Trade the hustle and bustle of city life for a short visit to the quaint villages of Central Tilba and Tilba Tilba in New South Wales. Take in the lush green hills, marvel at colonial architecture, shop to your hearts content at local boutiques and discover an incredible range of local produce in these beautiful heritage villages frozen in time. When you’ve had your fill, head back to your caravan in Narooma for your beach fix – it’s only a 15-minute drive away!
We reckon Tilba is a great place to visit because it’s got something for everyone, and it’s just a 5-hour drive from Sydney. Ease yourself into your caravan and camping adventures with a short trip to the beautiful Tilba region, here are the top 5 reasons to visit.
If you love gourmet food, you’ll be right at home in Central Tilba. With a large array of pubs, wineries, cafes and the famous ABC Cheese Factory you’ll be spoiled for choice. Be sure to stop off at the Tilba Valley Winery & Alehouse to quench your thirst, sample some local wines and fill the belly.
When you get a craving for something sweet, make sure you stop off at the Tilba Sweet Spot and grab some delicious Mrs Jamieson’s Home Made Fudge. It will be the perfect accompaniment to afternoon tea.
If art and craft is more your scene, stop in at the Tilba Woodturning Gallery, Apma Creations and the Gulaga Gallery & Bookstore. You can browse an extensive range of antiques for sale, in addition to discovering traditional crafts and contemporary art and jewellery. Browsing the local shops and galleries is a great way to spend an afternoon, and no matter what your tastes may be – you are bound to find something wonderful in Central Tilba and Tilba Tilba.
The Tilba region is a great base for your South Coast adventure. It’s just a 15-minute drive from Narooma, and you’ve also got access to the Wadbillinga National Park, Brogo Wilderness Area, Deua, Bournda and South East Forest National Parks within 1-2 hours drive. This makes for a more versatile trip, giving you the opportunity to enjoy historic inland villages in addition to beautiful beaches and some of Australia’s finest national parks.
Mount Gulaga (Formerly known as Mount Dromadery) is a sight to behold, rising proudly above Central Tilba. You’ll also find plenty of hiking tracks and a diverse mix of flora and fauna within the Gulaga National Park. It’s a great place to explore, don’t forget to bring your camera.
From the moment you enter Tilba Tilba or Central Tilba, you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped back in time. Both villages feature beautiful Colonial buildings as well as indigenous artefacts including rocks (known as Tors) which tell the creation story and can be found all around the region. The Tilba villages were added to the National Trust in 1974, so all buildings are preserved in their unique form and are full of character and charm.
Where to Stay
It is best to park your caravan or motorhome in Narooma or the Mystery Bay campground and drive in for the day. There is limited parking available in Central Tilba, so arrive early if you want to secure a spot.
The Tilba Easter Festival is one of the biggest events of the year, so now’s the perfect time to start planning your trip! The festival is held on April 20th, and it will be packed to the brim with performances, food stalls, shopping, parades, games, prizes and so much more.
The Tilba Markets are held on Saturday mornings in Central Tilba, and they are not to be missed. There is an abundance of local produce, crafts, freshly baked bread, flowers, jams and more to discover. Pick up some supplies and take them back to your van for afternoon tea or enjoy a picnic somewhere scenic.
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