Bermagui hugs the edges of its harbour, and nestles under the shadow of Gulaga (Mt Dromedary), once an active volcano 60 million years ago.
Famous for its deep-sea game fishing – including yellowfin tuna and marlin – 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 2000, but it harbours ample opportunity for adventure, exemplary dining and of course, relaxation.
The charming main street has a front row seat to the beautiful harbour and it is dotted with modern eateries and restaurants. There’s organic local oysters and sustainably sourced seafood, local wines and artisan bread, gelati and pasta to tempt you and they are served with water views. Regular producers markets are held at the beautiful Fishermen’s Wharf at the back of the harbour. There are also great vintage stores and day spas to keep you looking as great as you feel when you are here.
Gold fever hit the area in the 1880s. Don’t miss the daily tour of Montreal Goldfield, Australia’s only coastal goldfield. Not only will you learn about the gold rush, but if you’re a fan of murder mysteries you will find yourself slap-bang in the middle of a real one – with the added bonus of discovering how nearby Mystery Bay got its name.
Reboot in Bermagui – September 26 & 27 2015
Plan some exhilarating outdoor fun, new challenges and pampering into your spring. ReBoot in Bermagui is two days of family friendly outdoor activities, health science and natural therapies with three programs to explore – ReActivate, ReJuvenate or ReEnergise.
Sapphire Coast icons like Camel Rock and Bermagui Blue Pool are the backdrops for funs runs, swims, yoga, tai chi, zumba, boot camps and all kinds of sports and there’s even a pop-up beach side clinic with massage and natural therapies. There’s also a whole lot of tours including shore based whale watching, birdwatching, sea kayak, SUP and surfing.
Healthy eating is part of the program with eateries and pop-up cafes showcasing gorgeous local produce.
Water sports reign no matter what the season with several breathtaking places to swim, surf, paddle, sail, fish and dive at Bermagui. The most famous for swimming and night snorkelling is the ocean pool, Blue Pool. Close to Bermagui is Wallaga Lake, home to more than 200 bird species and formed when two river valleys were drowned some 6000-10,000 years ago. Nearby are surf beaches, especially, Cuttagee Beach, and the northern end of the beach Cuttagee Lake is crossed by a single lane wooden bridge and offers a safe, shallow swimming estuary.
Biamunga and Gulaga National Parks have endless bushwalking opportunities with an array of rainforest and coastal ecosystems. Guluga is the dominant natural feature of the area and can be tackled by serious walkers who will enjoy rainforest species along the way. From the summit, spectacular views can be enjoyed along the coast and seaward to Montague Island.
Magnificent spotted gums, Angophoras and Burrawang palms abound with many opportunities for bushwalking or taking a break alongside the waterways. Choose from many picnic spots including Camel Rock, the Spotted Gum Forest Area, Michael Lerner Lookout, Cuttagee Lake and the Bermagui River Park.
Big game fish are found offshore, the continental shelf is closer here than anywhere else and warm southern currents flow. Charter boats operate deep sea, dive and game fishing trips where black marlin and yellowfin tuna congregate. 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
Wallaga Lake is home of Umbarra, the black duck – totem of the Yuin-Monaro people and therefore protected by them. Merrimans Island is a sacred place, that can only be visited by Aboriginal people. There are endless opportunities for bushwalking and observing wildlife at Wallaga Lake and it’s neighbours Gulaga (Mount Dromedary), Mystery Bay 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. 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.
What else is there to do in Bermagui?
Bermagui Visitor Information CentreBermagui Community Centre
Bunga Street, Bermagui NSW 2546
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