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Population 1298

Bermagui is a charming, sleepy coastal village. The continental shelf is at its closest to the mainland off Bermagui and this results in excellent fishing for marlin, tuna and shark. Bermagui is also the centre of a mystery involving a geologist, Lamont Young, who was sent to investigate goldfields in 1880. When he decided to head north to investigate further, he and his assistant were offered passage on a small boat with three men. All five disappeared. When their boat was discovered, it was found to have five bags of clothing, Young's books and papers, and a bullet in the starboard side. Despite extensive searches, no trace of the men was ever found.

Visitor Information

18 Bunga St; (02) 6493 3054 or 1800 645 808

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

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  • Tathra

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In Town

Fish Co-op: freshly caught fish and prawns; Fishermans Wharf, harbourside.

Blue Pool: large and attractive saltwater rockpool offering an unusual swimming experience; off Scenic Dr.

Horseshoe Bay Beach: safe swimming spot.

Good surfing beaches: Beares, Mooreheads, Cuttagee and Haywards beaches; maps from visitor centre.

Gamefishing, deep-sea fishing and reef-fishing: bookings at visitor centre.


Gulaga National Park The Wallaga Lakes area has an 8 km coastal walk through wetland flora and fauna reserves and remnants of the Montreal Goldfield north to Wallaga Lake. The park is hilly with steep gullies, so it is best explored by boat (available for hire from Regatta Pt and Beauty Pt); guided tours are available through Montreal Goldfield (bookings at visitor centre). There is excellent boating, fishing, swimming, picnicking and bushwalking opportunities. The Yuin people run Aboriginal cultural tours from the Umballa Cultural Centre, sharing Dreamtime stories that have never been recorded on paper. Activities include ochre painting, bark-hut building and boomerang throwing. Bookings and information (02) 4473 7232; 6 km N.

Mimosa Rocks National Park: 17 km S; see Tathra.

Mystery Bay: the site of the discovery of Lamont Young's abandoned boat and a memorial; 17 km N.

Cobargo: historic working village with art galleries, wood and leather crafts, antiques, pottery and tearooms. A country market on 4th Sat each month at RSL hall grounds; 20 km W.

Fishing spots near town

Bermagui 19 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

Narooma Offshore 26 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

Tathra 34 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 54 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 63 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

Eden 76 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

Lake Wonboyn 92 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

Eco-friendly activities around town

Cycling - Bega Valley to Orbost 35 km

Back Pedal Cycle Tours is an eco-certified tour company that offers a great range of supported, safe and family-friendly cycle tours, from single-day excursions in the Bega Valley, through to the three-day ‘Border... Find out more

Sailing - Batemans Bay 80 km

Batemans Bay Sailing Charters is eco-certified and offers sailing trips out of Batemans Bay on a 12.5-metre catamaran, from a three-hour cruise around the bay to overnight excursions.... Find out more

Platypus-watching - Bombala 92 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 23 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

Bermagui Mud Works Pottery & Cafe

There’s no need to get dirty when you visit Mudworks, a tiny cafe showcasing handmade stoneware for use in the kitchen or the garden. With seating among trickling fountains, the cafe has a distinct Balinese feel... Find out more

Saltwater at Bermagui

Be careful: this institution may ruin you for fish and chips forever. Located in one of the prime areas for fishing on the planet, perhaps it’s no wonder this cafe does local seafood proud. Choose between the... Find out more

Campsites around town

Mystery Bay Camp Ground (bush camping) 14 km

This is a gorgeous spot overlooking Mystery Bay, at the end of Mystery Bay Rd signposted off the Princes Hwy 15 km south of Narooma. Even your dog gets to enjoy this one. The sites are shaded by tall and slender gums,... Find out more

Aragunnu camping area 18 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

Wagonga picnic area (closed) 22 km

Take the Wagonga Scenic Dr from Princes Hwy north or south of Narooma, and it’ll lead you down to Wagonga Inlet and this picturesque picnic area. Facilities are basic, so you’ll need to bring a portable... Find out more

Picnic Point camping area 22 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

Middle Beach camping area (walk-in camping) 25 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

Red Creek camping area (bush camping) 27 km

This is a basic bush-camping site with no facilities, next to Red Creek. Bring your own everything, including toilet, drinking water and firewood. It’s 40 km south-west of Bodalla via Tuross River Rd and Red Creek... Find out more

Gillards Beach camping area 27 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

Bodalla Forest Park 30 km

This shady picnic spot surrounded by spotted gums is 9 km north of Narooma via the Princes Hwy. There’s some drinking water here, but best to bring your own. After lunch, you can stretch your legs on an easy... Find out more

Brou Lake camping area 32 km

In the middle of the coastal sweep of Eurobodalla National Park, Brou Lake offers swimming, beach walking, surfing, and lake and beach fishing. Anglers need to keep an eye out for signs depicting sanctuary zones where... Find out more

Bega Caravan Park 36 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

Caravan parks around town

Bermagui Tourist Park 2 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

Island View Beach Resort 20 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

BIG4 Narooma Easts Holiday Park 23 km

This is a huge park complex on the waters edge in the heart of Narooma. It is a popular park and bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at Christmas, Easter and long weekends.... Find out more

Big4 Tathra Beach Holiday Park 35 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 35 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

Bega Caravan Park 36 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

Merimbula Beach NRMA Holiday Park 53 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

BIG4 Moruya Heads Easts Dolphin Beach Holiday Park 56 km

This is a popular park with spacious lawns. It has good facilities and we have stayed here often. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies during all holidays.... Find out more

River Breeze Tourist Park 57 km

This park overlooks the Moruya River on the north bank adjoining the highway, just a short walk across the bridge to the centre of town. It is a well-maintained park, popular with travellers. Bookings are required in... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Pambula Beach 60 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

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Bermagui Beach House

A bright and breezy modern beach house sleeping a maximum of four adults and three children, Bermagui Beach House is a popular choice for families visiting the area. The beach house is fully self-contained with a modern... Find out more

Bimbimbi House

One of Bermagui’s original homesteads, perched high on a hill above Bermagui River, Bimbimbi House is a much-loved ‘bushland by the sea’ retreat that inspired a previous guest to write poetry about his... Find out more

Wu Wei House

Wu Wei House is an eco-designed, Japanese-inspired holiday home with three bedrooms. Tranquil and elegant, this luxurious accommodation has every modern amenity. Features include a waterfall and lily pond beneath the... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Mystery Bay camping area 15 km

T/O to Mystery Bay

On the foreshore 2km east of the highway.

Corunna Lake park area 18 km

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

Just off the highway on the shores of the lake.

Quaama rest area 19 km

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

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

Bodalla Forest Park rest area 30 km

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

Secluded well off the road in the forest.

Bega Lookout park area 33 km

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

Just off the highway at the lookout.

Bemboka rest area 50 km

At Bemboka

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

Yellowpinch Dam rest area 53 km

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

Well off the highway surrounded by trees.

Fred Piper Memorial Lookout park area 59 km

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

Adjacent to the highway at the lookout.

Waldrons Swamp rest area 62 km

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

Just off the highway under a few trees.

Nimmitabel park area 71 km

At Nimmitabel

Overlooking Lake Williams.

East Boyd Forest rest area 89 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.

Mount Gladstone Lookout rest area 90 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.

Scrubby Creek rest area 92 km

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

Just off the highway surrounded by forest.

What's on around town

Craft Market: Dickinson Park; last Sun each month.

Blue Water Fishing Classic: Jan.

Seaside Fair: Mar.

Tag and Release Gamefishing Tournament: Mar.

Four Winds Festival: even-numbered years, Easter.

Victorian Southern Gamefish Challenge: Easter.

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