About Narooma

Narooma is located on the far south coast of NSW between Batemans Bay and Bega. Narooma is one of the most picturesque and spectacular towns on the south coast of NSW. Narooma offers a series of sweeping bends leading you to the stunning teal and blue waters of the Wagonga Inlet and bay waters that are instantly inviting and something you will never forget.

We like to call Narooma our hidden gem. 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 that Narooma evokes stays with you.

Narooma offers a unique landscape, stunning waterways and the lure of Montague Island just 8 kilometres offshore along with a coastline of beautiful beaches and significant geological rock formations such as the famous Australia Rock and the Glasshouse Rocks.

The town of Narooma has plenty to offer with many restaurants, cafés and galleries available … you’ll feel like a local in no time. The views from some of Narooma’s dining options are unforgettable.

Head down to Forsters Bay for more water views gazing west from The Inlet and see the timber boat sheds tucked beside the bridge that 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 flicks, while serving homemade choc-top ice creams. Shopping in Narooma is spread between ‘the flat’ just south of Narooma Bridge, the main street hill and Narooma Plaza (Woolworth and Aldi stores) on the south side of town. A little further afield Bodalla and Central Tilba offer art and craft galleries, antiques and local produce.

Getting hereAccommodation

How to find us

Flights – Rex Airlines

  • From Sydney to Moruya Airport – then 40 minute drive to Narooma
  • From Melbourne to Merimbula Airport – then 1.5 hour drive to Narooma

Canberra airport has regularly scheduled flights from Singapore and New Zealand, opening up this wonderful coastline to the international market.

Driving to Narooma

  • From Bega – 1 hours drive north.
  • From Batemans Bay – 1 hour drive south.
  • From Canberra – 3 hours drive via either Batemans Bay or Cooma/Bega.
  • From Melbourne – 700km – 8 hours drive north.
  • From Merimbula – 1.5 hours drive north.
  • From Moruya – 40 minutes drive south.
  • From Sydney – 370kms – 5 hours drive south.

From the North

If you are driving from the north, you will cross the bridge at Narooma and keep following the signs to Bega. You will come to a set of traffic lights at the top of the hill in Narooma. Keep following the Princes Highway and you will need to take the 4th street on your left after the traffic lights into Marine Drive. The first is on the corner and reception is off the 4th entry on your left from the corner.

From the South

If you are driving from the south, once you have arrived in Narooma, look for the Woolworths shopping centre on your right. Horizon Holiday Apartments is 2 blocks past Woolworths on your right. Turn right into Marine Drive to access the 4 entries to the complex. The first is on the corner and reception is off the 4th entry on your left from the corner.

Things to do

Montague Island Tours

Montague Island is one of the most popular attractions on the South Coast. This island is pristine, unspoilt and surrounded by the bluest waters you’ve seen.

Montague Island Nature reserve is also home to penguins, a resident seal colony and has rich historic links to indigenous culture, Narooma and the South Coast boating industry.

Montague Island is approximately 80 hectares in size and its lighthouse has been in operation since 1881.

Contact Narooma Charters for your experience on Montague Island.

On your excursion you’ll discover the secrets of the island – the local Park Rangers know a few, as they have been taking visitors on Montague Island tours since 1983! All tours involve a 25 minute boat trip, and the same trip back again. On the way back we may stop for dolphins or whales which can extend the time.

Narooma Charters will take you to see Montague’s resident seal colony, and along the way you may encounter pods of migrating whales (Sept to Nov), vast schools of friendly dolphins, basking sunfish, manta rays, or acres of pelagic fish.

Montague Island is well known for its colony of Little Penguins. It’s home to around 10,000 pairs of them! These birds return to their burrows each evening after a busy time fishing in the waters in and around the island. This nightly migration can be viewed on the evening tour to the Island between September and late January.

Fishing Charter Tours

Whether its chasing Big Game Fish (Tuna, Sharks & Marlin) on the Continental Shelf or Reef fishing around the pristine waters of Montague Island for Montague’s famous kingfish, Narooma is a haven for offshore fishing.

  • Narooma Charters, Town Wharf, Bluewater Drive, Narooma – Phone 0407 909 111
  • Lighthouse Charters, Town Wharf, Bluewater Drive, Narooma NSW 2546 – Phone 0412 312 478
  • Island Charters, Town Wharf, Bluewater Drive, Narooma NSW 2546 – Phone 0408 428 857

Scuba Diving & Snorkelling

Snorkel with the seals in safety in Pebble Bay, The Gut or Lighthouse Bay. They are amazing to watch as they play together – spinning ,twirling, diving, one instant there, the next they are gone.

  • Narooma Charters, Town Wharf, Bluewater Drive, Narooma – Phone 0407 909 111
  • Lighthouse Charters, Town Wharf, Bluewater Drive, Narooma NSW 2546- Phone 0412 312 478
  • Island Charters, Town Wharf, Bluewater Drive, Narooma NSW 2546 – Phone 0408 428 857

Whale Watching

During whale watching season (Sept to Nov) be sure you participate in the unforgettable experience of seeing these majestic creatures as they migrate through our waters.

  • Narooma Charters, Town Wharf, Bluewater Drive, Narooma – Phone 0407 909 111
  • Lighthouse Charters, Town Wharf, Bluewater Drive, Narooma NSW 2546- Phone 0412 312 478
  • Island Charters, Town Wharf, Bluewater Drive, Narooma NSW 2546 – Phone 0408 428 857

Kayaking

Kayak the Narooma lake system after departing from Quota Park. Single and double kayaks available

  • Kayaking Narooma, Quota Park, Riverside Drive, Narooma NSW 2546 – Phone 0407 705 371

Narooma Oyster Festival

Narooma sits at the heart of Australia’s Oyster Coast, which is celebrated in style the first weekend in May with the annual Narooma Oyster Festival.

Horizon Holiday Apartments are proud to support and sponsor the Narooma Oyster Festival each year.

The Narooma Oyster Festival attracts thousands of attendees each year. This festival has already won three awards because it always delivers something special for everyone – from foodies to families, combining a cosmopolitan quality food experience with excellent music and family entertainment. At the heart of Australia’s Oyster Coast, this festival celebrates the region’s oysters and their growers, the incredible local produce, chefs, producers, and local art and culture. Enjoy it all from the festival’s stunning location at Forster’s Bay, Narooma – one of the most beautiful locations on the New South Wales South Coast. Live music, local art and culture, fresh produce, and the world’s best oysters!

Book with us at Horizon Holiday Apartments Narooma early as all accommodation for this weekend is booked out very early.

Narooma Rotary Markets

The Narooma Rotary Markets are held on the Fourth Sunday of the month at NATA Oval Narooma (behind Visitors’ Centre) 8.30-1pm.

For more information on Markets visit https://www.southcoasttravelguide.com.au/markets

Narooma Busking Festival

The Australian National Busking Championships (ANBC) is a different sort of music festival for Australia. Music Festivals in Australia have typically been based on a particular style of music.

The ANBC is a celebration of all styles of music because the buskers that perform in this festival bring a huge variety of music to the event. Whether that be Blues, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Folk, Country, Bluegrass, Indigenous, Multicultural or Classical, the Australian National Busking Championships reflects the rich diversity of Australian music culture.

Talented buskers take pride of place scattered around Narooma and wonderful music is performed throughout the streets and surrounds of Narooma. This festival brings music back to the people, back to the streets. The buskers are assigned special locations (Busking Hot Spots), at various times, around the Central Business District of the participating town. A timetable is given to all the registered buskers. Roaming judges assess these busking performances during the day. The Judges produce a short list of the best buskers who are then invited to compete in a Finals Concert at the end of the day. The prizes are then awarded to the buskers with the most outstanding performances at this Finals Concert.

Narooma Boats Afloat

Narooma BoatsAfloat Inc is a group of people with an interest in enjoying and celebrating traditional boats of varied forms including clinkers, putt-putts, cruisers and yachts.

Narooma Boats Afloat is an annual spring festival held on and around the pristine waters and colourful boat sheds of the Wagonga Inlet in Narooma on the far south coast of NSW.

The festival of Traditional Boats provides for a weekend of fun! Good camaraderie and wonderful boats. On Friday there is a welcome bbq, a Saturday cruise, then a jazz band and a stickybeak session for Saturday afternoon. Join in for an awesomely delicious Saturday night dinner and an incredible auction… and hundreds of onlookers turn out to watch the “Grand Parade” along Narooma’s pristine Wagonga Inlet under the bridge and along the Boardwalk and a fantastic farewell bbq and a diehards’ cruise.

Golf

Narooma golf course is ranked #68 in Australia’s top 100. Famous internationally Narooma’s 3rd hole is a must.

  • Narooma Golf Club, Ballingalla Street, Narooma NSW 2546 – Phone (02) 4476 2522

Lawn Bowls

The club where all good sports meet, relax and enjoy good food, good company and great service!

  • Narooma Bowls Club, 88 Princes Highway Narooma NSW 2546 – Phone (02) 44762433

Skydiving

Experience the beautiful coastal views during a tandem freefall skydive. Skydive Surfside is a dynamic company offering a full range of skydiving activities. See what it is all about and take a Tandem skydive, involving minimal training and maximum fun. Addicted? learn to skydive SOLO, become a licensed skydiver in just one week! Skydive Oz also offer advanced training and demonstration skydives.

  • Skydive Surfside, Hanger 1 Moruya Airport NSW 2537 – Phone 0438 185 180

Mogo Zoo

Featuring over 200 animal species with 42 endangered and exotic species, including the only white lion pride in Australia and the Silvery Gibbons which are housed in only two other zoos in Australia. Keeper talks and feeding sessions 10.30 & 1.30 daily

  • Mogo Zoo, 222 Tomakin Road, Mogo NSW 2536 – Phone (02) 4474 4930.

The Original Gold Rush Colony

Capture the true essence of history in this authentically recreated 1850`s Gold Rush era village as you step back in time. Pan for Gold or just experience how the propectors lived and worked. Guided tours 10.30am, 12noon , 1.30pm & 3pm

  • Old Mogo Town, 26 James Street, Mogo NSW 2536 – Phone (02) 4474 2123

Wagonga Princess Cruise

100 years of history on a 100 year old electric ferry. 3 hour cruise departing at 1pm includes Devonshire tea and short rainforest walk

  • Wagonga Inlet Cruises, Taylors Jetty, Riverside Drive, Narooma NSW 2546

Tilba Valley Wines

Tilba Valley Wines is Magnificently situated on the shores of Lake Corunna, under the foothills of Mount Dromedary and just a few minutes drive from the picturesque National Trust village of Central Tilba Tilba Valley Wines

  • Tilba Valley Winery & Ale House, 947 Old Hwy, Corunna NSW 2546 – Phone (02) 4473 7308

Tilba Cheese

The historical 1924 ABC Cheese Factory is located in Central Tilba and is home to Tilba Real Dairy’s Production Factory and Retail Store.
The factory produces bottled milk, yoghurt, cream and many varieties of cheese.

Visitors can take a peak through the factory windows to see the cheese makers and packers at work (please note cheesemaking is best viewed from 9am – 12pm on Monday and Wednesday).

They have a retail store stocked with all delicious dairy and cheeses options, local and sourced condiments, honey and kitchen giftware. Oh – an you can also enjoy the amazing milkshakes, coffees and ice creams!

The ABC Cheese Factory is all about making delicious best quality dairy products from beautiful fresh local milk – we love visitors to our area and people who live here to come and try our delicious products and take some goodies home to enjoy with family and friends.

  • Winter opening hours are 9am – 4pm, 7 days a week.
  • Summer opening hours are 9am – 5pm, 7 days a week.
  • Closed Christmas day only.

Phone: 02 4473 7387
Email: info@tilbarealdairy.com

Narooma Bike Rides

A selection of Nine fantastic bike rides will take you to spectacular headlands, a lake or two to view waterbirds, to a National Trust village, along the quiet roads and tracks of State forests and national parks where you can enjoy the calls of lyrebirds and bellbirds. There are quiet rides through the countryside. On other rides, you can ride to a quiet headland and watch the whales go by (between September and November each year). Most of the rides are along formed forest roads, or unsealed council roads. You will definitely need a mountain bike for most of these rides.

Walking

Walking is a way of life in Eurobodalla, from easy short strolls along boardwalks and tracks, to ambles around headlands, beaches and forests.

Mogo Village

Mogo’s architectural heritage has been maintained with shops and dwellings being built to compliment the surviving miners cottages.

These buildings are now galleries and speciality shops brimming with traditional and modern art, exotic and unusual artefacts, elegant jewellery and home décor, ceramics, collectables, antiques and cafes.

This rare blend of contemporary style with old world charm brings a rich cultural feel to Mogo offering visitors to the area a most enjoyable shopping experience in a relaxed atmosphere.

Central Tilba

Central Tilba offers a unique opportunity to step back in time and visit perfectly preserved heritage village. no trip to the South Coast is complete without at least dropping in for a look around the various cafes, shops and galleries – many featuring traditional crafts – like leatherwork and woodwork. There is an old fashioned general store, a post office and the local pub – with the whole village retaining a unique historical look and feel.

Moruya Markets

Explore the eclectic mix of specialty shops, all in an easy stroll through the streets of the town centre, or grab a bargain at the Saturday morning market specialising in fresh & organic produce, bric-a-brac and original art and craft.