Bombala River, Tourism New South Wales

Population 1204

Situated halfway between the Snowy Mountains and the Sapphire Coast, this charming small town has remained largely untouched by time. It is the centre for the surrounding wool, beef, lamb, vegetable and timber industries. The Bombala River is well-known as a platypus habitat and for trout fishing. Bombala was considered as a site for Australia's capital city but missed out due to lack of water.

Visitor Information

Platypus Country Tourist Information Centre, Railway Park, Monaro Hwy; (02) 6458 4622

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

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  • Merimbula

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  • Eden

    Situated on the Sapphire Coast, the aptly named Eden is an idyllic and peaceful town on Twofold Bay. The location is excellent, with...more

In Town

Railway Park There is much to see at Railway Park, including the historic engine shed (open by appt) and the museum of local artefacts and farm implements. The most unusual, though, is Lavender House, with education facilities, displays on distillation and an array of lavender products such as lavender jams, soaps and oils. Monaro Hwy.

Endeavour Reserve: features a 2 km return walking track to a lookout with views over town; Caveat St.

Bicentennial Park: wetlands and a pleasant river walk; Mahratta St.

Self-guided historical walk: 1 hr walk includes courthouse (1882) and School of Art (1871); leaflet available from visitor centre.


Platypus Sanctuary Bombala has one of the densest populations of platypus in NSW. They can be seen here in their natural environment from the Platypus Reserve Viewing Platform. The best times for viewing are at dawn and dusk, when platypus are at their most active, but they can be seen at any time of day. Off Monaro Hwy on the road to Delegate; 3 km S.

Cathcart: charming township with historical town walk and Cathcart Collectables, a fascinating collection of Monaro history; brochure from visitor centre; 14 km NE.

Myanba Gorge: boardwalk and bushwalks through old-growth eucalypt forest with spectacular views of waterfalls, granite boulders and Towamba Valley. Enjoy a picnic or barbecue at the gorge. South East Forest National Park; 20 km SE.

Delegate: scenic town with Early Settlers Hut, believed to be the first dwelling on the Monaro plains, and Platypus Walk and River Walk (leaflets from visitor centre); 36 km SW.

Scenic drive: gold fossicking en route to Bendoc Mines in Victoria; 57 km SW.

Fly-fishing and trout fishing: maps from visitor centre.

Mountain-biking: there are many trails in nearby state forest areas; maps from visitor centre.

Fishing spots near town

Pambula Lake 59 km

Pambula Lake, south of Merimbula, also known as the Broadwater, produces good catches of bream, dusky flathead, tailor, whiting, salmon, gummy sharks and mulloway. I fished this water with Bruce Libbis on one of his... Find out more

Merimbula 60 km

Most visitors on family trips arrive at Merimbula with at least one fishing rod on board. Some give priority to the boat and tackle, then try to fit the family in around them. A good boat ramp is situated near the... Find out more

Eden 69 km

Anyone looking for fishing variety should visit Eden. Angling opportunities include offshore game, reef, beach, estuary and pier. Eden nestles snugly on the shoreline of Twofold Bay and, unlike Merimbula and Narooma... Find out more

Maramingo Creek 70 km

One of the most exciting, albeit also one of the most frustrating, days I experienced in an estuary took place in Maramingo Creek, an offshoot of the Genoa River. To get there, follow the Genoa River upstream from the... Find out more

Tathra 70 km

Tathra is a great family destination with a mixed bag of fishing. Saltwater anglers can choose from estuary, surf, rock and blue-water, while freshwater offerings include streams and dams. The major fishing attraction... Find out more

Wallagaraugh River 71 km

The Wallagaraugh River is in southern NSW and northern Victoria. It’s a big river, wide and deep in parts. Upstream, near where the Princes Highway crosses the river, it breaks out into pools. For anglers who... Find out more

Lake Wonboyn 72 km

Lake Wonboyn is one of my all-time favourite spots. Located about halfway between Eden and the border with Victoria, this large estuary system suits serious anglers and families. Some visitors to this estuary stay in... Find out more

Gipsy Point 74 km

If you are after dusky flathead and black bream, then Gipsy Point – which marks the junction of the Wallagaraugh and Genoa rivers – offers easy access to some of the best fishing in the inlet. To get there,... Find out more

Lake Jindabyne 81 km

Lake Jindabyne sits on the eastern edge of Kosciuszko National Park and rates as one of southern Australia’s best trout waters. The lake is stocked with rainbow and brown trout, and Atlantic salmon. Some of the... Find out more

Green Cape 83 km

Anglers who fish the east coast often refer to the January–March period as the ‘magic quarter’, when the East Australian Current brings millions of baitfish that in turn attract large predators, like... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Cycling - Bega Valley to Orbost 60 km

Back Pedal Cycle Tours is an eco-certified tour company that offers a great range of supported, safe and family-friendly cycle tours, from single-day excursions in the Bega Valley, through to the three-day ‘Border... Find out more

Snowy Mountains Touring Company 77 km

Based on an unusual concept, this company offers a personal tour guide who can accompany you, in your vehicle, explaining the history, heritage, flora and fauna of the area as you travel. Either you can drive, or they... Find out more

Cycling and mountain-biking in the Snowy Mountains 81 km

The easiest, family-friendly cycling to be had is the 3.5-kilometre concrete path around Lake Jindabyne. Bikes can be hired at several places in Jindabyne, including Sacred Ride. The concrete path links up with 18... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Cosmo Cafe

Cosmo Cafe doesn’t disappoint, serving old-fashioned, country-style cafe fare in the courtyard at the rear and at tables and chairs at the front, in the heart of Bombala’s bustle. Everything is homemade, from... Find out more

The Heritage Guest House

The Heritage Guest House in Bombala is widely regarded as one of the best places to stop over between Melbourne and Sydney. This heritage-listed house serves cafe fare across six dining rooms and two floors, overlooking... Find out more

Campsites around town

Waratah Gully camping area 17 km

It’s hard to beat the magic of old-growth forest, and you can experience it yourself at Waratah Gully camping area. It’s in the Coolangubra section of the national park, accessible east of Bombala on Bucky... Find out more

Bondi Forest Lodge 28 km

The Bondi Forest Lodge provides the only accommodation in the forest, in the form of twin bunk-bed rooms in 3 self-contained units, sleeping 72 in total. There’s also a large recreation room with a cosy log fire.... Find out more

Alexanders Hut 30 km

In the central section of the national park, Alexanders Hut is a simple slab dwelling that provides shelter and basic facilities for campers. You can also set up a tent in the grounds around the hut. The hut is... Find out more

Six Mile Creek camping area 30 km

As you follow the Tantawangalo Mountain Rd to this campsite, you can inform your companions you’re travelling on a road originally constructed more than 150 years ago. Six Mile Creek is a refreshing and scenic... Find out more

Postmans camping area 30 km

Located on a sandy bend in Tantawangalo Creek, this camping area is 4WD dry-weather access only via Postmans Track off Tantawangalo Rd. There’s a long walk from the car to the tent sites. There’s water in the... Find out more

Nunnock camping area 30 km

It’s 2WD dry-weather access only to this camping ground. To get here from the north, follow the Snowy Mountains Hwy from Nimmitabel and turn onto Packers Swamp Rd. Turn left onto Cattlemans Link Trail, and follow... Find out more

Nimmitabel Caravan Park 44 km

This caravan park is situated at the northern entrance to the small town of Nimmitabel, 40 km south of Cooma on the Monara Hwy. What the town lacks in size it makes up for with character: many of its buildings date back... Find out more

Delegate River camping area 49 km

From the small town of Bendoc near the NSW border, follow Gap Rd for 8 km south-west of town to reach this camping spot beside the Delegate River. Fishing and swimming are the prime activities here. There are several old... Find out more

Frosty Hollow camping area 49 km

Frosty Hollow is the only camping area within Errinundra National Park, although there are a couple of other sites just outside the park boundary. South of here down Hensleigh Creek Rd is Waratah Lookout, but the best... Find out more

Coopracambra camping area (bush camping) 49 km

Bush camping in Coopracambra is an option for hikers or those steering 4WD vehicles. Experienced walkers literally go wild here, navigating their way up Mt Denmarsh and Mt Kaye, and stepping off the tracks to see... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Bega Caravan Park 59 km

This well-managed park alongside the Princes Highway is on the southern approach to Bega. There are large grassy sites, modern amenities and pets are welcome. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Pambula Beach 60 km

This beachside park is one of our favourites in the popular family holiday region of the south coast of New South Wales. It has a pool complex, a licensed restaurant and spotless amenities, and is a great family park.... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Eden 60 km

Easily accessed from the highway, this picturesque park is located on the south side of Eden in a lovely beachfront position. It has a wide range of facilities. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length... Find out more

Garden of Eden Caravan Park 62 km

This is a well-appointed, reasonably priced park in a great garden setting, just 2 km from the town centre. It is a good place for an overnight stay or for a longer holiday. Bookings are required in peak periods; pets... Find out more

Merimbula Beach NRMA Holiday Park 62 km

Perched on a headland looking out to sea, this quality park is in a great position. It has an excellent range of facilities including a shop and takeaway food. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length... Find out more

Eden Tourist Park 62 km

Situated across the road from the beach, this place is 2 km from the town centre. A popular holiday park, it caters predominantly for tourists, offering good facilities. It is a good base from which to explore the area.... Find out more

Big4 Tathra Beach Holiday Park 69 km

This good quality, absolute beachfront park is located in the heart of Tathra. Just stroll to the beach from your site or take a short walk to the town centre, restaurants or club. Bookings are required in peak periods... Find out more

Seabreeze Holiday Park 69 km

This is a very good quality park located across the road from the surf club, and just a stroll to local eateries. The features here are outstanding and include Austar television cabled to every site. Bookings are... Find out more

Wallagaraugh River Retreat 72 km

This park is located at the end of 8 km of good, unsealed road and the turn-off is well signposted on the Princes Highway, around 8 km east of Genoa. On the banks of the Wallagaraugh River, this is a secluded spot for... Find out more

Cooma Snowy Mountains Tourist Park 75 km

This park is located on the south side of town alongside the Monaro Highway. It is popular during the winter months with visitors to the Snowy Mountains and the ski fields. There are very good facilities and it is a good... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

The Heritage Guest House

Originally built by the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney, this heritage-listed building has been transformed into a guesthouse and restaurant. Incidentally, the National Australia Bank still operates from the... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Jacarri Eco-Cottage, Goongerah 68 km

This rustic little cottage in East Gippsland sleeps four, and has solar power and a dry composting toilet. It has been built with sustainable timbers and uses a water wheel to fill the water tank. Organic fruit,... Find out more

Alpine Habitats, near Jindabyne 83 km

Opened in 2007, these 18 cleverly designed two-bedroom buildings are linked underground by massive worm farms that digest all the compostable waste on the site. Set amid gnarled black sallees and other snow gums, the... Find out more

Adobe Mudbrick Holiday Flats, Mallacoota 83 km

These 12 rustic mudbrick flats were ecologically designed to avoid the need for air-conditioning, and have solar hot water and rainwater tanks. The 32-hectare surrounds are managed as a Land for Wildlife property,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Fred Piper Memorial Lookout park area 39 km

14km W of Bemboka (L) or 62km SE of Cooma (R)

Adjacent to the highway at the lookout.

Bemboka rest area 43 km

At Bemboka

Just off the highway at the recreation centre. Camping and showers available for a fee.

Nimmitabel park area 44 km

At Nimmitabel

Overlooking Lake Williams.

Yellowpinch Dam rest area 52 km

32km N of Eden (L) or 22km S of Bega (R)

Well off the highway surrounded by trees.

Bega Lookout park area 60 km

5km N of Bega (R) or 72km S of Narooma (L)

Just off the highway at the lookout.

Scrubby Creek rest area 63 km

86km NE of Cann River (L) or 22km SW of Eden (R)

Just off the highway surrounded by forest.

East Boyd Forest rest area 63 km

89km NE of Cann River (L) or 19km SW of Eden (L)

Just off the highway behind the trees. On both sides of the highway.

Wallagaraugh River rest area 66 km

65km NE of Cann River (L) or 43km SW of Eden (R)

Just off the highway among some trees.

Genoa rest area 70 km

48km NE of Cann River (L) or 61km SW of Eden (R)

Just off the highway on the north side of a river (at a disused caravan park).

Thurra River rest area 73 km

11km E of Cann River (L) or 98km SW of Eden (R)

Secluded off the highway in the forest.

Quaama rest area 74 km

31km N of Bega (R) or 46km S of Narooma (L)

Just off the highway at the turn-off into Quaama.

Mount Gladstone Lookout rest area 74 km

T/O 4km W of Cooma (L) or 47km SE of Adaminaby (R)

At the lookout 1.5km south of the highway via a steep access road.

What's on around town

Market: Imperial Hotel, cnr Forbes and Maybe sts; 1st Sat each month.

Wool and Wood Festival: Jan.

Celebrate Lavender: Jan.

Celebration of Motorcycles: Nov.

Riverside Festival: celebration of diversity of regional crafts and products; Nov.

Historic Engine Shed Engine Rally: Nov, even-numbered years.

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