A natural rockpool which fills from the ocean and is fashioned into an olympic length swimming pool and adjoining childs pool. In the summer it’s hard to image a better place to swim a few laps or practice snorkelling. Located at the end of the Bermagui Headland – go to the end of the main street and continue around the top of the headland. Best time to visit the Blue Pool is before lunch as the nearby cliff throws the pool into shadow after lunchtime.
At first sight it’s easy to see how Camel Rock got its name. Five minutes drive north of Bermagui, Camel Rock towers on the beach front as a striking rock formation which really does look like a camel from just about every direction. It adds interest to what is a very pleasant and popular swimming beach. You could be excused for thinking someone in the area really had a camel fixation, since the area not only has Camel Rock, but also names such as Mt Dromedary and little Dromedary nearby. Dromedary in fact was named by Captain Cook from the sea.
Shop in Tilba
The National Trust Village of Central Tilba makes an interesting day out. The charming village, nestled in the foothills of Mt Dromedary (Gulaga) and designated as an alpine coastal village, features the charm and simplicity of the original cottages now over 100 years old.
A remnant of architecture from the earliest settlements. The town now offers many interesting art and craft shops with newer buildings matching in with the materials and architecture of the original dwellings.
Cobargo for Crafts
Cobargo is worth a visit if you are interested in a range of handmade crafts and other interesting items.
Some of the shops include Bangles Gallery, a popular pottery stop where you can view the pottery being turned and “Working Wood” which has an exhibition gallery and workshop. There are a number of shops such a leather and old wares and a choice of lunch and coffee spots.
Local Markets are held in the RSL Hall in the main street on last Saturday of each month from 8:30am to 12:30pm.
Take a step back in time to the 1880s and visit the Montreal diggings, just north of Bermagui. Make a booking for a tour around the shafts at the Bermagui Information Centre and hear the story of the Bermagui mystery and the Rush.
Held biennially in a delightful open air amphitheatre at Barraga Bay 8km south of Bermagui
the Four Winds Festival always delights a large audience and featuring exciting world class performers.
Visit the Four Winds Festival website.
Experience a great coastal community celebration in March at Bermagui’s annual seaside fair. Beginning with a Blessing of the Fleet the fun continues all day at Dickinson Park by the beach and includes a fabulous street parade of community and commercial floats, creatively costumed people and pets, and vintage cars. Stalls, entertainment and the Marshall & Tacheci sandcastle competition, make it a great family day out which finishes up with fireworks over the harbour.
Cobargo Folk Festival
The historic rural village of Cobargo, on the NSW Far South Coast, hosts the Cobargo Folk Festival every February, now into its third decade.
First held in 1996, this festival of music, dance, song, comedy, poetry, fun and fine food and drink attracts thousands of visitors to one of the most beautiful regions of Australia, the lush Bega Valley.
For tickets visit the Cobargo Folk Festival Website
Game Fishing or Whale Watching?
Bermagui is a renowned game fishing port. Being located close to the edge of the continental shelf it offers a great variety of fish including the much prized Marlin.
Marlin – can be caught from January to April
Yellowfin Tuna – April to late June
Reef fishing (Snapper, Mowong, Flathead and many more varieties– all year round
An article in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Weekend Magazine some years back quoted that “ more game fishing records have been set out of Bermagui than any other port in the world”.
Following are contact numbers for some of the charter services operating out of Bermagui. Everything from specialist game fishing boats to bottom/ reef fishing is available. Whale watching is also available.
Bermagui Arts Directory
For a list of local exhibitions, galleries, artists and other craftspeople visit http://www.bermagui.net/arts.html