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Canberra Day Trips: Bodalla – a cheese-lover’s paradise

Canberra Day Trips 3 March 2019

Cheese, cheese and more cheese is on offer at Bodalla in NSW. Photo: Bodalla Dairy Shed Facebook.

If you love cheese, the delightful village of Bodalla in the Eurobodalla region of the South Coast could just be your idea of heaven.

Surrounded by lush dairy farming country, Bodalla is home to an area that exports cheeses all over the world. And as a bonus, the small village is rich in colonial heritage and packs a punch when it comes to interesting places to grab a meal featuring local ingredients fresh from the surrounding farms.

Bodalla is a small town that sits on the Princes Highway between Moruya and Narooma. Eurobodalla National Park isn’t far away, with gorgeous beaches to visit and kick back on.

Why you’ll love it

Bodalla is all about the cheese. The Bodalla Cheese Factory has been going strong since the 1860s and these days welcomes visitors at the retro milk bar Bodalla Dairy Shed, where there’s old school milkshakes, cheeses of all kinds for sale and a farmyard where kids can feed the calves and get right up close to the cute animals. Plus you can see (and taste) ice cream being made on site using local milk.

Bodalla isn’t short on history either. Grab a copy of The Bodalla Walking Guide which has plenty of info about the history of the village.

Check out All Saints Church, designed by colonial architect Edmund Blacket, or take a drive west to explore the Old Nerrigundah Settlement Trail and Comans Mine, where you can explore the region’s gold rush heritage.

Feeling peckish? Here are our recommendations if you’d like to kick back for a while and grab a meal or snack.

  • Downward Dog Café is in a historic building and serves modern contemporary food made with love for lunch, dinner and light refreshments. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are available.
  • Blue Earth Café offers indoor and outdoor dining options, welcomes well-behaved pooches, and has fabulous food and coffee as well as amazing food. We love their house-made breakfast beans and breakfast parfaits.
  • Bodalla Bakery serves excellent lunch and coffee as well as baked goods to go. And if you’re keen on a spot of shopping, there’s a beautiful selection of teapots, teacups and homewares to be found. 

Getting there

From Canberra, follow the Kings Highway to Batemans Bay, turning right at the major roundabout at the intersection with the Princes Highway. Head south for around 45 minutes. Once you’ve passed the signs to the turnoff to Tuross Head, Bodalla won’t be far away and you should reach it under ten minutes. It’s right on the Princes Highway so you can’t miss it.

Key details

  • Duration: It takes just over 2 ½ hours to drive from Canberra to Bodalla.
  • Distance from Canberra: Bodalla is around 200km from the CBD.
  • Recommended for: cheese lovers, anyone with an interest in history and fans of exploring quaint country towns.
  • More information: Aussie Towns: Bodalla

Have you discovered any other delightful towns in the South Coast region? Let us know in the comments.


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