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’.
The charming main street has a front row seat to the beautiful harbour and there are several places to swim, surf and dive at Bermagui. The most famous for swimming is the Blue Pool. Just south of Bermagui is Cuttagee Beach. At the northern end of the beach Cuttagee Lake offers a safe, shallow swimming site.
Close to Bermagui is Wallaga Lake, home to more than 200 bird species including lyrebirds and was formed when two river valleys were drowned some 6000-10,000 years ago.
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.
The continental shelf being at its closest point to the mainland, fine fishing is afforded off the shoreline. It’s where warm southern currents flow and the big game fish are in tow. Charter boats operate deep sea, dive and game fishing trips where black marlin and a chase of yellowfin tuna is a regular event. Zane Grey, a famous American author of western genre novels, placed Bermagui on the global calender and established the birthplace of game fishing in the 1930s.
Bermagui has its own 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, or your own boat can be launched, fish weighed and cleaned with the facilities on offer.
Wallaga Lake is home of Umbarra, the black duck – totem of the Yuin-Monaro people and therefore protected by them. Wallaga Lake and its surrounds gives many opportunities for bushwalking and observing wildlife including Mt Dromedary (Gulaga), 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 waters edge.
The bushwalking is endless and the array of rainforest trees and plants await your discovery. 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.
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Bermagui Visitor Information CentreBermagui Community Centre
Bunga Street, Bermagui NSW 2546
Phone: 02 6493 3054
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Opening hours: 10am-4pm daily