From whale watching to kid friendly walks, beaches aren’t the only way to entertain the kids on this stretch of the coast.
Land and sea adventures at Narooma
For wildlife-loving kids and lovers of wilderness, a seal spotting or whale watching boat trip out to Narooma’s Montague Island will impress family members of all ages (various operators run these trips – check tour details with the Narooma Visitors Centre on the Princes Highway).
But a trip out to sea is far from the only way to impress the kids in Narooma. If you have early risers let them run off some energy at Rotary Park, an attractive and much-loved playground on Narooma’s waterfront.
After they’ve worked up an appetite tempt the kids with a big breakfast on site: local bacon and eggs are a perfect option to cook up on the playground’s free BBQs and you can eat together while watching the seabirds and boats.
Go wild at Mogo
Long before it made international news due to the stories of staff bravely protecting its residents from the 2019 bushfires, Mogo Wildlife Park was already favourite of visitors for the opportunity to get close to exotic animals like zebras, rhinos and lions. This private zoo is open again and staff are as passionate as ever: opportunities to play with a meerkat or sit with a squirrel monkey are popular add ons to consider on top of your entry fee.
Mogo may be small, but the opportunity to go wild locally also extends beyond the zoo: visitors to The Mogo Lolly Shop often find it hard to stop, especially those with a sweet tooth (and that’s just the adults!).
Surf, snorkel, stroll or swim at Broulee
Much-loved Broulee, twenty kilometres south of Batemans Bay, is bursting with snorkelling, fishing, and family friendly swimming opportunities.
If the crew is feeling active you could even take 3.5km return stroll across the sandbar at the southern end of North Broulee Beach to Broulee Island – although an island in name Broulee Island is permanently joined to the mainland.
Children over eight will also love the chance to jump on a board for the first time. The Broulee Surf School boasts that these are some of the safest waves on the coast for beginner surfers, and families from near and far have enjoyed their lessons.
Cheesy times at Bodalla
It’s often said that ‘kids of today’ don’t know where their food comes from. But when it comes to milk and cheese at least, there’s no excuse after a visit to Bodalla Dairy.
This six-generation family business has been in the area for over 150 years. While a visit to their onsite cheese factory will interest most kids, you might also consider letting them know about the existence of Bodalla Dairy’s ice cream lab. Here, Living Milk is churned into ice cream before being sold in the on site café.
If for some reason the offer of ice cream doesn’t get the kids onboard to explore Bodalla Dairy, remember there’s another delicious option to be enjoyed at the end of your visit: milkshakes.
Kid-friendly strolls and memorable hikes
While walking is often an activity favoured by adults versus kids, there are enough options in the area to sneak a stroll in that will keep everyone happy.
Parents who are keen to check out the stores of Central Tilba will find children of preschool age and above can easily be ‘encouraged’ to stroll the town if promised a treat from The Tilba Sweet Spot when you are finished. Just be warned: we make no promises that adults will able to resist the scores of jars filled with lollies in this quaint local store.
Speaking of bribing children, if you are a parent of teenagers and have something to offer to entice them to give their leg muscles a serious workout, it’s worth knowing that Tilba Tilba is famous for being the starting point for the excellent Gulaga Walk. Formerly known as Mount Dromedary, this extinct volcano is sacred to the area’s indigenous owners. While the 14 kilometre, five-hour return journey isn’t easy, it’s a satisfying achievement and certainly reward-worthy.
Bike Bateman’s Bay Cycleway
Flat and scenic, the Batemans Bay cycleway is an excellent chance to get out with the family on two wheels. Many visitors enjoy the five-kilometre route between the Bay proper and Batehaven, and you’ll find coffee and dining options at both ends of the ride. If you didn’t bring bikes with you, you can hire them from Bateman’s Bay Cycles. For those keen on something more adventurous, Region X rents mountain bikes (and kayaks) from its hire base at Mossy Point.
Picnic in the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden
A local’s favourite that had a difficult time in the 2019 fires, the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden is once again encouraging visitors back to its 103-acre site.
The much-loved facility, located amongst the natural forest in the Mogo State Forest just five kilometres south of Bateman’s Bay, is a fantastic option for families with young children. The new café is open and a picnic and a play on the Garden’s playground are always a winner.
Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden
Technically, we all know that July is mid winter. But this year, as the Eurobodalla Shire Regional Botanic Garden prepares to reopen on July 4, the feeling of renewal means that in these parts it feels decidedly like spring.
Mogo’s back in business
As one of the towns hardest hit by the South Coast bushfires in December 2019, the region’s rapid recovery has been nothing short of inspiring. Mogo’s beautiful green pastures have begun to regenerate and many of the town’s businesses have already reopened. Plans are also underway to start rebuilding structures that were completely devastated by fire.
Tee off in Eurobodalla
Home to some of the most picturesque and challenging golf courses in Australia, the NSW South Coast is the ultimate location for a golfing holiday. The Eurobodalla region alone has half a dozen courses to choose from, each with their own unique draws – including arguably the most iconic par 3 in the country.