Candelo is a very small crossroads town encounted when travelling from Bemboka to the Merimbula region. Candelo is separated by the valley bridge, and to that end there are two aspects to the town. Candelo is a small services centre servicing a predominately dairy region. The reason for the name of the town has not been readily recorded.

The area around Candelo was first settled by Europeans in the 1830s and the village was developed in the 1860s at a crossroads following the passage of the New South Wales Land Act of 1861 allowed closer settlement.

From the Sapphire Coast Website

“The History of Candelo

Earlier settlers of Candelo had the foresight to establish the beautiful park beside the river, and today it offers shade in summer, a spectacular colour show in autumn and a year-round meeting place for locals and visitors. It will beckon you as you drive past, so why not stop for a while, admire the trees, paddle in the creek and explore the village.

 Candelo today still retains many of its nineteenth century old buildings. Offering a warm and open reception to travellers, they are invited to share in the everyday lives of the country folk. Although bullock teams no longer pass through town and there is little need for blacksmith's shops, a walk along these streets conjures up images of a past way of life. Venturing further afield, Candelo is surrounded by beautiful old forests and clear waterways. A drive up Myrtle Mountain to the lookout is rewarded with magnificent distant views over the valley and a perfect secluded picnic spot under old trees.”

Candelo has an old Anglican Church that has a good profile on the northern township.

The hotel is on the western approach.

The War memorial overlooks the sport ground.

And, the museum likewise is near the sports oval.

Should the timing be right a coffee would be in order, but the town is not a diversion necessity?

Heritage diary


Fireplace   Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet   Caravan
  Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities   Disabled access
  Laundry Toilets
  Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
  Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
  Rotary Club   Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
  Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
  Information   Hospital
Hang Gliding   Golf Course