Along with a wonderful river and beach Narrawong offers some amazing Gardens and Galleries.
Narrawong is situated at the mouth of the Surry River 18km from Portland along the Princes Highway. Lose yourself in a world of wonderful art, find yourself roaming the rows of Lavender or just be at one with nature but no matter what you fancy be sure not to miss what this little, yet wonderful town has to offer.
Patrolled during the summer months, the beach is great for swimming, beach combing or just walking the dog. Access to the beach from the Reserve area is across a footbridge over the Surry River. Keep an eye out for the Hooded Plover as this is a home for these lovely birds.
A kids playground is right at the edge of the beach so the young ones can enjoy a combination of beach and slides.
Narrawong is where the Surry meets the sea. A boat ramp located along the Surry River is easily accessible for fishing, kayaking or canoeing and a nearby dock provides an excellent spot to go fishing. The river continues to flow until it terminates at Narrawong beach, where a bridge crosses the river to enable visitors to enjoy a stroll on the beach or swim in the ocean. Note that there may be strong currents, particularly when the river mouth is open.
If you fancy a cup of coffee and stunning works of art by a local artist, be sure to check out Bay of Whales Gallery & Coffee House open to the public every weekend or other times by appointment. Take in the gorgeous scenery and flora by exploring Timandra by the Sea Garden, a privately owned garden surrounded by tall trees and created using sustainability principles. Or perhaps experience the sweet aromas of Narrawong Lavender, where you can purchase locally made soaps, creams, and pure oils that are handmade on premises using the oil distilled from using traditional word fired furnace method. Visit when the “open” sign is out front.
Narrawong also has plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities, such as those found at the Sawpit Recreation Area. Suitable for day visitors or as a free camping location, there are plenty of walking and mountain bike trails and an amazing viewing area taking in the Portland Town and Bay.
If history is your preference, the Whalers Lookout at the Sawpit Recreation area provides an opportunity to learn about whaling in the region, dating back to a time even before European arrival. Nearby is a historic cemetery where one of the first European settlers to the area, Captain William Dutton, is buried. It is of further significance as the burial site of three whalers who drowned in the rescue of the Julia shipwreck in 1863.
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