NSW South Coast walking tour itinerary

This seven-day all-inclusive guided tour will introduce you to natural beauty, the fine food and wine, the fascinating aboriginal and colonial history of this gorgeous corner of southern New South Wales.

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Day 1:

Arrival in Central Tilba.  Our tour starts with a twilight walk through Central Tilba with a local guide who will introduce us to the history and heritage of the village and district.  We’ll have dinner in town at the historic pub.

Day 2:

This morning, we do an extraordinary walk through the neighbouring National Park to the summit of Mt Gulaga.  The shaded trail climbs up through magical rainforest with a wide variety of birdlife.  Mt Gulaga, the Mother, is central to many stories and connectedness to the land of the local Yuin people.  Along the walk, our guide will introduce us to some of their history and traditions.  13 kms,  4 hours.  At the end of the walk, we'll have a lazy lunch at an historic farm at the base of the mountain.

In the afternoon, we will be taken on a tour of the villages best known service, the Tilba cheese factory.  A variety of cheeses are produced onsite using milk produced by the Jersey cows that graze in the fields around the village.  We will have a privately catered dinner at our accommodation.

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Day 3:

This morning we leave our accommodation, walking along an unsealed road, the original link between the Central Tilba morning and Narooma.  It dips and climbs through forest and farmlands before coming down on Wagonga Inlet, a deep tidal estuary where some of Australia’s finest oysters are farmed.  We will have a gourmet picnic on the banks of the inlet before being picked up in a small boat and being taken to Narooma.  We will have a privately catered dinner at our accommodation.  13 kms, 4 hours

Day 4:

Today we drive back to Narooma to take a boat out to beautiful Montague Island, nine kilometres off shore.  Known as Barranguba, the errant son of Gulaga, this small island was a place of great significance for the Yuin people and is closely connected to the story of Mt Gulaga.  Today it is a nature reserve and home to hundreds of seals and over ninety species of birds.  Our visit will include a guided visit led by the National Parks Wildlife Service, a visit to the lighthouse and a fascinating walk around the island.

We will return to our base via Tilba Winery, which has been operating for over forty years.  After a light lunch at the winery, we’ll drive back to our base.  Dinner will be at a lovely Italian restaurant in Narooma.

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Day 5:

This morning, we drive up behind our accommodation to a hidden valley in the Miabunga National Park.  From here , we will then walk downa winding trail to a beautiful beach where a gourmet picnic lunch will be waiting for us.  7 kms, 3 hours.  On the way home, we’ll detour to visit a local gallery, a bright and airy space set in farmland which features the work of significant contemporary artists, both emerging and established, many of whom live and work in the region. 

In the evening, we will explore the culinary heritage of the region with a visit to nearby Bermagui, where we will have a private seafood cooking lesson from a local chef who, apart from an extensive cooking career in Australia and abroad, worked as food producer for River Cottage, Australia.  Dinner will be the result of the cooking lesson.


Day 6:

Today we take a challenging walk along Bournda National Park’s rugged coastline, spending the day exploring the pebbly beaches, sandy bays, pockets of rainforest and cliff-tops sections that this wonderful hiking route offers.  We will have the opportunity to swim at one of the secluded beaches along the way.  9 kms, 3 hours  The walk finishes at Tathra, a charming coastal sandwiched between two national parks.  We’ll have lunch at the famous Tathra Hotel and then spend the afternoon exploring the town.  Dinner will be back at our accommodation.

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Day 7:

After breakfast, you will be free to continue your holiday on the Sapphire Coast.

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Sapphire Coast (NSW) walking tour

  • Tour Lead

    Simon Tancred

  • Tour Size
    10 people
  • Tour Cost


    per person
  • 3 nights in 4-star accommodation (a short walk from the village) and 3 nights in 4-star in a luxury resort south of Bermagui
  • All breakfasts, all lunches and dinners with wine included (see itinerary for details)
  • All transfers listed in the itinerary
  • 4 guided walks (with two guides)
  • A half-day trip to Montague Island
  • A professional seafood cooking lesson in purpose-built kitchen


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The tour was wonderful and certainly lived up to any expectations I may have had. The highlights..... that is a difficult one to answer. The walks, the food, the accommodation... Personally, I wouldn't know of any changes to suggest.

– Pam Parodi, 2021

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