Day 5: Mallacoota to Narooma
218km, about 2.75 hours
In the morning, take a swim at Mallacoota's popular Betka Beach or peaceful Secret Beach. Prepare for the next leg of your journey with a 300-metre stroll along the Narrows Walk on the stunning Mallacoota Inlet shoreline, or venture further out to Gabo Island, a 13-kilometre boat trip. Glimpse rare plants and animals and climb up for the views from the island's distinctive pink granite lighthouse.
Back on land and on the road, it's a short drive north until you cross the border into New South Wales. Wind your way along the spectacular Sapphire Coast, taking a gourmet pit stop at Pambula to sample award-winning fresh oysters, or add a side trip to Tathra Beach and surf some waves.
Once refreshed, sit back for the awe-inspiring coastal strip of rocky coves, bluffs and inlets as you head into Mimosa Rocks National Park, just a few miles down the road. Take the opportunity to stop for another swim in the pure lagoons and then relax with a picnic in the early afternoon.
Continue along the coast for roughly an hour, heading into tiny Tilba Tilba, a heritage town that retains much of its character from the 1890s gold-rush era. Wander the town and its beaches to absorb the relaxed vibe and historical surrounds, and satisfy your tastebuds with some of the region's delicious cheeses.
Head further north to the town of Narooma, which is perfect for an overnight stopover. Just 11 kilometres off-shore is Montague Island, a haven for wildlife and home to the state's only known colony of Australian fur seals. Take a cruise to the island for the chance to spot seals, sea eagles, little penguins, mutton birds, hawks, terns, silver gulls, harriers and peregrine falcons.
Once you've had your fill of wildlife viewing, cruise back into Narooma for the night. Check in at the hilltop Whale Inn for four-star accommodation that will delight with panoramic views of the coast from your balcony.