The word NAROOMA is  derived from the Yuin term for ‘clear blue water’ and that is exactly what you encounter as you cross over the bridge into the town. The inlet waters are crystal clear and with the backdrop of Gulaga Mountain the old bridge, the waters and the mountain have become an iconic image of this quiet South Coast town.


There is much to explore and Narooma makes it easy with a dedicated shared cycleway that gives safe access around the town so leave the car, grab a bike or pull on some waking shoes.

A must visit is the Narooma Visitors Centre and the Lighthouse Museum on the Princes Highway at the Narooma Round-about - Open 7 days 9 - 5 (summer) and 9 - 4 (winter) Ph 44762881. This VIC is run by volunteers and they have a  wealth of knowledge of the secret spots, the ways to get there and the most up to date info on what is happening in the area.

Narooma North
On the northern side of the inlet are the boatsheds tucked beside the bridge offer delectably fresh local oysters. Narooma plays a key role in the Australia’s Oyster Coast, and celebrates in style each May with the annual Narooma Oyster Festival.

 

Continue on your explorations of the northern side by following the inlet to the Mill Bay Walkway which traces itself along the water’s edge. This section of the inlet is part of the Batemans Marine Park so don’t be surprised to see huge rays or seals around the boatramp.

The boardwalk leads to Apex Park which has a netted beach (BAR BEACH) for a those who prefer calmer waters.

On the southern side of the bridge there are two options to explore.


Narooma Sth - Option 1
The first is a stop off at the Visitors Centre to see the Montague Light House museum. Then make your way along the shoreline to the Narooma Wharf where there is often a parade of wildlife queued up for fisher castoffs.

Continue to Bar Rock Road and then follow it up to the lookout before continuing down the hill to Australia Rock and the southern side of the Narooma Break wall. This area is favoured by a rowdy bunch of Australian fur seals. Don’t miss Australia Rock, a natural hole weathered into the remnants of volcanic activity hundreds of millions of years ago that just happens to be shaped like Australia.

The lookout gives extensive water views to Barunguba (Montague island) however you will see it clearer if you now follow the coast road south once again towards the Narooma Golf Course that has to be seen to be believed as having one of the
best views of any golf course in the country. Where else can you putt and watch a whale breaching at the same time? Just down the hill from the golf course is the road to the Narooma Beach.

A much favoured though rarely suggested excursion is to the Narooma Cemetery that you can see from the beach on the headland to the south. The cemetary overlooks the Glass House Rocks.  The rocks are recognised by the Geological Society of Australia as dating between 510 and 440 million years old and are possibly the most photographed rocks along the Eurobodalla coastline.

The view of the rocks is quite reasonable from the cemetery which is accessed via Glasshouse Rocks Road at the southern end of Narooma. At low tide you can walk round the headland from the Narooma Beach to Glasshouse Rocks North Beach as well. Just be mindful of the tides - Caution is advised (for clear and also safe directions to Glass House Rocks call into the Narooma Visitors Centre) .


Narooma Sth - Option 2
Narooma has two sides. The boisterous ocean side with whales, rocks, beaches and ocean views. And then there is the quiet side of the Wagonga Inlet with its boathouses, cafes, oyster sheds and marinas. This side also has a great area for family safe paddling with cycle, kayak and Stand Up Paddle Board hire in summer

Once you are done with exploring the town there is the draw of MONTAGUE ISLAND.

Barunguba (Montague island) one of Australia’s top destinations for a snorkel or diving with seals.  For those who prefer to stay above water, Montague Island makes a great day trip, with whales, dolphins, flying fish and over 90 species of bird calling the area home throughout the year.  

The granite lighthouse on the Island is almost 140 years old and retains most of its original features. Climbing the original winding stairs provides outstanding 360 degree views and a chance to spot passing whales.  

For a unique overnight stay, accommodation is offered in both the lighthouse keeper’s, and assistant lighthouse keeper’s cottages.

 

The fishing around Narooma is superb and can be as easy as casting a line from the shore.

Below are ALL KNOWN major accommodation providers in the area

NAROOMA TO STAY:

30 Montague St, Narooma

A variety of stylish accommodation types: studio, family and spa rooms, apartments and houses. Rooms are self-catering, have A/C, WiFi, Foxtel and balconies with ocean views. Ideally located off the highway with panoramic views to Montague Island and Glasshouse Rocks, Amooran is opposite the golf course and close to town, clubs, restaurants and the beach. The barbeque/recreation area has an outdoor pool heated from September to May. Ph 44762198

41 Princes Hwy, Narooma

Family friendly accommodation with an extensive range of high quality cabins, caravan and camping sites. Choose from luxury spa units, to waterfront bungalows, to classic waterfront tent sites. Ph 44762046

497 Riverview Road, Narooma

Absolute waterfront with 2 and 3 bedroom cottages. There is fishing, pristine beaches, famous golf course, abundant wildlife and forest at your back door. Located in Narooma we have exclusive fishing and mooring on our private jetty, with access to the Ocean and Montague Island making it prefect for your fishing and boating holiday. Ph 4761759

463 Riverview Rd Narooma

Each cabin has been designed to provide as much living space as possible. Our bedrooms in Cabins 1-3 are also spacious (with king sized doubles and still plenty of room), with a choice of double en-suites or a single large bathroom. Cabin 4 has four bedrooms with 12 single beds. Ph 44761640

1 Tilba St, Narooma

The motel is on two levels, ocean glimpses are available from the shared balcony downstairs while more extensive coastline views can be seen from the shared balcony upstairs. There is also a coastal view room at the top end of the upper level and internal views can be enjoyed from this accommodation. The motel is located off the main highway and has ample parking for boats and trailers. Ph. 44762256

44 Princes Highway, North Narooma

Ecotel Narooma is a friendly budget  motel offering a  warm welcome and relaxing stay. They have rooms to suit individuals, couples, families and groups at affordable prices and have year round Specials and Package Deals - Phone: +61 (02) 44762217  

206 Princes Hwy, Narooma

The Farnboro Motel offers a range of accommodation options to suit every need and budget. The motel has a solar-heated pool, with gazebo and free gas BBQ’s, securely fenced. Ph 44764611

141 Wagonga Street, Narooma

12 rooms. Each includes a private bathroom with a shower. Accommodation also includes a fully equipped kitchen and a balcony. Ph 44762282

147 Princes Hwy, Narooma

Well appointed one & two bedroom apartments; stylish interiors many with ocean views and balconies. There is an in ground pool, laundry facilities, off street parking, and even room for a few boats. Ph 44765200

8 Lavender Point Rd Nth Narooma

Lavender Point Holiday Units are set in tranquil gardens with beautiful spotted gums. Situated just 800 metres off the highway in a quiet, no through street, overlooking the picturesque and clear unspoilt waters of Wagonga Inlet with ocean views in the background. Featuring 6 two bedroom units and 1 single room unit all within a two-storey complex. All units are fully self-contained. Ph 02 44762851 or 0431 598 640

Lynch’s Hotel

135 Wagonga Street, Narooma

Accommodation offers comfortable beds in refurbished rooms which still retain the atmosphere of times past. Secure parking is offered to guests with many groups making use of these facilities. Ph 44762001

243 Princes Hwy Narooma

Guests have a choice of family (double and 2 single beds), double, twin or multishare rooms. Our twin, double and family rooms are fully appointed motel rooms with ensuite, TV, tea and coffee, a small fridge and all linen.
For the more budget conscious our multishare dorm rooms, each with ensuite are available in a variety of configurations including 7 share mixed and 4 share male and female dorms. Ph. 44763287

21a Tilba Street Narooma

Modern, fully self contained 1 & 2 bedroom apartments complete with full kitchen, free WiFi, large lounge and dining area. All apartments have separate balconies while the upper floors impress with views of the mountains and inlet. Ph 0418 412 227

8 Bluewater Dr, Narooma

The Narooma Golfers Lodge is conveniently situated across the road from the Golf Club and enjoys beautiful views of the Ocean and Golf Course.. Ph 44762428

76 Princes Hwy, Narooma

Self contained accommodation. 0476 340 827

126 Princes Hwy, Narooma

Top of the town motel is a motel with 29 rooms that have all been renovated and all have been refurnished. There is an onsite restaurant and a swimming pool.  Queen, Twin and Family rooms complete with their own kitchenette (microwave, kettle, toaster), air-conditioning and heating.  Located at the top of the hill, within walking distance to shops.Ph. 44762099

213 Princes Hwy, Narooma

Friendly, Very reasonable prices on all rooms. Four self contained rooms with kitchenettes are available, and nine rooms catering for 1-3 people. And all rooms have DVD Players, with a choice of many DVD’s to borrow for free from the reception, Free Wi-fi available . Phone: 4476 4233

5 Ballingalla Street, Narooma

Choose your accommodation from luxury cabins, powered or un-powered sites. The Park has full amenities including gas BBQs, a children’s playground, shared laundry and shop. 1800 762 275

102 Wagonga Street, Narooma

Perched high on the hill, the Whale Motor Inn has seventeen spacious rooms and suites. All rooms have their own patio or balcony, most with panoramic coastal and ocean views. Ph 44762411

8 Warbler Cres, Narooma North

Overlooking the ocean and beautiful Montague Island. Fully self-contained holiday accommodation featuring 4 one bedroom luxury apartments with fully serviced king suites. Ph 44761606

44 Princes Hwy, North Narooma

All rooms have expansive views from large picture windows. Rooms include linen and towels; ensuite with shower; kitchenette equipped with kettle, toaster, crockery, cutlery and glasses; bar fridge; heater, fan; TV and WiFi. Microwaves or hotplate and pans are available on request. Some rooms have the option of additional fold-down beds or travel cots. Facilities include seasonal pool, BBQ and picnic areas; self laundry; safe onsite parking for cars, boats, heavy vehicles and trailers. Easy access to safe,sandy netted swimming area, surf beach, the Narooma boardwalk, public boat-ramp, town and Wagonga Inlet. 44762217

7323 Princes Hwy, South Narooma

Laid-back resort by Handkerchief Beach on a wooded property. Island View Beach Resort has a range of accommodation types to suit the needs of most holiday makers from luxury safari tents to cabins. Ph. 44762600

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Narooma has great beach options. On the northern side of the Inlet you will find Bar Beach which is a popular surf break. At Apex Park you will find a small family safe shark-netted beach. On the South side is the Narooma main beach which is patrolled and further south of Narooma you will find Handkerchief Beach which has a tidal inlet much enjoyed by families. This beach is a local secret so look for the coastal track just south of the caravan park a few kms south of Narooma. 

Narooma has a rich and interesting history. Have a read, maybe visit the Montague Lighthouse museum, and then watch the town come alive as you walk it with fresh eyes.

A cycleway leads from Narooma to Dalmeny - 11kms. From the cycleway south of town that starts at Narooma Wharf continue over the bridge and follow Mill Bay walkway to Apex Park. From there click on the link to visit our CYCLING Page that has all the info you need.