Turning back the clock is easy when visiting the tiny hamlets of Tilba Tilba and Central Tilba, in the Eurobodalla region of the NSW South Coast. Both villages are National Trust-classified and apart from their heritage value, are located in what is up there with the most beautiful countryside in NSW, with lush green hills, a rich valley and Mount Gulaga providing an idyllic backdrop.
Nature and history
Mount Gulaga, an extinct volcano in Gulaga National Park, is spiritually significant for the local Yuin Aboriginal people. Learn more about it on the Gulaga Creation Tour with an indigenous guide from Ngaran Ngaran Cultural Awareness. You can also do the Gulaga Mountain Walk, a difficult 14km climb with spectacular views from the summit.
In this attractive village, visit Foxglove Gardens, an elegant garden built around a farm cottage, and the Gumnut Hideaway Gallery, home to photographs inspired by the region’s natural beauty. A short drive east is the spectacular Mystery Bay lookout and 1080 Beach, which is popular for swimming, surfing and fishing.
North of Tilba Tilba is enchanting Central Tilba, where resident artists and artisans create wonderful works, from traditional crafts to contemporary arts and jewellery. Shop at Passionfish Candles and Gifts, Mockingbird Lane, Tilba Leather and Arcadia with its fine silver jewellery. Central Tilba also plays host to the famous Tilba Festival, on Easter Saturday.
Eat and drink
Visit the famous ABC Cheese Factory to see the cheesemaking process in action, and taste and buy cheeses, honey and other dairy products produced by Tilba Real Dairy from Jersey cows. La Galette restaurant in Tilba Tilba serves genuine French cuisine. Have a cuppa at Eumun Tea, which has over 200 specialty teas, or tuck into fresh scones at Rose & Sparrow. If wine is preferred, visit Tilba Valley Winery and Ale House at Corunna Lake, and a stop at the beautiful Dromedary Hotel is also warranted.
Getting there and where to stay
The drive from Sydney to the Tilba region is five hours and three hours from Canberra. You can also fly to Moruya Airport and rent a car for the one-hour drive south. There are accommodation options to suit all budgets, from charming cottages such as Mountain View Farm and Foxglove Gardens to lakeside glamping, coastal retreats and campgrounds.