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14 adventures in the Eurobodalla Coast

Tuross Boatshed & Cafe, Tuross HeadCREDIT: Destination NSW

The Eurobodalla region is known for its delicious oysters, which feature on many local menus.

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14 adventures in the
Eurobodalla Coast

Tuross Boatshed & Cafe, Tuross Head CREDIT: Destination NSW

The Eurobodalla region is known for its delicious oysters, which feature on many local menus.

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Four hours’ drive south of Sydney, the Eurobodalla region encompasses an exquisite stretch of coastline framed by rolling farmland and national parks. Stretching from South Durras down to Tilba Tilba on the NSW South Coast, it’s particularly known for its uncrowded beaches, historic villages, fresh seafood and unique wilderness areas, with plenty of atmospheric accommodations to choose from in between. Here are just a few highlights to add to your itinerary. 

Snorkel with seals 

Just off the coast of Narooma sits Montague Island, a protected nature reserve and one of few places in the world where you can see whales, seals, little penguins and many other bird species in the one spot. Local operators such as Montague Island Adventures can take you snorkelling with the seals. You can also tour the island’s historic lighthouse and significant Aboriginal sites, and even stay overnight in a lighthouse keeper’s cottage.  

Walk the Durras Lake Discovery Trail  

This family-friendly hike in Murramarang National Park offers a great taster of the magnificent coastal wilderness at the northern end of the Eurobodalla region. Children will love the tree stump stepping ‘stones’ at the start of the Durras Lake Discovery Trail, and you’re likely to spot kangaroos and birds along the way. The 1.5km loop begins at the end of Lake Road, where you can park.  

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 in Bodalla, 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. There are also five stylish guest rooms on the property. 

Further south, sample more delicious cheeses and perhaps join a cheesemaking course at the ABC Cheese Factory in the National Heritage-listed Central Tilba, which offers a living snapshot of 19th-century regional Australia.  

Grab a bite at The Rivermouth General Store 

You don’t have to go far to find a great café in Eurobodalla. In Tomakin, the Rivermouth General Store serves up excellent coffee and hearty food in an eclectic space with bright artworks and retro surfboards. Relax indoors on the lounge or enjoy the sunshine in the garden courtyard while tucking into a delicious brunch. There’s fresh baked goods daily, big fresh salads and plenty of vegan and gluten-free options. Dogs are welcome, too. 

Stay in a ‘spa bower’  

In the Eurobodalla hinterland, Bower at Broulee is a collection of self-contained one- and two-bedroom cabins nestled in 40 hectares of regenerating bushland. Rebuilt in 2020 following fire damage, its fully self-contained ‘spa bowers’ offer the ultimate luxury escape, with private barbecue decks and spa baths in each cabin. Mobile day spa services are available and bookings include a breakfast hamper. 

Watch whales 

The spring months of September to November are the best time to whale watch on the Eurobodalla coast, when the huge marine mammals are at their most playful and travel closer to the shore. Bring your binoculars to spot whales from the shoreline at Toragy Point near Moruya (which has the region’s only airport) or on Broulee Island, which is a permanent sand bar. You can also head out on the water with Region X Kayaking, or join a whale watching tour with the likes of Narooma Charters

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Take a south coast adventure in Eurobodalla.

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Take a south coast adventure in Eurobodalla.

Shopping, Central Tilba CREDIT: Destination NSW

ABC Cheese Factory in Central Tilba.

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Shopping, Central Tilba CREDIT: Destination NSW

ABC Cheese Factory in Central Tilba.

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Whale watching, Eurobodalla CREDIT: John Hicks; Eurobodalla Coast Tourism

Whale watching near South Broulee, Eurobodalla, South Coast

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Whale watching, Eurobodalla CREDIT: John Hicks; Eurobodalla Coast Tourism

Whale watching near South Broulee, Eurobodalla, South Coast

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See exotic and native wildlife 

Known for its collection of exotic and endangered species, Mogo Zoo, 11km south of Batemans Bay, is a leader in breeding endangered species such as snow leopards and gorillas, and you can sign up for an up-close encounter with everything from meerkats and giraffes. In Batemans Bay, Birdland Animal Park also allows you to get up close and personal with Australian wildlife.  

Visit Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens 

Just south of Batemans Bay, the beautiful Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens has several kilometres of walking paths. These include a limited-mobility track along a well-designed sensory garden with trickling water features, colourful flowers to attract the buzz of insects, and raised garden beds to allow visitors to touch the textures. There are also lawns for picnics, an impressive children’s play space with mud brick cubby house and The Gardens Café. 

Stay in a tiny home 

One of NSW’s original tiny home holiday accommodation offerings, Tilba Lake Camp has four tiny homes (and a glamping tent) 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. Less than 10 minutes away, Tilba Valley Winery and Ale House is a great place to try a local tipple.  

Sample local produce at the markets 

Held every Tuesday afternoon from 3pm at Riverside park in Moruya, the SAGE Farmers Market is a top place to sample locally grown and harvested products, from Mogo Sourdough to McAsh Oysters, Bliss Honey to Clyde River Berry Farm berries. For more produce along with arts, crafts, fashion and more, head to the Moruya Country Markets in the same spot on Saturday mornings from 8am.  

Follow the Eurobodalla Oyster Trail 

Eurobodalla is part of Australia’s famous Oyster Coast, home to three major oyster farms at Tuross Head, on the Clyde River at Batemans Bay, and at Wagonga Inlet near Narooma. You’ll find these pump delicacies on menus across the region, with just a few fun places to try oysters including the Oyster Shed on Wray Street and the Pearly Oyster Bar in Batemans Bay, and the Quarterdeck tiki bar and restaurant at Narooma Marina. 

Have an aquatic adventure 

The Eurobodalla Shire is known as the land of many waters, with rivers, lakes and of course the ocean to enjoy aquatic adventures such as surfing, diving, fishing, and more. Learn to surf with Surf the Bay, a mobile surf school based in Broulee, or check out the local dive sites with Batemans Bay Dive Adventures. Head out fishing with Island Charters Narooma, and don’t miss a beach dip at pretty Mystery Bay.  

Take an Aboriginal-guided hike 

Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness is an Aboriginal-owned and operated tour company that offers the opportunity to learn about the rich cultural significance of the region to its Traditional Owners, the Yuin people. The 40-hour Yuin Retreat begins on the first evening with a traditional welcome, followed by a sunrise ceremony and the option to hike Gulaga (formerly Mount Dromedary) or visit significant sites on the Djirringanj Dreaming Trail. Following a cultural program in the evening, the experience ends with a Aboriginal healing and connection workshop on the final morning, leaving you with a whole new outlook on this storied corner of the country.  

Go camping or glamping 

For relaxed coastal camping, Beachcomber Holiday Park has an unrivalled location right on the beach at Potato Point, just south of Tuross Head. Set up your tent or caravan seaside or in a shaded nook backing onto Eurobodalla National Park. And if you’re looking for another glamping option in the region, Mountain View Farm has three stylish safari tents on a pretty property in Tilba Tilba

Mystery Bay Rocks, Eurobodalla CREDIT: Dee Kramer Photography

Beautiful coastal waters at Mystery Bay Rocks, Eurobodalla.

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Mystery Bay Rocks, Eurobodalla CREDIT: Dee Kramer Photography

Beautiful coastal waters at Mystery Bay Rocks, Eurobodalla.

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Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness, Narooma CREDIT: Destination NSW

Aboriginal guide Dwayne Bannon-Harrison performing a smoking ceremony during a traditional welcome on a Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness tour.

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Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness, Narooma CREDIT: Destination NSW

Aboriginal guide Dwayne Bannon-Harrison performing a smoking ceremony during a traditional welcome on a Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness tour.

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