Yuin people. The mountain symbolises their mother and provides a basis for spiritual identity. The steep track up the mountain was established for gold miners in 1884, but a guided walk by local Yuin people is the best way to immerse yourself in the true spirit of the land. A track leaves from behind the old ‘Pam’s Store’ (now an incredible café called La Galette) and takes you through the rainforest to the summit. From there, views stretch across the coast to the headland and the azure waters of Mystery Bay.

Gulaga Mountain
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