We’ve just found you a killer excuse to book a weekend on the south coast and, yeah, you’re welcome. A two-day oyster festival is happening in a little coastal town called Narooma, and that means there’ll be bars, demonstrations and many stalls, all dedicated to oysters.
Narooma is on the NSW south coast which is an hour south of Batemans Bay, for those playing at home.
The name, Narooma, comes from an Aboriginal word that translates literally to ‘clear blue waters’ and guys, we can see exactly why it got its name. The beaches here aren’t built up like some of the capital’s which makes this the ideal locale for spotting native wildlife, fishing and (you guessed it) eating deliciously fresh seafood. Which brings us back to the oysters.
ICYMI the south coast is oyster country which means this festival will have nothing but the freshest of the fresh. There’ll be an oyster shucking competition (you could win $500), sit down to learn how to become a shucking pro and there’ll even be an oyster tasting with complimenting wines. Now we’re talking.
If you’re planning on heading down for the whole festival, we recommend you wake up at the crack of dawn for a spot of fishing (did we mention it’s great here?) and if you’ve really got the time, grab a boat and head to Montague Island. The island sits 9km offshore and is home to about 12,000 breeding pairs of Little Penguins, Grey Nurse Sharks and hundreds of fur seals. If you don’t have as much time, then a walk down Mill Bay Boardwalk—just a chill 800m stroll—is also beautiful.
What: Narooma Oyster Festival
When: Friday 4 – Saturday 5 May
Where: Quota Park, Narooma, NSW
Cost: $15 – $100
While you're there, do one of these walks.
Image credit: Caitlin Hicks