Narooma and surrounds
Narooma is a well known fishing destination, whether estuary, river, bay or deep sea fishing. It’s proximity to the Continental Shelf and reef fishing around Montague Island (only 8km’s from the mainland) make it a popular holiday spot.
There is, however, much more in the area than fishing and it is a lovely location well worth exploring in more detail, from the heritage of Tilba Tilba to the mystery of Mystery Bay.
Top 5 things to do and see
Montague Island http://www.montagueisland.com.au/
Montague Island is a National Parks and Wildlife Reserve with an historic lighthouse, huge seal colony, little penguins, great snorkelling and of course fishing (although some areas of the surrounding waterway are a protected marine park). There are guided tours available of Montague Island, many including whale, dolphin and sea watching, and you can even stay overnight on the island.
Fishing Charters http://www.fishingnarooma.com/
There are a range of different sized boats available from Narooma wharf, offering many fishing alternatives for both game and sport, whether you want to chase Kingfish in the bay, are looking to catch the snapper of your dreams or want to head to the shelf for some Marlin fishing. Booking in advance is always recommended, however when it comes down to it, you are at the mercy of the weather.
Taking your own boat is also a good option, however beware the Narooma Bar is one of the most dangerous around.
Outdoor activities both in and out of the water
Deserted beaches and rocky headlands dot the area, including Mystery Bay, Kianga, Dalmeny and the Tuross Lakes. Pack a picnic, take your beach towel, snorkelling equipment and head for the sand, you’re sure to find a protected peice of paradise somewhere.
Central Tilba and Tilba Tilba are historic National Trust villages just to the south of Narooma off the main highway. Still reminicant of the 1900’s there are antique shops, jewellery shops, some georgous cafe’s and arts and craft, as well as the ABC Cheese factory. If you’re feeling energetic you can stroll through the 5 acres of gardens at Tilba Tilba.
Looking for the laid-back lifestyle? Then head to Tuross Heads for a visit, find the Boatshed at the marina and settle in for a relaxed day’s eating and drinking, even boat hire and fishing off the wharf.
Great for couples and group getaways, particularly boys fishing weeks or weekends.
When to go?
Any time of year is good in Narooma, as fishing is of course great at any time of the year. Summer is more suitable for beach sports, but winter a perfect time to cosy up in Tilba, so don’t let the weather deter.
How to get there?
Follow the Princes Highway south of Sydney past Batemans Bay, from Canberra the Kings Highway takes you to Batemans Bay and then take the Princes Highway south past Moruya.
How long to go for?
At least a week, there is plenty to do. Accommodation bookings on weekends are essential as this is a well-known fishing area.
An annual visitors guide is published on the area, the website at www.eurobodalla.com.au or visitor information centres at Batemans Bay and Narooma.