A local’s guide to Bermagui’s coastal walks this winter

Bermagui, a small coastal village at the northern end of the unspoilt Sapphire Coast, enjoys clear, crisp weather during autumn and winter. Ideal for stretching your legs, Bermagui’s coastal walks to the north and south are both easy to medium grade with several rest areas along the way.

When you set out, wear a hat and sturdy enclosed footwear. Take water, a snack, weatherproof clothing if necessary, and don’t forget your camera and binoculars. You may want to organise a car shuttle.

Your journey along the 10km medium grade coastal walk north to Wallaga Lake begins at the world renowned and multiple award winning Blue Pool, independently rated 6 out of 8 of the best natural rock pools in the world!  From the viewing platform take in the spectacular coastal and ocean views from Goalen Head to Montague Island or choose the steps down to sea level for a close up experience.

On to Dickinson Point, Horseshoe Bay, Bermagui Point, our beautiful harbour and Fishermen’s Wharf complex, on beach or bush tracks past lagoons with abundant birdlife. Towards the end of the walk you reach Camel Rock, a striking rock formation over 450 million years old. From behind the viewing platform, take the bush track looking out for Horse Head Rock on the way. Believed to be over 500 million years old, its sheer size and unspoilt location will take your breath away.

Murunna Point, where Wallaga Lake opens to the sea, brings you to the end of the walk. Wallaga Lake is the largest lake in southern NSW and the serenity of the natural surroundings offers a wonderful place for water activities and bird and wildlife watching. It is the home of Umbarra, the black duck, the totem of the indigenous Yuin-Monaro people. Aboriginal middens and artefacts such as cutting stones have been found in the lake area. Please help to conserve these relics by not disturbing them in any way.

The 7.5km walk to the south starts from Bunga Street. Walk along the road through the quiet residential area and detour at Michael Lerner Lookout to enjoy stunning coastal scenery. A little further along at the Cuttagee Locality sign, track through the sand dunes to Barragoot Beach, some 3.5km of pristine mostly deserted sands and crystal waters, with Biamanga National Park as its backdrop. At the south end of the beach, take in the views from Cuttagee’s northern headland. Cuttagee Lake is a great canoeing and kayaking spot and is spanned by one of the Sapphire Coast’s iconic single lane timber bridges. Popular with surfers and fishermen, the southern end of the 1km long beach has seating and car parking.

Bermagui’s town map and walks brochure is available at the Bermagui Visitor Information Centre which is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4.30pm and Sunday 10am to 2pm. These scenic coastal walks also incorporate the Bermagui Heritage Trail and the Bermagui/Wallaga Lake Yuin Cultural Heritage trail – location guides for trail highlights are available at the information centre.

Why not stay awhile and discover even more of Bermagui? The Anchorage Resort is offering 10% off their standard rates this autumn. Centrally located and with magnificent views to the sea, it’s a wonderful place to rest and rejuvenate after a big day seeing the sights. Click here to find out more. To receive the 10% discount, simply quote OPTOUTSIDE when you book. Or book into one of the famous cooking classes at Eastwood’s Deli and Cooking School. Kelly Eastwood of River Cottage and Eastwood’s Deli and Cooking School fame is offering 10% off all classes this autumn. Find her at Shop 1, 26 Bunga Street, Bermagui or check out the website here.

The Anchorage Resort

Eastwood’s Deli and Cooking School

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