Population 4536

It is possible to ski and surf on the same day in Bega, set in a fertile valley with the mountains of the Kosciuszko snow resorts to the west and breathtaking coastline to the east. Bega is best known for its dairy industry, particularly cheesemaking.

Visitor Information

11-13 Lagoon St, Bega; (02) 6491 7645

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

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  • Merimbula

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  • Bermagui

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In Town

Bega Family Museum: houses town memorabilia including silverware, ball gowns, farm machinery and photographs. Open Mon–Sat Sept–May, Tues and Fri June–Aug; Cnr Bega and Auckland sts; (02) 6492 1453.


Biamanga National Park Now a popular spot for swimming, bushwalking and picnics, Biamanga National Park has long been a sacred site to the Yuin people. Visitors can enjoy the rockpools, natural water slides, boardwalks, viewing platforms and picnic sites of this culturally significant area. 19km NE.

Bega Cheese Heritage Centre: restored cheese factory with cheese-tasting and displays of cheesemaking equipment; (02) 6491 7762; 3km N.

Lookouts: excellent views at Bega Valley Lookout (3km N) and Dr George Lookout (8km NE).

Candelo: charming and peaceful village with market on 1st Sun each month; 24km SW.

Brogo Dam: haven for native birdlife such as sea eagles and azure kingfishers. Also popular for bass fishing, swimming, picnicking, boating and canoeing (canoe hire on-site; (02) 6492 7328); 30km NW.

Fishing spots near town

Tathra 15 km

Tathra is a great family destination with a mixed bag of fishing. Saltwater anglers can choose from estuary, surf, rock and blue-water, while freshwater offerings include streams and dams. The major fishing attraction... Find out more

Merimbula 25 km

Most visitors on family trips arrive at Merimbula with at least one fishing rod on board. Some give priority to the boat and tackle, then try to fit the family in around them. A good boat ramp is situated near the... Find out more

Pambula Lake 33 km

Pambula Lake, south of Merimbula, also known as the Broadwater, produces good catches of bream, dusky flathead, tailor, whiting, salmon, gummy sharks and mulloway. I fished this water with Bruce Libbis on one of his... Find out more

Bermagui 41 km

Bermagui is small fishing port but a world-famous gamefishing destination. It owes its fame to an American western writer, Zane Grey, who went there in 1936. Little has changed since then. ‘Bermi’, as most... Find out more

Eden 49 km

Anyone looking for fishing variety should visit Eden. Angling opportunities include offshore game, reef, beach, estuary and pier. Eden nestles snugly on the shoreline of Twofold Bay and, unlike Merimbula and Narooma... Find out more

Narooma Offshore 60 km

Narooma is one of those pleasant destinations that offers piscatorial delights most of the year, ranging from gamefishing offshore to rock, beach and estuary. Situated on Wagonga Inlet, the port is best known for its... Find out more

Lake Wonboyn 64 km

Lake Wonboyn is one of my all-time favourite spots. Located about halfway between Eden and the border with Victoria, this large estuary system suits serious anglers and families. Some visitors to this estuary stay in... Find out more

Green Cape 69 km

Anglers who fish the east coast often refer to the January–March period as the ‘magic quarter’, when the East Australian Current brings millions of baitfish that in turn attract large predators, like... Find out more

Wallagaraugh River 84 km

The Wallagaraugh River is in southern NSW and northern Victoria. It’s a big river, wide and deep in parts. Upstream, near where the Princes Highway crosses the river, it breaks out into pools. For anglers who... Find out more

Maramingo Creek 88 km

One of the most exciting, albeit also one of the most frustrating, days I experienced in an estuary took place in Maramingo Creek, an offshoot of the Genoa River. To get there, follow the Genoa River upstream from the... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Platypus-watching - Bombala 60 km

If you believe the hype, Bombala is the platypus capital of Australia and the locals stop just short of guaranteeing you a sighting. The best spot is the Platypus Reserve on the Bombala River (off Delegate Road) in the... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Narooma Golf Club 57 km

Narooma is a small coastal haven with world-class beaches. It has become renowned for the whales, seals and penguins attracted to the pristine waters offshore. But one of the town’s major attractions remains its... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Bega Downs Restaurant

Bega Downs Restaurant is the perfect spot for dinner. Specialties on the menu include Wapengo oysters and locally sourced beef, with prime ribs a popular choice. The dining room pays homage to Bega’s heritage, with the... Find out more

Pepperberry Cafe

Pepperberry is a comfortable, friendly cafe with deep-red walls adorned with local artwork. The menu is varied, and it is supplemented with a good-sized specials board. Choose from nachos, wraps and fresh salads or more... Find out more

Campsites around town

Bega Caravan Park 2 km

Nestled into the lush and verdant Bega Valley, Bega Caravan Park is a well-appointed, comfortable place with a range of accommodation options – including motel-style units, cabins, and powered and unpowered tent... Find out more

Gillards Beach camping area 14 km

The Bermagui–Tathra Rd turns onto Gillards Rd, at the end of which you’ll find 70 camping sites and at night, grazing potaroos. You can swim, fish or take a long walk along the beautiful sandy beach. Bring... Find out more

Middle Beach camping area (walk-in camping) 16 km

Aptly named, this camping area is smack-bang in the middle of the national park’s coastline. To get here, take the Haighs Rd turn-off from the Bermagui–Tathra Rd, and look for Middle Beach Rd. If you hit... Find out more

Hobart Beach camping area 16 km

Spacious and well equipped, Hobart Beach camping area has shaded campsites, lovely picnic spots and excellent lookouts (Turingal Head is a favourite). A number of walking tracks fan out from here, and the park rangers... Find out more

Picnic Point camping area 18 km

With only 18 sites and no bookings taken at this camping area, you’ll just have to cross your fingers and hope for the best. Tent up amid gnarly banksias, then take your pick of swimming, fishing, picnicking or... Find out more

Aragunnu camping area 21 km

This northernmost campground can be accessed along Aragunnu Rd off the Bermagui–Tathra Rd, about 25 km south of Bermagui. There’s a short, easy walk linking the northern and southern picnic areas, and a 200 m... Find out more

Six Mile Creek camping area 30 km

As you follow the Tantawangalo Mountain Rd to this campsite, you can inform your companions you’re travelling on a road originally constructed more than 150 years ago. Six Mile Creek is a refreshing and scenic... Find out more

Postmans camping area 30 km

Located on a sandy bend in Tantawangalo Creek, this camping area is 4WD dry-weather access only via Postmans Track off Tantawangalo Rd. There’s a long walk from the car to the tent sites. There’s water in the... Find out more

Alexanders Hut 32 km

In the central section of the national park, Alexanders Hut is a simple slab dwelling that provides shelter and basic facilities for campers. You can also set up a tent in the grounds around the hut. The hut is... Find out more

Nunnock camping area 35 km

It’s 2WD dry-weather access only to this camping ground. To get here from the north, follow the Snowy Mountains Hwy from Nimmitabel and turn onto Packers Swamp Rd. Turn left onto Cattlemans Link Trail, and follow... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Bega Caravan Park 2 km

This well-managed park alongside the Princes Highway is on the southern approach to Bega. There are large grassy sites, modern amenities and pets are welcome. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Big4 Tathra Beach Holiday Park 13 km

This good quality, absolute beachfront park is located in the heart of Tathra. Just stroll to the beach from your site or take a short walk to the town centre, restaurants or club. Bookings are required in peak periods... Find out more

Seabreeze Holiday Park 13 km

This is a very good quality park located across the road from the surf club, and just a stroll to local eateries. The features here are outstanding and include Austar television cabled to every site. Bookings are... Find out more

Merimbula Beach NRMA Holiday Park 25 km

Perched on a headland looking out to sea, this quality park is in a great position. It has an excellent range of facilities including a shop and takeaway food. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Pambula Beach 30 km

This beachside park is one of our favourites in the popular family holiday region of the south coast of New South Wales. It has a pool complex, a licensed restaurant and spotless amenities, and is a great family park.... Find out more

Bermagui Tourist Park 35 km

Close to the centre of town, this good quality park is popular with holidaymakers. The park was so named because the American writer Zane Grey once had a fishing shack on this piece of land. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more

Eden Tourist Park 42 km

Situated across the road from the beach, this place is 2 km from the town centre. A popular holiday park, it caters predominantly for tourists, offering good facilities. It is a good base from which to explore the area.... Find out more

Garden of Eden Caravan Park 43 km

This is a well-appointed, reasonably priced park in a great garden setting, just 2 km from the town centre. It is a good place for an overnight stay or for a longer holiday. Bookings are required in peak periods; pets... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Eden 45 km

Easily accessed from the highway, this picturesque park is located on the south side of Eden in a lovely beachfront position. It has a wide range of facilities. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length... Find out more

Island View Beach Resort 54 km

Stroll to the beach or picnic on green lawns under shady trees at this quality park, located on the Princes Highway 5 km south of Narooma. With very good amenities and lots of appeal, it is ideal for a family holiday and... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Rock Lily Cottages

Rock Lily Cottages welcomes guests from its location in the Brogo High Country above Brogo Dam, with panoramic mountain views from the two self-contained cottages. Quaint Clovelly cottage is ideal for couples, with... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Bega Lookout park area 4 km

5km N of Bega (R) or 72km S of Narooma (L)

Just off the highway at the lookout.

Yellowpinch Dam rest area 20 km

32km N of Eden (L) or 22km S of Bega (R)

Well off the highway surrounded by trees.

Quaama rest area 23 km

31km N of Bega (R) or 46km S of Narooma (L)

Just off the highway at the turn-off into Quaama.

Bemboka rest area 24 km

At Bemboka

Just off the highway at the recreation centre. Camping and showers available for a fee.

Fred Piper Memorial Lookout park area 37 km

14km W of Bemboka (L) or 62km SE of Cooma (R)

Adjacent to the highway at the lookout.

Mystery Bay camping area 49 km

T/O to Mystery Bay

On the foreshore 2km east of the highway.

Corunna Lake park area 52 km

71km N of Bega (L) or 6km S of Narooma (R)

Just off the highway on the shores of the lake.

Nimmitabel park area 53 km

At Nimmitabel

Overlooking Lake Williams.

East Boyd Forest rest area 59 km

89km NE of Cann River (L) or 19km SW of Eden (L)

Just off the highway behind the trees. On both sides of the highway.

Scrubby Creek rest area 61 km

86km NE of Cann River (L) or 22km SW of Eden (R)

Just off the highway surrounded by forest.

Bodalla Forest Park rest area 62 km

9km N of Narooma (L) or 32km S of Moruya (R)

Secluded well off the road in the forest.

Wallagaraugh River rest area 78 km

65km NE of Cann River (L) or 43km SW of Eden (R)

Just off the highway among some trees.

Mount Gladstone Lookout rest area 83 km

T/O 4km W of Cooma (L) or 47km SE of Adaminaby (R)

At the lookout 1.5km south of the highway via a steep access road.

Genoa rest area 91 km

48km NE of Cann River (L) or 61km SW of Eden (R)

Just off the highway on the north side of a river (at a disused caravan park).

Waldrons Swamp rest area 93 km

8km N of Moruya (R) or 20km S of Batemans Bay (L)

Just off the highway under a few trees.

What's on around town

Art Prize: Dec–Jan. Bega Cup horserace: Feb.

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