Beaches and surfing
Rent a board or bring your own, before moseying on down to Dalmeny Beach or Narooma Surf Beach, where you can surf on a patrolled stretch of sand. If you’d prefer to watch the waves, the Narooma to Dalmeny cycleway provides 21 kilometres of magnificent ocean views.
Wildlife and nature
The Mill Bay Boardwalk is ideal for a spot of fishing in the incredible turquoise waters of Wagonga Inlet. Try your hand at catching some snapper or bream, or pace the 350 metres of timbers to spot the frolicking stingrays and fur seals – often found waiting patiently for a feed at the boat ramp. Afterwards, walk to Forster’s Bay for a hearty meal of fish and chips.
At Narooma Surf Beach, the Glasshouse Rocks have been estimated to be around half a billion years old. Pick your way across the sands to check out this ancient structure at low tides for the best vantage point. Also go to Australia Rock, where natural erosion has created a rather patriotic hole, curiously shaped like Australia.
Events and attraction
The Montague Island Nature Reserve is one of Narooma’s most popular experiences. Located nine kilometres from town, Montague Island / Barunguba is home to little penguins, schools of fish, dolphins and a seal colony. It’s also a magnificent spot during whale watching season.
The Narooma Oyster Festival is a major regional attraction. Book a ticket ahead of time for your chance to attend the Long Table dinner tent, shucking competitions, hear live music and visit Oyster Alley to try all the varieties.
Fancy exploring further abroad? Tourist Drive Five will take you to the nearby coastal villages of Kianga and Dalmeny. Alternatively, the country villages of Tilba Tilba and Central Tilba are famous for their cheeses (check out the ABC Cheese Factory) and heritage buildings, and you can take a walk up the ancient volcano that is Gulaga.
Tours and packages
To visit the adorable fur seals and penguins of Montague Island, you’ll want to head out on a tour. Book in with Montague Island Adventures to visit its 19th-century lighthouse, snorkel with the seals or go out there in the evening to see the penguins waddle across the shore as the sun is setting.