The picturesque Princes Highway town of Bodalla commands stunning views across the Tuross Valley and the prime dairy coastal country of southern NSW. It is the turn-off point to the highly-photogenic headland and beaches of Potato Point.
Although dairy farms have anchored the region’s prosperity from the initial settlement in 1834, the wealthy Sydney trader and industrialist T. S. Mort spent a modest fortune in trying to convert the Bodalla district into a model community of tenant farmers answering to his squirearchy.
However, the social experiment died with Mort in 1878. Mort is buried in his personal vault in the Bodalla cemetery.
Along with neighbouring Narooma, Bodalla is one of the unspoilt scenic gems of the NSW south coast.
Just a few kilometres offshore, Montague Island offers sanctuary for penguins, Australian fur seals and myriad sea birds. The island and its lighthouse also stand as a beacon for blue water anglers on the scent of the mighty marlin, tuna and other big game fish.