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A must if you're visiting the area is a boat tour with Narooma Charters (tel. 0407/909 111 mobile; www.naroomacharters.com.au). It offers spectacular tours of the coast on the lookout for dolphins, seal colonies, and little penguins, and also includes a tour of Montague Island. Morning and afternoon tours take 3 1/2 hours and cost A$130 for adults, A$99 for children. A 4 1/2-hour tour includes some of the world's best whale-watching (btw. mid-Sept and early Dec) and costs the same. The company also offers game fishing, from February to the end of June, and standard fishing trips of 4 hours for A$120 for adults and A$99 for kids. A full-day's fishing costs A$200 for adults and A$175 for kids. Dives cost A$99 for a double dive. Ask about family prices.

Narooma Golf Club, Narooma (tel. 02/4476 2522; www.naroomagolf.com.au), has one of the most interesting and challenging coastal courses in Australia. A round of golf will cost you A$25.

While you're in the area, I recommend stopping off at the Umbarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Wallaga Lake, off the Princes Highway on Bermagui Road (tel. 02/4473 7232; www.umbarra.com.au). It's 20km (12 miles) south of Narooma. The center offers activities such as boomerang throwing, spear throwing, and painting with natural ochers. It's open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 4pm (closed Sun in winter). The center's guides also offer 2- to 4-hour four-wheel-drive or walking trips of nearby Mount Dromedary and Mumbulla Mountain, taking in sacred sites. The tours cost A$50 per person; book ahead.

If you want to attempt Mount Dromedary without a guide, ask for directions in Narooma. The hike to the top takes around 3 hours.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.