Our rich history

The Dhurga speaking people of the Yuin nation have lived in this region for over 20,000 years. The landscape is part of their culture with Gulaga (Mount Dromedary) and Barunguba (Montague Island) having special significance. Many place names today are derived from their Aboriginal names.

Sea transport was vital to early European settlement both for people and to send produce to market in Sydney, especially timber and cheese. Road transport was difficult and there were many rivers to cross so the main settlements developed where sea access was good. Eurobodalla has a rich maritime, dairying, goldmining, sawmilling, fishing and tourism heritage.

Take a step back in time and discover the clues that reveal the history that shaped our local towns and villages. Download Our Heritage brochure and map.

  • Nelligen

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    Nelligen was once a busy port servicing Braidwood’s farming district and the Araluen goldfields. It pre-dates Batemans Bay.

  • Batemans Bay

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    Named after Nathanial Bateman in 1770 by Captain James Cook, Batemans Bay prospered from timber harvesting and oyster farming

  • Mogo

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    The gold rush at Mogo began with the discovery of gold at Cabbage Tree Creek in 1857. Two hundred diggers appeared almost overnight and the township quickly became a reality.

  • Broulee

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    Broulee was the region’s first port. In the 1830s, settlers around the district would load and unload from ships anchored in Broulee Bay because a sandbar blocked the entrance to the Moruya River.

  • Moruya

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    Moruya is famous for its granite, first quarried in 1850. Moruya granite was used in the pylons for the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

  • Tuross Head

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    Small coastal vessels carried timber and produce from farms around Tuross Lake in the 1850s and 1860s, but attempts to make Tuross a port were frustrated by its difficult entrance.

  • Bodalla

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    Bodalla was built as a private village for the Bodalla Estate, a large dairy and cheese-making enterprise and is the birthplace of Australia’s commercial cheese industry.

  • Nerrigundah

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    Nerrigundah was a thriving gold mining town by the end of the 19th century

  • Narooma and Montague Island

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    Wagonga Inlet was used as a port from 1860 to supply the Dromedary and Nerrigundah goldfields, and Narooma was gazetted as a town in 1886.

  • Tilba District

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    The Tilba Conservation Area was listed by the National Trust in 1974. Gulaga is sacred to the people of the Yuin nation and dominates the Tilba region.