The Eurobodalla Shire: a perfect mix of pristine coastal living, rolling natural beauty and uniquely preserved national parks. Visit one of the sparkling coves of Bateman’s Bay, or tackle one of the walking tracks that criss-cross the Eurobodalla landscape!
Eurobodalla strikes the perfect balance between earth and sea, combining 110 kilometres of coastal beachfront with the likes of Deua National Park and both Dampier and Buckenbowra nature reserves.
Eurobodalla Shire is also located a stone’s throw from Australia’s Capital Territory and only four hours south of Sydney, making it the perfect destination for your next break.
We’ve asked some of the people behind the scenes at Southern Phone about their favourite places to visit in Eurobodalla. Here are their picks:
1. Montague Island
Known as Barunguba to local Aboriginal people, this island paradise is a haven for the local bird and sea life. It is the home of New South Wales’ largest penguin colony and is often packed full of some of the world’s largest fur seals.
Barunguba is a sacred place for the Yuin people and is only accessible as part of a tour in order to ensure the island's natural features and Aboriginal history are maintained. However, there are several tours you can take part in including fishing tours, offshore diving, snorkelling, and whale watching. You can even spend the night at the restored Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage!
2. Lady Darling Shipwreck
Situated roughly four nautical miles from the previously mentioned Montague Island is the Lady Darling Shipwreck. The ship sank in 1880, carrying 1220 tons of coal from Newcastle to Melbourne. All members of the crew were able to escape the sinking vessel and made it to Montague Island, where they were helped by construction workers who were building the island’s new lighthouse.
Today, dives to the Lady Darling Shipwreck can be booked in groups. Discover a piece of history being reclaimed by nature!
3. Mogo Wildlife Park
Mogo Wildlife Park is located in Mogo and shelters a wide range of friendly animals for families to come along and meet! From tigers to rhinos, gorillas and more, you can get up close with several beautiful wild animals.
Mogo Wildlife Park offers encounters, where you can feed or hold several animals that they have at their park. It is perfect for families!
4. Broulee Island
Broulee Island is an offshore island that is connected to the mainland by a permanent sandbank. The trip is around 3.5 kilometres return, offering stunning views of the local wildlife and untouched natural environment.
Find a variety of bird life and rock pools on Broulee Island, and spectacular views for whale watching. It’s not uncommon for whales to pass close by Broulee Island during their yearly migrations.
5. Glasshouse Rocks & Australia Rock
The Glasshouse Rocks are situated on Surf Beach in Narooma and arguably rival the 12 Apostles in degree of natural beauty. Rising from the sea like ancient monoliths, they are believed to be up to 510 million years old.
Also located on Surf Beach is Australia Rock, which strikes a remarkable resemblance to the island we call home. Both landmarks are a budding photographer’s dream!
6. Burrewarra Point Banksia Walk
For a leisurely walk along the coast, consider the Burrewarra Point Banksia Walk. Stroll through a mature Banksia forest, where wildlife abounds. The walk will take roughly 50 minutes to an hour and stretches for 1.5 kilometres return. Be careful with young children however, as there are some parts of the cliff walk that don’t have fencing.
7. Broulee Beach
In summertime, Broulee Beach can become a popular spot! It includes several areas along it’s length that are suited to dogs and families. It’s also a patrolled beach, providing you with peace of mind.
Broulee Beach is a crescent beach which is great for families, also including a surf club right behind the shoreline. It has multiple access points and is very easy to access!
8. Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens
The Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens make for the perfect family outing. Find yourself surrounded by Australian native flora and fauna in their beautiful display and sensory gardens.
Stop for a bite to eat at the café, take the kids to the play areas or buy from their in house nursery!
9. Wasp Head Walk
The Wasp Head Walk is situated in the Murramarang National Park and takes you on a walk through some stunning coastal casuarina forest towards the offshore Wasp Island. The walk offshoots, allowing walkers to finish with a view of either Wasp Island or the rocky Wobbegong Bay.
Depending on your route, your return may be up to 2 kilometres return. It’s rated to be relatively easy and would be suitable for many to undertake.
10. Durras Mountain Walk
For more experienced bushwalkers, you may want to attempt the Pretty Beach to Durras Mountain bushwalk. Totalling 10 kilometres return, this walk will take up much of your day. It meanders along the coast, moving South from Pretty Beach towards Durras Mountain.
The track offers picturesque coastal views, allowing for easy bird and whale watching if the season is right. Don’t forget, water, a hat and sunscreen!
Have any more recommendations? We’d love to hear from you! Contact the Southern Phone team today.