18 great bike rides in the Narooma - Tilba - Bermagui area of the New South Wales Far South Coast
Central Tilba to Tilba Tilba
Return distance 4 kilometres
Easy downhill one way, medium grade return
Start: Central Tilba
This short ride takes cyclists through a rural part of a very scenic area of the south-east.
The ride starts at Central Tilba. There is usually ample parking at either end of the village. Go to the old highway at the eastern end of the main street of Central Tilba, and turn right. The ride to Tilba Tilba is a fast run down hill all the way along the old highway, a distance of two kilometres.
The first scenic highlight will be that of Little Dromedary on your left, a volcanic feature that is important to the Yuin people of the area.
Along the two kilometres to Tilba Tilba there are vistas of green fields, the mountain, and general rural views. You can best appreciate this area by cycling it, as you need plenty of time to take in everything this section of road has to offer.
Soon you will be at the historic village of Tilba Tilba. Apart from several houses, there is Pam’s Store, opened in the 1880s to serve the original inhabitants, but now is an important general store in the area for residents as well as visitors. You can get meals there, and coffee and refreshments.
The well-know Mount Dromedary walking track starts from adjacent to Pam’s Store. It’s a 14 kilometre return walk to the summit of the mountain. At the top, there is a scenic rainforest walk, and an area sacred to the Yuin people of the area.
Foxglove Spire Gardens
Keep going a short distance past Pam’s Store to Foxglove Spire Gardens. These gardens were featured on Burke's Backyard, and claimed to be one of the best gardens in Australia. There are several shops specialising in items from eras of long ago, and an excellent restaurant—another excellent place for lunch or refreshments.
Return to Central Tilba the way you came. Remember that long hill you enjoyed as you came down ...?
Map for Ride 10.