In the picture-postcard Tilba region, admire colonial timber cottages as you browse delightful shops and galleries, savour local produce and amble in splendid gardens. The verdant Eurobodalla countryside is idyllic for the National Trust-classified villages of Tilba Tilba and Central Tilba, near Narooma and Bermagui.
You’ll find plenty of accommodation options, ranging from charming cottages and lakeside glamping to coastal retreats and camping grounds. The heritage villages are in the foothills of Mount Gulaga, an extinct volcano in Gulaga National Park. The mountain holds spiritual significance for local Yuin Aboriginal people.
For spectacular coastal views from the summit, follow a track that begins near the general store in Tilba Tilba. In this delightful village, amble in the Foxglove Spires Garden, an elegant garden built around a farm cottage. Visit the Gumnut Hideaway Gallery for photographs inspired by the natural beauty of the region.
A short drive north of Tilba Tilba is enchanting Central Tilba, where resident artists and artisans create wonderful works. Passionfruit Candles sells locally made soy candles. At the annual Tilba Woodwork Exhibition is a fabulous range of handmade toys, furniture, vases and ornaments for show and sale.
Indigenous artworks are for sale at Apma Creations Aboriginal Art Gallery and Gift Shop. The delicious Tilba Growers Market is held every Saturday in Central Tilba, which is also home to the famous ABC Cheese Factory. You can visit the factory for cheese tastings and savour its popular Tilda Club cheddar.
A short drive east of Central Tilba is spectacular Mystery Bay lookout and 1080 Beach, which is popular for swimming, surfing and fishing. Getting to the Tilba region on the NSW South Coast is easy. The drive from Sydney is five hours and from Canberra three hours. You can also fly to Moruya Airport and rent a car.