The Narooma area is rapidly becoming one of the most popular seaside destinations for NSW holidaymakers seeking a getaway from Canberra and Sydney.
Only a short 217km scenic drive from Canberra ACT, Narooma has incredible beaches and seaside activities making it the perfect holiday destination. Narooma makes up part of the beautiful Eurobodalla shire – the Aboriginal word for “Land of many waters”.
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Things to do
Known as the Nature Coast, because of its pristine, golden beaches, its spectacular blue lakes, inlets and rivers and magnificent mountain scenery, it is one of the few unspoilt natural beauty spots where visitors can relax and truly get away from it all.
Bushwalkers, bird watchers and nature lovers can explore the many National Parks in the area and those who prefer water sports can indulge in swimming, surfing, diving, water skiing, sailing, windsurfing and fishing.
This area has been a favourite with fisher persons for many years. All types of fishing are catered for in the area, from reef and bottom fishing to sport and big game fishing. 80 per cent of the Batemans Marine Park is open to fisherpersons with fishing licences.
Montague Island, a NPWS Reserve, only 8kms from the Narooma mainland is famous for its historic lighthouse, as well as its colonies of seals, little penguins and sea birds. Guided tours, landing on Montague island, are one of the highlights of a visit to Narooma.
In Spring there is the added popular attraction of Whale Watching, which brings many international and Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and interstate visitors.
Step back into the early 1900’s in the historic National Trust villages of Central Tilba and Tilba Tilba and enjoy the olde worlde shops and arts and crafts. Spend a day at beautiful Bermagui a little further south, and experience the charm of this delightful fishing village. Stroll along deserted beaches and rocky headlands at Mystery Bay, Kianga and Dalmeny and view the tranquil, lakeland panoramas of Tuross Head, a short drive to the north. The pretty little village of Bodalla boasts some lovely rural scenery and history.
Narooma’s history dates back to the early 1800’s, when it used to be known as Noorooma, the Aboriginal name for clear, blue water. Dairy cattle were raised at Wagonga, a small town at the head of the inlet, and cheese factories were later established at Bodalla, Tilba and Narooma.
Wagonga was also used as a port for the nearby gold mining town of Nerrigundah. Gold was also discovered on the slopes of Gulaga or Mt. Dromedary, as it is also known. But it was timber that soon became the most important product in the area and it is still one of the biggest industries, along with fishing, oyster farming, dairying and, of course, tourism.