Bermagui

Bermagui hugs the edges of its harbour, and nestles under the shadow of Gulaga (Mt Dromedary), once an active volcano 60 million years ago.
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Famous for its deep-sea game fishing it seems ironic that the town’s name is believed to have stemmed from the Aboriginal word ‘Bermaguee’ meaning ‘boat with no paddle’. This fishing village has a population of less than 2,000, but it harbours ample opportunity for adventure, food and wine experiences and of course, relaxation.

The main street has a front row seat to the beautiful harbour, with bars, cafes and restaurants serving great local nosh. Grower’s markets are held weekly at the stunning Fishermen’s Wharf and there are also great vintage stores and day spas.

Festivals include Bermagui Sculpture on the Edge (February – March 2017), Bermagui Seaside Fair (March) and the Four Winds Festival each Easter.

Tours include the Montreal Goldfield,  one of Australia’s only coastal goldfields, fishing and whale watching and sailing charters. You can also hire kayaks, SUPs and boats for independent exploration.

Bermagui Blue Pool

An iconic ocean pool, Bermagui Blue Pool hosts early morning boot camp during ReBoot in Bermagui.

Reboot in Bermagui – Last weekend in September

Sapphire Coast icons like Camel Rock, Dickinson Headland and Bermagui Blue Pool are the perfect backdrops for two days of family friendly outdoor activities, health science and natural therapies.

There’s a pop-up beach clinic at the surf club and a whole lot of tours including shore based whale watching and short walks, SUP and surfing. Healthy eating is part of the program with eateries showcasing our local produce.

Visit the website and check the Facebook page for updates.

Camel Rock Bermagui

Camel Rock. Credit: Chilby Photography

Nature adventures

Magnificent spotted gums, Angophoras and Burrawang palms abound with many opportunities for exploring lagoons, beaches and headlands..

Biamanga, Gulaga and Mimosa Rocks National Parks have endless bushwalking opportunities with an array of rainforest and coastal ecosystems. Choose from many pretty picnic spots including Camel Rock, Cuttagee Lake and the Bermagui River Reserve. Guluga is the dominant natural feature of the area and can be tackled by serious walkers in half a day.

Water sports reign no matter what the season. The most famous for swimming and night snorkelling is the ocean pool, Blue Pool. Nearby Wallaga Lake is home to more than 200 bird species and formed when two river valleys were drowned some 6000 years ago. Nearby surf beaches include Cuttagee Beach, Camel Rock and Beare’s Beach while historical wooden bridge make day trips a dream.

Charter boats at Bermagui harbour

Charter boats at Bermagui Harbour.

Bermagui Fishing

The continental shelf is closer here than anywhere else and warm southern currents flow, attracting the big predators like marlin and yellow fin tuna. Charter boats operate deep sea, dive and game fishing trips with decades of local knowledge. For these reasons Zane Grey, a famous American author of western genre novels, placed Bermagui on the global fishing calendar and established it as the birthplace of game fishing in the 1930s.

Bermagui has its own small commercial fishing fleet to reap the bounty of the abundant seafood. The Co-op situated at the harbour and the Bermagui Fishermen’s Wharf offers fresh fish and prawns daily, along with eateries and a wine bar. Your own boat can be launched, fish weighed and cleaned with the facilities on offer too. Find out more and check web cam conditions – fishing at Bermagui

Find out more about fishing on the Sapphire Coast. 

Wallaga Lake Bridge

Wallaga Lake bridge.

Wallaga Lake

Wallaga Lake is home of Umbarra, the black duck – totem of the Yuin-Monaro people. Merrimans Island is a sacred place and can only be visited by Aboriginal people. Wallaga Lake is a paddlers & boater’s dream overlooked by Gulaga (Mount Dromedary) and Mumbulla Mountain.

Black swans in all their presence gather their young, and so it is with the birds, more than 200 species have been identified in the National Park fronting the western side of the lake and the foothills of Gulaga and beyond.

As the largest lake in southern NSW, there is swimming, fishing, sailing, boating, water skiing, and prawning in season. Camping, boat hire, picnic and toilet facilities are available.

The fishing is fabulous and the serenity of these natural surroundings offers a perfect place for a sail or swim with accommodation surrounding the water’s edge.

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Bermagui  Visitor Information Centre

Bermagui Community Centre
Bunga Street, Bermagui NSW 2546

Phone: 02 6493 3054
Email: vic@bermaguichamber.org.au
Opening hours: 10am-4pm daily

Trail Map

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