Lush countryside and striking Mount Gulaga provide an idyllic backdrop for the National Trust-classified villages of Tilba Tilba and Central Tilba in the Eurobodalla region of the NSW South Coast. See historic timber cottages, browse small shops and galleries, sample local produce and admire splendid gardens.
The picture-postcard villages are nestled in the foothills of Mount Gulaga, an extinct volcano in Gulaga National Park. The mountain holds spiritual significance for the local Yuin Aboriginal people. For spectacular coastal views from the summit, follow a track that begins near La Galette restaurant in Tilba Tilba.
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. At the annual Tilba Woodwork Exhibition, explore a fabulous range of handmade toys, furniture, vases and ornaments for show and sale.
You can purchase indigenous artworks at Apma Creations Aboriginal Art Gallery and Gift Shop. Visit the famous ABC Cheese Factory to see the cheesemaking process in action, and taste and buy cheeses, honey and other dairy products. Stop by the delicious Tilba Growers Market, held every Saturday in Central Tilba.
The drive from Sydney to the Tilba region is five hours and from Canberra three hours. 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 and lakeside glamping to coastal retreats and campgrounds.