Uncrowded beaches, country pubs, rolling farm country, fresh seafood, pristine bays and lakes along with a sophisticated selection of accommodation make the Eurobodalla region a sought-after destination.
Eurobodalla is the incredible part of the New South Wales South Coast stretching from South Durras in the North to Tilba Tilba in the South. It encompasses the coastal towns of Batemans Bay, Broulee, Tuross Head and Narooma and inland villages such as Bodalla and Central Tilba. Here are 10 things to see and do in Eurobodalla
1. Take the Durras Lake Discovery Trail, Murramarang National Park (https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/walking-tracks/durras-lake-discovery-trail)
This short and easy hike curves through stunning wilderness and you’ll likely spot kangaroos and birds such as honey eaters along the way. Jump along the cluster of tree stump stepping ‘stones’ at the start—children love them—then marvel at the towering palms not far along the trail. The 1.5km loop is in Murramarang National Park near Durras Lake and there’s the option to join the Lake Walk for stunning water views.
2. Snorkel with seals (https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/montague-island-nature-reserve)
Just off the coast of Narooma sits Montague Island Nature Reserve with its iconic lighthouse and undulating green landscape. The island is a top eco-tourism destination in Australia—one of few havens in the world where you can see whales, seals, little penguins and many other bird species in one place. Jump in the water and snorkel with fur seals, visit significant indigenous sites on the island, then explore historic Montague Lighthouse and stay overnight.
3. Stay in a retro trailer (www.thebower.com.au)
In the Eurobodalla hinterland, Bower at Broulee is a collection of self-contained accommodation nestled in 100 acres of bushland. Stay in a spa cabin or one of two American Airstream Trailers named Bambino and Bella. Positioned amongst trees for privacy, the trailers have a galley kitchen, hot outdoor shower plus internal bathroom, queen bed and outdoor furniture for lounging. There’s a day spa on site and the hosts will stock your trailer with fresh juice, coffee, milk and bread.
4. Hit the cheese trail
Eurobodalla is one of the oldest dairying regions in NSW and has been producing quality cheeses since the 1870s. At the 1950s-style Bodalla Dairy Shed, south of Tuross, fresh milk comes from the dairy every morning to make rustic cheeses with native flavours, as well as traditional milkshakes, great coffees, yoghurt and ice creams. Five stylish guest rooms are available so you can sleep off your dairy indulgence.
Further South, sample more beautiful cheeses and even join a cheese-making course taught the traditional way at the ABC Cheese Factory in Central Tilba. Take the time to stroll through Central Tilba—classified under the National Trust, the town of coloured weatherboard houses offer a living snapshot of 19th century Australia.
5. Watch whales
Spring is the best time to whale watch on the Eurobodalla Coast, when whales are at their most playful and travel closer to the shore. Bring your binoculars to whale spot from the shoreline at Toragy Point near Moruya, or on Broulee Island, which is a permanent sand bar. The four kilometre Broulee Island Reserve Walk begins south of the main beach at Broulee. On the water, head out by kayak with Region X Kayaking or join one of the many tourism operators on whale-watching tours. Narooma Charters (https://naroomacharters.com.au/) runs whale-watching tours to Montague Island where pods of up to 10 are commonly seen.
6. Visit Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens (www.erbg.org.au/the-botanic-gardens)
This beautiful regional garden just South of Batemans Bay has several kilometres of walking paths including a limited mobility track along a well-designed sensory garden. The sensory space stimulates with plant perfumes; trickling water features; colourful flowers to attract the buzz of insects and raised garden beds to allow visitors to touch the textures. There’s also lawns for picnics, an impressive children’s play space with mud brick cubby house and The Gardens Café.
7. Stay in a tiny home (https://tilbavalley.com.au/ and www.tilbalakecamp.com.au/stay)
One of the original tiny holiday homes in NSW, Tilba Lake Camp has a variety of accommodation including bell tents and two tiny homes, Bonnie and Clyde, nestled in coastal paddocks with views of the lake, ocean and mountains. The cute pods are ideal for couples and have queen beds layered with soft linens, kitchen with fridge, microwave oven and stove top, outdoor private fire pit and access to a saltwater pool. Pop into the Tilba Valley Winery and Ale House less than ten minutes away for a grazing plate and local wine.
8. Follow the Eurobodalla Oyster Trail
Eurobodalla is part of Australia’s famous Oyster Coast. Seafood (especially oysters) is naturally on every visitor’s menu. The area has three major oyster farms at Tuross Head, on the Clyde River at Batemans Bay, and at Wagonga Inlet, near Narooma. Enjoy freshly-shucked oysters at Oyster Shed on Wray Street on the Clyde River or at Pearly Oyster Bar and Farm. Sample tangy Sydney Rock, the richer-flavoured native flat oyster, the Angasi or a plump Pacific oyster.
For a restaurant feast, tuck into a cheeky dozen at seafood restaurant On the Pier, which serves Clyde River oysters, or at Quarterdeck Café inside an old boatshed at Narooma Marina. For plentiful local produce including McAsh Oysters, Dewsbury’s Free Range Pork, Lachie’s Farm Fresh Eggs and Mogo Sourdough, SAGE Farmers Market is one of the best growers markets in Australia, every Tuesday afternoon in Moruya.
9. Have an aquatic adventure
Eurobodalla Shire is known as the land of many waters, with rivers, inland lakes and of course the ocean to enjoy aquatic adventures such as diving, fishing, kayaking and surfing. Cast a line into the waters abundant with garfish, mullet, flathead, bream and flounder. Don’t miss a beach dip at Mystery Bay – you can stay overnight in the Mystery Bay Cottages, peaceful country cottages between the ocean and the national park about 10 minutes from Narooma.
Learn to surf with Surf the Bay, a mobile surf school based in Broulee but available along the Eurobodalla Coast. Take an oyster tasting kayak tour through working oyster farms with Region X (https://regionx.com.au/discover-batemans-bay/) or if you’d like to dive, Batemans Bay Dive Adventures offers courses and off-boat dives at various locations such as Bawley Point, Bubble Cave Reef and Dragon Rock Shark Gutter.
10. Embark on a unique Indigenous Tour (https://ngaranaboriginalculture.com/)
Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness is an Aboriginal-owned and operated tour company on the NSW South Coast on Yuin country, near Narooma and the Tilba region. Lead guide Dwayne ‘Naja’ Bannon-Harrison—with over 17 years’ experience—takes you on the 40-hour Gulaga Creation Tour, to experience sacred walking, local dreaming stories and traditional ceremonies. The tour begins on the evening of day one and ends mid morning on day three.
Car: Eurobodalla is four hours south of Sydney, eight hours north of Melbourne (both via the Princes Highway) and less than two hours east of Canberra (via the scenic Kings Highway).
Plane: There are direct daily flights into Moruya Airport by Regional Express. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney or Canberra for travel into Moruya.
Text and photos courtesy of DestinationNSW.