Mount Dromedary, which forms the backdrop to the town, is known as Gulaga by the local Aboriginal people. This is the highest point in this part of the coast, it was named Mount Dromedary by Lieutenant James Cook.
The summit has some strangely shaped granite outcrops and is known as a sacred site for the Yuin people. Rainforest species thrive in several places on the upper tiers of the mountain. Delight in exploring this historic region. Meander around arty heritage villages packed with fine food and iconic specialty shops. Savour Tilba Valley Wines and Tilba’s famous milk and cheeses. Relax into live music and warm hospitality at The Dromedary Hotel. Take home some local produce from the Tilba Growers Market on Saturdays.
If you’re looking for somewhere to stop for the night, there are several atmospheric B&Bs and cottages oozing rustic character in this area. History Tilba Tilba began as a settlement for miners working the Dromedary Gold Mines. When goldmining ended at the beginning of the 20th century, the local dairy industry provided the economic mainstay of the town and in recent years rural tourism has come to play a major role.
Take the walking track to the summit of Gulaga, which begins just behind Pams General Store. Allow half a day and take plenty of water. Stroll the main street and duck into the cafes, shops and galleries that line it Immerse yourself in the pretty beaches stamped with the relaxed atmosphere of the town. Central Tilba and Tilba Tilba villages are midway between Eurobodalla Coast to the north and Sapphire Coast to the south.Here you’ll find some of the most spectacular landscapes the South Coast of NSW has to offer, including Gulaga and Biamanga National Parks. Whether you’re a swimmer, surfer, beachcomber, beach walker or whale watcher, nearby Mystery Bay is a must. Central Tilba and Tilba Tilba have the friendliest people and you can tick all the boxes on your Sydney Melboure Coastal Drive itinerary.
The magnificent stretch of coastline between Sydney and Melbourne is one of Australia’s most dramatic and naturally beautiful self-drive experiences. Along its length, the great waters of the Pacific Ocean, Tasman Sea and Bass Strait have carved out dramatic headlands and created beautiful coves and beaches. The ancient ranges that follow it inland are covered in vast expanses of national parks and forests protecting pristine lakes and rivers. Nestled amongst these natural wonders are dozens of quaint fishing villages, tiny colonial hamlets and thriving rural towns built by the country’s most adventurous settlers.
The coast provides you with the whole range of sensory experiences. You can surf the big Tasman swells, dive the many wrecks, do some blue water sailing, go whale spotting or share the beach with seals, dolphins and sea birds. Or take time out to enjoy the delights of its famous seafood.
As you move along it, the landscape constantly changes its character and moods – from the placid blues and pastoral greens of the NSW coast, to the brilliant white sands of Jervis Bay, the massive, unspoiled wilderness of the Croajingolong National Park and the awesome breadth of Ninety Mile Beach and the Gippsland Lakes, Australia’s largest inland waterway.
The journey climaxes at Wilsons Promontory, the southern most point of mainland Australia, where you can explore small, hidden bays, see wildlife in its natural habitat, and visit the historic lighthouse. Then you gently wind your way to Melbourne via Phillip Island where you can see the famously cute little penguins parading along the beach. On the Mornington Peninsula, indulge yourself in a luxurious country retreat, enjoy innovative regional cuisine and superb local wines and visit grand gardens.
Drive the alternative inland route from Lakes Entrance to Melbourne via Walhalla taking in the beautiful green countryside, magnificent vistas, mountain scenery and historic villages. Walhalla became one of Australia's richest gold towns following the discovery of gold in 1863. Today, strolling past its lovingly restored period buildings provides you with an authentic experience of that golden era. Frozen in time, Walhalla is home to only to 20 people.
Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive and the Sydney to Melbourne Heritage Drive are among Australia's most extraordinary road trips driving between Australia's two major cities, including Canberra and Jervis Bay