Just to the north of Narooma is the infamous “Bar Beach” which is a popular area for snorkelling off the rocks and beaches. It is also one of the safest beaches in Australia as it is naturally enclosed and protected near the Wagonga Inlet mouth and further enhanced by a break-wall at its north end. The beach is also enclosed by netting. The waters are full of young fish, squid, seahorses, and jelly fish. Next to “Bar Beach” to the south is “Apex Park” which includes a playground, picnic tables, barbeque grills, and is a great place to watch seals and rays feed. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
As we headed off to Glasshouse Rocks Beach we were told to park in the Narooma graveyard. This seemed to be a common local backpath down to the beach by cutting across the graveyard and following the picket fence down a path to the beach. What befell us though was an amazing artistic cemetery with very individual graves and markings worthy of a photoshoot and look. Much history are in these fields … a must visit on the way to Glasshouse Rocks Beach. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Definitely one of my most favorite beaches on the planet, Glasshouse Rocks Beach is the integral attractant to the area for me. The beach hardly ever has anyone on it, its quiet, abandoned, and remote. Only way to it is a scramble down the path from the Narooma Graveyard. The rock formations are sensational and the panoramas are breathtaking. Anyone travelling through this area should not miss this beach. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
Narooma Motel YHA
* http://www.yha.com.au/hostels/nsw/south-coast/narooma/ * 243 Princes Hwy * Narooma * New South Wales, Australia
I was a little hesitant when I saw this Motel converted into a YHA Hostel, but was remarkably surprised at how nice it was. Still had the flavor of a beach front motel, (though not beach front … a few blocks from the beach) and was surprised to glory that each room had its own ensuite – shower and bathroom. We were almost lucky enough to have the room all to ourselves, but we loved our french roomie. Nice communal room, extremely friendly and helpful staff that made you feel like family, and a great deck and garden perfect for BBQ and social activities. Very quiet, low-key hostel, so no parties to be found here. They had DVD’s you could watch, good parking, and a courtesy van to run you into town for free. Narooma is an amazing place. Will definitely be staying here again. Narooma is great for whale watching from September through November, summer has lots of swimming, surfing, fishing, and diving, and wildlife viewers get to see lots of seals, rays, dolphins, and penguins. Oyster fests happen in May and a treasure trove of seafood awaits. Rated: 5 stars out of 5.
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Taylors Fish n’ Chips
* http://www.wickedweekends.com.au/areas/nsw/south_coast/narooma/taylors/seafood_cafe.htm * Phone: (02) 4476 2127 * 12B Riverside Drive * Narooma
New South Wales, Australia
Coming from landlocked Colorado I was pretty excited with my adventure to Australia, especially driving with a friend along the coast. Of course! what would the salty sea air, beautiful sand beaches, and exotic panoramas of Narooma cause a craving for within such a person? … Seafood! I have to say, while the first place we spied that was open later in the evening in this small village was “Taylors”. I was not disappointed. Fresh seafood, prawns, oysters, and fish n’ chips were offered and I went for their delicious seafood platter. Still not accustomed to the economy and pricing structure in Australia, it did seem a bit high priced to me at the time, and they had different prices for their “dining” area, so we took ours to go. But the food was delicious. They also offered raw oysters by the half or dozen. Delicious. Apparently they have a good waterfront patio worth the extra charge. Will definitely visit again someday when I’m in Narooma. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
By far, my most favorite place in Australia, Narooma is a panoramic sensation for the beach enthusiast. Think the historic Highway 101 Coastal Oregon route meets the Bahamas and you have “Narooma”. The Aborigine suitably called this area “Clear blue waters” and nothing more could be true. Crystal clear waters. A town of about 3,000 and a strip of geological wonders along the beach, this captures the contrast of earth and water perfectly. The rocks found near Narooma include the Narooma Chert that dates to Cambrian times. There are also underwater remains of a submarine volcano with pillow lava offshore. The Island known as “Montague Island”, now a National Park and Wildlife Refuge, is 8 kilometers offshore from Narooma and was one of the islands sighted by Captain Cook in 1770. The island has 8 known rainforests on it. The area brought white settlers for timber, gold, and fishing. It was declared a port in 1884, opened its first school in 1886, and its first post office in 1889, and originally was only accessed via the sea. By the 20th century, it became a major tourist destination and boomed in oyster farming. Then saw construction of the first major bridge to be constructed on the Princes Highway, improving access by road. In 1937, industry boomed again with a local cannery opening its doors to process tuna and salmon which eventually saw a drought of salmon causing the cannery to close its doors. Narooma was also home to the annual Great Southern Blues and Rockabilly Festival held in October until it moved to Batesman Bay in 2010. Rating 5 stars out of 5.
Travels Down Under:
From Bittangee Bay to Narooma …
The exhausted travelers slowly awoke this morning to a quiet morning, minus the patter of a jumping wallaby outside. Sir Thomas Leaf crawled out of his tent to find Sir Bluey Bee had struggled with his tent last night and had a beautifully engineered makeshift tent job using the tree branches he was under as a center pole. Sir Bluey however was not to be found. Sir Thomas then wandered down to the shore and spied him fishing off the rocks down below – so Sir Leaf had a brilliant plan to sneak up on him and roar like the Bittangee Bay beast to give Sir Bluey a good morning rustle … climbing down the rocks in sandals was not the most fantastic idea however as he slid and stumbled down the cliff side. But Sir Bluey hadn’t noticed him, so his plan was still in effect. Tossing a few rocks nearby and growling from a bush, Sir Bluey’s response was a big “WTF?” No fish was caught, but he did catch himself a Bittangee Beast! A good morning crawl along the cliff side/bay side rocks, the two adventurers explored the water side up to the Bittangee Bay Storage Ruins greeted by historic graffiti sprawling of “Nimble John” on its side. As Sir Bluey continued to try to catch fish, Sir Thomas wandered up the trail for a hike, and pondered hiking to the lighthouse. Unfortunately it was much farther than he realized, so just as he was about to turn around, he came upon a stream bank with a big giant roundish teddy bear staring at him. He froze in his tracks, as did this Wombat who wasn’t sure if he had sensed Sir Leaf. Sir Thomas took a few steps towards him, to which the wombat picked up, and after realizing blindly there was a being in front of him, he shot off waddling at high speeds down the trail, stopping frequently to listen if Sir Thomas was following. After chasing the wombat for a bit, Sir Thomas Leaf returned back to camp and caught back up with Sir Bluey, had breakfast and broke down camp, engaging into a long discussion with the camp steward about Aborigine “Secret business”, the “Bittangee Beast”, “camping areas”, and various other travel suggestions for the delvers route along the east coast of Australia.
The duo then got into Sir Bluey’s carriage, headed back down the bumpy road, with a turn-around getting a bit lost, and stumbling into the Green Cape Light House. They wandered up to the lighthouse, impressed with it being powered by solar energy, took a few shots of it, then wandered down to the water for some scenic shots of the thrashing waves against the rocks. The wanderers got back into their carriage and rolled on off to Merimbula for a gander downtown. They past through the South East Forests National Park alongside numerous termite mounds in the park on the roadside. Driving along the South Coast of New South Wales, the adventurers soon came upon the awe-inspiring Narooma. Sir Thomas Leaf simply fell in love with the place. He stated that if he ever moved to Australia, this is where he’d live. After checking into the YHA, the travelers went down for a walk on the beach – finding one of the most spectacular beaches in the world. Sir Thomas was instantly transformed into a relaxed, de-stressed, floating leaf that just blew in from the Princes Highway. Exploring the seascape, the tidal pools, rustic beach structures of driftwood, shell collecting, and wading into the waters (while being warned about sharks from Sir Bluey) …. he was in paradise! While Sir Thomas went a wandering … Sir Bluey tried to catch some dinner. No luck, they wandered back into the village of Narooma, and settled for some Fish n’ Chips at Taylors before retiring to the Narooma YHA.
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