Glasshouse Rocks, Tourism New South Wales

Population 3100

Narooma is a tranquil resort and fishing town at the mouth of Wagonga Inlet, well known for its natural beauty. The stunning beaches and waterways continue to draw people back to enjoy the excellent boating, aquatic sports and big-game fishing. Excellent fresh local seafood is a specialty in many of the restaurants.

Visitor Information

76 Princes Hwy; (02) 4476 2881 or 1800 240 003

Nearby national parks

  • Eurobodalla National Park

    This sliver of national park runs in three sections along the south coast between Moruya Heads and Tilba Tilba Lake, just south of Cape...more

  • Murramarang National Park

    Murramarang National Park rims the south coast for 44 kilometres and includes Durras Lake and several small offshore islands. The park...more

  • Bournda National Park

    Bournda National Park, on the state’s far south coast, is a magically beautiful place of sea and freshwater lakes, an extensive...more

Nearby towns

  • Bermagui

    Bermagui is a charming, sleepy coastal village. The continental shelf is at its closest to the mainland off Bermagui and this results in...more

  • Moruya

    This town on the Moruya River was once a gateway to local goldfields, but is now a riverside township. It is known for dairying and oyster...more

  • Bega

    It is possible to ski and surf on the same day in Bega, set in a fertile valley with the mountains of the Kosciuszko snow resorts to the...more

In Town

Wagonga Princess This environmentally friendly, electronically powered boat is a converted huon pine ferry offering scenic cruises most days, taking in mangroves, forests and birdlife. The tour includes Devonshire tea. Commentary and tales (both tall and true) of local history, flora and fauna are provided by a third-generation local. Bookings (02) 4476 2665.

Walking tracks: several walking tracks incorporate places such as the Mill Bay Boardwalk, Australia Rock and lookout and numerous foreshore paths; maps from visitor centre.

Whale-watching cruises: humpback and killer whales can be seen migrating, often with calves, Sept–Nov; bookings at visitor centre.

Scuba-diving cruises: to shipwrecks; bookings at visitor centre.


Montague Island Nature Reserve This isolated island, with access only by guided tours (bookings at visitor centre), is a major shearwater breeding site and home to little penguins and Australian and New Zealand fur seals. Whales can be viewed off the coast Sept–Nov. The tour includes historic buildings such as the Montague Lighthouse, which was first lit in 1881 but is now fully automated. Recently, stays in the lighthouse keeper’s quarters were introduced. Guides also explain the history of the island (known as Barunguba) as a fertile hunting ground for the Walbanga and Djiringanj tribes. 9 km SE.

Central Tilba Classified as an 'unusual mountain village' by the National Trust, Central Tilba was founded in 1895 and has many quality arts and craft shops. It has several old buildings worth a visit, including the ABC Cheese Factory in original 19th-century condition. The Tilba Festival is held here each Easter. 17 km SW. Tilba Tilba, a further 2 km S, features Foxglove Spires, a historic cottage surrounded by a beautiful 3.5 ha garden.

Mystery Bay: popular spot with strange-looking stones, snorkelling and access to Eurobodalla National Park; 17 km S.

Fishing spots near town

Narooma Offshore 3 km

Narooma is one of those pleasant destinations that offers piscatorial delights most of the year, ranging from gamefishing offshore to rock, beach and estuary. Situated on Wagonga Inlet, the port is best known for its... Find out more

Bermagui 33 km

Bermagui is small fishing port but a world-famous gamefishing destination. It owes its fame to an American western writer, Zane Grey, who went there in 1936. Little has changed since then. ‘Bermi’, as most... Find out more

Tathra 57 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

Merimbula 77 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

Pambula Lake 86 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

Eco-friendly activities around town

Cycling - Bega Valley to Orbost 57 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

Sailing - Batemans Bay 57 km

Batemans Bay Sailing Charters is eco-certified and offers sailing trips out of Batemans Bay on a 12.5-metre catamaran, from a three-hour cruise around the bay to overnight excursions.... Find out more

Bushwalking on the South Coast, NSW 95 km

From meanders along isolated beaches and around heath-covered headlands, to long hikes up rugged mountains in Budawang, Morton or Deua national parks, the South Coast provides limitless possibilities for great... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Narooma Golf Club 1 km

Narooma is a small coastal haven with world-class beaches. It has become renowned for the whales, seals and penguins attracted to the pristine waters offshore. But one of the town’s major attractions remains its... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Quarterdeck Marina & Cafe

No visit to Narooma is complete without a meal at this retro cafe overlooking the water. It features 1950s-style tables and chairs, with lashings of colour, and owner Chris is hard to miss in his Hawaiian work shirt. The... Find out more

The Whale Restaurant

The Whale Restaurant is located at the four-star Whale Motor Inn at the top of the hill, with wonderful views of the entrance to the Wagonga Inlet. The cosy dining room is lit on three sides by massive windows, and... Find out more

Anton’s at Kianga

For something a little different, why not go on a bike ride? Follow the meandering bike tracks from Narooma and they will lead you to Anton’s, right opposite the ocean with spectacular views of Montague Island and... Find out more

Campsites around town

Wagonga picnic area (closed) 6 km

Take the Wagonga Scenic Dr from Princes Hwy north or south of Narooma, and it’ll lead you down to Wagonga Inlet and this picturesque picnic area. Facilities are basic, so you’ll need to bring a portable... Find out more

Bodalla Forest Park 8 km

This shady picnic spot surrounded by spotted gums is 9 km north of Narooma via the Princes Hwy. There’s some drinking water here, but best to bring your own. After lunch, you can stretch your legs on an easy... Find out more

Mystery Bay Camp Ground (bush camping) 9 km

This is a gorgeous spot overlooking Mystery Bay, at the end of Mystery Bay Rd signposted off the Princes Hwy 15 km south of Narooma. Even your dog gets to enjoy this one. The sites are shaded by tall and slender gums,... Find out more

Brou Lake camping area 10 km

In the middle of the coastal sweep of Eurobodalla National Park, Brou Lake offers swimming, beach walking, surfing, and lake and beach fishing. Anglers need to keep an eye out for signs depicting sanctuary zones where... Find out more

Red Creek camping area (bush camping) 22 km

This is a basic bush-camping site with no facilities, next to Red Creek. Bring your own everything, including toilet, drinking water and firewood. It’s 40 km south-west of Bodalla via Tuross River Rd and Red Creek... Find out more

Congo camping area 30 km

You’ll find this camping area at the point where Congo Creek meets the ocean – which makes it a top spot for swimming, fishing, beachcombing and canoeing. To reach it, follow Congo Rd from South Head Rd, off... Find out more

North Head Campground 35 km

A friendly and picturesque campground ringed with Norfolk pines and eucalypts, North Head is within walking distance of the beach and river. The other drawcard is the nearby town of Moruya, with its craft and novelty... Find out more

Aragunnu camping area 41 km

This northernmost campground can be accessed along Aragunnu Rd off the Bermagui–Tathra Rd, about 25 km south of Bermagui. There’s a short, easy walk linking the northern and southern picnic areas, and a 200 m... Find out more

Lake Creek camping area 43 km

To get here, head west from Cobargo along Wandella Rd, then Yowrie Bourkes rds. It’s dry-weather access only for 2WD vehicles, not suitable for caravans and only off-road camper trailers. Bring drinking water and... Find out more

Picnic Point camping area 45 km

With only 18 sites and no bookings taken at this camping area, you’ll just have to cross your fingers and hope for the best. Tent up amid gnarly banksias, then take your pick of swimming, fishing, picnicking or... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

BIG4 Narooma Easts Holiday Park 1 km

This is a huge park complex on the waters edge in the heart of Narooma. It is a popular park and bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at Christmas, Easter and long weekends.... Find out more

Island View Beach Resort 3 km

Stroll to the beach or picnic on green lawns under shady trees at this quality park, located on the Princes Highway 5 km south of Narooma. With very good amenities and lots of appeal, it is ideal for a family holiday and... Find out more

Bermagui Tourist Park 23 km

Close to the centre of town, this good quality park is popular with holidaymakers. The park was so named because the American writer Zane Grey once had a fishing shack on this piece of land. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more

BIG4 Moruya Heads Easts Dolphin Beach Holiday Park 34 km

This is a popular park with spacious lawns. It has good facilities and we have stayed here often. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies during all holidays.... Find out more

River Breeze Tourist Park 35 km

This park overlooks the Moruya River on the north bank adjoining the highway, just a short walk across the bridge to the centre of town. It is a well-maintained park, popular with travellers. Bookings are required in... Find out more

BIG4 Broulee Beach Holiday Park 41 km

This is a quality caravan park located on a picturesque patrolled beach. There is a resort-style pool and undercover barbecues. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at Christmas and... Find out more

BIG4 Batemans Bay Beach Resort 55 km

This great beachfront park is about 3 km from the centre of Batemans Bay. It has good amenities and gets extremely busy; bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies during Christmas, Easter... Find out more

Big4 Tathra Beach Holiday Park 57 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 57 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

BIG4 Batemans Bay at Easts Riverside Holiday Park 58 km

The East family name is well known in the caravan park industry and this park is one of several owned by the group. Superbly located on the north bank of the Clyde River, this park has good amenities and lovely views... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Anchors Aweigh B&B

In the heart of Narooma, Anchors Aweigh has a choice of five four-star queen or king suites. Downstairs is the rustic dining room where you can enjoy breakfast, arrange to have dinner and enjoy the complimentary port and... Find out more

Whale Motor Inn

Narooma is renowned as one of the most unspoilt sections of coastline in Australia, if not the world. The four-star Whale Motor Inn has spectacular coastal views from its vantage point at the top of a hill, and offers a... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Corunna Lake park area 5 km

71km N of Bega (L) or 6km S of Narooma (R)

Just off the highway on the shores of the lake.

Bodalla Forest Park rest area 8 km

9km N of Narooma (L) or 32km S of Moruya (R)

Secluded well off the road in the forest.

Mystery Bay camping area 9 km

T/O to Mystery Bay

On the foreshore 2km east of the highway.

Quaama rest area 36 km

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

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

Waldrons Swamp rest area 40 km

8km N of Moruya (R) or 20km S of Batemans Bay (L)

Just off the highway under a few trees.

Bega Lookout park area 54 km

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

Just off the highway at the lookout.

Bemboka rest area 68 km

At Bemboka

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

Fred Piper Memorial Lookout park area 74 km

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

Adjacent to the highway at the lookout.

Yellowpinch Dam rest area 75 km

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

Well off the highway surrounded by trees.

Nimmitabel park area 83 km

At Nimmitabel

Overlooking Lake Williams.

Mount Gladstone Lookout rest area 95 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

Narooma Oyster Festival: May.

Great Southern Blues and Rockabilly Festival: Oct.

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