Life on the NSW Far South Coast
A seaside holiday is a popular dream destination. Sun, surf and golden beaches. We are very fortunate to live this dream everyday in our coastal home. Every day is a day at the beach in Dalmeny. In the mornings we can watch the sun rising over the ocean.
We only need to walk to the end of the street to enjoy the sand between our toes, stroll along the beach, or take a dip in the ocean if it is warm enough. The crashing surf and sound of birdsong is always in the background.
Yet it is so easy to become complacent about the beautiful surroundings which form the backdrop for our every day lives. One glorious spring day, rather than driving past the beautiful beaches in Dalmeny, on the NSW south coast, I took the opportunity to stop and fully appreciate the little slice of paradise in which we live.
Why visit Dalmeny?
Just seven kilometres from Narooma, on the NSW South Coast, Dalmeny is a seaside town where residents enjoy a relaxed lifestyle all year round. We swim, we fish, we walk on the beach. Everyday doing things tourists look forward to for just one week of the year.
During the warmer months we share our little slice of paradise with these tourists who come to enjoy our many unspoilt beaches.
Apart from swimming and surfing, we can enjoy both lake and beach fishing. From July to November pods of humpback whales pass by and we can gather on the headlands to watch them put on a show.
The major feature of our area remains our abundant beaches. We have many to chose from. They are beautiful, uncrowded, clean and constantly changing. High tides can expose new rock pools to explore, washing away the sand beneath which they were buried. The same tides can totally change the landscapes, covering in previous rock formations.
So here is a quick glimpse of the beaches around Dalmeny.
Brou Beach in Dalmeny
Southern Brou Beach, locally known as Dalmeny Beach is the most popular of these. Backed by Mummaga Lake, the beach runs 6.5km to Potato Point at the north. It is the only patrolled beach in Dalmeny during the summer months and the only one with toilet facilities.
Dalmeny Beach provides an expansive surf beach, rock pools to explore and also a shallow swimming lagoon where Mummaga Lake enters the sea. This part of the lake is perfect for small children, or for floating around on a “lilo”
The headland overlooking the beach is a very popular campground. Here campers can not only enjoy the surf and sun, but also the picnic and children’s play facilities and our small shopping centre across the road.
Dalmeny Beach looking towards Potato Point
Swimming lagoon at Dalmeny main beach
Mummuga Lake Dalmeny
A short drive brings you to the boat ramps on the main part of Mummuga Lake. The shallow, reedy foreshore doesn’t really make it suitable for swimming, but it is a very popular fishing spot with the locals. It is also a lovely serene place to enjoy a picnic or sit and take in the scenery.
Fishing on Mummaga Lake
A walk around the headlands from Dalmeny Beach brings you to Cresswick Cove, the local boat ramp and around to the secluded Josh’s Beach. Josh’s is only 100 metres long, and is very rocky, but is still a favourite among the locals.
The sand coverage on the beach does fluctuate with the tide. Some weeks there is plenty of sand to sunbathe on, at the moment the rock is exposed. It is a popular swimming beach with the locals and ideal for snorkelling and exploring the rock pools.
The nearby whale watching platforms give spectacular views up and down the coast.
View from whale watching platform near Yabbara Beach
View from Whale Watching platform to Josh’s Beach and Tuross Head
Yabbara Beach, Dalmeny
Around the next headland you will find the beach we call home, Yabbara Beach. It is only 600 metres long, but has clear white sand, pristine water and abundant rock pools to explore. Strong rips make it unsafe for swimming unless you are very familiar with the currents. It is a very popular spot with local fishermen and surfers , who can often be seen taking a surf before work.
Dolphins can often be seen playing just off shore and humpback whales are frequent visitors between July and November.
If you were to ask the “Pawesome Foursome” where the local beach is, they will take you to Deusbery’s, around the next headland. Once again prone to very strong rips, the 2.8km expanse of deserted beach is our designated “dog beach”.
Here all the local doggies enjoy a swim, chasing a ball, frolicking in the sand and exploring the rock pools. Doggie bags are provided in case you need to clean up after your furry friend.
It is also a very popular beach for Salmon Fishermen.
The Cockers on Duesbery Beach, Dalmeny
The final headland brings you to the adjacent village of Kianga, Here you will find Kianga Beach on the northern end of the Kianga Lake and the smaller Carter’s Beach to the south. The Lake itself is really a wetland for local birdlife and is unsuitable for fishing or swimming. You will however find numerous species of birdlife on the beach.
Kianga once again experiences strong currents, however is very open. It is popular with fishermen and has a beautiful picnic area. Carters Beach is more sheltered and tends to be more popular with swimmers and surfers
Kianga- Dalmeny Cycleway
All these beautiful beaches are linked with the Kianga-Dalmeny shared pathway.
Some 21 kilometres of cycleway runs around the headlands from Mummaga Lake to the Narooma Town Wharf. The Kianga-Dalmeny section was built over five years with volunteer labour and community fundraising.
Today it is a popular cycleway and scenic walking path. The “Pawesome Foursome” also join many other local canines for a regular walk along the pathway.
Dalmeny Holiday Accommodation
One of the big attractions is the unspoilt nature of the area. This does mean however that there are no hotels or motels in Dalmeny, the nearest being in Narooma.
There is however a range of private holiday accommodation, as well as the beachside campground where you can park your van or pitch a tent.
We hope you have enjoyed our little glimpse of what a day on the beach in Dalmeny might look like.