Great views from the top of Little Dromedary (or Najanuga to use its Aboriginal name), a small rocky peak overlooking the the historic town of Tilba Tilba.
The hill – or maybe it’s a small mountain? – looks higher and more imposing than it really is from the town of Tilba Tilba on the south coast, although it’s only 186m above sea level. Climbing this “mini-peak” is very appealing. A good family walk during our one week holiday on the south coast.
We soon discover that there is no marked trail. And Little Dromedary (or Najanuga) is on private land. We’re directed to Norm Hoyer, who’s been living and farming in the area for over 60 years. Norm is quite a character (he’s the co-author of Tilba Times, a book on the area’s history) and tells us a few stories about growing up in Tilba. He also gives us his blessing to climb Little Dromedary and a few hints as to the best route.
We come back a couple of days later, armed with enthusiasm and the expectation of an easy climb, and set off up the “mountain” from Norm’s farm on Sherringham Lane. It’s an easy and pleasant start through open farmland, with just a multitude of bush flies intent on joining us.
After about half an hour, we reach the forest and the fun starts… Sometimes there are ribbons suggesting where a track might have been – a long time ago. Most of the time there is little sign of a path, and we try and maintain a steady course up the ridge in the direction of the rock summit. It’s fairly cool under a solid canopy of trees and there’s not too much undergrowth, but some scrambling and diversions around thick scrub is required.
While it’s not quite rain forest, there are some impressive ferns, stag horns and rock orchids.
After about two hours, we reach a sloping slab of granite that looks promising… we clamber up, promising the kids this the final scramble (and hoping it was!). We emerge onto a small rock platform with views towards Tilba Tilba and Mt Dromedary in the west and the Wallaga Lake and the ocean to the south.
Another 50m or so further on and we reach the summit: an outcrop of large granite boulders with 270 degrees over Tilba & Narooma.
|Location||Starts in Sherringham Lane, Central Tilba (NSW south coast)|
|Distance||Approx 5km return; allow 3 hours as no track. 175m climb.|
|Grade||Moderate. Some navigation route-finding skills required.|
|Season/s||All year round|
|Map||Central Tilba 1:25,000 (89253N)|
|Resources||Seek permission from Norm Hoyer – see local Tourist Info office|