The town of Narooma is derived from the aboriginal word "clear blue waters".
A little further down the road, visit the historic villages of Central Tilba and Tilba Tilba with their specialist shopping experiences. Foxglove Spire Gardens is a real treat for garden lovers. A special experience is a tour to Mount Dromedary (Gulaga) where you'll be immersed in the rainforest and see sacred sites.
Beaches in the area include Dalmeny Beach, Narooma Beach, Bar Beach (flat water) and Yabarra Beach.
Nearest airport is at Moruya.
- Day trip or overnight stay on Montague Island, 9km off-shore.
- Scuba diving on Montague Island with one of several Narooma operators:
- Narooma Tours and Charter Fish Narooma, Bluewater Drive Narooma, ☎ 0407487702, . Montague Island guided or Evening Penguin tours. Go fishing, diving, snorkelling, whale watching. - or a mix of all tour options. edit
- Anton's, 65 Dalmeny Dr, Kianga NSW 2546, Australia, ☎ +61 2 4476 1802 . Good spot for breakfast and lunch. edit
- Quarterdeck, Riverside Dr, Narooma NSW 2546, Australia (At the marina), ☎ +61 2 4476 2723 . Nice seafood place on the water. edit
- Bunka's Bistro, 1 Ballingalla Street Narooma NSW 2546 (at Narooma Gold Club), . Inexpensive food. Kid friendly. edit
- Lynch's, 135 Wagonga Street, Narooma. The dining room is nice for a special occaison. edit
- Narooma YHA, 243 Princes Highway, ☎ +61 2 4476 3287, . Narooma YHA is a very clean and comfortable hostel/budget motel. All rooms have a bathroom. $29 per person dorm bed, $69 per room double or twin (more at Labour weekend). edit
- La Salle Motel & Conference Centre, 153 Princes Highway, ☎ +61 2 4476 0000 (fax: +61 2 4476 0011), . From $92. edit
The bar crossing that boats must take exiting Narooma is the most dangerous in New South Wales. Take extreme care if skippering a boat across it, and you should have experience handling a boat in high swell. It should only be crossed during the incoming tide. You must contact the Coastal Patrol on channel 86 prior to beginning the crossing. When leaving, circle inside the channel a couple of times to familiarize yourself with conditions and then cross diagonally from the northern side of the bar. Once you begin crossing do not turn around and attempt to abort the crossing. All passengers in a boat crossing the bar must be wearing life jackets throughout the crossing, both by law and in the interests of safety.
Returning boats should also come in on the incoming tide and take the reverse of the path they took going out (that is, diagonally from south to north). Contact Coastal Patrol before the crossing and afterwards to confirm that you crossed safely. If conditions in the bar have deteriorated and you cannot re-enter, you will need to go south to Bermagui's harbor.
Head to places such as Moruya and Batemans Bay to the north or Bega and on to Eden to the south. Bodalla is about 15 minutes away and has some great cafes and restaurants. Tilba is 20 minutes south and has antique stores and a cheese factory.
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