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 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, food and wine experiences and of course, relaxation.
The main street has a front row seat to the beautiful harbour, with bars, cafes and restaurants serving great local nosh with water views. Grower’s markets are held at the beautiful Fishermen’s Wharf at the back of the harbour and there are also great vintage stores and day spas.
Reboot in Bermagui – Last weekend in September
ReBoot in Bermagui is two days of family friendly outdoor activities, health science and natural therapies.
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.
A highlight is the pop-up beach clinic with massage and natural therapies. There’s also a whole lot of tours including shore based whale watching, SUP and surfing.
Healthy eating is part of the program with eateries and pop-up cafes showcasing gorgeous local produce.
Magnificent spotted gums, Angophoras and Burrawang palms abound with many opportunities for bushwalking or taking a break alongside the waterways.
Biamanga, Gulaga and Mimosa Rocks National Parks have endless bushwalking opportunities with an array of rainforest and coastal ecosystems. Choose from many picnic spots including Camel Rock, the Spotted Gum Forest Area, Michael Lerner Lookout, Cuttagee Lake and the Bermagui River Reserve. Guluga is the dominant natural feature of the area and can be tackled by serious walkers who will enjoy rainforest species along the way.
Water sports reign no matter what the season. The most famous for swimming and night snorkelling is the ocean pool, Blue Pool. Nearby Wallaga Lake is 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.
The continental shelf is closer here than anywhere else and warm southern currents flow, attracting the big predators like marlin and yellow fin tuna. Charter boats operate deep sea, dive and game fishing trips with decades of local knowledge. 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
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