Load up the car, grab the kids or your significant other and hit the road to Narooma... A place where time stands still!
This is utterly one of the most perfect escapes from the city and everyday busy life. We spent four days here and that was still not enough! (Cannot wait to return).
Narooma is a five hour drive from south Sydney and a three hour drive from south-east Canberra... it is certainly worth the drive! If you are limited in time, just passing by or staying at this picturesque town then you must see the list below of the top things to do at Narooma.
1. Montague Island
Lighthouse at the beautiful Montague Island...
No trip is complete to Narooma without visiting the beautiful and spectacular Montague Island. And Narooma is the gateway to this piece of heaven!
Spend the day / evenings discovering this beautiful island on a guided walk, see both Australian Fur and New Zealand seals that call this place home and at night spot the adorable Little Penguin coming out to play.
The only way to access this is through a boat tour or if you hire a boat you are able to sail around the island only.
When: All year round
Where: Montague Island off Narooma
Cost: depending on what tour you choose pricing vary – we went on the whale watching & seal / penguin tour and it was $110 per person which included, whale watching (we spotted around five whales), island tour including tour inside the Lighthouse, seal watching and penguin watching at dusk. For information on tours to Montague Island click here.
2. Quata Park
This is the perfect 'rest stop'; stretch your legs and go for a stroll, or maybe stop here for some fish and chips as you admire the marina while the kids enjoy themselves at the playground.
Where: Riverside Drive, Narooma
When: All year round – restaurants have certain opening/closing times.
Cost: Free, unless you make food/drink purchases at the nearby shack restaurants.
3. Bar Rock Lookout
The perfect 'rest stop' Quota Park...
This is probably one of the best lookouts in Narooma. Whale watching, dolphins, and other marine life can be enjoyed here as well as spotting out cute seals resting on the rocks!
The lovely stroll takes you to many vantage lookout points, there are stairs or if you unable to use the stairs just drive straight up to the lookout below. Do make sure you stop and take the time to admire Australia Rock, which is a perfect Australia-shaped hole naturally carved out of rocks over millions of years, it is truly spectacular!
When: All year round
Where: Bay Street, Narooma
4. Mill Bay Boardwalk
'Australia Rock' at Bar Rock Lookout...
One of the best ways to see Narooma is on foot, and this boardwalk is the best way to explore the beauty of Narooma.
The Mill Bay Boardwalk begins at Centenary Drive, Narooma and finishes at Dalmeny – this is a return walk or alternatively you can be picked up from Dalmeny. Do stop at Anton's (Kianga) for a yummy break and continue on your way. Cycling is also another wonderful way to enjoy this boardwalk. We started the walk from Riverside Drive carpark.
When: All year round
Where: Boardwalk begins at Centenary Drive, Narooma (there is a carpark)
5. Narooma Surf Beach
One of the many breathtaking views from The Mill Bay Boardwalk...
This is an absolute romantic spot during sunset, and a perfect viewing point to see Montague Island.
Swimming can be enjoyed here. Walking to Surf beach is also wonderful as you pass through the tranquil golf course, this is a must do if you are staying in Narooma.
When: All year round
Where: Ballingalla St, Narooma
6. Lighthouse Museum
This is a 'must do' stop if you are passing by or staying at Narooma. It is a very interesting museum which features the original glass and mechanics from the first lighthouse on Montague Island and Wildlife Service display.
When: 9am-4pm Monday-Sunday
Where: Located inside Narooma Visitor Centre, Princess Hwy, Narooma
7. Narooma Golf Club
Montague Island can be seen from Narooma Surf Beach...
This famous Golf Club is a must visit! You can try your 'hole in one' with stunning coastal views as the backdrop. If you prefer to just admire rather than play- the family-friendly Brasserie offers a delightful menu with a children's menu.
When: See website
Where: 1 Ballingalla St, Narooma
Cost: See website
8. Learn to Standup Paddleboard
Recently named one of the most popular outdoor recreational activities in the world it will almost be foolish not to try this and Narooma is the best place to learn! For more information see the website
9. Diving & Snorkelling
This is one of the reasons why people head down to Narooma and the South Coast for the abundance of diving and snorkelling experiences at this amazing piece of heaven in New South Wales.
There are many surrounding beaches near Narooma that offer spectacular diving and snorkelling experiences and of course a trip to Montague Island to snorkel with seals is also a must. For more information on surrounding beaches and Montague Island snorkelling tours click here.
10. Kayak, boat hire & fishing
Narooma Golf Club...
To truly see the beauty of Narooma you must see it on water! You can hire a kayak or a boat and spend as much time as you want exploring the tranquil and pristine waters that Narooma has on offer.
for information on hire kayaks and boats.
11. Whale Watching
During Whale season, Narooma is the ultimate perfect place to see these majestic creatures on their migration.
There are several tours that offer Whale Watching Cruises so do see the website
for more information.
12. National Parks
There are three surrounding National Parks near Narooma and there is something for everyone to be enjoyed at the National Parks from bird watching to bushwalking and everything in between... you will not be disappointed with the beauty!
For more information see website.
We stayed at the Horizon Apartments Narooma
, but of course there are many accommodation stays here at Narooma ranging from B & B, motels, hotels, apartments, resorts, holiday parks and camping. For more information on accommodating click here.