What I love about Narooma, apart from its sleepy town attitude and exquisite dagginess, is that property developers and celebrities haven’t yet discovered its Byron Bay-esqe beauty. Maybe it’s too far from Melbourne to be worth the hassle, or the icy water temperatures just don’t suit Sydneysiders? This visit round, we finally make it to Montague Island. We join Wazza, a jolly gnome-like man, who is the perfect captain and host for the boat trip and the snorkel with a couple of seals, that aren’t particularly interested in us humans. At only eight-kilometres off the coast, the swell can get treacherous preventing the small vessels making the crossing and dropping visitors at the island. Landing is strictly controlled by National Parks and Wildlife, and you can only alight if you are doing a tour or staying at the lighthouse keeper’s quarters overnight. Back in town, drop in to Casey’s Cafe, up on the hill in one of the three shopping hubs in Narooma. There is no set ‘Devonshire Tea’ as such, so you can order as many scones as you like, and team them up with whatever drink you’re after. Today’s scones are pumpkin and date, and are robust i.e., firm and heavy and a bit dry, and would probably be better eaten with a smear of butter. The jam is a homemade blueberry compote and the fresh cream is whipped in a cannister, making it too light and airy for me. Indoors, the cafe is cheery and bright with floor to ceiling glass to take advantage of the pretty views out to sea (in the distance).
Tea: A small selection of handmade organic loose-leaf tea served in a good-sized pot.
Overall: A popular cafe at the top of town.