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February 2011

Far South Coast Region

Cobargo Folk Festival

Inside: Art Trail What To See & Do What's On Live Music Guide Monthly Markets Fishing Tips Regional Map Bushwalking Guide

Empyrean Trio at Wolumla Page 15

Webers Circus at Batemans Bay Page 47 1

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Summer days on the Far South Coast © Paul Callaghan

From the Editor

February Welcome to the beautiful Far South Coast - where else in the world would you want to be this summer? February marks the beginning of the festival season, with the16th Annual Cobargo Folk Festival the first cab off the rank. Running from Friday 25th February until Sunday 27th, Cobargo is a friendly festival with internationallyrenowned performers playing in intimate venues. Details of the Festival are on pages 29 and 30. As part of their 80th anniversary celebrations, the Eden Killer Whale Museum is presenting a new exhibition titled "Collectoscope" featuring rarely displayed items in its collection - details on page 6. Webers Circus are visiting Batemans Bay in February, and we've got five Family passes to give away. Competition details are on page 46, so make sure you get your entry in on time; the competition closes on February 7th.

Contents The Sapphire Coast Music Society continue their committment to bringing classical musicians of national and international standing to the Far South Coast in 2011. Their season commences with a performance by the Empyrean Trio at the Wolumla Hall on Sunday 27th February; definitely a concert not to be missed - see page 15 for details. There are 7 exhibition openings this month that we know of; more than enough to keep any opening night tragics happy. See page 28 for details. Don't forget the Bega Valley Shire Council has recently placed a ban on smoking at a range of outdoor public locations. We hope you have a truly memorable February wherever you are on the Far South Coast.

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Some photos courtesy of NSW Tourism Cover Photo Credit: Paul Callaghan - Busker "The Amazing Brainboy" at the 2010 Cobargo Folk Festival

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Twofold Bay, Eden © Paul Callaghan


George Bass and Mathew Flinders were the first Europeans to ‘discover’ Twofold Bay in 1798, but the region had been inhabited by members of the Yuin nation for thousands of years, attracted by the rich food resources offered by the sea and surrounding forests. Local Aboriginal people had a strong Eden’s Simply Succulents 100’s of plants at wholesale prices lOver 700 named plants in private collection to view lOpen most days other times by appointment l

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connection with killer whales, and this included the harvesting of small whales and fish that killer whales herded into the shallows. You can experience some of the town’s history at the Eden Killer Whale Museum, and see the skeleton of “Old Tom”, Eden’s famous killer whale. It's also worth the drive to visit Davidson's Whaling Station, the longest operating shore-based whaling station in Australia, at Kiah Inlet on Twofold Bay. Eden is now famous as a destination for whale-watching, with migrations occurring in late autumn and spring. Historic Boydtown, south of Eden, was built by Ben Boyd in 1843; the Seahorse Inn here has been beautifully restored.

What to See & Do Go whale watching Check out the fishing trawlers at Eden Wharf Wander through the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre Hire a fishing charter, take a cruise or try sea kayaking on Twofold Bay Explore stunning National Parks VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Mitchell Street, Eden Ph: 02 6496 1953

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Eden Fishermen’s Recreation Club 217 Imlay Street Eden . Phone: 6496 1577

Eden Gardens Country Club Princes Hwy Eden . Phone: 6496 1126

● Club Keno ● Club TAB ● Raffles ● Free child-minding ● Sky and Austar ● Bingo ● Regular entertainment ● Lunch and dinner 7 days a week

● 18 hole championship golf course ● Fully stocked pro shop ● Lawn bowls ● No crowds, no stress ● Restaurant - Chinese and Australian menu 7 days lunch and dinner

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Eden Killer Whale Museum celebrates its 80th anniversary On 17 September 1930, whilst on his daily walk, Allie Greig discovered the body of the killer whale known as Tom. This single event was the impetus behind establishing a museum in Eden; a place to commemorate the intriguing story of the equal working relationship between the whalers and killer whales of Twofold Bay. Tom’s body was processed across the bay at Davidson Whaling Station on the shores of Kiah Inlet. Local


entrepreneur, John R. Logan drove the vision, and in February the following year formed a committee to begin the project of establishing a home for the skeleton of Tom. The building was eventually finished in 1938 with Tom being installed early in 1939. Unfortunately Logan died in 1937, never seeing his dream realised. The museum building is now an iconic centrepiece overlooking the sapphire waters of Twofold Bay and has recently been recognised as holding collections of local, national and international significance. This year Eden Killer Whale Museum has a full programme


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of events planned to celebrate its 80th anniversary including the new exhibition, Collectoscope. Collectoscope showcases rarely displayed items and reflects on the development of local and national culture in the distant and recent past. Artefacts range across a broad cross section of collecting areas including Australiana, militaria and costume. This exhibition complements the permanent exhibitions that encompass the historical aspects of Eden’s timber, fishing and whaling industries and maritime heritage. Collectoscope runs from 26th January until 11th September 2011. Below: Tennis Match, Eden v Merimbula played at Eden 30 October 1909. Photograph by William T Hall, Tim Mattsson Collection. Eden Killer Whale Museum

Current Exhibitions An Important Enterprise Whaling & Twofold Bay

Replica Lighthouse-

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Davidson Gallery Whaling Exhibition Visit Old Tom’s Skeleton -the most famous of Killer Whales

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· Extensive range of historical books · Disabled Access · Bus Parking 184 Imlay St, EDEN opp Police Station ph 02 6496 2094 fax 02 6496 2024 email:

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Above: Wyndham Rabbit Canning Factory, c1909. Photograph by William T Hall, Michael Gandon Collection. Eden Killer Whale Museum.

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Pambula Caption River forEntrance photograph © Paul © Photographer Callaghan


The Pambula River floodplain was for thousands of years a source of food and materials for the Thaua people of the Yuin nation. Europeans first explored the region during George Bass's southern voyage of 1797. Seeking shelter from a gale, Bass travelled up the Pambula River, noting its beauty in his diary. A marker has been erected by the National Parks and Wildlife Service on this historic site. European settlement began in the 1830s, with the original township built on the southern banks of the Pambula River. Severe flooding in the 1860s meant the town had to be re-located to its present site on higher ground. Timber, maize, wattlebark, dairying and oyster farming formed the basis of the local economy in the late 19th century. However in 1888, gold was discovered on the banks of the Yowaka River, and by 1891 there were eleven mining companies in operation at the Mount Gahan site.

Pambula’s historic past is very much in evidence today, with beautifully restored and maintained historic buildings and farmhouses. One of these buildings is the former home of Syms Covington, assistant to the great naturalist, Charles Darwin, on the second voyage of The Beagle in the 1830s. He became postmaster of Pambula in 1854, but remained in contact with the renowned scientist, sending a box of Twofold Bay barnacles to help in Darwin’s research. Pambula today has an eclectic mix of businesses, with art galleries, cafes, restaurants, gift shops and pubs.

Pambula Beach has with an excellent swimming beach patrolled by the Pambula Surf Life Saving Club, a dog friendly beach at Middle Beach and the beautiful Pambula Rivermouth. There are also walking tracks and viewing platforms.

At the southern end of the town is Panboola, a community-managed recreational area that is restoring parts of the floodplain and former race course. Just 5 minutes east of the village is Pambula Beach, set between the ocean, the mouth of Pambula River and Ben Boyd National Park.

Enjoy the beautiful historic buildings of Pambula Village

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Housed in one of Pambula Village's beautiful historic buildings, artessence is a treasure trove of eclectic pieces of artwork. For the past four years, artessence has been owned by Terry and her daughter Amanda McIntyre, both of whom are practicing artists. Their love of art and appreciation of quality is reflected in the pieces found in their gallery. artessence's range includes exquisite jewellery, functional wood pieces, beautiful ceramics, handmade glassware and gorgeous sculptures. Amanda and Terry are great supporters of local artists, and have a range of

Heading south toward Eden from Pambula, turn off the Highway to Pambula Lake, where there’s a boat ramp for launching vessels. Several oyster growers sell fresh Pambula Lake oysters here too.

What to See & Do Visit the ‘Oaklands’ complex Take a walk around Panboola Visit the friendly kangaroos at Pambula Beach Try some oysters at Pambula Lake

contemporary and traditional paintings from well-known names around the district. The perfect place to do some serious shopping, artessence has both special affordable items and precious pieces of art. The McIntyres also own McKells Picture Framing, located in the same building as artessence. McKells has an extensive range of mouldings available to complete all types of framing jobs - another great option for that special gift. artessence is open on Monday Friday from 9.30am - 4.30pm, and on Saturdays from 10am - 2pm.


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The historic ‘Oaklands’ property, situated on the Princes Highway in Pambula, is the site of one of the region’s newest retail and tourism ventures. Owned by the Moffitt family, the design of the beautifully constructed Oaklands complex draws its inspiration from rural buildings of yesteryear. Since opening in April 2009, the complex has become a major tourist destination in the Far South Coast. Oaklands is home to several businesses, making it easy to spend hours wandering through the complex. Oaklands Barn that carries a wide range of stock feeds for horses and cattle right through to chooks. There's also farm and landscaping supplies, including fencing materials, mulches, topsoil, pebbles and railway sleepers. The Barn also stocks pet accessories, pet food for dogs, cat and bird seed and pet health care products like dog washes and flea treatments. Oaklands Nursery is perfect for wandering through, with seedlings, native plants, ornamentals, beautiful pots and garden furniture to inspire. There's a homewares and gifts area as well, with all sorts of handy kitchen gadgets, a wide range of books from the ABC and delicious Australian honey.


Oaklands Pambula ♦ Trail & Pony Rides Ph 0428 957 257 ♦ Animal Nursery ♦ Farm & Garden Supplies, Nursery Ph 6495 7257 ♦ Merv’s Shed - Old Wares & Collectables Ph 6495 6822 ♦ Oaklands Café - Breakfast, snacks, coffee, lunch, morning or afternoon tea. Functions & Dinner by arrangement. Open 9am - 4pm 7 days Ph Café 6495 7373

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Children will enjoy the animal nursery, where they can visit farm animals and pets close up. Chooks, ducks, rabbits, and goats are all on display, right through to miniature ponies, draft horses and even camels. Sometimes there are poddy calves, puppies and kittens as well. For the more adventurous, there are pony rides and trail rides that traverse the working Oaklands farm. For trail ride times, enquiries and bookings phone 0428 957 257. Oaklands Cafe serves modern Australian cuisine in a classic Australian setting. Serving funky homestyle food for breakfast and lunch, delicious home-made cakes and organic coffee for morning or afternoon tea, the cafe is a great place to relax with friends. Don’t forget to check out the beautiful redgum table, handcrafted and designed for communal dining. The Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch from 9am to 4pm 7 days a week phone 6495 7373 to make a booking. Merv’s Shed is a treasure trove full of fascinating collectables, old wares, restored furniture and wooden toys. You'll find all sorts of everyday items from years gone by, as well as beautiful restored antique furniture. Oaklands is open 7 days a week.

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Mitchies Jetty, Merimbula © Paul Callaghan

Merimbula Merimbula is the tourist hub of the Sapphire Coast with its lakeside restaurants and cafes, great shopping and a vast array of attractions and accommodation choices. Merimbula has a long history of human occupation, with Aboriginal people making the most of the available food resources, leaving behind middens that are visible today. In more recent times, Merimbula was one of several coastal trading ports connecting the region to the outside world, as the area was relatively isolated with a lack of rail or road access. The Old School Museum on Main St has information and displays about the town’s early European history. There are several walking tracks that take advantage of the beautiful views around the Lake; from the Wharf to Spencer Park, from the Bridge to Top Lake and around Fishpen. Other things you can do around Merimbula include snorkelling, surfing, cycling, enjoying a scenic flights, tenpin bowling, experiencing family fun parks or experiencing native animals or marine creatures up close. Merimbula is a great place to go shopping, with specialty shops and nationally-known outlets tucked away in arcades and courtyards. There are also plenty of cafes with great coffee. Foodies are spoilt for choice, with a wide range of restaurants, clubs and the Hotel offering a host of different dining experiences, but with fresh local seafood a common theme. For a musical night out, there are lots of venues in Merimbula and the surrounding areas that offer live music; especially during the annual Jazz Festival in June. Tura Beach is only a short drive north, with its own shopping centre, country club and beautiful beach.

What to See & Do Go whale watching in season Get out on the water with hire boats or fishing charters, and go dolphin watching Take a scenic flight up and down the spectacular Far South Coast Have some thrills at Magic Mountain Fun Park, Top Fun & Mandeni Family Fun Park Visit the Merimbula Aquarium at the Wharf at fish feeding time Visit Potoroo Palace Native Animal Education Sanctuary Go fishing off the Wharf, beaches or in the Lake VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Beach Street, Merimbula Ph: 02 6495 1129

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the tastes of the town and views to match Relax in our NEW outdoor terrace Featuring rock water-wall, copper walls and overhead table heating. Dine in the spacious Coral Sea Restaurant - perfect for that night out with friends and family • Austar on two large screens • Regular live entertainment & promotions • Free child minding • Bingo (Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday) • Full sports lounge bar


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“It’s all about the Style” Shoes, Handbags, Boots & Accessories. Pins ‘n’ Needles Stockists of: Guess, Rieker, Rohde, Modapalle, Cellini & many more. For something a little different.

Patchwork Fabrics & Quilting Supplies, Needlework Supplies & Kits, Dress Fabrics, Fashion Patterns & Haberdashery Wool, Knitting & Craft Supplies & Books

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Smarty Pants A great combination of surf, skate and street wear. Labels include Havaianas, Elwood, Mossimo, Lollita, Seafolly Kids, All About Eve, O & E, Rockstar, Famous, Kustom & Osiris.

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Visit National Parks

• Coast & forest campsites, walks and drives • Accommodation and tours at Green Cape Lightstation • Summer & Easter Discovery Program • Award winning Montague Island Tours

For information and advice contact NPWS Merimbula 6495 5000 or Narooma 4476 0800



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Candelo Festival set to light up Bega Valley from Brisbane, Silent Feature Era will transport you with its very original, dark, punchy and melting tunes. When the stars come out slide onto the floor and have a mooch with The Gadflys who can brighten up any rainy night with their whimsical soulful melodies.

Lock in Saturday 19th March in your diaries; it’s the date that Candelo, the tiny picturesque village of wide streets and a big heart, will light up when the Candelo Village Festival comes to town. With a swag of great support under its belt already with over $18,000 worth of grants confirmed from The NSW Government Department of Industry & Investment ($15,000), The Mumbulla Foundation ($1400) and Regional Arts NSW Country Arts Support Program ($1500) the 2011 Candelo Village Festival looks set to be even bigger and better than ever. There will be local, national and international performing artists strutting their stuff with over 30 acts at over 5 venues from midday to midnight. First to be announced is the captivating and haunting sounds of David Ross MacDonald (pictured) who also plays with The Waifs. All the way

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From the small to the big there’s something for everyone, with a blistering program being designed to showcase young performers in the youth tent, and an entertaining program of fun activities and lively music just for the kids. There will be visual arts, exhibitions and theatre. Don’t miss out on one of the highlights from the 2009 festival – when the sun sets on Candelo, the lantern parade will wind its twinkling, gorgeous, handmade lanterns through the town. Early Bird Tickets are now available on the Candelo Arts Society website, so book now for some great prices for this fabulous festival and stay tuned for the full festival line-up to be announced shortly. More info on the festival and for bookings go to: Early Bird Prices (only till March 5): Full - $40, Concession - $25, CAS members - $30, Family ticket - $100 (includes 2 Full + 2 or more 12y.o. 18y.o.), Under 12 Free (Full Price on the day is $50 for adults, Concession - $30, CAS - $40 & Family ticket - $125).

Get on the water with Top Lake Boat Hire If you’re into DIY water sports, Top Lake Boat Hire, situated on the edge of beautiful Merimbula Lake is the place to go, with all manner of water-craft available for hire. For those who like to get from point A to point B without messing around, there are motor boats available for hire. However, if you like to take things at a more leisurely pace, there are rowing boats, canoes and kayaks to try. And there are even pedal boats for the kids. If you’d like to try a spot of fishing whilst you’re out on the Lake, but don’t have any gear, Top Lake Boat Hire can supply you with tackle and bait too.

The most enjoyable way to get to Top Lake Boat Hire is to take a stroll along one of Merimbula’s most popular walking tracks - the Top Lake Boardwalk. Start on the south-west side of the Merimbula Bridge and follow the shoreline. The Boardwalk is a great vantage spot to take in sunrises and sunsets, or just enjoy the peace and quiet. It’s a level walk, and when you’ve reached Top Lake Boat Hire at the end, you can enjoy a coffee or a snack whilst taking in the spectacular views. On Thursdays to Sundays, you can enjoy breakfast on the deck. Top Lake Boat Hire, Merimbula Cove, Lakewood Drive. Ph 6495 1987



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Sapphire Coast Music Society continues to delight audiences in 2011 The concert program for 2011 by the Sapphire Coast Music Society provides a smorgasbord of musical talent, showcasing some of Australia’s most talented performers. The concert series starts off with the Empyrean Trio in February followed by the popular opera The Marriage of Figaro performed by the renowned touring opera company, Co Opera, in March. The remaining concerts this year include a piano/cello duo (Amy Putt and Adam Szabo), the annual Sydney Conservatorium of Music Concert in June, a piano concert performed by the international pianist, Roman Rudnitsky. The calendar concludes with the final concert in October with the Tavantinsuyu Ensemble of violin, piano, clarinet and viola. The first concert on Sunday, 27th February at 2.30pm at Wolumla Hall performed by the Empyrean Trio promises to be an extraordinary musical experience. Formed in 2008, Trio Empyrean brings together three of Australia’s most experienced and respected ensemble musicians – David Pereira (cellist), Andrew Lorenz (violin) and pianist Wendy Lorenz. All three Canberra-based musicians have featured as soloists with Australia’s major orchestras and have released a range of recordings. David Pereira is recognised as one of Australia’s top cellists. His background includes seven years as Principal Cellist of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and three years as Principal Cellist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He has performed both as a soloist and with ensembles at famous venues around the world. Andrew Lorenz has enjoyed a varied, successful career as solo violinist, chamber musician, orchestral leader, teacher and conductor. He has performed with many of Australia’s major orchestras and leading chamber groups, and has toured extensively

throughout Australia, Europe, North America and Asia. Wendy Lorenz has worked actively as both pianist and teacher, performing extensively throughout Australia and overseas. Her career has gone from strength to strength since she graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium as ‘Student of the Year’. Tickets for this concert will be available from mid February from Magpie Music (Bega), Booktique Bookshop (Merimbula), Eden Music Centre or at the door ($18 for Members, $25 for Non-Members and $21 for Concession holders). Contact Pat Reilly (6495 9708) for further information on becoming a member or taking out a series subscription.

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Above: the Empyrean Trio: David Pereira (rear), Andrew Lorenz and Wendy Lorenz

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Discover history at Merimbula's Old School Museum One of the main tourist attractions in Merimbula is the Old School Museum. The building was originally constructed for use as a school following the donation of the land by Sir William Manning. The school opened in 1873 and in 1875 enrolments totalled 39 children. By 1946 however, the building had been vacated, and stood unused for many years. In 1973 the Merimbula-Imlay Historical Society began operating the museum from this very suitable building. The structure is listed on the register of the National Trust of Australia. The Old School Museum now houses an excellent collection of objects and photographs that tell stories of life in Merimbula and neighbouring Pambula from their origins to the present day. Stories of ship-wrecked sailors, whalers, squatters, settlers and gold miners are all to be found in the Museum. It provides a secure site for displays of local history such as stories of:

• Matthew Munn and his Maizena and his son, Armstrong, who inherited his father’s wealth and lost it by investing in the Pambula goldfields; • the Wharf and the Illawarra Steamship Company that provided transport for people and goods up and down the coast before roads were built; • Syms Covington, who travelled with Charles Darwin in the Beagle

and lived in Pambula in a house that is now a restaurant; • gold and pyrophyllite mining around Pambula; • the wrecking of the William Dawes and the SS Merimbula; The Museum is opposite the RSL in Main Street and is open from 1.30pm – 4.00pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Entry is only $3 and children are welcome at no cost. For more information, phone 6495 4844.

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Lakeview Hotel listed in Good Pub Food Guide 2011 Congratulations to Merimbula's Lakeview Hotel, listed in the inaugural Sydney Morning Herald Good Pub Food Guide 2011. Needless to say, owner Dennis Souter was delighted to discover the pub had been given a score of 15.5 out of 20. The only pub between Eden and Wollongong to score a better rating is the Heads Hotel at Shoalhaven, some 300km away, and it only scored a half a point more than the Lakeview. This is the first time that the SMH has produced a guide focusing solely on pub food, and the research to determine who made the grade was extensive. From an initial list of some 1600 hotels spread across New South Wales, 532 were visited, with the final list cut down to 394 reviewed hotels. Months were spent by a team of 71 reviewers, anonymously visiting pubs in Sydney and around the state. Points were allocated in three categories; food, service, ambience and 'magic'. The Lakeview impressed with the range of $10 lunches and the chef's dishes of the day. So it's official - the Lakeview has the best pub food on the coast - book now!


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1 Market St. Merimbula Ph (02) 6495 1202

NATIVE ANIMAL EDUCATIONAL SANCTUARY • Open 10am-4pm daily (except Christmas Day and Good Friday) • Educational talks at 11 am and 2 pm each day • Individual Animal Encounters by arrangement • Function room available for hire for meetings, work shops, conferences and exhibitions

• Blue Wren Cafe now licensed, enjoy Breakfast, Lunch & Devonshire Tea • BBQ also available • Evening meals (with talks & walk optional) for groups by arrangement

9km north of Merimbula on the Princes Hwy Ph: 02 6494 9225 Fax: 02 6494 9559 Office: 02 6494 9053 Email:

Play & Dine with the Pacific Club Sapphire Tura

Home of Beach Country Club Club Home ofTura Tura Beach Country Enjoy spectacular views over the Pacific Ocean from this magnificent 18 hole championship course. • Seaview Bistro – Open daily 12.00–8.30pm • 2 Bowling Greens • 2 Tennis Courts • Club Keno, ATM, EFTPOS, TAB and Sky Channel • Free Courtesy Shuttle Bus The Fairway, Tura Beach, NSW Phone (02) 6495 9002 Fax (02) 6495 9756 Proshop Ph. (02) 6495 9068 Email:


Fishing Report & Tide Chart - February February along the South Coast sees some great fishing available. Whether you're fishing the rocks, beaches, estuaries or offshore, an array of species will be on offer using a variety of different methods. Good luck! Beaches: Fishing the late afternoons on a rising tide can pay huge dividends during February, with bream, whiting, tailor and possibly mulloway all on the cards. Look for a beach that has a deeper gutter to the northern end of it for best results. Fresh squid, pilchards, pipi and prawns are ideal, but using live beach worms for bait is certainly the best. Better beaches to try are Gillards, Tilba, Brou, and Cuttagee though most beaches along the coast will hold fish. Rocks: The pelagic action will be in full swing with salmon, tailor, kingfish and bonito all available. Anglers throwing chromed sliced lures up to 60grams, whole pilchards rigged on ganged hooks and live bait will have a great time. Almost any deeper headland should produce but some of the better ledges are Tura Head, Tathra Wharf, Mystery Bay and the Golf course rocks at Narooma. Expect a few bream, drummer and blackfish in the washes too, with burley a must for consistent results. Estuaries: Most estuaries along the coast will continue to fish well despite the increased boat traffic that this time of year brings. Flathead, whiting, bream, tailor and mulloway will all be available,

with soft plastics, live baiting and fresh baits the best way to tempt one. Concentrate your efforts around tide changes with early mornings also a gun time to fish the estuary. Using burley in conjunction with fresh baits should see some tasty fillets in the pan. The Clyde River, Wagonga Inlet, Bega River and Merimbula Lake would be the pick of the estuaries to fish. Offshore: With the water hovering around the 22-24deg mark, marlin, tuna and albacore will be patrolling the current lines. Depending on bait activity will determine where the fish are, but trolling lures and slow trolling live baits from the 40-fathom line to the shelf is a good starting point. Inshore, snapper, kingfish, morwong, flathead and long finned perch should keep the bottom bouncing brigade happy. Almost all reefs will be holding fish with fresh squid, striped tuna fillets and pilchards being the best baits. Tight lines till next month.

Stuart Hindson is the owner of Aussie Fish Estuary Adventures, and provides guided fishing charters from Wonboyn to Batemans Bay and all estuaries in between. With over 20 years experience in the industry, Stuart really knows his fishing. Check out his website at for more information, or call Stuart on 0400 062 504 or 02 6495 9902 to book a fishing experience you won’t forget.


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Bega is the business and administrative heart of the Bega Valley. It is also a place of natural beauty, surrounded by lush pastures and forests hugging the escarpment. Views of Mumbulla Mountain to the north and the escarpment to the west are best appreciated from the Lookout, located just 5 kilometres north of town on the Princes Highway. In the language of local Aboriginal people, members of the Yuin nation, Bega is said to mean “large camping ground”; it would have been a


The funkiest little decor & gift shop in the deep south! Antiques • Vintage • Retro • Art • Books • Records • Unique Gifts • Homewares • Artisan-made furniture & decor • investment art Open 9.30-5.30 Mon to Fri 10am 12.30 Sat

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place of great abundance, with an underground lake feeding a series of wetlands, providing plenty of tucker. The dairy industry has always played a major part in the Bega economy, and this is still the case today, with the Bega Cheese Co-op one of Australia’s leading manufacturers of dairy products. A visit to the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre is a must for anyone new to the region; housed in a reproduction of one of the first buildings on the site, the Heritage Centre has a wonderful display of cheese and butter-making equipment from the 1900s, and provides an insight into how early farmers lived, worked and transported their products. Bega has a thriving arts community with its own Regional Gallery, which hosts several major exhibitions each year, as well as the artist-run Spiral Gallery.

What to See & Do Visit the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre Follow the picturesque walking/cycling track near the Bega River Take in the view from the Bega lookout, 5km north of Bega Go canoeing in the Wadbilliga National Park Visit the Art Galleries Explore the surrounding villages of Bemboka, Candelo and Wyndham

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE At Bega Cheese Heritage Centre Lagoon Street, Bega Ph: 02 6491 7645

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(closed Christmas Day & Good Friday) • Free admission • Gourmet range of fudge • Cheese tastings & sales • Ice creams, milk shakes & light meals • The History of Dairying Museum • Picnic area • Local products • Arts & Crafts

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Monthly Markets Guide Eden Eden Market 1st Saturday of month from 8am 1pm. Eden RSL Hall, Calle Calle St. Eden local produce market 3rd Saturday of the month. Eden Community Garden, Uniting Church, Chandos Street. 8:30-12 noon Nethercote Seasonal Produce Market Jan 22 Locally grown & produced food and plants. Live entertainment and cooking demo. Nethercote Community Hall, cnr Nethercote & Back Creek Rds, 10ks from Eden or Pambula Pambula Pambula Rotary Market 2nd Sunday of month Pambula Recreation Grounds. Pambula Craft Market 2nd Sunday of mth from 8am - 1pm. Cnr. Monaro & Toalla Sts. Robin Hood Service Club Craft & Collectables Market 2nd Sunday of month from 8am - 1pm. Pambula Town Hall. Merimbula Merimbula Seaside Market & Fair 3rd Sunday of month from 8.30 - 12.30 Ford Oval. Merimbula RFS Market Friday 25th & Saturday 26th 9am – 3pm at Twyford Hall.



Wyndham Wyndham Market 4th Sunday of month from 8.30am 12.30pm at Wyndham Hall (OPEN IN ALL WEATHER). Candelo Candelo Markets 1st Sun. of each month from 8.30am 12.30pm. Candelo Oval & Town Hall. Bega Old Bega Hospital Market 2nd Sat of mth from 8.30am - 2pm. Princes Hwy, South Bega. SCPA Markets in Bega 4th & 18th February from 8am - 1pm. Littleton Gardens, Bega. Cobargo Cobargo Market last Saturday of mth, from 9am, behind Cobargo Hotel Bermagui Bermagui Hand & Homemade Market last Sunday of mth, 8.30 - 12.30, Dickinson Park. Tilba Tilba Growers Market Every Saturday 8am till 12noon Tilba Hall, contact 44737284 Narooma Narooma Rotary Markets 4th Sunday of mth NATA Oval, Princes Hwy.

Moruya Moruya Country Market Riverside Park, cnr Shore St and Ford St 8am - 1pm every Saturday morning. Malua Bay Quota Seaside Market 1st Saturday August, October & December. Malua Bay Beach Reserve, Malua Bay. Batemans Bay Bay Sunday Markets at 1 Museum Place, Batemans Bay (behind Historical Society), 1st, 2nd & 4th Sun of each month. Batemans Bay Coastal Patrol Market 1st Sun of mth, Corrigans’ Park, Batehaven, 9am-1pm. Batemans Bay High School 3rd Sunday of month.


Bega Secrets

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8 .00- 4.30 Sat 8.30 - 2.00 Sun 9 .00- 2.00

Award winning range of food, Pizza deals and more. Open 10am-9.30pm Mon to Fri, 4.30pm-9.30pm Sat & Sun. At 98 Carp St Bega next to Coles with plenty of parking. Phone ahead for prompt service:

6492 6000



Breakfast & Lunch. Great coffee, friendly staff, table service. Everything home-made on the premises. Corporate and private catering available

Shop 1 Ayres Walkway Bega 6492 0361

A ppr oved Retailer Watkin’s 3D Paint and Colour Longest established paint specialists in the area for over 25 years. For all your painting solutions, tools & advice. 95 Carp St Bega 6492 3162

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BEST LITTLE MUSIC SHOP IN THE •THE Fantastic range of instruments & • Fantastic range of instruments & accessories • Print music, CD’s & DVD’s •accessories Print music, CD’s & DVD’s •• The in Hi-Fi & Home Thebest best in Hi-Fi & Theatre Home Theatre • School of Music - teaching all instruments • Magpie School of Music - teaching all instruments 125 Auckland St Bega 6492 3533

Large range of stock frames, fast 6 little nursery downSelection the lane and the friendly service. of • local•• photography by Tony & Robert Lockerbie. Think outside the picture. Open Mon to Fri 9am – 5pm, Sat 9am – 1pm 32-34 Church Street, Bega Phone 02 6492 6628 115 Carp St Bega 6492 6500 Hardy plants for coastal, frost and drought conditions Special interest books and gift cards Seedlings and herbs are our specialty Come, relax and be inspired by the ambience of our nursery

Behind Candelo Bulk Wholefoods and next to the Gipps St carpark

MILKY WAY Ph 6492 3533 125 Auckland St Bega

Discover the delights of our Bed and Breakfast in a gracious 1870’s home in the heart of Bega. 3 individual ensuite rooms, one with spa bath.

62 Carp Street, Bega Phone 02 6492 1393


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Bega Garden Nursery Hardy plants for coastal, frost & dry conditions. Seedlings and herbs are our speciality. OPEN MONDAY - SATURDAY

“The little nursery down the lane” Rear of 32-34 Church St Bega 6492 6628


Kianinny Bay © Paul Callaghan

Tathra With beautiful beaches, estuaries and National Parks all close by, Tathra is an ideal holiday destination for both families and couples. Tathra’s famous historic Wharf, classified by the National Trust as the only remaining steamer wharf on the Australian coastline, is a popular spot for fishing. The Wharf also has tourist information on Tathra and surrounding areas. Swimming at Tathra’s patrolled beach (summer only) may provide the added bonus of a dolphin sighting, or even a glimpse of a passing whale. Bushwalking, kayaking, mountainbiking, snorkelling and surfing are all popular around Tathra. There are lots of things for the kids to do, with a fantastic skatebowl suitable for skateboards, bikes and scooters, and a great playground, both located near the Tathra Surf Lifesaving Club. An easy 3km walking & cycling track runs from Tathra to the mouth of the Bega River at Mogareeka, with other walks around town as well. Direct access to the ocean is available at Kianinny Bay (also good for swimming), and the boat ramp at Mogareeka provides an easy launch into the Bega River estuary. Tathra also has plenty of great places to eat, ranging from gourmet delis to cafes and restaurants. Tathra is a great base from which

you can explore the Mimosa Rocks National Park, which follows the coast up towards Bermagui. Beaches include Nelsons, Moon Bay, and Bithry Inlet, with camping available at Gillards and Middle Beach.

What to See & Do

Fish off the Tathra Wharf Go bushwalking on the Kangarutha Track or in the Tathra Wildlife Reserve Check out the view and whales from the Headland lookout Enjoy the walk from Tathra to the mouth of the Bega River at Mogareeka Explore the Bega River by boat

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Tathra Beach House Holiday Apartments If you want a real beach holiday, you have to be close to the sand and surf; you don't want to have to drive to the beach then fight to find a place to park your car. Tathra Beach House Holiday Apartments are right across the road from the beautiful Tathra Beach; once you've arrived, you might not get in your car again for your entire stay. And what a beach to be opposite. In 2009, Tathra Beach was selected as a finalist in the national Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Clean Beaches Awards. The Tathra Beach House complex has received its share of accolades too. At the 2007 South Coast Tourism Awards, Tathra Beach House won an Award of Distinction in the Cabins, Cottages & Units (self contained) category. With 7 styles of 4 1/2 star selfcontained apartments, Tathra Beach House can accommodate everyone. Options include: • Motel units are ideal for overnight for short stay for 1 or 2 persons. • Loft units accommodate from 3, 4, to 6 persons. • Town House accommodation provided for 4 adults and 2 children. • Villa Apartments accommodate 6 to 7 persons. • Tree Top accommodation provides for 4 to 6 persons.

Award Winning Sausages 1st Prize - Gourmet Chicken 2nd Prize - Pork 3rd Prize - Continental Great range of quality meats and smallgoods

Tathra Butchery

7 Bega Street Tathra Ph 6494 1234

• Ocean View Spa apartments accommodate up to 4 persons. • Conference facilities for up to 25 persons. The units are set on a spectacular site beautifully landscaped with ponds, waterfalls, boardwalks, stone retaining walls and native gardens. There are two swimming pools, two spa pools, and a very popular heated hydrotherapy swim spa. The large Town House units offer private courtyards with BBQs and interconnected lock up garages, and are ideal for families. The new apartments have spectacular ocean views and deck spas, whilst other units have views over the waterfalls and gardens, ponds and pools. All units have TV with 8 channels of Austar, a DVD player and internet access. Tathra Beach House offers special rates over winter, and even in the peak season it's worth checking the website in case of last-minute cancellations - go to or ring 02 6499 9900 for bookings.

Located directly opposite Tathra’s famous surf beach

Set in beautifully landscaped grounds featuring ponds and waterfalls. Resort style quality apartments, villa houses and motel units. 2 swimming pools, 2 spa pools & a hydrotherapy swim spa. Ph: 02 64999900 57 Andy Poole Drive Tathra AAA 

Tathra Beach Country Club Golf or Tennis Ph 6494 1220

The Golden Sands Chinese Restaurant

(Chinese/Australian Food) Dinner Wed-Sun, Lunch Wed-Sun

Ph 6494 5222

Andy Poole Drive Tathra For the information of members and their guests Is Gambling a Problem For You? Call G-Line (NSW). A confidential anonymous free counselling service. FREE CALL 1800 633 635

Bush walking in and around Tathra Tathra Forest Wildlife Reserve From Tathra, head back toward Bega on the Snowy Mountains Highway, and turn right into Thompsons Drive. The car park on the right marks the start of the Tathra Forest Wildlife Reserve. This 60 hectare wildlife corridor provides habitat for a range of fauna species, including glossy blackcockatoos

(below left), listed as a threatened species. These rare birds feed on the black sheoaks (Allocasuarina litoralis) found in coastal forests, and build nests in the hollows of old or dead trees. The Main Ridge Track passes through coastal rainforest down to a secluded wetland, with a variety of waterbirds, frogs and water dragons. Continue through the Reserve until you reach Dilkerra Rd; follow this until you reach the famous Tathra beach. The walk takes about 45 minutes one way, and is graded as easy - medium.



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When you're away from home, it's important to know where to go should there be a bushfire nearby. For a list of RFS Neighbourhood Safe Places (NSPs) rin the Eurobodalla and Bega Valley Shires, go to The safest option in bush fire prone areas is to leave well before the threat of bush fire. NSP’s are a place of last resort. Important points to remember include: - Be aware of the safest and alternate access routes to a NSP. - Be aware that when you are travelling to a NSP there may be heavy smoke and poor visibility. - The conditions at the NSP may be uncomfortable and you may be affected by smoke and embers. MORUYA - Water, toilets and food may not be available at the NSP and emergency service personnel may not be present. - People with special needs, such as the elderly and disabled, should always leave before the threat of fire. - NSPs are not intended for pets and livestock. -Other informal places of refuge can also be used including major centres and cleared land such as beaches.

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Bermagui offers visitors a myriad of things to do and places to go. Pristine beaches and lakes provide water activities from surfing to swimming, snorkelling, boating and

canoeing. Book a fishing charter on one of the many local boats or throw in a line from the beach, rocks or along the Bermagui River. Don't miss a swim in the beautiful Blue

Cellar Door ● 11am to 5pm Thursday-Sunday. Restaurant ● Lunch Thursday-Sunday from 12pm ● Dinner Friday/Saturday from 6pm (Bookings Essential)

2845 Bermagui/Tathra Rd, Murrah

14km › Bermagui 28km ›Tathra

Phone 6494 0164

What to See & Do

Bermagui Country Club Live Entertainment every Friday night from 8.30pm Indoor & Outdoor Entertainment Facilities. What’s On during the week:

Bingo - Monday 11am Trivia - Wednesday 8pm Pool Comp - Wednesday 7.30pm - Friday 7.30pm - Saturday 7.30pm


Try out the Club’s new Kids Play Area - now open in the Terrace Cafe Table Service is now available at the Terrace Raffles Every Wednesday and Friday night! First draw 7.30pm

Pool, set on the edge of the ocean at the base of the cliffs off Scenic Drive. Try out the 18-hole golf course, hit a ball around the tennis courts or play bowls at the Bermagui Country Club. The Terrace Cafe at the Club is open every day for lunch and dinner; you can pore over the menu online so you can order as soon as you arrive. Go bush walking, take a guided walk or bird watch in the surrounding National Parks and State Forests. Take a guided tour of the Montreal Goldfield and learn about the discovery of gold in the 1880s. There is a range of accommodation in Bermagui including B&Bs, motels, tourist/caravan parks, self-contained holiday units and houses and camping. The spectacular new Fishermen's Wharf complex has restaurants, a wine bar, art gallery and fantastic gift shops to visit, or grab some fish 'n' chips and watch the fishing boats at the Wharf.

Take a tour of the historic Montreal Goldfield Enjoy the cycle and walking tracks around town The Terrace Opening Hours: Lunch 12pm - 2pm Dinner 6pm - 8.30pm Open 7 days For bookings phone 64934177 Courtesy Bus available Friday & Wednesday evenings - bookings can be made by phoning the club on 64934340, or bus mobile 0427233639

Swim in Bermagui's famous Blue Pool, next to the ocean Visit the new Fishermen's Wharf complex VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Bunga Street, Bermagui Ph: 02 6493 3054 Open 7 days 10am - 4pm

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What's On - February 25th - 27th February - Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo

26th January - 11th September Collectoscope - Eden Killer Whale Museum

27th February - Empyrean Trio at Wolumla Hall, Wolumla

10 - 20th February - Webers Circus at Corrigans Beach, Batemans Bay

19th March - Candelo Village Festival Candelo


26th January - 11th September Collectoscope - 80th Anniversary Exhibition At the Eden Killer Whale Museum, Collectosope showcases rarely displayed items in the Museum's collection as part of its 80th anniversary year. Phone 6496 2094 for more information (page 6). 28th January - Exhibition Opening Peter Storey, Spiral Gallery Bega Contact Spiral Gallery for opening time of Peter's exhibition in Gallery 1 at Spiral. Ph 6492 5322 4th February - Exhibition Opening: Fish 'n' Fishing, Shop 7 Artspace, Bermagui Fishermens Wharf Local artist Lyndal Jenkins' exhibition themed "Fish 'n' Fishing" opens at 6pm. Drinks with the artist until 8pm. www.shop7artspace or see page 36. 4th February - Exhibition Opening: thoughtworks, Bega Valley Regional Gallery Featuring the work of Bernadette Foster, inaugural recipient of BVRG's ANU EASS Award, and Matthew Jones. Exhibition Opening at 6pm. Ph 6499 2187 or visit Community/Art_Gallery/Art_Gallery. htm Details on page 37. 5th February - Exhibition Opening: Julie Bradley, Margaret Dimoff and Anneke Paijmans, Ivy Hill Gallery, Wapengo Drinks with the artists from 5pm - 7pm. Exhibition runs until 1st March. Ph 6494 0152 See page 36 for details. 10th - 20th February - Webers Circus, Beach Rd, Corrigans Beach, Batemans Bay With the Wheel of Death, Trapeze artists, clowns, miniature ponies and much more, this circus will entertain and delight the whole family. Phone 0448 247 287 or 0448 CIRCUS for information, or go to www. to book online. Five Family passes to give away - details on page 47.

12th February - Exhibition Opening: Signs of Life, Crossing Gallery Candelo Works created by local artists Sharon Cornthwaite and Sam Bailey. Contact Gallery for Exhibition opening details. Ph 6493 2764 or go to page 37. 18th February - Exhibition Opening: Codex Interruptum, Spiral Gallery, Bega. Artworks created by Rhonda Ayliffe in Gallery 2 at Spiral. Contact Gallery for exhibition opening time. Ph 6492 5322 Details p 37. 25th - 27th February - 16th Cobargo Folk Festival Presented by the Yuin Folk Club Inc. at the Cobargo Showgrounds, the Festival features a wide range of performers including musicians from many genres, poets, comedians and dancers. Ring the Festival Hotline on 02) 6493 6758 or 0427 919 010 or visit (see pages 29 & 30). 27th February - Empyrean Trio, Wolumla Hall, Woluma The Sapphire Coast Music Society kicks off its 2011 season with three of Australia's most respected ensemble musicians; David Pereira (cellist), Andrew Lorenz (violin) and pianist Wendy Lorenz). Tickets available from midFebruary from Magpie Music (Bega), Booktique (Merimbula) Eden Music Centre or at the door. Phone Pat Reilly on 6495 9708 for more details or go to page 15. 19th March - Candelo Village Festival Presented by the Candelo Arts Society, the 2nd Candelo Village Festival features local, national and international performers, a lantern parade, youth tent and activities for kids. Go to for more info or go to page 12.

Art Gallery, © Paul Callaghan CaptionCobargo for photograph © Photographer

Cobargo Cobargo is located half an hour north of Bega, in the midst of lush, green pastures rolling away to forested mountains. The village was established with a Post Office, general store, school, hotel, church and blacksmith during the 1870s around the butter and cheesemaking industries. In the 1860s, Cobargo was known as Wattletown, as bark stripped from local wattle trees was shipped to Sydney and Melbourne to be used in the tanning industry. This industry only ceased in 1964. Cobargo was also known as The Junction because of the junction of the Narira and Bredbatoura Creeks in the middle of the town. A Butter Factory and Co-op were established in 1901 and continued production, except for a short break due to fire, until 1980, when it closed because of changes in bulk milk production. Today, Cobargo is a wonderful example of a working village of local artisans, with many of buildings over 100 years old, reflecting the charm of the art & craft housed within them. The two storey building that is home to “Bangles Gallery” is a fine example of

century-old architecture, and features lovely wrought iron lace work around the verandahs.

What to See & Do Follow the Cobargo Village Historic Walk and listen to the Audio Tour Enjoy a picnic on the banks of the Narira River Enjoy the Outdoor Gallery, with painted lightpoles and topiary sculptures Explore nearby Wadbilliga National Park

Cobargo Folk Festival - "the best little Festival in the country" When a group of local performers organised the first Cobargo Folk Festival back in 1996, few of them expected it to still be going strong 16 years later. The Festival planned for 2011 is small enough to be personal and preserve the traditional elements of folk music in Australia. But at Cobargo, ‘folk’ is loosely interpreted to include a wide range of music, comedy, poetry, dance and elements of jazz, blues, roots, acapella, bluegrass and country. A total of eight venues will provide continuous entertainment over the weekend, with some starting on Friday afternoon. This year's line up of talent includes Dana Lyons (USA), The Fagans (Aus & UK), Martin Wyndham-Read (UK) Bruce Watson, Blue Ruins, Danny Mack and Coolgrass. Well-known local names playing at Cobargo include Damien Neil and

Damon Davies, Lucie Thorne and Jay McMahon, Daniel Champagne, Pete Wild and Kate Burke, Guitarama and the Kade Brown Trio. For a full listing of performers and the 2011 Folk Festival schedule, go to There are workshops for guitar, fiddle, mandolin, accordion, banjo, songwriting and singing with everyone encouraged to join in the singing and poetry sessions or perform at the open mic venues. The ‘Crossing’ will again be a venue dedicated to performances and workshops for young people, providing an opportunity for all to learn sound and stagecraft, songwriting and to improve their musical skills. The Cobargo Folk Festival is run entirely by volunteers from the Yuin Folk Club Inc., and the local community. Early-bird tickets are available from

January 1st until February 23nd at Magpie Music, Bega, Planet TX, Moruya, or at Well Thumbed Books Cobargo. You can also book online from the Cobargo Folk Festival website at, or by ringing the Festival Hotline on 02) 6493 6758 or 0427 919 010. Camping is available at the Cobargo Showgrounds for a small charge, there is wheelchair access (toilet and shower) available as well and free day parking. There are plenty of food stalls selling a range of delicious meals and snacks. Below: Kade Brown from the Kade Brown Trio performing at the 2010 Cobargo Folk Festival


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music dance comedy blues roots sessions world music country open mic bluegrass acapella traditional bush poetry & spoken word kids program the crossing youth workshops

Three days of exciting music, comedy and dance in the beautiful setting of Cobargo on the NSW south coast. “ Best little festival in the country” (Bob McInnes)

All At Sea Arch Bishop Black Joak Bombala Community Choir Brown Mountain Bogtrotters Bruce Watson Canberra Union Voices Chris O’Connor Coolgrass Damien Neil & Damon Davies Dana Lyons (USA) Contra Dancing with Julie Bishop & Pastrami on Ryebuck Daniel Champagne Danny Mack & Genre Agnostic Di Khupe Heybners Far Sth Coast Scottish Dancers Female Rambling Sailors Frog In The Well Glover & Sorrensen Gobsmacked Guitarama Ian MacDougall Jim Williams John Warner Kade Brown Trio Ken Prato Lucy Thorne & Jay McMahon Marco Frith Martyn Wyndham-Read (UK) Mereweather No Such Thing O’Neill & Rodgers Orange Blossom Peter Hicks & Ross Smithard Peter Mace Phil Stormer Replay Riogh Roaring Forties Roger Montgomery & John Angliss Ruby for Lucy Shakshuka Shortis & Simpson Strathmannan Strelley Talla Tango The Blue Ruins The Fagans The Puddin’ Eaters The Silver Strings The Woohoo Revue Three’s Company Triantan Warren Fahey & Larrikin Winnetts Irish Dancers Wizard & Oz Zondrae King

FESTIVAL HOTLINE 02 6493 6758 mobile: 0427 919 010 Super Early Bird (to 31/12/10) $55 Early Bird Adult (1/1 - 23/2/2011) $75 Youth Weekend (U18) $25 Kids U12 FREE Camping (1-4 days) $15pp Camping U18 (with responsible adult) free TICKET OUTLETS BEGA - Magpie Music, Auckland St 6492 3533 MORUYA - Planet T-X 4474 5000 COBARGO - Well Thumbed Books

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Life's Little Pleasures Life's Little Pleasures has gathered an eclectic mix of items that will appeal to even the most jaded of shoppers. For lovers of timber, there are Australian-made camphor laurel chopping boards, hardwood utensils, trivets, coasters, burl bowls and picture frames. Those who appreciate arts and crafts will be impressed with the range of locally created art works, as well as hand-beaten copper pieces, magnificent hand-forged iron work and hand-made jewellery. Anyone who follows fashion will be tempted by hand-crafted bags, silk scarves and a great range of pre-loved and new clothing, as well as pure, natural and organic body products. Exterior design is catered to with water fountains, gargoyles and dragons for the garden. Life's Little Pleasures also sells home-made rocky road (if blood sugar gets low), cards and more. Life's Little Pleasures, Princes Highway, Cobargo. Phone 6493 6616


Quality leather goods including: • R.M. Williams, Akubra, Drizabone • Belts made on-site • Promoting Australian Made • Best value on the South Coast 68 Princes Highway, Cobargo 2550 Phone 6493 6655

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Bangles Gallery A comprehensive range of all Australian made pottery Princes Hwy Cobargo 6493 6608

Cobargo Bazaar • Ethnic Art • Folk Instruments • Jewellery • Clothing & Crystals Princes Hwy Cobargo 6493 6608

Freshly roasted coffee. Home-made cakes, biscuits & Paninis. Featured in Good Food Guide 2010. “Taste sensations that resonate...” 59 Princes Hwy Cobargo 6493 6007

Ello’s Cafe Decked out like a carriage, with comfortable booth seating and outdoor eating area, Ello’s Cafe serves all day breakfast, light meals and take-aways.

57a Princess Hwy, Cobargo 6493 6206

Life’s Little Pleasures Australian-made locally hand-crafted arts and crafts, woodward, organic products, jewellery, garden ornaments, clothes & more

Princes Hwy Cobargo 6493 6166


Foxglove Spires Open Garden

Wander along many fragrant paths, under rose covered arbours, into many secluded areas. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of this harmonious, spellbinding, three and a half acre open garden. Ph 024473 7375

Forget Me Not Gifts - Gramophones ‘n’ Old Stuff Something Old Something New A beautiful collection of Gifts, Fashion Accessories, Jewellery, Books, Collectables & Old Wares especially for you. Ph 4473 7080

Tilba Treasures This unique shop is a treasure trove of homewares, antiques, collectables, books, kitchenware, giftware, jewellery and personal care products, sourced both here and overseas. If you need something distinctly Australian for a gift, soothing Billie Goat soap products for that sensitive someone or ideas for the home, we’re sure you’ll find all the inspiration you need at Tilba Treasures. Ph 4473 7799

Love At First Bite Adjacent to the won’drous Foxglove Spire Gardens. Gourmet Breakfasts & Lunches 16 years of serving rich Crema Coffee & our own amazing cakes. Check our savoury sensations from the blackboard. Ph 4473 7055

The Spires Nursery A magical place to visit. Adjacent to Foxglove Spires Open Garden. Rare & interesting perennials, trees, shrubs & roses. Gardeners Shop with an eclectic range of gardeners gifts. Ph 4473 7196

The village of Tilba Tilba, is nestled just below Central Tilba and is surrounded by lush farmland enjoying the backdrop of Mt Dromedary. It is a great destination for a visitor to the far south coast. A feature of Tilba Tilba, is the magical Foxglove Spires Complex, where you can wander through the three & a half acres of open garden. You can spoil yourself in the Forget Me Not Gift Shop, find a unique treasure in Gramophones & Old Stuff, take home something different from The Spires Nursery & Garden shop, or gain inspiration from the collectables & homewares in Tilba Treasures. When you are ready to have a bite to eat, or just coffee & cake, sit a while at Love at First Bite.

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Monthly Garden Advice Fresh Is Best Although the warm weather is still with us, thought should soon be given to the planting of the autumn / winter vegetable garden. It's also the time perfect time to add some other interesting food plants to your garden. Whether you are reading this as a visitor or as someone who lives within the area covered by this publication, consideration should be given to planting edible plants in the garden. One should consider the enormous range of plants that are sold in nurseries from common vegetables, berries and fruits

through to unusual Australian native fruits. Even the smallest garden can afford to have a few edible food plants. Fruit trees can be planted as ornamentals as well as supplying the gardener with a delicious yield. Many fruit trees are deciduous, providing shade in summer, sun in winter and flowers in spring. Other fruits, including berries, can be planted in a sunny spot instead of small shrubs, and many of the fruiting vines can be grown against fences, trellises or walls. Look out for Loganberry,

Silvanberry, Raspberry, Blueberry, Currants and Gooseberry just to name a few. To successfully grow vegetables, herbs or other edible plants the three essentials are good soil sun and drainage. This applies whether you are setting up a vegetable garden, incorporating edible plants into a flower garden or finding that certain place for a fruit tree. Use a premium potting mix if gardening in pots. Fruit and vegetables that have to struggle against the elements are usually tough and not as sweet and tasty as ones that have optimum growing conditions. Don’t be afraid to fertilise regularly and shelter plants from winds. This can increase the yield by up to 50 per cent. Prepare your vegetable garden now with some added lime and composted manures to ensure a successful planting of onions, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, broad beans, parsnips etc.

Keith Mundy The Spires Nursery Tilba Tilba

N u r s e r i e s & G a rd e n s Simply Succulents 47 Government Rd Eden Ph 6496 1906 Open Saturday - Tuesday Bega Garden Nursery 32-34 Church St Bega Ph 6492 6628 Open Monday - Saturday The Spires Nursery Corkhill Dr, Tilba Tilba Ph 4473 7196 Open 7 days Foxglove Spires Open Garden Corkhill Dr, Tilba Tilba Ph 4473 7375 Open 7 days Bodalla Nursery 195 Princes Hwy Bodalla Ph 4473 5166 Open 7 days Large range of fruit & deciduous trees.


CaptionTilba Central for photograph © Paul Callaghan © Photographer


The villages of Tilba Tilba and Central Tilba lie on the slopes of Gulaga, a place of great spiritual significance to people from the Yuin nation. Named Mt. Dromedary by Captain Cook in 1770, the lower slopes of Gulaga became the site of much activity when gold was discovered in the 1860s. The village of Central Tilba was founded in 1895, when Sam Bate created a subdivision on his land and sold lots at auction. Many of Tilba’ s buildings were constructed in the late 1880s when the gold boom was at its peak. By the time mining ceased, the dairy industry was firmly established as the main source of income for the area. The village of Tilba Tilba, just a few kilometres south of Central Tilba, is also protected by a National Heritage listing. Tilba Tilba is home to the magnificent

What to See & Do Enjoy the spectacular Foxglove Spires gardens in Tilba Tilba Hike to the top of Gulaga (Mt Dromedary) - start at Pam's Store in Tilba Tilba. Step back in time wandering through the National Heritage listed village of Central Tilba

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hilarious street games like gum-boot throwing and cheese-rolling, town criers, live music, roaming performers and circus workshops. The fantastic range of activities and entertainment to suit all the family makes the Tilba Festival an event worth returning for. Mystery Bay, just to the east of Central Tilba, has quiet beaches that are great for swimming, diving, snorkelling and fishing.

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Foxglove Spires, featuring one of Australia’s finest open gardens covering 3.5 acres. There is also a cafe, giftware, antiques and a nursery on site. Tilba Tilba also has a general store, and is the base for the walk up Gulaga. The entire village of Central Tilba was classified by he National Trust in 1974 in recognition of its historical significance. Central Tilba maintains its village atmosphere, and has become a centre for craftspeople and artisans, as well as ‘old-fashioned’ stores like the general store, lolly shop and toy shop. Shops with leatherwork, woodwork, jewellery, unusual clothing, cafes, antiques and giftware, as well as the pub, art studios, and the famous cheese factory are all located on Central Tilba’s main street. The famous Tilba Festival is held every Easter, and is a huge community event. Previous Festival have included

The Toast of the Coast Wine Tasting & Sales Morning/Afternoon Tea & Coffee

Lunch Available Daily Live music 1st & 3rd Sundays of each month only 11kms south of Narooma and 5kms north of Tilba

Ph: 02 4473 7308 Open Wed-Sun 11am-4pm Open Daily 10-5pm

Tilba Living History

ABC Cheese Factory The ABC Cheese Factory is located in the heart of historical Central Tilba and is the home of the famous Tilba Club Cheese. The ABC Cheese factory was established in 1891 and was the first Cheese Co-op in NSW. Today Tilba Club Cheese is still waxed by hand and is sold exclusively through the shop in 250 and 500 gram portions. All the traditional varieties of Tilba Club Cheese are sold as well as some that are only available here. Cheese tastings are available at all times, as are tastings and sales of a large range of local South Coast Honeys. As well as cheese and honey the ABC Cheese Factory also features a wide range of jams and preserves, local produce, regional guides and books, souvenirs, gifts, ice-cream and other refreshments – including freshly ground and brewed Byron Bay Coffee. The ABC Cheese Factory is open every day from 9am to 5pm except Christmas Day. ABC Cheese Factory, 37 Bate St Central Tilba. Ph (02) 4473 7387

Pam’s Store (02) 4473 7311

Gulaga Gallery (02) 4473 7233

Dromedary Hotel (02) 4473 7223

Tilba Valley Wines (02) 4473 7308

Central Tilba Farm Cabins (02) 4473 7353

Tilba Leather (02) 4473 7360

Mockingbird Lane Antiques (02) 4473 7226

ABC Cheese Factory (02) 4473 7387


Far South Coast Art Galleries

Art Galleries Trail 1. The Land of Many Waters Gallery The Land of Many Waters Gallery Batemans Bay Visitors Centre, Princes Highway, Batemans Bay. Ph 4472 6900. Open 7 days. Mixed exhibition featuring local artists working with textiles, print, pastel, paint and more. All work for sale. Visit for more information. 2. Artfull Gallery Shop 3, Clocktower Arcade, Mogo. Ph 4474 5588. Open 10.30am - 4pm Tuesday to Sunday. Original & unique Australian Art at affordable prices. 3. To Di For Designer Accessories Shop 1, 64 Vulcan Street, Moruya. Ph 4474 2422. Open Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm, Saturday 9am - 2pm. Martina Penning exhibits her colourful art with a twist. 4. Jennyrose Designs 85 Princes Highway Bodalla NSW (opposite the Bodalla Post Office) Ph 4473 5010 Open 11am - 4pm Wednesday - Saturday. Australian crocodile jewellery, collage bags in exotic Australian leathers, bags in marine leather, kangaroo, emu and sharkskin. Stunning new range of stingray leather products in stock. 5. Gallery Bodalla Located in the heritage post office building, 66a Princes Highway Bodalla. Ph 44 735 011, Open 10am - 4pm Thursday to Sunday and public holidays. Changing shows of fine contemporary art from the region. 20th Jan - 27th Feb: Paintings and works on paper by Gordon Robinson.


6. The Montague Art & Craft Society Cottage Gallery 92 Campbell Street, Narooma. Ph: 4476 5397. Red, white and blue house on the hill, up from the Bowlo. Summer opening times: Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday 9am -12pm. Also now at the Plaza Shopping Centre. Paintings, craft, jewellery, silk painting and cards all by local artists. Watercolor workshops. 7. Shop 7 Art Space Upstairs Bermagui Fishermen’s Wharf. Ph 6493 3410. Open Wednesday - Sunday from 2-10pm, 7 days in January, closed Mon, Tues, Wed in Winter. 4th Feb– 28th Feb : Local Artist/painter, Lyndal Jenkins – Theme “Fish n Fishing”. Opening & Drinks with artist Fri 4th 6-8pm.



8. Bermagui Mudworks 23 Alexander Dr, Bermagui Ph 6493 4661. Open 10am to 5pm Thursday to Monday. Pottery studio & Cafe, with original wheel thrown domestic ware and garden ware. 9. Ivy Hill Gallery 1795 Bermagui Rd, Wapengo. Ph 6494 0152 Open 10am to 5pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Monthly exhibitions featuring the work of the finest contemporary artists in the region. Current exhibition: Julie Bradley, Margaret Dimoff & Anneke Paijmans, 5th February to 1st March. 10. Wildlife Art Open Studio 47 Wildlife Drive Tathra. Ph 6494 1645.

Open 10am - 4pm every Sunday, Wednesday and public holidays or by appointment. Paintings by Jane Murphy. 11. Bilyara Gallery 89 Wallagoot Lane (off Sapphire Coast Dr) Ph 6494 1559 Open Wednesday - Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Landscape architecture in tranquil bush setting offering wide range of all Australian art and craft. Homemade cakes and coffee available.


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Batemans Bay to Eden 12. Spiral Gallery 47 Church St Bega. Ph 6492 5322 Open Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm, Sat 10am - 1pm. Represents regional, emerging and established artists. Current exhibitions in Gallery 1 - Peter Storey at Spiral (28 January - 17 February). Codex Interruptum, Rhonda Ayliffe (18 February - 10 March) in Gallery 2. 13. Bega Valley Regional Gallery Zingel Place, Bega. Ph 6499 2187 Open Tuesday -Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday 9am - 12 noon. BVRG presents a vibrant exhibition program, celebrating regional and national contemporary art practice. Current exhibition - thoughtworks featuring the work of Bernadette Foster, inaugural recipient of BVRG's ANU EASS Award, and Matthew Jones. Exhibition Opening: Friday 4th February at 6pm (4th February - 19th March). 14. Australian Pottery at Bemboka 1 Oliver Street, Bemboka Ph 6493 0491 Open September - June Friday to Monday from 10am - 5pm or by appointment. Australian pottery made in the last half century, in a contemporary house and gallery setting with mountain views. This season's exhibition features retrospective works by Victor Greenaway, Les Blakebrough, Jenny Orchard, Chris Sanders and many more. 15. The Crossing Gallery 21 Sharpe Street Candelo Ph 6493 2764 Open Thursday to Sunday from 10am - 4pm or phone prior to coming. Current exhibition: Signs of Life - with work by Sam Bailey and Sharon Cornthwaite. Opens 12th February 2011. 16. Boardwalkart Gallery 7 Bodalla Place, Merimbula. Phone 6495 4608 Open September - May, Wednesday and Sunday only from 11am - 3pm. Extended times during Christmas and Easter school holidays. Other times open by appointment only. Exhibition of paintings by Tracey Creighton. Gallery fronts Merimbula Lake accessible from the boardwalk. Art Lessons and Creative Workshops available throughout the year.

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17. Artessence Gallery 47 Toalla St Pambula. Ph 6495 7286 Open Monday Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm, Saturday 10am - 2pm. Paintings, Ceramics, Jewellery, Glassware, Mosaics and Clothing by local and interstate artists. 18. Art on Imlay Just up from the Post Office, Imlay St. Eden. More than 50 locals exhibiting art, jewellery, ceramics, sculptures, woodturners, slab settings, needlecraft, and papercraft. Currently two authors have their books on sale. 19. Australian Leaf Art 203 Imlay St. Eden. Ph 6496 2490 Hours Mon - Fri 10 to 4. Weekends by chance or appointment. Unique & original must see artwork - beautiful photographic and image rendering onto native gum leaves. Also Dichroic glass jewellery, giftware, local photos and picture framing.


Live Music - February Eden Fishermens Club Ph 6496 1577 Fri 4th “The Elder Statesmen of Australian Country” - Terry Gordon, Ted Egan and Reg Poole Sat 19th Saturday Juke Box Night

Lakeview Hotel Ph 6495 1202 Sat 5th DJ Mick Sat 12th DJ Mick Thu 17th Down South Jazz Club Sat 19th DJ Mick Sat 26th DJ Mick

Pambula Merimbula Golf Club Ph 6495 6154 Fri 4th Contact Club for details Fri 11th Greg Kew – from 6.30pm – free Entry & Raffles & Members Draw Fri 18th Over the Moon – from 6.30pm – free Entry & Raffles & Members Draw

Merimbula RSL Ph 6495 1502 Sat 5th Lounge Lizards Sat 12th Darryl Lamb Sat 19th Gary Jones Sat 26th Once Bitten

Club Sapphire Merimbula Ph 6495 1306 Fri 4th Matt Southon & Jonno Zilber, Free in the Main Bar, 8pm Sat 5th Dennis Milsom Free in the Main Bar, 7.30pm Fri 11th Double Barrel Free in the Main Bar, 8pm Sat 12th Over the Moon, Free in the Main Bar, 7.30pm Fri 18th Claude Hay + Corey Legge Contact Club for details Sat 19th Poppy Free in the Main Bar, 8pm Fri 25th Sugarcane Collins + Hollerin Matt Southon Contact Club for details Sat 26th Gary Soloman Free in the Main Bar, 8pm

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Merimbula Aquarium & Wharf Restaurant Ph 6495 4446 Sun 6th Steve Clarke Trio Club Sapphire Tura Ph 6495 9002 All entertainment 7pm – 11pm Fri 11th Darryl Lamb Fri 18th Greg Kew Fri 25th Jay Podger Tathra Beach Bowling Club Ph 6494 1280 Fri 4th Greg Kew Fri 11th Contact Club for details Fri 18th Contact Club for details Fri 25th Greg Kew Mimosa Wines Ph 6494 0164 Live music every Sunday afternoon

Bermagui Country Club Ph 6493 4340 Fri 4th Karaoke Sat 5th Candy Fri 11th Gary Jones Sat 12th Carbon Copy Fri 18th Darryl Lamb Fri 25th Brian and Annie Dromedary Hotel, Central Tilba Ph 4473 7223 Contact Hotel for entertainment details Tilba Valley Winery Ph 4473 7308 Fri 5th Art Exhibition Opening 'South Coast Artists' at the Fine Art Gallery, with wine and cheese, 5pm - 7pm. Sun 6th Chris O'Connor Sun 20th Mike Ward Art Opening: Club Catalina Country Club Ph 4472 4022 Fri 4th Contact Club for details Sat 5th Tony Jaggers Fri 11th Ricky Lynch Band Sat 12th Just Janine Fri 18th Pieces of 8 Sat 19th Pieces of 8 Fri 25th Kerri O'Keefe Sat 26th Soundman DJ Club Catalina Sports & Leisure Club Ph 4472 4502 Entertainment from 7.30pm with free admission Contact Club for entertainment details

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Bodalla Secrets

In 2010 Bodalla celebrated the 150th anniversary of Thomas Mort's purchase of 13,000 acres of land at Bodalla and the beginning of the Bodalla Estate. Mort became a pioneer of the Australian dairying industry, and many of the dairy farms he established still operate today. The magnificent All Saints Church, constructed from granite quarried on Bodalla Estate, was dedicated by the Mort family to Thomas Mort’s memory, with the foundation stone laid two years after he died in 1880. All Saints is open each day for visitors, and it's worth a stop just to see the stained glass windows. Bodalla today is a bustling village with its historical roots still present; make sure you visit the businesses mentioned below as you explore this picturesque village.

Bodalla Nursery “Well Worth a Visit” A large variety of plants suited to our area. Helpful advice. Committed to Good Gardening and Lower Prices. Open 9am – 5pm Daily (Closed Christmas Day). Princes Highway Bodalla 4473 5166


The biggest little club on the South Coast

• Tony’s Chinese Restaurant

open Wed-Sun, lunch & dinner & takeaways.

Bodalla Bakery Pure country charm from the friendly staff, traditional country décor. Enjoy an excellent cup of leaf tea or freshly brewed coffee accompanied by a deliciously sweet treat. 66 Princes Highway Bodalla 4473 5213

Australian crocodile jewellery. Exotic Australian leathers. Stunning new range of stingray leather wallets.

• Lunchtime $7.50 daily,

blackboard specials also available Wed & Thurs nights.

• Club open midday Mon-Fri, 10am Sat & Sun

• 6 Beers on tap / Tooheys Old • Full size Snooker Table GREAT CHINESE KITCHEN Potato Point Rd Bodalla only 50 metres off the Hwy

Ph (02) 4473 5251

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The Rockhouse @ Harpurs Lagoon Holiday house on acres. Passive solar, handcrafted from local stone with large feature windows providing panoramic views over the beautiful Tuross River valley. For a booking email Hans & Jenny: Ph 02 44735 496


Moruya River, Moruya © Paul Callaghan

Moruya The township of Moruya has beautifully preserved heritage buildings and streetscapes and is a great place to explore. It’s famous for supplying the granite used in the piers of the Sydney

Visit National Parks

• Coast & forest campsites, walks and drives • Accommodation and tours at Green Cape Lightstation • Summer & Easter Discovery Program • Award winning Montague Island Tours

For information and advice contact NPWS Merimbula 6495 5000 or Narooma 4476 0800 Harbour Bridge, as well as Sydney’s Post Office, the Bank of NSW, the Cenotaph in Martin Place and the statue of Captain James Cook in Sydney's Botanic Gardens. These days however, Moruya is known for the large, intricately carved wooden poles that are dotted along the footpath of the main street. Moruya has a great array of specialty shops for those looking for something a little bit different. Fantastic cafes, restaurants and hotels with live music can also be found in this bustling little country town. Moruya has a thriving arts community, with exhibitions frequently held at the Mechanics Institute. Every year there are a number of festivals held, including the River of Art, Eurobodalla Slow Food and Moruya Jazz Festivals. The Deua National Park, the largest in the South East region is a fantastic

spot for bushwalking, with the area surrounding the headwaters of the Deua River protected by reserves and wilderness areas. Moruya Heads is about 10kms to the east and boasts beautiful views north along the coast and west over the spectacular mountains of the Eastern Escarpment.

What to See & Do Stroll along the banks of the beautiful Moruya River Find the hand-carved poles situated along the length of the main street Enjoy the fantastic Moruya Country Markets, held every Saturday at Riverside Park Drive to beautiful Broulee Beach and wander across the permanent sand bar to complete the Broulee Island Walk

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Moruya Secrets

Firefly Interiors Moruya’s absolute favourite shop for the exotic, the unusual and the affordable in home decor, furniture, homewares, artwork and fantastic giftware. Right in the centre of town. 60 Vulcan St Moruya 4474 0449 or 0412 779 730

Moruya Photographics “Expert advice in a helpful environment” Latest camera models, binoculars, batteries & chargers. SLR accessories, bags, tripods & a whole lot more. Fast Digital prints & fast film processing.

AngelHeart ◆ Crystals ◆ Jewellery ◆ Clothing ◆ Swimwear ◆ Children’s Wear ◆ Handbags ◆ Fairies & Angels ◆ Many other Gift Lines Lots of great Holiday Gift Ideas

Old Bank Building, Vulcan St Moruya 4473 2888

Shop 10/65 Queen St Moruya 4474 0987

Tackle World Moruya Passionate local fisherpersons providing you with the best possible service and advice on where to fish, what products to use and the techniques best suited to different species. Stocking all the major brands including: Shimano, Daiwa, Rapala, Berkley, Quantum, Shakespeare, Penn, SureCatch, Plano, Jarvis Walker, Ugly Stik, Columbia Sportswear. Cnr Ford & Queen Streets Moruya Ph 4474 4381

Local fishing reports at

Visit our ‘coastal living boutique’ for our eclectic range of clothing, handbags, accessories, unique gifts and coastal decorator items To Di For. Also exhibiting Martina Penning paintings this summer. Unique coastal decor and fashion for you and your home. Shop 1/64 Vulcan St. Moruya Ph 4474 2422


Gold Rush Colony, Mogo © Old Mogo Town


The township of Mogo was born when gold was discovered in the early 1850s at Cabbage Tree Creek. Estimates of the number of diggers who converged on the town range from a conservative 200 to an unlikely 20,000.

To experience what the town was like during the boom, a visit to the Original Gold Rush Colony is a must. Mogo is now famous for its great range of specialty stores, housed in replica nineteenth century timber buildings.

Amanda’s of Mogo

Jennifer Drynan


“Mogo Cottage” 30 Princes Highway Mogo NSW 2536

Extensive range of art & craft supplies including:

Tel. 4472 5359 (4472 jely) Fax. 4472 4396

♦ Canvasses ♦ Art Materials ♦ Stamping ♦ Papercraft ♦ Scrapbooking ♦ Cardmaking ABN 19 419 447 524 ♦ Precious Metal Clay

Come play beads under the jellybead tree • Beads • Books • Magazines • Findings • Sterling Silver, • Ready Made Jewellery, • Handmade Beads, • Classes

Children welcome

Mogo Cottage 30 Princes Hwy Mogo 02 4474 2675


Workshops for all levels in card-making, scrapbooking & PMC (silver) jewellery. Open 7 days 9am - 5pm Phone/Fax: 4474 3453 41 Princes Highway, Mogo NSW 2536

There are potteries, galleries, antique stores, bookshop and coffee shops, many of which specialise in unusual and interesting items. Mogo is the perfect place to spend time browsing for something a little bit different. Also in Mogo is the internationally recognised Mogo Zoo. Providing world standard facilities for over 200 animals of more than 39 rare and exotic species, Mogo Zoo is committed to the survival of endangered species, including the rare white lions of ‘Timbavati’.

What to See & Do Step back in time and pan for gold at the Gold Rush Colony Go mountain-biking on the trails in nearby State Forests Take a stroll around town and explore the interesting shops

Historic Mogo

Artfull Gallery Artfull Gallery was born of the desire to offer value-for-money in locally-produced, Australian-made artwork. As a result, Artfull Gallery displays and sells the work of nearly two dozen Australian artists all living and working in the beautiful Eurobodalla Region. Artfull Gallery's range of artwork is constantly changing and expanding and includes sculpture, pottery, paintings, jewellery, glassware, timber carving and handmade prints. It also stock a large range of gemstones, hand-painted scarves, locally-made greeting cards, and a host of other items that make ideal gifts or stylish mementoes. Feel free to come in and browse and, if you see something you like, you can buy directly in-store or from the website ( – Artfull Gallery can ship anywhere in Australia or around the world. Artfull Gallery is at Shop 3, ClockTower Arcade, Mogo. Ph 4474 5588 Artfull Gallery

♦ Leather Handbags ♦ Wallets ♦ Italian Sandals ♦ Hats ♦ Jewellery ♦ Gifts and Decor Pieces Shop 4 Clock Tower Arcade Mogo 4474 0624 TP

Original and Unique Australian Art at affordable prices. Ideal Gifts for family & friends, interstate or overseas.

Shop 3 Clock Tower Arcade Mogo. Ph 4474 5588

Clocktower Arcade Mogo Orchid & Fern Nursery Greenhouse of Australian Native Orchids & Ferns. Specialise in Australian cool climate native orchids. Materials for repotting & mounting. Wall Décor, Designer pots. Nursery with a difference.

Clocktower Arcade Six fabulous shops to keep you occupied.

14 Charles Street MOGO 4474 2291

46 Sydney St Mogo 4474 2288


The Old Dairy Country Crafts ♦ Shabby Chic ♦ Dolls and Bears ♦ Home Embellishments ♦ Gifts ♦ Cow Ceramics

Mogo Bookstore

Shop 2, ClockTower Arcade, Mogo. 4474 3524

Princes Hwy Mogo. 4474 2141

We offer a wide variety of quality second hand books at affordable prices. Drop in for a relaxed browse when you visit Mogo. Enquiries are welcome.


Spend an hour, a day or more walking in the National Parks and reserves of the Region. The walks featured here are some of the more popular ones, but there are many short and medium distance walks available at almost all destinations within National Parks in the region. Ask at a NPWS office or local tourist information centre about others. Please note that for all these walks, strong footwear should be worn, carry food and water, and take clothing suitable for changing weather conditions.

1. The Big Hole/Marble Arch Deua National Park 4km return Approx. 1.5 hours Big Hole 13km return Approx. 5.5 hours Marble Arch


The north-western section of Deua National Park is a karst or limestone layer containing 400 million year old cave systems. The Big Hole and Marble Arch are two fascinating features which can be seen without going underground. Please note that permission is required to enter some caves. The walk starts from Berlang Camping Area, 45 minutes drive south of Braidwood along the Krawarree Road. After fording the knee-deep Shoalhaven River, an easy walk leads to a viewing platform from where the remarkable Big Hole, a chasm some 96 metres deep and 50 metres wide, can be safely viewed. The resident lyrebird may appear in the early morning or late afternoon when it comes out to feed. The track to Marble Arch continues from below the viewing platform. From the base of the hill the track is gently undulating until the very steep 150 metre descent into the Marble Arch. Wide bands of marble can be seen in the walls of the canyon and cavern roof and beautiful ferns cling to the lower sides of the canyon. Please note: The Shoalhaven River may become impassable after heavy rain. Do not enter the Marble Arch if Reedy Creek has risen or there are storms in the area.

Araluen BERLANG SCA DEUA NP The Big Hole 859m




Bendethera Mountain 997m

Spring Mountain 433m


Jillicambra Mountain 1076m


This easy walk begins from the Cascades Camping Area off Badja Forest Road near Countegany, east of Cooma. Follow the track through granite outcrops and forest rich with arboreal mammals to a viewing platform overlooking Tuross Falls and the spectacular gorge.

Nerrigundah Eurobodalla




Meringola Peak 408m



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Wonboyn Lake


Mount Buckle 456m











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Gipsy Point



Mount Nadgee 542m




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Pambula Beach

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Mallacoota Inlet


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Bastion Point



Wolumla Peak 776m



Wapengo Lake




Cuttagee Lake

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Wallaga Lake

Dr George Tanja Mountain 313m MIMOSA ROCKS NP



This newly constructed walk connects Boyd’s Tower to Green Cape Lightstation, about 40km by road south of Eden. This magnificent coastal walk can be done over a couple of days or in easy half day sections. Spectacular ocean views, red rock platforms, long sandy beaches and a surprising array of different coastal landscapes, plant communities and animal habitats are found on this walk. Humpback whales and perhaps southern right whales may be seen on their southern migration during the spring months. A detailed walk brochure is available at the NPWS office in Merimbula. Camping is available along the way or stay in comfort in the renovated Green Cape Lightkeepers Cottages. Park use fees apply.




Big Jack Mountain 861m

4. Light to Light Walk Ben Boyd National Park 31km one way Approx. 3 days

MURRAH SF BIAMANGA NP Mumbulla Mountain 774m



Central Tilba


Cadjangarry Mountain 364m




Tilba Tilba


3. Kangarutha Walking Track Bournda National Park








Montague Island

Jeffers Mountain 549m KOORABAN NP Narira Mountain 830m









Start this walk from Kianinny Bay via Tathra in the north or from Turingal Head via Wallagoot Lake Boat Club in the south. Rugged coastline, sandy and pebbly beaches and spectacular cliffs are features of this walk. The coastal heathland, dominated by dwarf oaks, Allocasuarina paludosa, is a haven in winter and spring for nectar-feeding birds like the eastern spinebill. At Boulder Bay, a fragile and uncommon remnant rainforest lies unusually close to the sea. Camping is available at Hobart Beach on the southern side of Wallagoot Lake. Park use fees apply.

Potato Point

BODALLA SF Wagonga Hill 226m


Belowra Mountain 806m

9km one way Approx. 5 hours

Tuross Lake


Cadgee Mountain 411m



Coila Lake

Tuross Head

DAMPIER S F Mount Coman 445m



3km return Approx. 2 hours




Mossy Point Broulee



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Batehaven Malua Bay

Moruya Heads

Kiora Beashell Hill 179m


2. Cascades Walk Wadbilliga National Park




Durras Long Beach

Batemans Bay

Mogo Hill 163m

Wandera Mogo Mountain 582m MOGO S F Pollwombra Mountain 259m


Middle Mountain 1166m


Batemans Bay

Mount Donovan 906m




Bolaro Mountain 645m

Windenby Mountain 699m


TALLAGANDA SF Mount Italy 1156m






Round Mount 1224m Tumatbulla Mountain 1321m Mount Tumanang 1476m TALLAGANDA NP


Bushwalking on the Far South Coast

Bushwalking in National Parks

Gabo Island





Clyde River, Batemans Bay © Paul Callaghan

Batemans Bay

154 Beach Road Batemans Bay

Batemans Bay is a great destination for families, with its array of outdoor activities and attractions such as minigolf, a cinema, animal park, tennis and a carnival in summer. Batemans Bay has a fantastic 27 hole championship golf course, and there are plenty of other courses to play within easy driving distance. Follow the coastline south to explore beautiful beaches to be found at Malua Bay, Rosedale and Broulee The Bay is famous for its Clyde River oysters, and there are plenty of cafes, restaurants, clubs and hotels offering local seafood on the menu.

Opal & Shell Museum

Treasures from the Deep

Crystals, Gems, Specimens Fossils, Shark Tooth, Shells

142 Beach Rd Batemans Bay

ph 4472 7248

Tel: 4472 4022

• Championship 27 hole golf course. • Visitors & Social Groups Welcome - Bookings Required • Fully equipped, well stocked pro shop • Carts, buggies & clubs available for hire • Fully licensed clubhouse - visitors welcome • Café Catalina open daily for lunch & dinner • Gourmet Wood-fired Pizza Oven • Coffee Shop open daily • Large outdoor covered areas • Club TAB - Club Keno - ATM • Sports Bar - Sky Channel - Big Screens • Free Live Entertainment Friday & Saturday nights • Private conference & function facilities available • Courtesy Bus runs daily from 4pm - Surf Beach to Long Beach. Ph 1800 461 442

Help for Gamblers, Family & Friends. For information about problem gambling & help options, call Gambling Help 24/7 on 1800 858 858 or visit

Like many coastal towns, Batemans Bay, settled by Europeans in the 1820s, relied on timber, ship building, dairying and fishing as its main source of income in the previous century. The town is accessed from the north by its famous lifting span bridge, the oldest of its type in Australia. Now a thriving regional centre and major tourist destination, people come to Batemans Bay from all over Australia for its natural beauty. Situated on the banks of the magnificent Clyde River, water is deeply ingrained in the culture of ‘the Bay’. Swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking, surfing and diving are all within easy reach of town. The Batemans Marine Park ensures that the coastal environment is protected for future generations. Hire a boat, kayak or a houseboat to explore the spectacular upper reaches of the Clyde River.

What to See & Do Explore the Clyde River by boat, houseboat or kayak Surf, swim, snorkel and stroll in crystal-clear water at local beaches Book a fishing charter for a deep-sea fishing experience Visit the Monga National Park to experience the spectacular escarpment or the Murramarang National Park with its coastal forests Head south and explore Malua Bay, Mossy Point and Tomakin. Walk around the scenic Broulee Island Nature Reserve VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Princes Hwy, Batemans Bay Ph: 1800 802 528

...will take you there!

Cnr Vesper & Princes Hwy Batemans Bay Tel: 4472 4502 Fully licensed clubhouse - visitors welcome Free wireless internet Bistro On Green open daily lunch & dinner Coffee shop - Sunday Brunch Sports Bar - Sky Channel Club TAB-Club Keno-ATM Private Function and Conference facilities. Bingo, Trivia, Poker. Courtesy Bus runs daily from 4.00 pm phone 4472 4502 Full Bowling Program 6 days per week. Barefoot bowls, bookings essential


Kayaking & canoeing in the land of many waters Eurobodalla, land of many waters, is kayaking heaven with four major river systems, 20 lakes, 83 beaches and many islands along 130 kilometres of Batemans Marine Park coastline. Thinking about kayaking around the Eurobodalla this summer? Listed below are some great flatwater and sea kayaking routes, courtesy of Eurobodalla Coast Tourism's Kayaking & Canoeing brochure. Take a more detailed map if you’re paddling somewhere new and without a guide, or pick up the brochure from one of the Eurobodalla Tourist Information Centres. Here are some important safety tips to remember when you undertake any of the routes in this guide: Be Seen-Be Safe - Wear bright coloured


UNIQUE WATERFRONT HOLIDAY TOWNHOUSES 100 metres to Batemans Bay town centre

Clyde River Motor Inn Bookings 4472 6444

clothing. Keep out of mooring areas (where other boats hide your presence). Water safety - Be aware of water safety rules and procedures with information from boating, marine or water sports organisations. Skills - Take a lesson if you need to. Instruction is available in Eurobodalla for all levels of kayaking skills. Safety Vests - Always wear a life vest or life jacket. Helmets - Recommended for surf and white-water kayaking and when paddling near rough water and rocks. Paddle with someone - If possible and tell someone where you will be going and when you expect to return. Maps - Take a map with you if you are not familiar with the route. Be aware of local conditions - Including currents, tides, water levels, shoreline variations and special hazards. Check the weather - Plus know about likely changes, such as offshore winds that may occur. Wind - Will slow down paddling and the extra effort required will tire you more quickly than normal. Also think about offshore winds – don’t get blown away from shore. Waves - Can be larger than expected and can change in size depending on water depth. Tides - Can be strong and having to paddle against the tide can make you tire quickly. Tidal flow against the wind direction will make waves steeper and water more choppy – plan your paddle



Situated at the end of Wray Street

Buy, Sell & Exchange a wide range of Books Shop 4/270 Beach Rd Batehaven Open Mon-Fri 10am-4.30pm, Sat 10am-1pm Ph/Fax: 02 4472 6736 Email:


Enjoy fabulous Clyde River Oysters at the river’s edge. Ask about our BBQ Tours

EAT IN, TAKEAWAY, and homE dElIvErY now available (02) 4472 6771

according to tides. Surf - Check the conditions and stay away from swimmers. Emergency Contact. Phone 000 Emergency Services.

1. Durras Lake (up to 15km) 2. South Durras to Batemans Bay in the Batemans Marine Park (17km) 3. Cullendulla Creek and Snapper Island (up to 14km) 4. Lower Clyde River – Batemans Bay and Nelligen (up to 30km) 5. Upper Clyde River at Shallow Crossing (25–40km) 6. Batehaven to Mossy Point (up to 20km) 7. Tomaga River from Mossy Point (up to 22km) 8. Moruya River east of Moruya (up to 14km) 9. Moruya River west of Moruya and the Deua River (up to 24km) 10. Coila Lake at Tuross (up to 18.5km) 11. Tuross Lake (up to 25km) 12. Lower Tuross River and Borang Lake (up to 17km) 13. Upper Tuross River and Bumbo Lake (11–22.8km) 14. Wagonga Inlet at Narooma (various lengths) 15. Corunna Lake, Tilba region (up to 12km) 16. Mystery Bay to Narooma (various lengths) 17. Wallaga Lake, south of the Tilba region (up to 20km)

Win one of five family passes to see Webers Circus Webers Circus is a fantastic show filled with wonderful acts from around the globe which will keep you on the edge of your seat. Four very cute Miniature Horses and the Comedy Dogs will keep you laughing for hours, along with Australia’s funniest clowns. The Wheel Of Death performed by Hewin from Colombia is one of the most death-defying and spectacular acts Webers Circus has to offer. Hewin runs around a huge wheel that almost touches the top of the tent. Jumping and skipping as she goes, Hewin amazes audiences again and again. Another exciting act is the Russian

Swing, with the three Webers sisters somersaulting through the air to be caught by a catcher 7m above the ground. The Webers show also includes silks, hula hoops, German wheel, Spanish web, salsa dancing and more - the perfect mix to keep you entertained from start to finish. Webers will be performing in the Big Top, Beach Rd Corrigans Beach from 10th to 20th February. Also performing at Ulladulla from 3rd to 6th February Tickets are on sale 1 hour before show time at the ticket office out the front of the Big Top, and don’t forget, it's cash sales only. For all enquiries call

0448 247 287 or 0448 CIRCUS

WIN A FAMILY PASS TO THE CIRCUS! The FSC Monthly Imag has 5 family passes to see Webers Circus at Corrigans Beach to give away. To Enter: Post your name, address, phone number and name of competition "Webers Circus Passes" to FSC Monthly Imag, PO Box 9002, Wyndham NSW 2550 or email us at by 7th February 2011. Drawn 8th February 2011. Winners notified by phone. Note: one entry per person

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Also performing at Ulladulla 3rd to 6th February - ring 0448 247 287 for show times

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February 10th - 20th

beach road corrigans beach Featuring: Wheel of Death, Trapeze, Miniature Horses, Dogs, Clowns, exciting circus acts & Salsa Dancing. Fun & laughter for all ages.

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Show Times: Thur 10th & Fri 11th - 7pm Sat 12th - 3pm & 7pm Sun 13th - 11am & 3pm Thur 17th & Fri 18th - 7pm Sat 19th - 3pm & 7pm Sun 20th - 11am ONLY

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Phone Bookings

0448 247 287 (0448 CIRCUS)

Or Cash Sales at the On-site Box Office Wed - Sun, 10am - 5pm Tickets on sale 1 hour before each show Book online at

ticket prices Ringside: Adult $30 Child $22 A Reserve: Adult $26 Child $18 B Reserve: Adult $22 Child $14 (Child pays 3 to 14 yrs)

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& Gabo Island Tours

Starting from $45 per person. For inquiries call

6495 1074


(or Ops Manager 0421 029 371)

Mallacoota & Gabo Island Lighthouse Tours Half Day & Full Day Tours Available Includes lighthouse climb.

Flight Training

Heli-Flights & Skydiving (Seasonal only)


Triassic Park Walk . Toboggan Run . Toddler Town Cars Wilderness Track . Grand Prix Cars . Mini Golf Rollercoaster . Kiddie Splash Pool . Waterslides Magic Carpet Slide . Games Room . Take Away Food, BBQ & Picnic Facilities Annual Passes . Half price returns.

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