Narooma – Day Trip and Weekenders Guide

Narooma - Day Trip and Weekenders Guide


Narooma - from the Aboriginal word meaning 'clear blue waters'

Narooma is a perenially popular coastal holiday destination located on the pristine Wagonga Inlet and bordered by amazing beaches and rural landscapes

Narooma is one of the chain of larger coastal towns that stretch down the south coast of New South Wales. The town has a population have about 3000 people out of season which probably doubles during the busy summer holidays. It’s located in the Eurobodalla Shire which is one of the smaller New South Wales councils situated in between Shoalhaven to the north and Sapphire Coast to the south. You can find this lovely spot about 350 km south of Sydney, 260km south of Wollongong and 80km north of the border town of Bega.


The coastline in the south coast is awesome - here are our picks for the best beaches around Narooma.
Bar Beach South
Bar Beach South is protected by a shark net and provides a swell-free swimming environment perfect for families and kids. It gets super-busy during the summer holidays!
Glasshouse Rocks Beach
Glasshouse Rocks Beach is home to the famous rock structures - it can only be accessed via a path behind the cemetery
Bar Beach
If you fancy a surf, then Bar Beach is a great option, either along the beach or at the breakwall end. It's also a popular spot for beach fishing.
Narooma Beach
Narooma Beach is the main surf beach for the town and also home to the surf club. If you want to explore check out the rocks at Smugglers Cove at the northern end of the beach


The Yuin People are the traditional owners of the land that the town of Narooma now sits on. There has been aboriginal occupation in this area stretching back at least 20,000 years. In 2006 Wallaga Lake and Gulaga Mountain (a sacred place for the original Australians) were handed back to the Yuin People.

The European settlement of Narooma came into existence partly thanks to the discovery of gold in nearby Tilba in 1880.  Consequently a a post office was opened at Corunna and a couple of years later in 1883 the township of Narooma in 1883 was officially surveyed and in 1884 it was declared a port. The bridge across Wagonga Inlet was built in 1931 – prior to that a petrol-powered wooden punt would transport cars, trucks and people across the water.


So much to see and do around Narooma, but here are our picks for a weekend trip.
Snap a Selfie at Australia Rock
One of Narooma's most famous attractions is this Australia-shaped rock structure. You can find it on the southern side of the Narooma bar.
Swim With Seals at Montague Island
For a very reasonable $90 you can take a boat out to nearby Montague Island and go snorkeling with the native population of seals - wetsuits and snorkels all supplied
Hire a SUP or Kayak
Wagonga Inlet is a beautiful body of water right in town. You can hire a stand-up paddle board or a kayak here and get out on the water exploring all the little bays and coves
Visit Glasshouse Rocks at Sunrise
The distinctive rock formation of Glasshouse Rocks looks incredible at sunrise. Set the alarm and head down with your camera for an unforgetable experience
Cruise on a 100 Year Old Electric Ferry
Wagonga Inlet Cruises offers regular 2 hour cruises, from 1 to 3pm Sunday, Wednesday and Friday and cost $30 for adults and $20 for kids

The best time of year to visit Narooma is undoubtedly the ‘shoulder’ months – October/November and February/March. During those months you’ll get the best weather with warm temperatures averaging 24-25ºc and, as it’s outside the main holiday season, it will be much less crowded too. Accommodation rates are as much as 30-40% cheaper than during the peak season and you can pick up some terrific weekend deals if you shop around.


There are some awesome eateries in Narooma - here are our (personally tested!) choices.
If there's a 100% institution in Narooma, then the Quarterdeck surely qualifies. Great eats, amazing location and excellent live music on most nights of the week. The distinctive red and white striped former boat-house has its own wharf out onto Wagonga Inlet
The Whale
Alright, this isn't the cheapest option in town, but if you want some of the best food available in the region, then this is a great choice. Try the locally grown Wagonga oysters!
If you have a hankering for Italian food then Soriso is the place to go. Everything from amazing authentic thin crust pizzas, tasty specialities such as Garlic prawns served with chilli on red rice, to traditional dishes such as Fettuccine Bolognese

Narooma is certainly a beautiful place and there are plenty of awesome locations at which to take a cool photo or two. Our picks would definitely be Wagonga Head where you can photograph the boats coming in and out of the bar, Smugglers Cove at the north end of Narooma Beach, Glasshouse Rocks Beach near the town cemetary,  Mill Bay Boardwalk for views looking back on the Narooma Bridge, Narooma Marina to photograph the awesome boat sheds and wooden boats and Buckridge Lookout on Kianga Road looking back onto town from the hills to the west.

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