Bega is set amid lush green farmlands and is around a 6-hour drive from Sydney. The town is famous, of course, for being the home of Bega Cheese.
The Bega Cheese Heritage Centre is just one reason to visit this area, and although Bega isn’t on the coast, nearby Bermagui and Tathra make up for this, so lovers of the sea can enjoy their fix, too!
Top 5 things to do and see
A visit to Bega is not complete without a trip to the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre, where you can sample and buy from a range of cheeses, find out about the history of the Bega Valley, as well as the history of cheese and how it’s processed. You can also enjoy a great feed, including icy cold milkshakes.
is famous for deep-sea fishing - mainly marlin and tuna. With the continental shelf just 20km away, this is about as close as you can get. Go on a boat charter from this lovely safe harbour, or drop by the co-op and purchase a feast.
If you’re looking for something for the kids, the Blue Pool is a tidal pool to the south of Bermagui, and it offers a peaceful day out.
Tathra is famous for its steamer wharf – officially classified by the National Trust, which was built in the early 1860s, was in use until 1954 and then reopened in 1988 for fishing. This is arguably one of the best diving sites on the Sapphire Coast
Mimosa Rocks National Park
From north of the Bega River at the ocean, down to Tathra, the Mimosa Rocks National Park is full of picturesque bays and inlets along a rugged coastline. The spotted gum forests and beaches are a feature, and the beaches are home to hooded plovers and pied oystercatchers, which are threatened shorebirds.
This town is for the history buff, and is lined with turn-of-the-century buildings and interesting shops and art studios. Cobargo is a quaint little village with a market each Saturday.
When to go?
Any time of year is good in Bega, as fishing is great all year round. Summer is more suitable for beach sports, but winter a perfect time to cosy up in Tilba, so plan your holiday to coincide with your interests.
How to get there?
Follow the Princes Highway south of Sydney past Batemans Bay
, from Canberra the Kings Highway takes you to Batemans Bay and then take the Princes Highway south past Narooma.
How long to go for?
At least a week, there is plenty to do. Accommodation bookings on weekends are essential as this is a well-known fishing area.
Where to stay?
There is an extensive range of holiday accommodation available in Bega
, with everything from self-contained houses and apartments to B&Bs and motels. Check out the many listings on rentahome.com.au, takeabreak.com.au and Stayz.com.au and you are sure to find the perfect place for your next holiday escape to the Bega area.
An annual visitors guide is published on the area, visit the website at www.sapphirecoast.com.au or the visitor information centres at Bega and Eden.
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