This village and extensive lake system on the NSW south coast is a popular holiday spot. The township fronts the lake which is the estuary for a number of streams flowing to the sea from the hinterland hills. It is a favourite haunt of fishermen, boaties, water skiers and both stillwater swimmers and surfers.
The name has an Aboriginal origin, probably from Kongoola - the name of a freshwater fish found in the local creeks. The first white men in the area were Alexander Berry and his party in around 1822. The first permanent European settlers had arrived by 1847.
Most activities relate to the lake and its environs, with fishing, prawning, swimming, boating, boat hire, surfing and bushwalking all being popular. A boardwalk, which starts at the eastern end of Entrance Road and leads to a viewing platform at the outlet to the sea, provides access to the beach for the disabled.
Nearby reserves are criss-crossed with bush trails such as the Narrawallee Inlet Walking Track. Holiday accommodation is available in cabins, cottages and caravan parks.