The two small villages of Central Tilba and Tilba Tilba are historical oases hidden in the NSW country.
These colonial villages have preserved most of their heritage, with colourful workshops and classic cafes drawing in tourists from around the country. The region is a great place for a South Coast Holiday, so we’ve put together a list of the best things to see and do, just for you!
Stepping back in time is as simple as strolling along Central Tilba’s main street. Both villages have a charming facade of shopfronts selling unique and intriguing wares. On Saturday mornings, Central Tilba comes alive for the market. Stalls sell fresh fruit, eggs, local honey and jams, baked goods and more at the town hall.
If you’re visiting any other day, head to Passionfish Candles and Gifts for hand-crafted natural candles using soy and vegetable waxes. In their store, they sell a range of melts, diffusers, oils and, of course, candles. Passionfish is a celebration of the home and the beauty of Central Tilba.
Tilba is perhaps most well known for its annual Tilba Festival, which attracts tourists from all along the NSW coast. Held on Easter Saturday, the street fair includes music, performers, food and local producers. A highlight is always the unique activities run by locals such as the Cheddar Cheese Roll, Terrific Egg Toss and Do-it-without-hands donut eating
As well as being a great place to explore colonial history, Tilba Tilba is also the perfect launch point for bushwalks up Mount Guluga, an ancient volcano covered in forest.
The track up the mountain was built for gold miners in 1894. There are several lookouts dotted along the way, including the giant granite tors visible from ‘The Saddle’, but the peak offers the best views of the valleys and farms below.
Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness Group is an Aboriginal-owned and operated group that runs cultural tours through the Guluga area. Visitors can join a two-night Yuin retreat to learn about the importance of Gulaga Mountain and the surrounding region to the Yuin Aboriginal community. The trip begins with a welcome to country and smoking ceremony, followed by two days of activities and experiences tailored at providing participants with a better appreciation for First Nations people.
Dining in Tilba doesn’t get more iconic than Tilba Dairy. The family-owned and operated business crafts delicious dairy products using the best local ingredients. Milk, cream, cheese and ice cream are all on offer when you visit the store. Next door, the factory windows allow visitors to watch the cheese being made.
For those with a sweet tooth, head to the old-timey Tilba Sweet Spot. Re-discover your favourite childhood sweet, or choose something completely new, in the rows and rows of delicious treats and chocolates that line the walls. Plus, the sweet shop also sells a range of chillis, coffee, ice cream sundaes and milkshakes.
The Dromedary Hotel is a local hangout in Central Tilba, dating back to 1895. While the country pub serves delicious, hearty food, it’s most popular for its wines and large collection of gins. The hotel is also the location of Tilba Brewing Co, which produces its own craft beer, as well as Tilba Distilling Co, the creators of Rhubarb Gin.
A short drive from Central Tilba sits Tilba Valley Winery and Ale House. The team have been producing wine for more than 40 years on their beautiful property, and offer tastings at their cellar door. Visitors can enjoy a light lunch while gazing out across the vineyard. Tilba Valley Winery also regularly hosts musicians and open cinemas.
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Travel to the Tilba villages
Tilba is a short 45 minute drive from Moruya. Check out the Rex map below to plan your trip, and head to their website for flight details.