Camel Rock Brewery & The Million Dollar View Hotel

Congo in the morning

The trip to The South Coast centred around surfing. Fortunately the surf can be fickle. The boys had a session for the ages in the morning, but the swell, the tide and the wind conspired against an afternoon session. Liquid hobbies of another sort beckoned.

Truth in naming

Our destination was the Camel Rock Brewery at Wallaga Lake – a 65km drive from our digs. We were on the South Coast and any drive is going to be a good one. Narooma is a pretty special spot and a great place to soak it all in is from the veranda of O’Briens Million Dollar View Hotel. It is a lofty claim, but not does it deliver. The temptation to stay was strong, but the boys were stronger and back on our journey we went.

Wallaga Lake & Payne Island

To get to Camel Rock Brewery you hang a left at Bermagui-Tathra Road. The Princes Highway heads inland down to Bega and whilst the road to Tathra runs alongside desolate beaches and through National Parks. 3.5km after turning left, you’ll see the Big 4 Wallaga Lake Holiday Park on your right. That’s it – you’ve arrived. The Camel Rock Brewery is the only brewery inside a Big 4 Holiday Park in Australia.

Camel Rock Brewery

And what a place. The set-up is huge. Must be seating for 100 people plus. We’d arrived outside of kitchen hours and missed on what looks like a solid American style menu. I’d love to return for Chicken Wing Tuesday. 1kg of wings and a pint or two middies. It was a fine place to wile away an afternoon out of the wind and in the sun.

The beer selection is broad. Plenty of in-house options on tap. They love a red beer which is great for illiards and I – a Red IPA is tight in the Back of the Ferry wheelhouse. The Montreal Gold was a very pleasant beer, which would absolutely kill it in summer. A couple of guest taps and cans are also on. Had never heard of Wild Polly Brewing before – and a pale ale from the ACT brewery was available. Roadie.

Happy campers

This place should go off in summer. Having a brewery in a caravan park is just amazing. The brewery has been going for three years and seems well established. The boys were getting settled, but another sunset at Bingie beckoned. COVID19 has had many impacts. Camel Rock Brewery merch has been delayed in China. A shame. I reckon they would have sold a bundle.

Camel Rock Brewery: 200 Wallaga Lake Rd, Wallaga Lake NSW