While sorting through photos today for the next instalment of our European adventures, I came across some stunning photos of the “place we call home” in Dalmeny NSW. I realised just how easy it is to be complacent about the place in which we live. We have been sharing the wonderful places we have discovered in Europe, so I thought I should start sharing some of the beautiful places at our end of the world.
The aboriginal meaning for the name Narooma – land of clear blue waters is about as apt a description as you will get for our hometown. Dalmeny is on the northern end of Narooma, a quiet and peaceful seaside town.
A little under halfway between Sydney and Melbourne on the east coast of NSW, Australia we have long, sandy beaches, a pristine blue estuary and an abundance of wildlife and natural beauty.
However don’t make the mistake I hear from many tourists who think they will “pop into Narooma for lunch” on the way between the two cities.
Australia is a very big place. The distances may look small on your map, but they are vast. In rural Australia, it is normally around an hour’s drive between each town. It takes us around six hours to get to Sydney and nine to 10 to Melbourne.
We have lived in Australia for over fifty years, taking many trips in that time and have really only experienced the east coast from Mackay in Queensland to Tasmania and as far west as Adelaide in South Australia. So many places are still on our “bucket list”.
Ian and I live around 200 metres from Yabbarra beach in Dalmeny in a natural bush land setting. Birdsong and the sound of waves crashing on the beach are always present.
I can actually catch a glimpse of the sun glistening on the water as I make my morning coffee.
Local Narooma wildlife
Parrots and galahs, honeyeaters and of course kookaburras are constant visitors to our garden in Dalmeny, just to name a few. We even get the occasional visit from the odd kangaroo and wallaby.
Originally a little fishing village, Narooma is a popular holiday resort for tourists and locals alike to fish, swim, enjoy a round of golf in the most stunningly picturesque golf course or simply enjoy the sunshine – we boast one of the most temperate climates in Australia, averaging around 16 degrees in winter and 24 degrees in summer.
You can take a charter boat nine kilometres out to Montague Island, a former lighthouse station and now a nature reserve which is home to a large seal colony and around 90 species of birdlife.
Here you can snorkel or swim with the seals and gamefishing is extremely popular.
During the months from September to November, you can watch the humpback and southern right whales put on a spectacular display during their annual migration.
Either take a whale watching tour, or simply view them from any of the many headlands – you will know where to stop, the locals have pulled out the fold up chairs to watch the show.
If deep sea fishing isn’t for you, hire a boat and enjoy a day on the estuary fishing for flathead or just enjoying the scenery.
Meet the locals
You can meet many of the locals without leaving shore. A colony of seals have set up home on one of our breakwalls, providing endless entertainment for visitors.
Pelicans frequent the boat ramps, hoping for an easy feed from fishermen returning from their day’s outing and you are likely to spot a kangaroo or wallaby along the roadside. Yes, I know they tell you that we don’t have kangaroos jumping down the road in Australia, but our surrounding bush land is a natural habitat.
Just recently a couple of emus have decided to frequent our local beach at Dalmeny, however unfortunately I haven’t had my camera at the ready the couple of times I have seen them.
Just remember not to approach them because they are after all wild animals and you are on their territory.
I hope you’ve enjoyed having a look around our home town today. Maybe one day you will be inspired to come and visit Narooma and Dalmeny.
If you would like to see more of our spectacular local scenery, visit my friend Lindy Quin’s site at Couria Creek Cottages