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

A symphony of blues

Narooma is one of the most spectacular and picturesque towns on the 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.

The thrill of seeing the intense teal and blue waters of Narooma’s  Wagonga Inlet is something you will never forget. It’s a sensation that never fades for those that call Narooma home and those who return time after time for holidays. That colour and the feeling it evokes stays with you, but so too will the memories and experiences Narooma allows you to create.

Narooma breaks the mould of the typical coastal village, with its unique landscape, stunning waterways and the lure of Montague Island just a few tantalising kilometres offshore.

Mill Bay Boardwalk
The perfect holiday playground

There is a lot to explore on the northern and southern side of the inlet. The Mill Bay Boardwalk meanders along the water’s edge. It’s like nature’s playground where schools of fish, rays, dolphins and seals often make 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.

A drive through town and along Bluewater Drive to Bar Rock Road leads you to the landmark known locally as Australia Rock. Climb the stairs to Bar Rock lookout for a spectacular vantage point with views out to Montague Island. The breakwalls line the entrance between the ocean and the quieter waters of the inlet and provide a handy sunbaking and rest stop for local fur seals.

The glassy waters of Forsters Bay on the western side of the town are ideal for sheltered kayaking around the moored boats and oyster farms.

Eat, shop, explore

The town of Narooma has plenty to offer, and you wont go hungry or get bored.

The many restaurants, cafés and galleries reflect Narooma’s open and authentic way of life… you’ll feel like a local in no time. The views from some of Narooma’s dining options are unforgettable. Choose ocean views at Anton’s Café, Sorriso Italian, Paul’s on the Course, The View and the Ocean Lounge at The Whale.

Head down to Forsters Bay for more water views gazing west from The Inlet and Quarterdeck. 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. Purchase local oysters from Narooma Bridge Oysters, just north of the bridge.

The local Kinema, in all her art deco glory, is on the National Heritage Register and screens blockbusters alongside arthouse fliks. Also, housemade choctops!

Shopping in Narooma is spread between ‘the flat’ just south of Narooma Bridge, the main street hill and Narooma Plaza on the south side of town. A little further afield Bodalla and Central Tilba offer art and craft galleries, antiques and local produce.

Bike or beach?

Grab your bike and hit the Narooma to Dalmeny cycle track. This 21km ride between Narooma and Dalmeny village rewards cyclists with breathtaking scenery as you peddle along a shared concrete path following the shores of Wagonga Inlet and the ocean. Rest at scenic stops and viewing platforms along the way. BYO bike or hire one (e-bike or mountain bike) from Southbound Escapes Narooma.

There is a wide choice of nearby beaches. A short drive north to Dalmeny you will find Yabbara Beach, one of a series of small beaches stretching south to Narooma. Narooma Bar Beach North, is popular with surfers. Just south of the rock wall is a small beach perfect for paddling in the calmer waters of the inlet. Narooma Surf Beach, looks out to Montague Island and just a short stroll down the beach you can see the spectacular Glasshouse Rocks.

Discover more Eurobodalla beaches.

Men with their catch of kingfish
Fun on the high seas

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.

The natural wonder of Montague Island is not only a fishing hotspot, but also a mecca for whale watching, seal viewing, penguin tours, scuba diving, snorkelling, seal dives, grey nurse shark dives, wildlife cruises and bird watching trips.

You can explore the natural and historical features of the island including the Lighthouse precinct (subject to access) on a charter boat trip to the island.

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