Narooma comes from the Aboriginal for ‘clear, blue water’ and the vibrant aqua colours of the Wagonga Inlet, set against the spectacular backdrop of Gulalga Mountain, are the first things visitors see as they arrive from the north.
The population of Narooma is 2,417 and is comprised of approximately 49.2% females and 50.8% males. Narooma has a population of 93 (3.8%) indigenous people. The median/average age of the people in Narooma is 53 years of age. Narooma is located in the South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network (SENSWPHN). This fact sheet provides an overview of the community profile for the SENSWPHN.
Narooma is a town in on the far south coast of NSW. The town is on the Princes Highway, 347 km from Sydney (5 hours’ drive) and 217km from Canberra (3 hours’ drive).
Regional Express (Rex airlines) offers daily flights to Moruya Airport (located in the centre of Eurobodalla on the coast) from Sydney. Flights from Melbourne (via Merimbula) operate Monday to Saturday.
There are a number of coach companies offering daily services to the Eurobodalla Coast from Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.
Local bus services run regular timetables in Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma.
The main industries in Narooma are:
- Accommodation and food services
- Retail trade
- Health care and social assistance
- Education and training
- Public administration and safety
Batemans Bay Hospital is a medium-sized regional public hospital (less than 50 beds) with an emergency department.
The closest major regional hospital is located in Bega (nearly 2 hours’ drive from Batemans Bay) and offers:
- 134 overnight beds
- 15 emergency department bays
- 4 emergency medical unit beds
- 46 acute medical inpatient beds
Narooma is supported by an ambulance service.
There are four medical practices in Narooma.
No accommodation available.
There are eight pre-schools, day care and child care centres in the Narooma region.
Narooma has two supermarkets, Woolworths and IGA. Less than one hour away are the townships of Bega to the south and Batemans Bay to the north.
The Bridge Plaza in Batemans Bay is home to a number of supermarkets and major retail outlets and situated in central Bega, the Sapphire Marketplace is the major shopping destination of the Sapphire Coast region.
There are four of places of worship in Narooma, including the Catholic, Anglican, Seventh Day Adventist and Uniting churches.
The nearest Buddhist Temples and Muslim Mosques are located in Canberra (3 hours from Narooma).
Points of Interest
The independently run Narooma Cinema has developed a reputation for the variety of films screened on its two screens including current releases with art house and foreign films popular.
The famous Narooma Golf Course with its unique and stunning coastal setting is both a challenge for serious golfers and a pleasure to play for the not so serious. The 3rd Hole at Narooma Golf Course has now been officially recognised as one of the country’s best, with induction into the Australian Golf Digest Golf Holes Hall of Fame.
Narooma is also a prime spot for whale watching during whale migration season between June and November, either on a cruise or from the headland.
If you love the outdoors, visit the stunning Montague Island, just under 10km off Narooma’s shores, where the sea teems with marine life, making the island a haven for seabirds and seals. Once a hunting ground for the local Wallaga and Djiringanj people, Montague Island is home to NSW’s only known colony of Australian fur seals, as well as sea eagles, penguins, mutton birds, hawks, terns, silver gulls, harriers and peregrine falcons.
Snorkelling and scuba diving with seals are popular activities in the area.