Clear Blue Waters of Narooma NSW

The south coast of New South Wales in Australia is a remarkably beautiful part of the world. There are many small towns, bays, beaches and forests where you can find solace, indulge in a variety of water sports, or just sit back and enjoy the view.

Located well over half way between Sydney and the Victorian border is the town of Narooma. Named after the Aboriginal term for clear, blue water, the town is reached via the Princes Highway, which relentlessly winds its way through the town and follows the spine of the hills until it drops down to cross the Wagonga Inlet. This inlet is a popular with fishers and kayakers and provides a safe mooring for the many boats which ply the waters of the Tasman Sea.

Narooma is quite hilly as it seems that the Great Dividing Range has crept its way forward to collide with the sea. The coastal scenery changes with the weather. On sunny days the greenery of the coastline contrasts marvellously with the deep blue of the sea, which is separated from the land by lonely golden beaches and treacherous cliffs. Narooma’s mood changes on a stormy day when the gunmetal greyness of the choppy waters is broken by the roar of waves smashing against the rocks and churning up the beaches.

Most people visit Narooma to enjoy the water. Fishing, kayaking, surfing, diving and sailing are all popular activities. In season, when they are migrating up and down the coast, whale watching is very popular. About 8 kms offshore is Montague Island a designated wildlife reserve which is home to a colony of fur seals, little penguins, sea eagles, hawks, terns and peregrine falcons. The waters around the island teem with fish. You can tour the island, which also has an historic lighthouse.

There is also a Lighthouse Museum which is located at the Narooma Visitor Centre. The original Montague Island light is on display here. It warned ships of coastline dangers for 105 years before being replaced by a newer, more powerful light.

Behind the town, in the hinterland, is Gulaga National Park where the dominating feature is Mount Dromedary, which was named so by Captain Cook during his discovery of the East Coast of Australia because it reminded him of a camel. Although there used to be mines within the present park boundaries, all activity has ceased and it remains a good place to enjoy walks through the rainforest.

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