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