A recent survey conducted by the University of Melbourne has found that Australians who live in towns with a population of fewer than 1,000 people are significantly happier than people who live in larger towns and cities.
The ABC picked ran a story about this and chose to speak to the President of the Tilba Chamber of Commerce, Peter Lonergan to see what it is like living in a small town. Of course there is no surprises for us, we have always loved living in a small town and Tilba is a wonderful place.
Why not come and visit yourself and see why we all love Tilba so much. You can read the full story here.
Granite Town is the name for Moruya's Jazz, Food & Funk Festival which is coming up on the weekend of 30 October - 1 November. Guests bands include Kingswood, Caravan Sun and The Waifs.
Visit the Granite Town web site for more details.
Montague Island is just of the Coast of Narooma which is just a short 15 minute drive from Tilba. The Island is a National Park and home to more than 1000 Australian and New Zealand Fur Seals. These island locals are curious and playful companions, happy to frolic with snorkelers and divers in the crystal clear waters around the island.
Courtesy Eurobodalla Tourism
Tilba and Narooma were the setting for the recent filming of the show Places We Go. Hosts Jennifer and Clint presented the piece highlighting some of the wonderful attractions in the area from the coast to the country.
With the seaside town of Narooma only a short 15minute drive from Tilba, Jennifer and Clint taste some of the fresh local seafood and take a cruise along Wagonga Inlet enjoying some time on the water with some locals and gain an insight into local life and history.
They then venture up the road to Tilba and take a behind the scenes look at the ABC Cheese Factory, meet some local dairy cows and taste the handcrafted cheeses made onsite.
Of course the highlight of the piece is when Jennifer and Clint dropped in to visit us and taste some of our homemade Mrs Jamieson’s Fudge. They were both astounded at the variety of fudge flavours we offer and after tasting some described it as divine.
For your own divine South Coast NSW experience come and visit Narooma, Tilba and the extended region. Give yourself plenty of time to explore the area by booking a two night stay and one extra night for free at Tilba Two Story in one of our beautiful appointed and furnished guestrooms.
Our Pay for 2 and Stay for 3 night special starts 9th June to 4th July 2014. Book accommodation now
Tilba has been a hive of activity recently with the filming of a television show and a world-renowned photographer using the stunning town and surroundings as centrepieces for their work.
The Lifestyle Channel program, Australian River Cottage has returned to Tilba to film the second series of the popular show. Paul West and his trusty companion Digger continue to explore the opportunities to live a self –sustainable existence off their farm at the base of Mount Gulaga. Paul’s passion for growing, sharing and cooking great food, showcases the amazing produce available in the area. When you visit Tilba, you too can taste the fresh and local produce from farm to plate at the local growers market in Central Tilba every Saturday morning.
Internationally recognised photographer Ken Duncan also visited recently and used Tilba as inspiration for a series of photos. Ken is well known for his landscape photography that is particularly good at capturing the essence of the Australian coastline and countryside. Ken couldn’t resist trying Mrs Jamieson’s homemade fudge and even decided to take a picture of "our Ken" behind the counter which you can see here and on his Facebook page.
Now it’s time for you to see what all the fuss is about. While Tilba is attracting international guests, for people from Sydney and Canberra, it makes the perfect place for a weekend escape or a longer stay and gives you a chance to explore the beautiful South Coast of New South Wales. The Two Story Bed and Breakfast has 3 rooms available and is the perfect choice for accommodation and you never know, you may bump into someone famous when you visit Tilba.
Mrs Jamieson’s Lavender and Macadamia fudge is the marrying of two much loved flavours into one special treat. We hand make our fudge to ensure every piece is created with love and our flavours will be enjoyed by our customers.
Easily distinguished in gardens by its beautiful purple flower and uniquely fragrant aroma, Lavender can be found in many beautiful gardens around the country and especially in the gardens adorning some of Tilba’s most beautiful properties. It gives a slightly florally flavour to a dish and is often used to complement sweets which is why it is the perfect addition to our fudge. Paired with Australia’s most loved nut, the Macadamia, these two flavours combine perfectly.
Macadamias lend a subtle buttery flavour and a soft crunch to the fudge and are packed full of natural nutrients and are one of the healthiest nuts available. Macadamias are native to Australia and are sometimes referred to as the Bush Tucker nut, but mostly today we enjoy them as an indulgent addition to many sweet and savoury dishes.
Our Lavender and Macadamia Fudge is made to show the distinct creamy colour of the Macadamia and vibrant purple of the Lavender. It is as pleasing to the eyes as it is to the tastebuds and is available now at Bates General Store in Central Tilba or our online shop.
Are you looking for things to do in Tilba?
Enjoy a serene weekend in the quaint village of Central Tilba, staying in the beautiful bed and breakfast Tilba Two Story and exploring some of the walking trails within the nearby Gulaga National Park.
Perched above the picturesque village of Tilba, Mount Gulaga (previously known as Mount Dromedary) is an extinct volcano that is one of the highest mountains on the South Coast of New South Wales. Due to its almost 1000m peak, Mount Gulaga can be seen from many vantage points across the Eurobodalla.
Mount Gulaga and the entire Gulaga National Park is of high spiritual importance to the local Yuin people and in 2006 it was handed back to be managed by its traditional Aboriginal owners.
Workers built a track up Mount Gulaga in times when gold was to be found and miners used the track as means to access their digs. This steep track is now widely used by day-trippers and serious walkers alike to access the stunning views from Mount Gulaga’s peak, of the coast of southern New South Wales. While the 11 kilometre return walk is strenuous and graded as “hard”, the beautiful surrounding rainforest and abundant native wildlife provides plenty of welcomed distractions and photo opportunities along the way.
The return walk starts at the back of Pam’s Store and should be completed in about five hours. After a vigorous day of walking, unwind with some well-deserved Mrs Jamieson’s Tilba Fudge on the balcony of your guest room at Tilba Two Story. The perfect end to a perfect day in the stunning Eurobodalla.
Did you know that the popular television series River Cottage Australia was filmed right here in Tilba? The 8 part series is airing exclusivly on The LifeStyle Channel on Foxtel, beginning on Thursday 27 June.
River Cottage host Hugh will actually hand over the baton to an Australian counterpart – former Tasmanian chef, Paul West – who’ll face new challenges and uniquely Australian characters as he attempts to set up his own farm near the historic and picturesque village of Central Tilba on the NSW Far South Coast.
At Two Story Bed and Breakfast are very excited and honoured to have the River Cottage crew in Tilba and have been delighted to have some of them stay with us. So if you want to see what is so special about the area and are looking for some accommodation in Tilba we would be delighted to have you stay with us.
Come and see why River Cottage Australia came to Tilba yourself. Book your accommodation now.
You can now buy the River Cottage Australia DVD in our online store here.
You can view some behind the scenes video of the making of River Cottage Australia below