The Eurobodalla, ‘Land of Many Waters’, on the South Coast of NSW continues past beautiful Batemans Bay and Moruya to a more rugged coastline with ancient rock formations formed back in the ice ages, extinct volcano craters, inland seas and a marine park full of aquatic life.
After we departed Moruya we travelled less than 40 Kms to the delightful small town of Dalmeny dominated by beautiful beaches and lakes, located 6 km north of Narooma. We stayed at a the Dalmeny Campground which is situated on a headland with panoramic views of Dalmeny Beach and creek and the adjoining Eurobodalla National Park.
An absolute must do is either walk, cycle or drive the Dalmeny/Kianga Scenic Route. It was a visually beautiful experience, following along the beaches to Narooma – great for surfing, swimming, fishing and whale watching or just relaxing on the designated dog-friendly beaches on the way. The incredible Narooma to Dalmeny pathway – the newly completed 6km ocean-front shared cycle/pathway, ‘NAR1’, built by a Dad’s Army of volunteers for the benefit of the community, is one of the most scenic pathways that I have walked.
Narooma comes from the Aboriginal for ‘clear blue water’ and the vibrant aqua colours of the Wagonga Inlet, set against the spectacular backdrop of Gulalga Mountain. Walk along the 800m Mill Bay Boardwalk to view Narooma from the water’s edge and get up close and personal with rays, crabs, octopi and numerous fish. Take a hike up to Bar Rock Lookout with magnificent views of the estuary inlet and out to Montague Island, and take a snap shot of the perfect Australia-shaped hole naturally carved out of rocks over millions of years, at Australia Rock.
Only nine kms offshore from Narooma, is the outstanding Montague Island Nature Reserve, which is home to the largest seal and little penguin colonies in the state. It is also the perfect place to whale watch in Spring. You are met at the jetty at the island by a extremely knowledgeable Wildlife & Parks Ranger, Jim, who gives you a tour of the island, which includes a look inside the working lighthouse and a walk outside onto the scenic balcony to experience the amazing views. On the boat trip back you stop at the seal rocks and swim in the water with the very cheeky and playful colony of Australian Fur Seals. Such an experience – to get up close and personal to these wild creatures!
Just a short trip south of Narooma it is worthwhile exploring the pretty coastal hamlet called Mystery Bay. Here you can walk down to Billy’s Beach to explore its rock pools, caves and formidable geology in blissful isolation or you can lay on the expansive sands of Mystery Bay’s other beaches and swim, dive and fish in exceptionally clear waters.
North of Dalmeny is Tuross Head, which is set on a spectacular headland and bracketed by ocean beaches on one side and, on the other, by a network of tidal lakes that offer exceptional fishing and boating. Go kayaking on Tuross Lake or follow the Tuross Head foreshore cycle path by foot or cycle around Coila Lake, past the ocean front and on to the Tuross River.
A visit to the Eurobodalla would not be complete without a visit to the country town of Bodalla, famous for it’s cheese. It also boasts the historic Anglican All Saints Church, built in the Victorian Academic Gothic style, a magnificent highlight of this village. Make sure you partake in some cheese tasting at the Bodalla Cheese Factory and maybe some scones with jam and cream at the café adjoining the factory – Yum!
Pictures are worth a thousand words – so all I can add to this is the Eurobodalla area was one of my favourites thus far. I was aghast at its natural beauty and the spectacular coastline.
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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merry christmas 2017