Towamba Real Estate Snapshot

Towamba Why Live in Towamba History Towamba is a small community, located about forty minutes drive west of Eden. The Towamba River valley stretches from the escarpment to the sea at Kiah inlet. Along with settlements such as Burragate, Pericoe, Rocky Hall and Kiah, Towamba was one of the settlements established after Benjamin Boyd began to open up the area to European settlement in the 1840s and 1850s. The village of Towamba was settled in the mid 1840\'s after Ben Boyd sent a surveyor to mark out a route from Boydtown on the coast, to his properties on the Monaro. The rough, mountainous terrain between the coast and Towamba village bred a tough pioneering community that adapted to the isolation of this beautiful valley. This small community has had a public school since 1862 located in Towamba Street. The original ford crossing the Towamba River was opposite the old Police Station, now a private dwelling. The first bridge built across the river was swept away in the 1919 floods where every bridge on the river was swept away. Today, Towamba is a vibrant community with a Public School, Progress Association and Sports ground Committee, spinners, Play group, Library, sports clinics for the children and a local radio. Real Estate and Design The properties in Towamba are rustic and rural. Many of the houses are made from mud brick, corrugated iron, timber and brick, on acreages both cleared and uncleared. The area is surrounded by forests and bushland, and offers picturesque rural views. Some homes are located on the banks of the Towamba River, while a majority are on farmland with cattle, sheep or horses. The designs range from federation style to farm cottages, with materials like weatherboard and hardwood being used. Most homes are not huge, but their sizes create comfortable homes. The land is affordable and the area is private and tranquil. Shopping The nearest shopping centres are in Eden, Pambula or Merimbula. The village of Towamba, however, boasts a variety of fresh, local produce. Some include the Saarinen Organic Farm, Moonrise Gardens Olives and Verjuice, Eden Beeline and the Towamba Station. The Towamba Station hosts a small Angus beef cattle herd, an Angora goat stud and an olive grove and processing plant. The current owners, established the olive grove in 1998 with plantings over the following 3 years of a number of popular oil and table olive varieties. The main varieties planted are Manzanillo, Frantoio, Paragon, Correggiola, and Kalamata. There are also a number of other varieties including Mission, Barnea, Nevadillo Blanco Hardy’s Mammoth and Picuol. Moonrise Gardens is based in the Towamba Valley and grows olives and grapes to organic principles. Products sold include table olives of several varieties, olive oil, olivada(green olive paste),and verjuice (from under-ripe Shiraz grapes). Eden beeline produces pure natural honey. Sports and Fitness Towamba offers a variety of sports and activities. Some include the Towamba Spinners, the Towamba Valley Feltmakers, the Heartwood Golf Course, Fulligans Golf Days, Towamba Home Brewers, Towamba Tennis Club Night Competition, Kid\'s Tennis matches and coaching, and Kids Soccer Clinics. Other activities include horse riding, cycling, motorbike riding, swimming, hiking, bird watching and tourists drives. Distance from Cities and Transportation Towamba Valley Access Bus provides a great service with weekly trips into either Merimbula or Bega, plus occasional social trips. It takes approximately 1 hour to drive to Eden, and 1 hour, 20 minutes to Pambula, and 1.5 hours to Bombala. It is just over 7 hours away from Sydney and 7.5 hours to Melbourne. Famous Landmarks The church was the focal point of this small remote settlement. It was the one place where members of the community were christened, wedded and mourned. In the early days of the Towamba district, St.Pauls Church of England Church, dedicated in 1888 by Bishop Thomas of Goulburn, catered for all religious needs of that congregation. Presbyterians and Catholics held their services either in the local hall or in a resident\'s home. In later years St. Pauls became a community church where services of all denominations were held. St.Pauls Church of England is now St. Pauls Community Church. It is listed with the National Trust and is managed by the Towamba community. About 1883 there was a combined Progress Association of Burragate, Rocky Hall, Towamba and Wyndham. This association requested the building of the bridge across the Towamba River. The first bridge was constructed in 1883 as a result. In 1919, the floods wiped out all the bridges on the Towamba River. At this point in time the mail ran through Rocky Hall from Pambula to Bombala and beyond, so the New Buildings Bridge had high priority and work was commenced on the new structure almost immediately and the bridge was completed either in 1919 or 1920. The New Buildings bridge is a Dare type timber truss bridge, and was completed in 1921. In 1998 it was in good condition. As a timber truss road bridge, it has many associational links with important historical events, trends, and people, including the expansion of the road network and economic activity throughout NSW, and Harvey Dare, the designer of this type of truss. Restaurants and Cafes The nearest restaurants and cafes are in Eden, Pambula and Merimbula. Schools, Education and Institutions Towamba is home to the Towamba Play Group, Rocky Hall Preschool and the Towamba Public School. High school students travel to Eden Marine High School or the Pambula Beach Lumen Christi Catholic College.
  • Suburb:Towamba
  • Postcode:2550
  • Population:365
  • Municipality:Bega Valley Shire Council