Here is your complete guide to Narooma

As the warmer months approach, there is nothing better than escaping the city and taking a road trip to explore our state’s scenic backyard and the many seaside towns on the island. along its coast. While your first thought for a New South Wales beach getaway might be heading to popular spots like Byron Bay or Yamba, we think it is to consider going the other way around.

About a five hour drive south of Sydney, past Batemans Bay, is the small seaside town of Narooma in Eurobodalla County. Not only is the area blessed with pristine beaches, lush national parks, and great waterfront places to drink and dine, but you’ll be sharing the experience with less crowds than some of the better-known spots in beach towns.

To help get you excited for a trip to the South Coast of NSW and to start your itinerary checklist, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite things to do in Narooma, along with the best places to drink, dine and stay.

Imagine pairing a cocktail and a local oyster with sand between your toes. Here is your complete guide to Narooma.

Where to eat in Narooma


It turns out that a location in the beautiful town of Eurobodalla was not enough for Merivale boss Justin Hemmes, because after purchasing Quarterdeck (see below), Merivale also acquired The Whale Inn from Narooma. in June of this year. Currently occupying her kitchen are the French-Australian couple Elsa Marie and Julian May from At Dominique, two chefs who have worked in kitchens in Australia and Europe, but recently made their home on the south coast of New South Wales. The pop-up-style bistro focuses on a paddock-to-plate philosophy, showcasing vegetables and produce from local farmers, as well as on-site cultivation and harvesting and making the most of local seafood .


You can’t leave Narooma without tasting the local oysters, and The oyster farmer’s daughter is one of the most beautiful places to have fun. Sitting on the shore of Barlows Bay in Wagonga Inlet, the small bar / restaurant offers a unique alfresco dining and drinking spot where you can sample Narooma Rock oysters caught with over 40 years of experience. Think freshly shucked oysters, buckets of shrimp, local lobster, cocktails and cold-pressed juices, and even a taco Tuesday.


Merivale has been extremely busy this year looking for opportunities outside of Sydney, and it looks like they found another one based in Narooma when they bought The entrance. However, some things are different with this store, like The Inlet which focuses on some of the best take out in town. We’re talking about burgers, fisherman’s basket, local oysters and, of course, fish and chips. And some things are very similar, like the breathtaking views of the waterfront that you can enjoy while you eat.

Where to drink in Narooma


If you like to do a quick yoga session while on vacation but also like a good place to relax with a glass of wine, we have great news for your stay in Narooma. With a space that offers yoga classes, coffees and smoothies during the day and cocktails, wine and tapas at night, Bend and Sip Bar is the definition of a win-win for holiday vibes. What better way to earn that spicy margarita than with a power flow session?


Besides its incredible views of the seafront and its charm, Quarter-deck is an important location as the first place bought outside of Sydney by hotel giant Merivale. A frequent visitor to the Narooma area, Hemmes purchased the Wagonga Inlet foreshore bar and restaurant in early 2021. Originally built as an oyster farmhouse and operating for a decade and a half as a cocktail bar Tiki, Quarterdeck now continues to serve a range of beach-inspired cocktails with plenty of snacks, sharing platters, and tacos.

Vineyard and tavern in the Tilba Valley

If you’re looking for a locally made beer or wine, head to Tilba Valley vineyard and brewery just south of Narooma. The picturesque place lies between the foothills of Mount Dromedary and Gulaga National Park and the shores of Lake Coruña. With 40 years of winemaking experience, the Tilba Valley team also started brewing beers in 2019, to appeal to all visitors. There is a rotating food menu and plenty of options like a cheese box to accompany your wine and enjoy the cellar or to the sound of live music played from the custom built stage.


Less than a five-minute drive north of Narooma, you’ll find a local brewery and a must-see for all craft beer lovers, Big Niles Brewing Co. The little Dalmeny brewery was opened in 2019 by former BMX rider Cam White. Head to the 500-liter brewhouse for a pint of the main line or one of White’s seasonal ones. Add some live music and a place in the beer garden under the sun – arvo well and really sorted.

Narooma Activities


The Gulaga Mountain (Mount Dromadary) walk starts at Tilba Tilba, about 15 minutes south of Narooma, and definitely worth a visit if you are looking for a serious way to stretch your legs and cool off. Originally built as a path for gold miners, the steep trail is a 9 mile return to the ancient wooded volcano, with a great view of the coast when you reach the top. Make sure you allow yourself a good five hours for the full hike and pack a large bottle of water.


Directly off the coast of Narooma is Montague Island, a must-see destination for your visit, especially if you love to swim with seals (and who wouldn’t). Charter boats regularly make the 20-minute trip from Narooma to Montague Island, where, depending on the season, between 400 and 2,000 New Zealand and Australian fur seals live in and around. The waters around the island are quite deep so if you are a confident swimmer go ahead and hope you get lucky with the wildlife! There are also options for scuba diving if you have the experience, opportunities to see whales on the boat, and in season a chance to see penguins on the shore as well. Organize your underwater exploration with local businesses like Discovery tours of Montague Island, Narooma Island Charters, Where Montague Island and penguin tours.


If you are looking for a way to fully enjoy the coastline and explore the beaches outside of Narooma, the Narooma to Dalmeny Bike Trail is the way to do it. The 21-kilometer coastal trail follows the Pacific Ocean, as well as scenic Wagonga Inlet and Mummaga Lake. Along the way, keep an eye out on the water safe for any wildlife, especially whales in the right season, which might make this the ride of a lifetime. If you haven’t packed yours, you can rent a bike here.


Everyone vacation is different, and you might be much more inclined to go for something relaxing rather than exhausting. If so, take a calming cruise around Wagonga Inlet from Narooma. Climb aboard the 115 year old Wagonga Princess Ferry, sit back and admire the surrounding flora and fauna at a leisurely pace. Options include two- or three-hour day cruises (with a picnic stopover), an evening sunset cruise, or even private charters. Add locally farmed oysters and BYO drinks to be happy on your way.

Where to stay in Narooma


Maybe you like to stay in nice hotels or Airbnbs when you travel, or maybe you much prefer to get in touch with nature by taking out the tent, camping chair and gas stove for good oldies camping vacation. If the latter rings in your alley, there are plenty of perfect waterfront sites to set up camp in Narooma. Whether you bring a tent, item or trailer, you can get comfortable and sleep with a view of the ocean or Wagonga Inlet. To manage here and here to consult the available campsites.


If you’re looking for a home all to yourself for your beach getaway, we love it this beautiful renovated chalet. A short drive from the heart of Narooma, it is surrounded by rainforest and has a magnificent cathedral ceiling lined with wood, two large private bedrooms, and is frequented by wallabies, lyre birds and echidnas.

For more Airbnbs in and around Narooma, go this way.


If you like the idea of ​​Montage Island and its unique animal visitors, how about spending the night there? Well that’s exactly what you can do, in style too. Built in 1881, the heritage Montague Island Head Lighthouse Keeper’s Cabin has five bedrooms and can accommodate up to 12 people. Reserve the historic home to explore the island’s wilderness or just relax, cook a barbecue, and take in the views in ultimate privacy. Don’t worry if it’s already booked, you can also stay in the smaller Lighthouse Keeper’s Assistant Cottage on Montage Island which can accommodate up to seven people. Boat transfers and a guided tour of the island are included in the accommodation package.


Much has been said about Wagonga Inlet’s natural form, meaning a few sections of land ideally surrounded by water that exude a welcoming sense of privacy. Waterfront Black Bream Point Cottages are one example. However, if we’re fair, most of the accommodation in Narooma is right in front of some sort of waterfront view, so it’s hard to go wrong. Check the availability of the chalets here.

Car trip? Why not explore the beautiful Southern Highlands on the way down.

Image credit: Destination NSW, The Oyster Farmers Daughter, Destination NSW, Destination NSW, Airbnb

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