FOXGLOVE SPIRES OPEN GARDEN
The Foxglove Spires Open Garden surrounds a 100 year old farm cottage.
Some other areas of interest which I didn't mention in my previous tip, was the pond at the bottom of the garden with the Irises in bloom, there was an area where you could sit and enjoy the peace, quiet and beauty.
It was not in flower when I visited, what a shame because it would have been magnificent! What I am talking about, is a 55metre long arbour of espaliered Manchurian pears which is a spectacular feature of the garden. Red and yellow leaves in autumn, and Blossom in spring, I was just a little too late.
The crabapple walkway, also wasn't in bloom, these are one of my favorite, under - rated Trees.
A little earlier, and the bluebells and daffodils would have filled the garden with shades of blue & yellow.
I visited in October, so you really need to be here perhaps a month earlier to see the bulbs and the fruit trees in blossom.
It was a lovely garden as it was!
TAKE THE SCENIC DRIVE TO CENTRAL TILBA
A nice drive we did from Narooma, was to Central Tilba and Tilba Tilba.
These two pretty little towns are restored and well maintained period villages that are protected by the National Trust.
Set against the magnificent backdrop of Gulaga / Mt. Dromedary, Central Tilba has quite a good range of shops to browse around. There are antiques, traditional crafts and woodworks to unique modern jewellery, contemporary art, there was something of interest for both of us to look at.
There are also a variety of eating options with the Tilba Bakery, The Tilba Teapot, and The Dromedary Hotel is the local pub where you can enjoy a beer or a meal.
Bates Emporium is an old fashioned general store which offers groceries, petrol, post office and the renown Mrs Jamieson's Tilba Fudge. I didn't get to try any!
I did try an ice cream at the old fashioned lolly shop which had a shop full of lollies in jars. A good choice of flavours, and I settled on Rum & Raisin, which was yummy!
It is signposted from the Princes Highway.
- Arts and Culture
- Road Trip
THE TILBA SWEET SPOT
AN OLD FASHIONED LOLLY SHOP
Got a sweet tooth? This lolly shop will make your mouth water!
The Tilba Sweet Spot is a Lolly shop like in the early days of Australia.
There were literally jars, jars, and more jars of all those old fashioned lollies. I guess what comes to mind are the boiled lollies and Humbugs, and yes, they had them here. There was a HUGE ASSORTMENT here. Musk sticks, lime sherberts, giant jaffas and boiled sweets of every flavour, colour and stripe imaginable, and much, much more, and chocolates and ice cream as well, this truly is a "sweet tooths paradise!"
It is advertised as having a ................." reputation for being the shop where lolly-lovers of all ages can find both that old fashioned classic that they haven't seen for years but also something new that they didn't even realise was being made."
But beside the old timers there is also a new range of exciting sweet adventures - new flavours, new combinations, new takes on old classics.
LOCATION...Main street, Central Tilba
Open every day 10.00am - 4.30pm
- Food and Dining
FOXGLOVE SPIRES @ TILBA TILBA
This is the name of an open garden at the town of Tilba Tilba. It is quite a well known one, having been on Television several times. It is open all year round.
A large garden, which was originally three and a half acres of farmland, is now a wonderful woodland garden with rambling walks, archways, hedges and masses of flowers.
Scattered around the gardens were make out ruins, with Ivy growing over them, lots of statues and Pots, every corner brought a new discovery in this part of the garden.
At the rear, was the Rose garden, gorgeous with them in full bloom. A vegetable garden was featured, complete with a Hen House, and lemon Trees. I noticed quite a bit of bird life in the garden.
This garden was a little disappointing in some sections, it gave the impression it needed some work done to it. I did enjoy wandering around it though, as it was a garden that full of surprises.
ADMISSION IN 2009 WAS $7.50
Corkhill Drive, Tilba Tilba
OPEN 7 DAYS
CENTRAL TILBA LOOKOUT
Well, after walking up and down Central Tilba's street, and browsing the shops, I decided to climb the hill to the lookout.
The track leaves up a side road by the Dromedary Hotel. You open a gate, and walk through somebody's paddock to where a tank is, this is the lookout.
The view is good. You get a view over Central Tilba, and of the road and scenery of Tilba Tilba
It is not a long walk, and not that steep, and I was happy that I made the effort.
I am not completely sure as it wasn't signposted, but from what I have read, I think the outcrop in my 1st photo is........Najanuga (Little Dromedary)
- Hiking and Walking
ABC CHEESE FACTORY
The ABC Cheese Factory was established in 1891 and was the first Cheese Co-op in NSW.
It is the home of the the famous Tilba Club Cheese, which is still waxed by hand and is sold exclusively through the cheese factory shop in 250 or 500 gram portions.
Some of the Cheeses available are Tilba Gold, vintage, Cracked Pepper, Sun dried tomato, Summer Herb, Italienne, and Applebox Smoke.
The range of unusual and distinctive flavours available makes the cheese tastings a must. These are available at all times.
The factory also sells a range of Honey varieties, local produce, jams & preserves, ice cream, souvenirs and gifts.
It is also the place where you can try a cup of Byron bay coffee.
Open every day - except Christmas Day
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
- Food and Dining
NURSERY @ FOXGLOVE SPIRES GARDEN
After enjoy my walk around the beautiful gardens, then it was time to browse the Nursery. Called "The Spires Nursery" (next to Foxglove Spires Open Garden) it had a good array of interesting Plants.
Quite a few were more unusual than what you find in another Nursery. There were quite a few Cottage and perennial plants (including many featured in the gardens), Australian natives, including Grafted Grevilleas, Roses - old fashioned & modern species just to name a few. Prices were above what I normally would pay, so I didn't buy anything.
It is open from 9-5pm daily.
We did stop in at the "Love at 1st Bite Cafe", the price here for a coffee was dearer than normal.
Free parking was available across the road.
LOCATION: Corkhill Drive, Tilba Tilba..........only a short drive from the Princes Highway.