After two and a half weeks on the road, we made it to New South Wales, the third state of our 2 month road trip around Australia. You can have a read if you are interested on where we have been to so far and perhaps you can pick up tips on wonderful accommodations and attractions we have been to in Tasmania, Melbourne, Great Ocean Road and Alpine National Park. The journey so far had its highs and los but it definitely got to a high once we arrived in the Sapphire Coast, Australia! Thanks to The Trusted Traveller who are currently on a long road trip around Australia, I found out about Narooma, and after a long seven hours drive from Falls Creek, Victoria, we arrived here late and enjoyed a lovely two-day stay at Coastal Comfort Inn.
Coastal Comfort Inn is really centrally located and some of their rooms offer balcony coastal views as well. You can literally walk to pier in less than 10 minutes and it is also close to several dining and shopping establishments. Upon arrival we were greeted by the friendly Kris who runs the motel. All the rooms have kitchenettes with microwave, bar fridge, kettle and toaster and all crockery and cutlery as well. There is free wifi wifi and Sky News as well. Our room was clean and spacious and our host was very helpful and gave us lots of information on all the activities one can do around here.
After checking in, we went out to get some dinner for which there were several options just a short 5 minute walk from our hotel. We first went for a quick stroll to the harbour, which was just another few minutes walk from the motel and were delighted to see giant rays in the water and at night too! We couldn’t wait to return the next day to see more of Narooma. We ate at the noodle bar run by a lovely lady who cooked everything fresh right in front of us.
Next morning we set off for the pier, had fresh coffee at this lovely local coffee shop selling organic and local produce. We also got distracted by the big play area by the water front. Kids played while we identified different bird species in the trees. Australia has been amazing for us as we (Ashique mainly) loved birdwatching and discovering so many new species has been super exciting. We walked along the pier and saw several pelicans flying close to where the fishermen were bringing in the their catch. Narooma is a hotspot for sportsfishing and judging by the number of fish we saw, it must be very popular for tourists and local fishermen alike!
Shama took the following video of the pelicans and rays fighting to grab the scraps that the fishermen were throwing in. It was really amazing to watch as we had never seen rays in the wild and so close to shore. Some were flapping their wings on the dock as if hollering to the fishermen for some scraps!
After a while we set off for Mill Bay Boardwalk, and the safe swimming beach with lots of distractions along the way! Stopped lots of time to gaze at different birds and had lot of fun at the outdoor gym, wish they had more of this everywhere. We stopped to have oysters at and then did the boardwalk to the beach and onto the rocks where you can see seals.
We saw more pelicans and rays plus 9 bird species. Shama and I went into the water at the beach but found it too cold to swim in. The boys had continued on to see the seals. We sat on the rocks admiring the surfers and saw seals playing at the narrow inlet. We walked back again near the pier by our motel and at this point the boys wanted to go back to the motel. Shama and I went to see Australia Rock – which was a rock shaped like Australia map. In the winter months you see Southern Right Whales passing through, I would so love to come here then!
We could have easily spent another few days in this region, in particular we wanted to do some local bushwalking and visit one of the national parks nearby. We also wanted to take the boat to Montague Island which apparently has amazing snorkelling plus the chance of seeing dolphins! But we already had our next accommodation booked in Wollongong so we couldn’t. We are so looking forward to picking up our Britz campervan in Sydney so we can have the freedom to stay at a place as long as we want.
We would like to thank Coastal Comfort Motel for giving us a significant media discount. All opinions are 100% are own.