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Far South Coast

info guide January/February 2018

Inside • Art Trail • Collectables Trail • What to See and Do • What's On • Live Music Guide • Monthly Markets • Regional Map

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Collectables Trail



Old Wares - Vintage


1- Milstons Past & Present Please visit our delightfully different shop full of a wide range of quirky and interesting books, Shire albums, sheet music, vintage postcards, educational toys, puppets, flags, thimbles, costume jewellery, crystals and gemstones and lots more! Ph: 4474 5708 13 Princes Hwy Mogo









2 - Narooma New & Used

4 - The Trove

We buy, sell and trade. Thousands of CDs, DVDs and second hand books. Quality furniture & bedding.Antiques, retro, collectables. Bric-a-brac, local removals. Ph: 4476 1107 122 Wagonga St Narooma

Quirky items to creatively decorate your home and feed your obsession for collecting. An amazing range of quality antique, vintage art and designer items, including unique antique & vintage silver jewellery. Open 10am - 4.30pm: • January: 7 days a week. • February-April: Friday to Monday or by appointment. Find us at the Old Bottle Shop at Tathra Hotel, 8-12 Bega Street, Tathra. 0420764580 or 0487347110

3 - Mockingbird Lane

5 - Annies Bargain Basement

Be inspired by an eclectic mix of new, antique and vintage wares, curios, fossils, jewellery, accessories, furniture and selected gifts, all housed in an original 1895 cottage. Ph: 4473 7226 12 Bate St Central Tilba 2

Antiques, Collectibles, quality used furniture, books & curiosities. An interesting pit stop for locals, collectors & visitors. Modern and old blend to make your visit a pleasing experience. Open Mon/Tue & Thu/Fri 9.30am to 4pm. Ph: 6496 1358 or 0432 155 164 Shop 3A Angelas Arcade, 203 Imlay St Eden (Downstairs at the end of the arcade)

2 hr Coastal Discovery Cruise This enjoyable coastal cruise takes in the local sights and regularly sees seals, dolphins, seabirds and other marine life.

Includes BBQ Lunch & one beer, wine, soft drink/juice

2 hr Coastal Discovery Cruise

$50 Adults I $30 Child 1 to 16yrs $145 Family (2 adults & 2 children under 16yrs) $20 additional child from the same This enjoyable coastal cruise takes infamily the local sights and regularly sees seals, dolphins, seabirds and other marine life. BBQ lunch consisting of marinated beef & chicken skewers, homemade coleslaw, salad, bread. One Beer, Wine, Softdrink or Juice is also provided. Additional drinks may be purchased onboard. We are happy to cater for vegetarians or any dietary requirements with advance notice.

$50 Adults I $30 Child 1 to 16yrs $145 Family (2 adults & 2 children under 16yrs) $20 additional child from the same family 3 BOOK DIRECT: 6495 1686 |


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Antiques & Collectables Trail Markets What's On Coast Map Live Entertainment Bushwalking Art Galleries Trail


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From The Editor Welcome to the January/February edition of the Far South Coast iMag. We hope you enjoy your little bit of summer with us, whether you're a local, a regular or a first-time visitor to this small piece of paradise. Clean beaches, clean air, scenery to die for - and best of all, it's not that crowded. There's a tonne of events happening over summer; our What's On feature on pages 28 - 30 has all the information you need to decide where to go and what to do. The Tathra Wharf to Waves weekend is a fantastic community event that features ocean swims and a mountain bike race based around the renovated Tathra Wharf. With funds raised going to local community groups, it's a great event to support. Read more on page 40.

For the lovers of art and music, there are loads of art galleries throughout the region to check out as well as Summer Sounds A World Of Music at Four Winds in Bermagui (p 53).

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Events aimed primarily at children (but fun for adults too!) include Montreal Goldfield's Discovery Days (p 53), the wonderful Discovery Program organised by National Parks and Wildlife Service (p 17) and the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre (p 10). The Pambula Show is well worth a visit too all the traditional show events, plus new ones like an oyster shucking competition (p 14).

Check out what's coming up in March too in our What's On feature - you might have to come back again!

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Monthly Market Guide Eden Produce Market 3rd Saturday of each month, 8:30am -12pm, at the Uniting Church Hall, Chandos St. Contact 6496 2501 Nethercote Seasonal Produce Market Saturday 27th January 8am - 12pm Nethercote Community Hall and gardens, cnr of Back Ck & Nethercote Roads

Pambula Rotary Market 2nd Sunday of month Pambula Recreation Grounds. Wyndham All Weather Market 4th Sunday of every month 8.30am - 1.00pm at Wyndham Hall. (OPEN IN ALL WEATHER). Merimbula Seaside Market & Fair 3rd Sunday of month from 8.30am - 12.30pm, Ford Oval.

Sage Farmers Market Moruya Riverside Park, cnr Shore St and Ford St Every Tuesday afternoon from 3pm. 0413 920 620 Quota Seaside Market Malua Bay 1st Saturday February, April & June. At Malua Bay Beach Reserve, Malua Bay. Batemans Bay Marine Rescue Market 1st Sunday of month, Corrigans Park, Batehaven, 8.30am-1pm. Rotary Batemans Bay Sunday Market 3rd Sunday of the month, Corrigan's Beach Reserve, Batehaven, 9.00am - 1pm. See Nelligen Village Market 2nd Sunday of month, 9:30 to 2:00 in the Mechanics Institute Hall.

Candelo Market 1st Sunday of each month from 8.30am - 12.30pm. Candelo Oval & Town Hall. SCPA Markets in Bega Every Friday 8am - 1pm. Littleton Gardens, Bega. Buskers encouraged. Contact Cobargo Laneway Markets Every Saturday from 9am - 1pm. Car boot sale first Sat each month. Book stalls on 6493 6817 or 0428 696 623 Bermagui Hand & Homemade Market Last Sunday of month, 8.30am - 12.30pm, Dickinson Park. Contact 6493 6581 Bermagui Fishermen's Wharf Growers Market Bermagui Fishermen’s Wharf car park every Thursday from 3.00pm Contact 0425711795 Lynne Ford Tilba Market Home grown, hand made every Saturday, 8am 12pm. Tilba Hall, contact 4473 7231 Narooma Rotary Markets 4th Sunday of month NATA Oval, Princes Highway. Moruya Country Market Riverside Park, cnr Shore St and Ford St 8am - 1pm every Saturday morning. 6 We will be at the Candelo and Wyndham markets in the hall, pop on in to try some samples and a personal skin care chat.

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Things to See & Do Visit the Eden Killer Whale Museum Go whale & dolphin watching Check out the fishing trawlers at Eden Wharf Get hands on at the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre Visit the Davidson Whaling Station Try sea kayaking on Twofold Bay Take a cruise Hire a fishing charter VISITOR INFORMATION Mitchell Street, Eden Ph: 02 6496 1953

George Bass and Matthew 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 connection with killer whales, and this included the harvesting of small whales and fish that killer whales herded into the shallows. A permanent shore-based whaling station was first established by the Imlay Brothers in

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the 1830s, and whaling continued for another century. You can experience some of Eden's history and see the skeleton of “Old Tom”, Eden’s famous killer whale, at the Eden Killer Whale Museum. For a real taste of life in the whaling industry you can visit Davidson Whaling Station, the longest operating shore-based whaling station in Australia, located on Kiah Inlet at Twofold Bay. Historic Boydtown is also worth a visit - make sure you drop in to the beautifully restored Seahorse Inn. Today Eden is famous as a destination for whale-watching, with migrations occurring in late autumn and spring. It's a great place to go on a whale-watching cruise, or even spot whales from headlands or beaches. The Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre, located on Main Wharf, has displays of the local marine environment. It's a fantastic place to take children, with touch tanks and all sorts of interesting things. The Discovery Centre also run Rocky Rambles, Snorkel Tours and other activities during school holidays. For the adventurous, The Light to Light Walk is one of Australia's iconic bush walks, taking 3 days to walk from Green Cape Lighthouse in the south to Boyd's Tower in the north.


The Rag Tag Fleet - a fascinating insight into maritime war The Rag Tag Fleet was a phrase penned by Ladislaw Reday, one of a group of Americans who came to Australia in 1942 as part of the Mission X team. With the Japanese defeating US forces in the Philippines, the next strategy was to drive Japanese forces out of New Guinea, and without an available fleet at hand, the Rag Tag Fleet was born. The Mission X team scoured Australia’s eastern seaboard and New Zealand inspecting and procuring an unlikely fleet of attack vessels for the US Army. Known as the US Small Ships Section, they included wooden trawlers, scows, sailing

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Right Knuckey Collection. Eden Killer Whale Museum Wooden fishing trawler, Zoie, was commandeered for the US Small Ships and survived being bombed in Oro Bay in New Guinea in 1942. Her owners, Bert Evans and Bill Priest, served on different vessels within the Small Ship Section.

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history at the Eden Killer Whale Museum craft and even a paddle-wheeler. While a fleet was beginning to be assembled, there was the realisation that crew were needed. Those fit enough were already engaged in the war, so it was left to the young, the old and those classed by the defence force as

medically unfit to take the helm. Charged with taking ammunition, supplies and troops through mostly unchartered waterways, these civilians faced enemy fire just the same as regular defence forces. However it is only within the last decade that their contribution to the American and Australian war effort has been officially recognised. Eden Killer Whale Museum’s latest exhibition The Rag Tag Fleet commemorates the 75th anniversary of the formation of this unusual fleet of ships, and remembers the men from the South Coast of NSW who served on them. The Rag Tag Fleet is on display at Eden Killer Whale Museum from 5th June 2017 – 4th February 2018.

Ken Shearer’s US Merchant Marine service pins. Courtesy of Suzy Shearer.




Come and experience the life of the early whalers and visit ‘Old Tom’s’ skeleton, the most famous of the Killer Whales.


(except Christmas Day)


Extensive range of books, gifts & souvenirs in our shop

Current Exhibitions include: In Demand - Advertising & The Second World War Etched in Stone - The Stories Behind the names of Eden’s War Memorial • Mon - Sat 9.15am - 3.45pm • Sun 11.15am - 3.45pm • Extended hours Christmas and New Year

184 Imlay Street, Eden NSW

(02) 6496 2094


January 2018 School Holiday Activities Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm Ph: 6496 1699 Monday







2 Cruise Ship in port Silver Shadow Fish Feeding Talk 12pm

4 NPWS SNORKEL Exp: 9am Kids: 2pm 6495 5000 to book

5 Critter Craft 11am-2pm Fish Feeding Talk 12pm

6 OPEN 10am – 4pm

8 Critter Craft 11am-2pm Fish Feeding Talk 12pm


11 NPWS SNORKEL Exp: 1pm Kids: 9am 6495 5000 to book


12 Critter Craft 11am-2pm Fish Feeding Talk 12pm Rock Pool Ramble 12pm/1:15pm 19 Critter Craft 11am-2pm Fish Feeding Talk 12pm Rock Pool Ramble 3pm 26 PUBLIC HOLIDAY CLOSED

13 OPEN 10am – 4pm

15 Critter Craft 11am-2pm Fish Feeding Talk 12pm Rock Pool Ramble 2:30pm 22 Cruise Ship in port M/S Regatta Fish Feeding Talk 12pm

3 Critter Craft 11am-2pm NPWS SNORKEL Exp: 9am Kids: 1pm 6495 5000 to book 10 Critter Craft 11am-2pm NPWS SNORKEL Exp: 1pm Kids: 9am 6495 5000 to book 17 Critter Craft 11am-2pm NPWS SNORKEL Exp:9am Kids: 12:30pm 6495 5000 to book 24 Cruise Ship in port M/S Regatta Critter Craft 11am-2pm Fish Feeding Talk 12pm

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25 NPWS SNORKEL Exp: 10am 6495 5000 to book

20 OPEN 10am – 4pm

Sunday 28 OPEN Cruise Ship in port Pacific Eden

Activity Bookings Essential - places are limited! Ph: 02 6496 1699 E: SNORKEL: First timer or Experienced, we’ve got a snorkel safari to suit your abilities Joining together, National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) and the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre (SCMDC) can take you snorkelling in the beautiful pristine waters of the Sapphire Coast. Depending on your age and ability, we’ve got you covered. Please ring NPWS on 6495 5000 or SCMDC on 6496 1699 for more information and to book. Ages: 4+. All gear supplied. Prices dependant on the type of snorkel safari you choose. Subject to weather. All participants must be able to swim. BOOKINGS REQUIRED ROCK POOL RAMBLE: Join an experienced marine guide exploring the amazing diversity of life found on rock platforms. Ages: 4+. Duration: 1hr. Cost: $10 per person. Subject to weather and tides. BOOKINGS REQUIRED Required: Covered and/or waterproof shoes(no thongs). Advised: suitable sun protection: hat, sunscreen, long sleeves & water. IN the interest of keeping our beaches clean and our beautiful marine wildlife alive, please be aware that the centre practices a ban on single use plastic. We ask you to NOT bring plastic bottles, or your coffee in a takeaway cup. We also advocate the ban on plastic bags and straws. Thank you for joining us in the fight. #banthebag #noexcuseforsingleuse #BYOCoffeeCup #WarOnWasteAU FISH FEEDING TALK: Come and see the fish enjoy their lunch and hear more about the species living in the tanks. Ages: All Duration: approx. 20min. Cost: No additional cost to centre entry. NO BOOKING NECESSARY CRITTER CRAFT: Make a marine inspired piece of art & craft. Ages: 4+. Cost: $5 per person. Duration: Octopuses Garden Open between 11am – 2pm. NO BOOKING NECESSARY CENTRE VISIT: Come in and discover a hands-on marine centre with a difference. Ages: All Duration: as long as you like during our opening hours: 10am – 4pm. Cost: $5 child; $10 adult; $20 family; $5 concession/senior/student. NO BOOKING NECESSARY


An exciting new experience in family dining here on the far south coast All you can eat International chefs  Salad Bar  Dessert bar  Assorted Asian dishes every day  International carvery  Seafood selection*  

*Seafood selection only offered Saturday & Sunday & subject to availability

Fun for the whole family!

Eden Fishermen's Recreation Club 217 Imlay Street, Eden (02) 6496 1577 Email:

OPENING HOURS School Holidays: Monday to Saturday 9.30am – 3.30pm Sunday 10am to 3pm Usual Hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm Group bookings available outside of these hours

An exciting hands-on experience full of interesting, thought-provoking marine displays & exhibits 6496 1699 253 Imlay St, Eden


HistoricPambula Things to See & Do Enjoy the beautiful historic buildings of Pambula Village Stroll around Panboola's wetlands and amazing revegetation areas, including the Old Racecourse Visit the friendly kangaroos at Pambula Beach Try some oysters at Pambula Lake

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. Pambula’s historic past is still very much in evidence, with beautifully restored and maintained historic buildings and farmhouses.


Pambula now has an eclectic mix of businesses, with art galleries, cafĂŠs, restaurants, retailers, pubs, a bakery, deli, organic and bulk food shop and even an old-fashioned milkbar. 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. Pambula Beach has an excellent swimming beach patrolled by the Pambula Surf Life Saving Club, a dog friendly beach at Middle Beach and the beautiful Pambula Rivermouth, with a playground and barbecue. Follow the river inland around the corner from the playground area until you find the walking track. This track has viewing platforms that offer beautiful views of the cliffs on the opposite bank and the beautiful clear water below. Heading south toward Eden from Pambula, turn off the Highway to Pambula Lake, at the opposite end of the lake/river system. Pambula Lake is the operational base for several local oyster growers. Don't leave without trying some of the delicious freshly-shucked oysters, grown in the clean waters of Pambula Lake.

Little Bottler - bargains, fine wines - they've got it all. There’s nothing like a cold beer on a hot summer’s day, and Pambula Little Bottler has a fantastic range of local and imported beers to choose from. With boutique breweries becoming more popular, specialty beers of all kinds are being produced, and Glen Baker, proprietor of Pambula Little Bottler has a wide selection. There’s also an extensive range of premium wines, cleanskins, and spirits, and knowledgeable staff to help you choose the right drink for all occasions. In fact, Pambula Little Bottler was recently awarded the ILG NSW Liquor Retailer of the Year award from a field of more than 500 entrants. Conveniently located in Toalla St. Pambula (just up from the tennis courts), and with plenty of car parking available, it’s easy to pop in for a slab or linger over your choice of the perfect red.

Knowing that everyone loves a good bargain, Glen offers weekly specials that compare well with the big chains. According to their regular customers, Pambula Little Bottler has the best range of fine wines on the South Coast, but don’t take their word for it, check it out for yourself. Pambula Little Bottler is at 4/13 Toalla St. Pambula, phone 6495 6335, and is open 7 days a week from 9.30am - 8pm during summer.

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Experience a real country show at the 2018 Pambula Show Saturday 13 January 2018 - Pambula Sporting Complex, Pambula Beach Road, Pambula We’re a friendly lot at the Pambula Show and we aim to provide a great family day out that doesn’t send you broke. For a modest entry fee (no increase for over 10 years) you can experience some of the best traditional country show action with heaps of free entertainment for the kids. Enjoy the full day horse program including hack, showjumping, dressage, funkana and other events. Watch those strong men and women in the woodchop events sending the chips and the sweat flying. Don’t miss the Pavilion filled with the best in craft, needlework, quilting, painting, photography, baking, preserves, flowers and vegetables. The innovative Art Gallery allows you to see and talk to local artists. The dog show, the Pampered Pooches of

Pambula Parade, is a highlight so bring your furry friend and enter them. The coveted Pambula Show Champion Oyster will be judged, and there will be the hotly contested oyster shucking competition. There’ll be pig racing, and Pirate Pete, and Penny Pirate with her spectacular balloon modelling, a jumping castle, a mechanical bull, face painting, Zumba, lots of old fashioned games and the iconic dog high jump. Visit the market stalls, food stalls and the legendary Pavilion Tearoom. Check out Pambula Show on Facebook.

Hand-moulded Organic Sourdoughs Cakes & Pastries Wild Variety of Pies

CAFÉ STYLE EATING Roasted on premises coffee, from ethically sourced farms.

Diverse Range of Gluten-free products 26 Quondola St PAMBULA Ph 6495 6649 Open Mon - Fri 6.30am - 4.30pm Sat 6.30am - 2.00pm 14A Princes Hwy CANN RIVER (next to the supermarket) Ph 6495 6649 Open Mon-Fri 8am-4pm, Sat & Sun 8am-2pm


Discover the hidden secrets of Panboola wetlands! With so many activities on offer there are loads of reasons why you should drop in and discover for yourself what makes Panboola such a special place! Panboola is a bird-watchers paradise, a photographer’s delight and a lovely place for an easy bike ride or walk. Grab a snack from one of the many nearby cafes in Pambula and head to the picnic tables at Tips Billabong. The Waterbird Sanctuary provides a shady escape from the summer heat with shaded picnic areas and well maintained grassy walking tracks. Brochures are available at each entry point highlighting Panboola’s extensive walking and cycling tracks. Try strolling out to the Pambula River via the Corridor & Bubble circuit. This 2.6km walk leads to one of Panboola’s best kept secrets -you are almost guaranteed to have the sandy beach to yourself! Bike riders love Panboola – it’s a perfect venue for families to enjoy a safe and easy ride together. Cycle around the Old Pambula Racecourse or pass through as a pleasant short cut if you are riding out to lunch at Oaklands or the Longstocking Brewery. Many tracks are also suitable for prams and scooters.

The wetlands are a well known for the extensive bird life with over 160 species recorded. You might even get to see the elusive Southern Emu Wren amongst the shrubs if you travel quietly out toward the river via the Corridor Circuit. Water dragons, echidnas and kangaroos also call Panboola home. The Panboola Centre at Watson’s Waterhole (behind the Idlewilde Motel) provides an alternate entry point with sealed car park, picnic tables and stunning vistas. Also to be found here is our original beautiful eaglesculpture. Panboola sits on community owned land and is managed by a team of volunteers. We are located on the southern edge of Pambula and are open 7 days a week. Everyone is welcome, entry is free. Visit the website at for more information.


ScenicMerimbula Things to See & Do Eat fish 'n'chips on the beach and enjoy the sunset Ride a bike, rollerskate or walk past the airport to Pambula or Pambula Beach Go fishing off the Wharf, beaches or in the Lake Swim in the crystal clear water at Mitchies Jetty or Bar Beach Go dolphin watching with hire boats or fishing charters Try a thrilling ride at Magic Mountain Fun Park VISITOR INFORMATION Beach Street, Merimbula Ph: 02 6495 1129

Merimbula is the tourist hub of the Sapphire Coast with its lakeside restaurants and cafés, 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, ten-pin bowling, 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 cafés 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. Whales migrate past Merimbula from September to November each year, feeding and frolicking in the Bay, making it easy to whale watch from on board a boat or from the beach.

The NPWS National Parks Discovery Walks, Talks and Tours program offers a fantastic insight into the unexpected delights of your national parks. Developed for all ages and led by specialist Discovery rangers, these fun and fascinating activities will introduce you to the wealth of natural, cultural and historic heritage within your local national parks and nature reserves. You can find Discovery activities in national parks around NSW – see the website for the latest. Here's a sample of what's on offer on the Far South Coast this January. • Wet, Wild & Whacky Kids Snorkel, Merimbula • Canoeing on Bournda Lagoon, Bournda NP • Postman’s Track - Tag along 4WD Tour, South East Forests NP, • Davidsons Whaling Station by boat • Neptune’s Necklace & Soldier Crabs, Merimbula Please note: costs apply for activities. Bookings are essential unless otherwise stated as numbers on each activity are limited. Early bookings are recommended.

To make a booking or find out more, contact NPWS Merimbula Region Office Cnr Sapphire Coast & Merimbula Drive Phone: (02) 6495 5000


Merimbula Marina – helping you enjoy your summer No visit to Merimbula is complete without seeing our spectacular coastline from the ocean! Whether it is a Discovery Cruise, Fishing Charter or Whale Watching we have something to suit everyone. Merimbula Marina is a family owned business. Our crew are all passionate about the ocean and the marine environment and enjoy sharing their knowledge with you! Our boats, True Blue & Explorer are both large, stable, comfortable 16 metre powered catamarans. They have ladies and gents toilets on board, indoor cabins and plenty of outdoor seating and viewing areas. Perfect for fishing or enjoying the sights of the local area! Over the summer months we operate daily fishing charters and our 2hr Coastal Discovery Tour, with BBQ meal and drinks,

departs at either lunch or sunset, depending upon the tides. If you are not the ocean going type then hire one of our Self Drive Hire Boats and explore the Merimbula Lake. To make a booking come and see us at the end of the Public Jetty in Market Street, Merimbula. Bookings can also be made by phoning (02) 6495 1686 or book online at

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> 3hr Summer Fishing Charter $70 Adults I $50 Child under 16yrs $210 Family (2 adults, 2 children under 16yrs)

Boat Hire A great way to explore Merimbula Lake. Pack a picnic or try your hand at fishing in our 4m aluminium tinnies with 6hp outboards. 1 hour $50 I 2 hours $70 3 hours $90 I 4 hours $110 All Day Special (8hrs) $180

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Potoroo Palace - Wonderful Wildlife Grab your sunhats, have cameras ready and be very excited! From ABC television fame, Potoroo Palace Native Animal Sanctuary is nestled in bushland on the beautiful Far South Coast. Only 9kms and just a 10 minute drive from the stunning destination hotspot of Merimbula, it’s right on the Princes Highway and unmissable! See dingoes, koalas, kangaroos, emus and much more. Enter another world inside the tropical Reptile House to see a variety of pythons and lounging lizards. Call in too for delicious fresh food and coffee, browse the educational books and Australian made gifts, venture into peaceful bushland surrounds where many of Australia’s most iconic native animals can be seen. Picnic places and BBQs are located near the shady dams for more al fresco dining. This small sanctuary has been established for 11 years and is run as a not-for-profit business, has charity status and is consequently dependent on the support of entry fees and donations. Friendly

staff love to share the animals’ stories and their passion for the natural environment with visitors. The free-roaming kangaroos and emus can often be found looking hopeful for their food treats, the ducks like a nibble too and feed bags can be purchased in the café. Educational Talks are twice daily and there’s even a Potoroo Train to have a fun ride on around the park. Ask about Encounters to get up close to a favourite animal. Visit for more details and find us on Facebook: Potoroo Palace Native Animal Sanctuary.

Above: Keeper Tom with Saffie. Photo by Sarah Chennall

NATIVE ANIMAL EDUCATIONAL SANCTUARY • Open 10am - 4pm daily (except Christmas Day) • Trains & Educational talks at 11am and 2pm daily • Individual Animal Encounters by arrangement

• Blue Wren Cafe now licensed, enjoy delicious homemade snacks and lunches • BBQ also available

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


Have tons of fun at Merimbula's Top Fun Looking for something fun to do with the kids? At Top Fun in Merimbula, you’ll find Ten Pin Bowling, the Zone 3 Laser game, an 18-hole Mini Golf course and plenty of video and skillbased games. In fact, you’ll probably need a whole day to experience it all. For those who enjoy Ten Pin Bowling but need a bit of extra help, there are special aids available (bumpers, ramps and special balls), so that everyone can join in and have fun. For an adrenalin pumping experience try the Zone 3 laser game, where you can test your skills and courage in the ultraviolet, smoke filled maze, whilst dodging your opponents. There are video and skills-based games too, and tickets can be won with many of the amusements which can then be used to redeem prizes at the Kiosk. The 18-hole Mini golf course has been

designed to provide maximum fun for all ages, and there’s a long-standing record just waiting to be broken! Admission and parking are free, and snacks and coffee are available. Open 7 days, Top Fun is located at the top of the town at 99 Main St. Merimbula. Phone 6495 3091, or visit their website at


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Old School Museum


Managed by the Merimbula Imlay Historical Society

Featuring an archive collection of written material, oral histories, photographs and maps.

Exhibiting the history of Merimbula, Pambula and adjacent areas Open Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday 1.30pm - 4pm Admission $5 adults, children free. Main Street Merimbula (Opposite the Merimbula RSL Club)

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The best fishing boat in town offering REEF, DEEP SEA and GAME FISHING - WHALE WATCHING No fishing licence required • On-board Toilet


Rides and entertainment galore at Magic Mountain If you're looking for a great family adventure these holidays, then head to Magic Mountain. Open 7 days until 28th January, Magic Mountain has lots of summer entertainment including magicians, balloon artists, face painters, musicians and DJs. Entry is free, so allow plenty of time to check it out if you haven't been before. Magic Mountain has rides that are great for families of all ages, including the toboggan, water slides, Grandprix cars, roller coaster, mini golf, jumping castle, the Tube Rider and the carpet slide. There's also lots of other attractions if you like to keep your feet on the ground. The Tube Rider has users begin their journey riding tubes down a twisting track or a straight run at exhilarating speeds in a safe environment. Don’t forget the Tree Climb Challenge for those with a taste for adventure (minimum age is 9). Magic Mountain is open 10am - 4pm (weather permitting) and age and height restrictions apply. Details at



Discover the coast with Merimbula Air Services There’s nothing quite like flying in an aircraft to gain a real feel for a region - you literally get a bird's eye view. Merimbula Air Services have been flying the Far South Coast skies for many years, and have a range of scenic flights to cater for all budgets. A popular trip is to join one of the low-level beach patrol flights. Run in conjunction with local surf lifesaving clubs, these morning and afternoon flights extend to Eden, Pambula, Merimbula and Tathra beaches and takes about 45 minutes. Alternatively, head south to Gabo Island for a half day trip and see the Island's 150 year old lighthouse, or head north check out the coast all the way to Batemans Bay. The Lighthouse Trio run takes you to 3 spectacularly situated lighthouses - Gabo Island, Greencape then north to Montague Island near Narooma.

Short flights over Merimbula Bay start from $55 per person with a minimum of 2 adult fares required, children half price and infants free (kids receive a flight certificate). Gift vouchers are also available. For bookings and more information, contact Merimbula Air Services on 02 6495 1074 or visit

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Sapphire Explorer - doing all the organising for you Are looking to do something a bit different this summer? Had enough of doing all the driving? The Sapphire Explorer tour is just the ticket! Hop on board the luxury all-terrain touring vehicle and head off the beaten track in comfort and style to explore the best the Sapphire Coast has to offer. Sample uber-fresh oysters straight from the lake, experience pristine waterways and photograph stunning vistas ... all with a local to guide you. Sapphire Explorer offer four tours, each with a different focus. Tours are family friendly - children are welcome. Pambula Lake Explorer - Tuesdays, 4hrs. Tour highlights: Pambula Lake, Captain Sponge's Magical Oyster Tour, Severs Beach, Haycock Point, The Pinnacles, Lennards Island and a delicious fresh Morning Tea. Green Cape Explorer - Wednesdays, 8hrs approx.

Tour highlights: Boyds Tower, Davidson Whaling Station, Saltwater Beach, Disaster Bay, Green Cape Lighthouse, The Seahorse Inn, Morning Tea and a Picnic Lunch Pambula Merimbula Explorer - Tuesdays, 3.5hrs Tour highlights: Merimbula township, Historical points of interest, Merimbula Aquarium, Pambula Village, Pambula Beach, Pambula Rivermouth, Morning Tea plus a Mystery location. Gourmet Farmer Explorer - Thursdays, 8hrs approx. Tour highlights: Cobargo Village, Tilba Cheese & the ABC Cheese Factory, Tilba Historic Villages, Rusty Fig Wines Vineyard Tour, Bermagui Fisherman's Wharf & Co-op, Bermagui Farmer's Market, Wapengo Oysters, Mimosa National Park, "Penders" - private home of the Myer family. Book now at


What's On



NPWS Discovery Program January

Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre Holiday Program 2nd - 26th January

Kids Time - 1880s Style, Montreal Goldfield 10th & 24th January

Pambula Show 13th January

Tathra Wharf to Waves 20th - 21st January

Summer Sounds , Four Winds 27th January

THE RAG TAG FLEET 5 June - 4th February 2018, Eden Killer Whale Museum, Eden Celebrating the 75th anniversary of what must be one of the most unusual fleets to take to the water during World War 2, The Rag Tag Fleet is a fascinating exhibition exploring a little-known part of naval history. The US Navy, suffering defeats in the Phillipines, decided to focus on driving the Japanese out of New Guinea. The only problem was, they didn't have any ships or sailors available. The Mission X team was charged with scouring Australia's eastern seaboard and New Zealand for suitable attack vessels. Known offiicially as the US Small Ships Section, but nick-named the Rag Tag Fleet by Mission X team


member Ladislaw Reday, vessels included wooden trawlers, scows, sailing craft and even a paddle-wheeler. With sailors away at the war, the Rag Tag Fleet was crewed the young, the old and the 'medically unfit'. Read more on pages 8 - 9 or visit the website at TATHRA BIG 4 PIG DAY OUT 31st December, Tathra Beach Country Club

Enjoy some New Year’s Eve Family Fun that lasts throughout the day and night. Gates open at midday on

Sunday at the Tathra Beach Country Club. Events on the day include Pig Races, Dog Jumping, Market Day, kids entertainment and live music to bring in the New Year. NPWS DISCOVERY PROGRAM Various dates in January The NPWS Discovery Walks, Talks and Tours program offers a fantastic insight into the unexpected delights of your national parks. Developed for all ages, these fun and fascinating activities will introduce you to the wealth of natural, cultural and historic heritage within your local national parks and nature reserves. Activities available this year include Wet, Wild & Whacky Kids Snorkel, Merimbula, Canoeing on Bournda

Lagoon, Postman’s Track Tag along 4WD Tour, South East Forests NP, Davidsons Whaling Station by boat and Neptune’s Necklace & Soldier Crabs, Merimbula. Please note these activities involve a fee and bookings are required. Get the details on page 17 or go to


January 2nd - 26th, various locations As always, the Marine Discovery Centre at Eden has a fantastic range of activities for everyone over the summer holidays. Try a snorkelling tour (separate tours for experienced snorkellers and children), a rock pool ramble, try your hand at critter craft or watch the fish munch their lunch and hear about the species in the tank. Please note that some activities involve a cost and bookings are essential, whereas others are free and don't need to be booked. Find out the details on page 10 - 11 or visit

KIDS TIME - 1880s STYLE January 10th, 24th Montreal Goldfield, Wallaga Lake Rd, Bermagui This January, Montreal Goldfield's Discovery Days are offering something to stir the imagination of kids living on or visiting the Far South Coast. From10am - 12pm, children can take a walk back in time with activities of the 1880s. Take a mini tour of the goldfield and a chance to learn how to pan for gold. Write out your Miners' Licence with a pen and ink; dress- up in costumes of t he 1880s, play some great games of days gone by. A fun day for all, young or old. $5 per person, children must be accompanied by an adult. Check out the details on page 53 or go to


13th January, Pambula Beach Sporting Complex. A great little show that doesn't cost the earth - the entry price is the same as 10 years ago. Experience some of the best traditional country show action including full day horse program with hack, showjumping, dressage, funkana and other events.

For the dogs is the Pampered Pooches of Pambula Parade and the dog high jump, and even pig races! Woodchopping, a mechanical bull, the famous oyster-shucking competition, old-fashioned games and most importantly, the legendary Pavilion Tearoom. Details on page 14 or check out Pambula Show on Facebook.

TATHRA WHARF TO WAVES 20th - 21st January, Tathra Ocean swim fans, runners and lovers of mountain bike tracks won’t be disappointed when visiting Tathra for the annual Tathra Wharf to Waves Weekend. Saturday's the day for the 2km Fun Run on the beach, or test yourself on a 30km mountain bike ride. Sunday is Ocean Swim day, with races for different age groups and distances. Great prizes, a fabulous community atmosphere over the whole weekend and all proceeds go to the Tathra community. Details on page 40 or enter online at


SUMMER SOUNDS - A WORLD OF MUSIC 27th January, Four Winds Sound Shell, Barraga Bay Come along for a day of great music, fabulous food, plenty of fun, and summery vibes. A jam-packed program of outstanding artists celebrating traditional and contemporary music in the beautiful surrounds of the Four Winds Sound Shell. An opportunity for locals and visitors to connect through music in a celebration of summer, creativity and talent. Adult $80, child 12-18 $40, child under 12 years FREE. Details on page 53 or go to for tickets. COBARGO FOLK FESTIVAL 2nd- 4th March, Cobargo Showground, Cobargo Now held in early March instead of late February, the Cobargo Folk Festival has attracted even more legends from Australia and around the world, as well as up-andcoming acts making their name in the folk and roots music scene. Cobargo's date is now closer to other major folk festivals, making it much easier for musicians to include Cobargo on their summer tours - and quite a few of them have! The 2018 line up includes Eric Bogle, Neil Murray, Peter Owen's Bluegrass Band, Andy Irvine, The Northern Folk and more. The organising team have been working hard to improve the site, with lots of


new camping sites to cater for the ever-growing number of RVs and caravans. It is however recommended that you take advantage of early bird tickets early to secure a camping spot, as demand will still be high. Head to pages 44 - 45 to read more about the Fesitval, go to or find the Festival on Facebook.

BERMAGUI SEASIDE FAIR 10th March, Dickinson Oval, Bermagui In its 21st year the Bermagui Seaside Fair continues to bring you a free, fun day out for everyone. The fancy dress street parade starts at 10am. There’s music and entertainment on two stages, free kids novelty events, arts and crafts and photographic exhibitions, sandcastle competition, pet pageant, golf hole in one beach bash, demonstrations and displays, heaps of market stalls, a fireworks spectacular in the evening … and a whole lot more. For program updates, entry forms and more information visit and like us on Facebook.

HATSAVVY MILLINERY STUDIO - SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST HATS. Hatsavvy studio, Shop 3/120 Wagonga Street Narooma 0439 791 498 Hatsavvy Narooma is all about slow and ethical fashion. Trained Milliner Anne Colquitt sources vintage fabric and reuses discarded furnishing fabrics where possible, keeping the fabric from entering landfill. Her quirky hats can be made to order and are turning heads nationally and internationally. “I love to recycle” Anne points out, and it’s a passion that’s evident as soon as you enter her millinery studio in mid town Narooma, next door to Casey’s Cafe. Anne also stocks bamboo clothing and undergarments, gym and yoga gear which are antibacterial and amazingly soft to wear. This Christmas, why not give a gift voucher for a handmade hat, a elephant grass market basket or a sturdy canvas men’s outdoor “Harrison Ford” hat. We have the holidays covered too, stocking an array of sun hats that are all UV and very affordable. Drop by and say hi!!! Check out Hatsavvy on Facebook & Instagram.

Live Entertainment January/February Eden Fishermen’s Club Ph 6496 1577 January Sat 6th White Noise from 7.30pm Sat 13th Jamie Parkinson from 7.30pm Sat 20th Over the Moon from 7.30pm Sat 27th Once Bitten from 7.30pm February Contact Club for details Eden Gardens Country Club Ph 6494 1126 January Fri 5th Dale Huddleston from 7.00pm Sun 7th Wayne Trezise from 3pm Fri 12th Roddy Reason from 7.00pm Sun 14th Joe Quennell from 3pm Sun 21st Rick Bloomfield from 3pm Sun 28th Joe Driscoll from 3pm February Contact Club for details Merimbula RSL Phone 6495 1502 January Mon 1st Dale Huddleston Tue 2nd Joe Driscoll

Wed 3rd Roddy Reason Thu 4th Michael Horneman Fri 5th Andrew Leonard (ELVIS) Sat 6th Lily & the Drum Fri 12th Steve N Adam Sat 13th Once Bitten Fri 19th Mojo Sat 20th The Hoops Fri 26th Over the Moon Sat 27th Ricky & the Radars February Sat 3rd DJ Grey Sat 10th Totum Sat 17th McGrath Sat 24th Soul Stories Bermagui Country Club Ph 6493 4340 January Fri 5th Tessa Devine from 8pm Sat 6th ‘Wingin It’ from 8pm Fri 12th ‘Two Dogs Plucking’ from 8pm Fri 19th Mark Dabin from 8pm Sun 21st Monster Raffle Fri 26th Jay Podger from 8pm February Contact Club for details



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Badja State Forest

Pipers Lookout

Wadbilliga National Park

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Mumbulla State Forest


Eurobodalla Park

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My Heaven On Earth Cafe, Central Tilba

Mystery Bay

Eurobodalla Park

Montague (Barunguba) Nature Reserve

Montague Island Guided Tours


Eurobodalla Park


Bermagui Coastal Walk


Mimosa National Park

Bermagui Nature

Gulag NP


Corunna Picnic Area

Wagonga Picnic Area

Gulaga Mt (walk)

Murrah State Forest

Moruy State Forest

Bodalla Forest


Biamang National Park

Biamang National Park

Quaama Brogo Dam


Wandell State Forest

Hanging Mountain

Deua National Park




TOMAKIN BROULEE Broulee Island Reserve

Mogo State Forest



Mogo State Forest


Wandera State Forest

Dry Creek Camping Area

Bakers Flat Camping

Kooraba National Park

Deua National Park

Dampier State Forest

Tuross Primative Camping Area

Deua National Park


Deua National Park

Wyanbene Caves

Lake Crook Wadbilliga Camping Area Camping Area

Cascades Camping Area

Badja State Forest

Badja Swamp Nature

Gourock National Park

Tallaganda State Forest

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Departing from the Merimbula Airport

From the Bay to the Border

Over the beautiful South Coast regions of Australia


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Bournd Nature Reserve

Timbillica State Forest


Croajingolon National Park


Hobart Beach Bournda Lagoon North Tura

Haycock Point


Ben Boyd National Park


Mallacoota Lookout

Nadge Nature Reserve

Nadge State Forest

Bay Cliff Disaster Bay Greenglades

Boyd National Park

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Bittangabee Light to Walk Green Cap

Saltwater Creek


Cliff Place Tathra Cliff Place Tathra Lookout, Relax, Lookout, Relax, Wine & Dine Wine & Dine

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Newtons Crossing

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Wolumla Yurammi Reserve


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Wallagaraugh Flora Reserve

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Gift Vouchers , Flight Training and Aircraft Charter also available

South Coast Scenic Flights

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FamousBega Things to See & Do Visit the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre Check out the art galleries Step back in time at the Bega Pioneer Museum Wander along the walking/cycling track near the Bega River Source locally grown produce at the Farmers Market or shops VISITOR INFORMATION At Bega Cheese Heritage Centre, Lagoon Street, Bega Ph: 02 6491 7645

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. 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 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, exporting millions of dollars worth of product every year. A visit to the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre is a must for all visitors to the region. The Heritage Centre is a wonderful reproduction of the original butter factory that was situated on the site in the early 20th century and has a wonderful display of cheese and butter-making equipment from the 1900's. It provides an insight into how early farmers lived, worked and transported their products. The Heritage Centre is also home to the Bega Tourist Information Centre, which provides information about attractions throughout the region. For those interested in the history of Bega, the Museum in the heart of the town houses a collection of photos, family histories, farm implements and machinery. 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. There's a fantastic walking track that goes all the way from the sporting fields near the Bridge over to the Bega River. The track then follows the Old Racecourse.

Explore Brogo Dam with Brogo Wilderness Canoes Summer is a great time to explore the inland waterways of the Far South Coast - the days are fine, the water is warm and with any luck the nativ bass will be biting. One of the best locations to go canoeing is the Brogo Dam, with its extensive catchment running back into the magnificent Brogo Wilderness area. The waterways are pristine, and the peaceful backwaters are a haven for local native bird life and fauna - sea eagles, swooping azure kingfishers, water dragons, goannas and shy echidnas have all been observed on and around the Dam. To really experience the beauty of the Brogo Dam, you need to get out on the water.

Dave and Sue at Brogo Wilderness Canoes hire fully equipped canoes for a half day or full day, allowing plenty of time to check out the Dam. Their canoes are safe, stable “Canadians”, and all safety gear, maps and instructions are provided. For tranquillity and beauty it’s hard to beat - you can explore forest gullies, swim, bring a picnic lunch and stop wherever you desire. A 2 - 3 person canoe with all safety gear costs just $25 per adult and $13 per child for a half day. For bookings contact Dave or Sue on (02) 6492 7328.

Bega Cheese Heritage Centre The home of

Bega Cheese Free admission Gourmet range of fudge Cheese tasting & sales Ice creams, milk shakes & light meals The History of Dairying Museum Local products, Arts & Crafts, Picnic area Wheelchair friendly Open 9am - 5pm, 7 days (closed Christmas Day & Good Friday) Ph 02 6491 7762 Lagoon St, North Bega

Incorporating the Bega Visitor Information Centre Ph 6491 7645 Regional Bus Ticketing available for Countrylink & Premier bus services


Secrets of Bega Valley Regional Gallery Justene Williams - The Curtain Breathed Deeply 2 December - 17 February 2018 The Curtain Breathed Deeply presents an immersive collection of video and sculptural work by artist Justene Williams. Her largest and most ambitious undertaking to date, Williams uses found objects and waste materials to create dazzling theatrical environments, seducing visitors through a variety of hypnotizing sets and ‘performative’ video installations. Williams takes inspiration from many sources including memories of her father’s wrecking yard, her childhood training in dance and her experiences constructing elaborate retail window displays as well as early twentieth century avant-garde art and theatre, and contemporary pop culture. See page 48 for BVRG opening times.

The Butchers Block Longest established butcher in Bega, now taking orders via email: Lenard’s chicken now in

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” 187-189 Newtown Rd Bega Rear of 32-34 Church St Bega 6492 6628


Bega Large range of stock frames, fast and friendly service. Selection of local photography by Tony & Robert Lockerbie. Think outside the picture. 115 Carp St Bega 6492 6500

BEGA CHEESE HERITAGE CENTRE Open 9am - 5pm, 7 days The History of Dairying Museum Lagoon St North Bega 6491 7762

Approved 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

Monday to Friday - 10 am to 9 pm Saturday - 11 am to 9 pm Sunday - 4.30 pm to 9 pm


Bushwalking in National Parks 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. Please note that for all these walks, strong footwear should be worn, carry food and water, and take clothing suitable for changing weather conditions. Please check the National Parks website for current conditions and access:

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 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.


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Wolumla Peak 776m





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Dr George Tanja Mountain 313m MIMOSA ROCKS NP

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Mount Nadgee 542m




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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 Green Cape Lightkeepers Cottages. Park use fees apply. 38





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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, 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

1 BODALLA SF Wagonga Hill 226m


Belowra Mountain 806m

3. Kangarutha Walking Track Bournda National Park 9km one way Approx. 5 hours

Tuross Lake


Nerrigundah Eurobodalla

Cadgee Mountain 411m



Coila Lake


River Countegany

Congo Bergalia


Jillicambra Mountain 1076m

Batehaven Malua Bay

Mossy Point Broulee

Moruya Heads

Kiora Beashell Hill 179m

Spring Mountain 433m




Bendethera Mountain 997m

Durras Long Beach

Batemans Bay

Mogo Hill 163m

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





Batemans Bay

Windenby Mountain 699m


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.


Bolaro Mountain 645m


Mount Donovan 906m

Middle Mountain 1166m


Check current conditions via NPWS website or ring 6495 5000 (Merimbula) or 4476 2888 (Narooma).






TALLAGANDA SF Mount Italy 1156m

2. Cascades Walk Wadbilliga National Park 3km return Approx. 2 hours



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



Mallacoota Inlet

Bastion Point


Cape Howe

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StunningTathra Things to See & Do Get up close to birds at On The Perch's walk-through aviaries Try mountain biking on the trails around Tathra Check out all the cafes and restaurants in town Enjoy a walk or bike ride from Tathra to the Bega River at Mogareeka

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. Built in 1862, the Wharf was built from funds donated by farmers and the Illawarra Steam Navigation Company and operated until 1952. The Wharf was damaged during an East Coast Low that hit the region in 2016, but with repairs completed, the Wharf has resumed its role as a favourite fishing spot for visitors and locals alike. Bushwalking, kayaking, mountain-biking, snorkeling 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 located near the Tathra Surf Lifesaving Club. An easy 3km walking and cycling track runs from Tathra to the mouth of the Bega River at Mogareeka, with other walks around town as well. There are plenty of National Parks within easy driving range of Tathra. Bournda NP is about 15mins south toward Tura Beach, the Mimosa Rocks NP hugs the coast north towards Bermagui and Biamanga NP is north-west of Tathra between the Princes Highway and the coast. 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 great places to eat, ranging from gourmet delis to cafĂŠs and restaurants. Make sure you have a coffee at Cliff Place in Beach St at the top of town, to really appreciate Tathra's spectacular ocean views. Extensive renovations at The Tathra Hotel have now been completed with the Hotel reopening in mid- November. The Hotel features a micro-brewery, a bistro that's open for lunch and dinner, live music - and no poker machines.


Tathra Wharf To Waves - Ocean Swims and Bike Rides Ocean swim fans and lovers of mountain bike tracks won’t be disappointed by visiting Tathra on the third weekend of January 2018 for the annual Tathra Wharf to Waves Weekend. The series of ocean swims on Sunday January 21st is in its 17th year, and is considered the highlight of what promises to be an actionpacked weekend on the Far South Coast of NSW. On Saturday, January 20th, there’s a 2km fun run on Tathra Beach from the Country Club to the Surf Club, while mountain bike enthusiasts will also be in action that day, with a 30km ‘Bega to the Beach’ ride from Bega across Dr George Mountain to the coast. Experienced triathletes and anyone who wants to give it a shot can sign up for all three activities, but traditionally, it's the swim that's the attraction, with organisers expecting well over 500 entrants this year. Sunday is the big day for all the family, with visitors and locals invited to enter one of a series of 600m swims according to their age

bracket (eight classes for age 10 and up) or the 1200m Rettke Builders 'Splash for Cash' open race (from age 12 and up) which offers a $500 cash prize for the first male and first female onto the beach and an artwork by a local artist. Lots of prizes for places in the 600m series swims and major random draw prizes over the weekend including holiday packages in Tathra and up in the Snowy Mountains, a Raw Surfboard and a fantastic Mountain Bike. All the swims start from the historic Tathra Wharf, a remnant of the days when steamers carried goods and passengers along the coast. In use from 1862 - 1952, it was restored by the National Trust and local residents. A wide range of people have taken part in the event over the last 17 years, so entrants could find themselves lining up with seasoned ocean swimmers, AFL footballers and Commonwealth Games medallists, with competitors coming from around Australia on a regular basis. ENTER ON-LINE NOW. Visit

Don't Miss the 2018 Tathra Wharf To Waves Weekend Saturday 20th January

Coastlife 2km Tathra Beach Fun Run 30km Bega to Tathra Mountain Bike Ride

Sunday 21st January

Tathra Wharf to Waves Swims Series of 600m Age Ocean Swims 1200m Rettke Builders ‘Splash for Cash’ Open Swim Great prizes, fabulous community atmosphere over the whole weekend. All proceeds go to our local community.

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Enjoy birds and more at On the Perch The Award Winning On the Perch Bird Park has become one of the ‘must see’ attractions of the Sapphire Coast since opening in September 2015. With about 75 species of bird on display the focus is conservation and education. Visitors can enjoy a total of six exhibits; Asia/Pacific, Inland Australia, African Savannah, Temperate Australia, Kimberley region of WA and the ‘Chicken Run’. The three walk-in aviaries (Asia/ Pacific, Inland Australia, Temperate Australia), are perfect for budding photographers or those that just like to sit amongst the birds. Combine your visit with our Meet the Keeper talks at 11am and 1pm to learn even

more! Enjoy a coffee in ‘Brood Café’, the café with a difference and The Bower Gift Shop offers a range of gifts, local art and a small range of local produce. While you here, make sure you also visit the Sculpture Garden... you'll be amazed by these works made from recycled materials, most of which are for sale. We are open from 10am but please check our website or facebook for holiday trading details. Closing times may vary due to weather conditions. Left top: Splendid Fairy-wrens can be found in the Inland Australia Walk-in aviary Left bottom: Sacred Kingfisher in the Temperate Australia Walk-in aviary

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



Learn about birds from Australia and around the world. Interact with the birds in our walk-in aviaries. Meet the keeper at 11am and 1pm. Find the perfect gift at ‘The Bower’. Enjoy ‘Brood’, the café with a difference. IMMERSE YOURSELF IN NATURE

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Intriguing Cobargo Things 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 Explore nearby Wadbilliga National Park

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 cheese-making 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.


The town was large enough from the 1890s onwards to support a newspaper, ‘The Cobargo Watch’.

Today the picturesque historic village of Cobargo is more than a working village; it's a creative, vibrant place that reflects the diverse, talented locals. Cobargo's Laneway Markets are an initiative of Cobargo Creators and happen every Saturday from 9am till 1pm. Enjoy the friendly Cobargo vibe whilst browsing fresh produce, seedlings, herbs, local crafts, craft supplies and other locally made goodies. There’s also trashy treasures and treasured trash for the bargain hunters and the odd busker to entertain. On the 1st Saturday of the month there is also a car boot sale held in conjunction with the market. Cobargo still has its old favourites like the unique Bangles Pottery shop, where the owner throws pots in the front window, and South Coast Leather, where the scent of leather wafts from the door. Twig & Feather is also full of scented delights, with hand-made candles and a unique range of homewares, kitchenware and stationery.

Develop your practice at Bikram Yoga Sapphire Coast Cobargo is home to an excellent hot yoga studio, Bikram Yoga Sapphire Coast. You can’t miss it - it’s the little yellow building with the bright red door in Cobargo's main street. Owned and operated by one of Australia’s top Bikram yoga practitioners, Amrei Marden, the studio caters for beginners who have never set foot inside a yoga studio before, for people wanting to rehabilitate injuries and for those who want to improve their general health. The Cobargo Bikram yoga community is diverse and welcoming, with people of all ages and levels of fitness attending regularly. You work at your own pace under the expert guidance of Amrei. Don’t be scared by the “hot” in hot yoga. Amrei maintains the studio at a comfortable

temperature and most people find that they acclimatise quickly after just a couple of lessons. Many people say the heat helps them manage chronic pain. Testimonials include people who say the practice has helped them reduce arthritis pain, manage high blood pressure, increase balance, flexibility and strength, reduce varicose veins, manage back pain, manage depression and improve overall health and fitness. Amrei also offers weekend yoga retreats - which may be a great holiday option if you want something to kickstart a healthy living program! Amrei Marden, Bikram Yoga Sapphire Coast, 0416 092 225

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Cobargo Folk Festival attracts international performers With many festivals and events struggling to attract sufficient numbers of paying customers, the award-winning Cobargo Folk Festival, happily, has the opposite problem: how to fit everyone into the Showground venue comfortably. That’s why they are advising people who want to attend next year to book in advance – at early bird prices. Festival organisers, the Yuin Folk Club, continues to work closely with the Cobargo Showground Trust and the Show Society to upgrade facilities at the site to meet yet another increase in attendees. A large section of the site has now been levelled, using the fill from road construction work at Dignams Creek, allowing space for many more campers. “As more people upgrade from tents to caravans and motor homes, space at the site has been at a premium,” said Festival Executive Director, Zena Armstrong. “So we are delighted that we now have quite a bit of extra camping space.” “The Yuin Folk Club will continue to work with the Show Society to make sure the site has all the amenities that we require for a successful festival,” she said. Now in its 23rd year, the 2018 Festival – now being held in the first weekend in March - will feature a number of legends from Australia and around the world as well as up-and-coming acts making their names in the folk and roots music scene. Andy Irvine, one of the most influential


performers in Irish and world music, will join other legends Australian/Scot Eric Bogle, US Bluegrass star Peter Rowan and Warumpi Band singer Neil Murray at the Festival. “We are thrilled that both Eric and Andy are appearing at the 2018 Festival. Eric’s contribution to Australian folk music is extraordinary. And we are delighted that Andy – a frequent visitor to Australia – has been able to make time in his busy schedule to play at Cobargo next year,” said Festival Artistic Director, Dave Crowden. “Andy’s influence on folk and world music over five decades is incalculable. His travels around the Balkans in the late 1960s brought the fascinating rhythms and harmonies of that music into the Celtic folk revival,” he said. “Now that the Festival will be held a week later than usual, we are more closely aligned to the other major festivals around the country and that makes us a more attractive option for touring performers,” he said. Cobargo 2018 will feature ten international acts from such diverse countries as East Timor, Greece, Canada, the UK, the US and Ireland. “This is one of the best line ups in the 23 years of the Festival,” he said. “Over the years, the Festival has built a big reputation with both Australian and International acts, with our beautiful location and relaxed and friendly atmosphere.” A full list of performers, how to buy tickets and information on how to volunteer at the Festival can be found at


Art Galleries Trail Batemans Bay to Eden 1. 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..

The Land of Many Waters Gallery, Batemans Bay 2. Juela Mogo 36a Princes Highway, Mogo. Ph 4474 4981 Boutique design and manufacturing studio offering a unique, personable and specialised service. Their onsite jewellers will design to suit a client's individual needs, revamp old jewellery and Theodore offer an ever-evolving selection of unique pieces. Featuring a fully Jeweller Bloss - at Juela Mogo operational workshop with consultants lounge and modern studio.


Boutique jewellery design at Juela Mogo 3. Montague Art and Craft Society (MACS) See the range of local art, craft, produce, and gifts at MACS shop/gallery at Narooma Visitor Centre, Ph 4476 2881. Call in at MACS Studio/Gallery to see work in progress at 24 Glasshouse Rocks Rd, Narooma.


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Montague Art & Craft Society Gallery At Apma Creations Aboriginal Art Gallery 4. Apma Creations Aboriginal Art Gallery & Gift Shop 17 Corkhill Dve Central Tilba 0437 617 390 Merryn Apma's exhibition space and gift shop is situated in beautiful Central Tilba, at the base of Mother Mountain, Gulaga. This addition to the South Coast arts landscape will showcase Aboriginal artists and creative producers from across Australia and the Torres Strait and feature works of the local Yuin and Ngarigo people.




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5. Bermagui Mudworks 23 Alexander Dr, Bermagui Ph 0408 273 445. Pottery studio & Coffee Lounge, with original wheel thrown domestic ware and garden ware. Open 9am to 5pm, closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays.



Pottery at Bermagui Mudworks BODALLA NAROOMA







6. Ivy Hill Gallery 1795 Bermagui Rd, Wapengo. Ph 6494 0152 Open Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. 14 December to 14 January - Opening drinks Thursday 14 December from 6pm. Closed 23 and 24 December. Chris Denton | Kylie Ramsay | Sonja Jacob: A connoisseur’s collection of quiet perfection for a special Christmas exhibition at Ivy Hill. Chris Denton is well known for his exquisite drypoint prints and ink and pencil drawings. Kylie Ramsay has hand worked multi layered archival digital prints using the tools of this century to produce dreamy works of flowers and portals. Sonja Jacob has created both functional and sculptural ceramic pieces which reflect the colours of forest and sea. Thursday 18 January to Sunday February 18, sculpture and paintings by Jen Mallinson and paintings by Olivia Bernardoff. Drinks with the Artists Saturday 20 January from 5pm. An accomplished painter, Jen Mallinson turned her hand to sculpture 20 years ago. She won the acquisitive Cox Prize at Sculpture on the Edge in 2012. The Bega Valley Shire Council prize for a major work, The Meeting of Two Rivers, was installed in Littleton Gardens in 2016. In this exhibition she combines both disciplines with great skill and creative flair.




Kylie Ramsay ,Sonja Jacob, and Chris Denton at Ivy Hill Gallery


Art Galleries Trail Batemans Bay to Eden 7. Bega Valley Regional Gallery Zingel Place, Bega. Ph 6499 2187 Open Tue - Fri 10am - 4pm, Sat 9am - 12 noon. 2 December – 17 February, 2018: Justene Williams | The Curtain Breathed Deeply. The Curtain Breathed Deeply presents an immersive collection of video and sculptural work by artist Justene Williams. Her largest and most ambitious undertaking to date, Williams uses found objects and waste materials to create dazzling theatrical environments, seducing visitors through a variety of hypnotizing sets and ‘performative’ video installations. February 23 – March 10: Julian Meagher is the inaugural artist in residence. A pilot project for a long term partnership between the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the BVRG,. The residency at Bithry Inlet in the pristine Mimosa Rocks National Park, offered the opportunity to draw from the unique natural environment of the local region, whilst connecting with regional communities.

Justene Williams - at BVR Gallery Julian Meagher - at BVR Gallery 8. Spiral Gallery 47 Church St Bega. Ph 6492 5322 Open Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday 10am - 1pm. Represents regional, emerging and established artists. Gallery 1: 1 December – 17 January Indulge: Summer At Spiral Spiral members and Friends present … 19 January – 14 February Doyle & Doyle, Coastal Works. Silk weavings, scarves and shawls by long term resident and weaver Lizzie Doyle combined with drawings and paintings, by her brother, Andy Doyle. The two have worked together in the past year to build a collection that responds to the rugged beauty of the coastline and interior. 16 February - 14 March Year of the Dog OPEN ART PRIZE. Artists interpret all things dog! Cavorting canines, pampered pooches, faithful friends, wonderful working dogs. The exhibition opens on Chinese New Year in the Year of the Dog. Gallery 2: 27 December – 17 January Free Thinking, Artists Society of Canberra. Four Artists portraying the environment using different medium, oils, watercolours, acrylics, encaustic and pen & ink. 19 January - Spiral Gallery members’ retail space.



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Year of the Dog, at Spiral Gallery


Lizzie and Andy Doyle, at Spiral Gallery


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9. Australian Pottery at Bemboka 24 Oliver Street, Bemboka Ph 6493 0491 www. Open October – June, Friday to Monday 10am to 5pm or by appointment. Australian pottery made in the last half-century by hundreds of different makers, displayed in a contemporary house and gallery setting with



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10. Artessence Gallery 47 Toalla St Pambula. Ph 6495 7286 (Facebook: Artessence Gallery) Open Monday-Friday 10am - 4.30pm, Saturday 10am – 12.30pm. Artessence Gallery is more than just an art gallery. We are all about Australian artists and makers in a range of media. We have a beautiful collection of constantly changing paintings, but there are also photographs, lino-cuts, prints and cards, ceramic pots and bowls, hand dyed and printed textiles, beautiful hand-blown glassware, handmade wooden home wares and a range of jewellery by different designers, all displayed in historic McKells Cottage, Pambula. Artessence Gallery will feature a diverse range of work on display at the gallery throughout January and on Saturday 13th January, we will pack up the gallery and set up for the day at Pambula Show. We will be at the show all day and will be accompanied by some of our artists on site, demonstrating their work! Feature Exhibition February: AM- PM Opening Night Saturday 3rd February at 5pm. Exhibition open: Saturday 3rd February – Thursday 28th February 10am – 4.30pm ‘AM –PM’ features the paintings of Annette Binger and Lorna Zhulan. Annette Binger’s work reflects her 30 years of affection for the Sapphire Coast and Bega Valley. Pambula Beach, where she lives part-time, features in her new collection that captures afternoons in all their warm oranges and iconic sapphire blues. Annette's paintings can sometimes appear photorealistic, but on closer inspection the impressionists and mid20th century modernists clearly influence her work. Lorna Zhulan paints with both brushes and palette knife, producing two different styles of paintings. The brushwork paintings tend to be more realistic and smoothly finished while the palette knife works can tend towards the more abstract with a rougher more textured finish. Lorna uses rich colours and her work focuses on the light – whether it be morning light or the light of late afternoon... At Artessence Gallery


TranquilBermagui Things to See & Do Dip a toe in the famous Blue Pool, Bermagui's natural rock pool Wander through the Fishermens Wharf complex Sample the delights on offer at the cafĂŠs, patisserie and gellateria dotted around town Explore the surrounding area by bike VISITOR INFORMATION Bunga St, Bermagu 6493 3054 Open 7 days 10am - 4pm

Bermagui offers visitors a myriad of things to do and places to go. Pristine beaches and lakes provide water activities from surfing to swimming, snorkeling, boating and kayaking. The Continental Shelf is just 20km offshore, making Bermagui the closest point to the Shelf on the Australian east coast, and an ideal place to book a fishing charter on one of the many local boats. If you'd prefer to stick to the shore, you can throw in a line from the beach, rocks or 50

along the Bermagui River. Don't miss a swim in the beautiful Blue 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. Test your riding skills at the Bermagui Mountain Bike Park with its tracks suitable for differing skill levels. Go bush walking or bird watch in the surrounding National Parks and State Forests. Take a stroll through the Fishermens Wharf complex, with its retail outlets, galleries, restaurants and cafĂŠs. Close to Bermagui, Wallaga Lake is one of the largest coastal lakes in NSW, an area of outstanding natural beauty with special significance for local Aboriginal people. Montreal Goldfield at Wallaga Lake is Australia's only Goldfield that goes to the sea, and has guided tours daily. Learn about the discovery of gold in the 1880s and its impact on Bermagui and its surrounds. The Camel Rock Brewery and Cafe, located in the Wallaga Lake Big 4 Holiday Park has craft beers on tap and American-influenced food.

Camel Rock Brewery - already kicking goals Camel Rock Brewery & Cafe has been open now for almost12 months, and features cleansing ales and fantastic American Influenced cuisine. The Brewery this year won the 2017 Master Builders Association Best Commercial Renovation by Munckton Homes for their renovation on the building, and it also won the 2017 Inaugural BIG4 Holiday Parks National Innovation Award. The team at Camel Rock Brewery have made their mark with great service, excellent beer both from Camel Rock Brewery and partner breweries, as well as some amazing inspired food by Chef Daniel Cross. The beer is now flowing (albeit in small batches) as Brew team Jaime and Jesse work their magic on each batch. The Brewery is open 7 days for Breakfast, Lunch

Lakefront caravan park & campground with outdoor pool and tennis court. 15 minute stroll to Camel Rock Beach and Camel Rock BIG4 Wallaga Lake Holiday Park 186-188 Wallaga Lake Road, WALLAGA LAKE NSW 2546

and Dinner with locally sourced produce such as Tilba Cheese, Tilba Free Range Eggs, locally made burger buns and so much more. Each topping and seasoning mix is hand made by the amazing team in the kitchen. Breakfast is served until 10.30am, Lunch 12pm - 3pm, Dinner from 5.30pm to 8.30pm In the Alfresco area of the brewery see, smell and touch the Hops plants that provide the special flavours to beer, read about the brewing process and learn how to taste beer. The summer menu has a Southern American and Northern Mexican influence and there's also live entertainment on different days of the week. Keep up to date with what’s happening via Facebook and what’s brewing via the Camel Rock Brew Club on Facebook.

Craft Beer, Great Food Great Atmosphere Located at the entry of BIG4 Wallaga Lake Holiday Park

Ph: 6493 3225

(02) 6493 4655


Bermagui Country Club - it's got the lot! If you're planning a visit to beautiful Bermagui this summer, whether for the day or for a week or two, make sure you visit the Bermagui Country Club. The spectacular 18 hole championship golf course is right on the edge of town - you can leave the car behind and walk there! The Country Club has 3 synthetic and 2 clay tennis courts; if you'd like to hire a court just call the pro shop on 02 6493 4657 to make a booking. Perhaps you prefer a game of bowls, or even a game of croquet? The country club has both indoor and outdoor bowls and croquet lawns. If you're searching for somewhere for lunch or dinner, The Terrace Restaurant is open 7 days a week, and there's a kids room available for the younger members of the family. You can even download the menu from the Club's website so you know what to order! Phone The Terrace on 6493 4177 for more information and bookings.

On Sunday 21st January the Country Club is running a Monster Raffle, with over $1000 worth of meat trays, seafood trays & fruit & veg boxes up for grabs. Tickets go on sale from 3pm, the draw starts at 4pm and there's live entertainment from 4.30pm. Weekly activities include Bingo, NPL Poker, Club raffles, live entertainment every Friday night, trivia & social pool comp. Phone 6493 4340 for information on times. A courtesy bus is available - phone the Club for more details.

Bermagui Country Club Weekly Events Raffles Bingo – Monday 10.30am Every Wednesday & Trivia – Wednesday 8pm Friday night! NPL Poker 6 – 7pm rego First Draw 7.30pm Pool Comp Our Courtesy Bus available Wednesday 7.30pm Wednesday, Friday, The Terrace Restaurant Friday 7.30pm Saturday Evenings – Open 7 days bookings can be made Live Entertainment Lunch 12 - 2pm by phoning the Club on Every Friday Night from Dinner 6 - 8.30pm 64934340 or bus mobile 8.00pm Ph: 64934177 0427233639 Indoor & Outdoor Kids Play Room Entertainment Facilities Follow us on Facebook -


Montreal Goldfield Authentic alluvial diggings from the 1880s. Australia’s only goldfield that goes into the sea Stroll along pathways and boardwalks through the beautiful natural bush that covers the diggings today. Entry by Guided Tour only at 2pm each day

Kids Time 1880s Style January 10th/24th 10am – 12 noon Wallaga Lake Rd. 7km north of Bermagui Group bookings for 10 or more Phone 02) 6493 3054

“A unique experience” Admittance by guided tour only Tours daily at 2pm - $7.50pp - 1¼ hrs

Montreal Goldfield at Bermagui

Groups - Bookings essential 6493 3054


CharmingTilba Things to See & Do Go for a hike up Gulaga Mountain Try fishing at Mystery Bay Explore the fascinating shops Visit the historic ABC Cheese Factory Drop in and explore Gulaga Gallery

The villages of Tilba Tilba and Central Tilba lie on the slopes of Gulaga, a place of great spiritual significance to the local Yuin nation, particularly Yuin women. Gulaga is cloaked with an amazing rainforest around its peak and it's well worth hiking to the top for spectacular views (approx. 5 hours). Access the walking track from the rear of Pam's Store in Tilba Tilba.

The entire village of Central Tilba was classified by the National Trust in 1974 in recognition of its historical significance. Central Tilba has maintained its village atmosphere, and has become a centre for craftspeople and artisans, as well as oldfashioned’stores like the general store, lolly shop and toy shop. Leatherwork, art studios, woodwork, unusual clothing, cafes, antiques, giftware, as well as a bakery and a pub are all located on Central Tilba’s main street. At the ABC Cheese Factory there's South Coast Cheeses made on the premises, and Real Tilba Milk, made from local jersey cows. Reva at Tilba has divine jewellery from Australia and around the world, and Gulaga Gallery has hemp and bamboo clothing.

Tilba Leather 4473 7360

24 Bate St Central Tilba


Gulaga Gallery (02) 4473 7233

Find Tilba Real Dairy at the ABC Cheese Factory

The ABC Cheese Factory is located in the heart of historical Central Tilba and is the manufacturing base of Tilba Real Dairy. The ABC Cheese Factory was established in 1891 and was the first Cheese Co-op in NSW. Today the ABC Cheese Factory is owned by local dairy farmers Erica and Nic Dibden who bottle their unhomogenised milk on-site and make cheese., cream and yoghurt. At the 2015 Royal Melbourne Fine Foods show, Tilba Real Dairy products received Gold medals for Haloumi and Low Fat Milk, as well as being awarded Grand Champion Dairy For The Dairy Produce Section. They also won Silver medals for their Full Cream Milk, Double Cream and Bronze medals for Persian Fetta, 3 Udders Brie And Yoghurt. Real Tilba Dairy products can be purchased at the ABC Cheese Factory or at many retail outlets across the South Coast of NSW. Come and watch cheese being made, milk being bottled or come and sample some of their delicious products. 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 coffee. The ABC Cheese Factory is open every day from 9am to 5pm except Christmas Day, Good Friday and Boxing Day. ABC Cheese Factory, 37 Bate St Central Tilba. Ph (02) 4473 7387,


UnspoiltNarooma Things to See & Do Take a trip to Montague Island Nature Reserve to watch wildlife Explore Wagonga Inlet by boat or kayak Follow the Mill Bay boardwalk and watch the magnificent stingrays VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Princes Highway, Narooma 4476 2881 Open: Off Peak 9am - 4pm, 7 days Peak 9am - 5pm, 7 days

Narooma is one of the most scenic towns on the Far South Coast, nestled between the ocean and the startling blue-green waters of Wagonga Inlet, with Gulaga Mountain (Mt. Dromedary) watching over the township. The spectacular scenery makes it the perfect place for a relaxed coastal holiday. The town retains a '1950s fishing village' vibe but modernised, with great shops, cafés and restaurants. It's a fantastic place for families, with a beach that's patrolled in summer, bike tracks and waterways to explore or fish in. With a choice of flat stretches or hills, there are numerous places to walk around town and


take in the spectacular views over the Inlet, the mountains and the ocean. Montague Island is located just offshore from Narooma and is a truly unique spot to visit, Twice voted as Tourism Australia’s top ecotourism destination. you can take a National Parks & Wildlife Service tour of the island covering its heritage-listed buildings, wildlife and history, or stay for a few nights in one of the Lighthouse Keeper's cottages. The island is home to the largest fur seal colony on the NSW coast, as well as being a breeding ground for 12,000 little penguins who come ashore at dusk after feeding at sea. Narooma is also renowned for its spectacular public golf course, ranked as one of the best in Australia. It's also a great place to go bike riding, with tracks around town that are perfect for kids to practice their riding skills on. If you're a hard-core mountain bike enthusiast, there are mountain bike tracks and sealed roads aplenty to check out, including some great tracks through local state forests and national parks. If you're looking for more leisurely pursuits, there are plenty of great cafés, restaurants and shops to experience.

Enjoy spectacular views at Amooran Amooran Oceanside Apartments and Motel has the perfect location in Narooma, off the highway and only a short walk to town, restaurants and the beach. The views across the Narooma Golf Course to Montague Island and to Glasshouse Rocks are truly breathtaking. Guests can enjoy a sunrise over the ocean, watch the golfers on Narooma’s incredible golf course and maybe spot a humpback or southern right whale migrating in spring from their room or balcony. There is a variety of modern and tastefully appointed accommodation, including studio, spa, family and deluxe rooms and larger apartments and holiday houses, all equipped with cooking facilities, reverse cycle air conditioning, Foxtel and WiFi. Amooran has a spacious barbeque area and a pool that is heated September through until May. This landscaped facility provides families

or larger groups with a great outdoor recreation and function area. The Montague Room is a fully equipped conference room, perfect for a small corporate meeting or training seminar but also available for a buffet breakfast for groups. Packages are available and groups well catered for - golfing groups find the facilities and location ideal. Amooran is the ideal getaway to relax and explore the beauty of Narooma and the surrounding district.

Amooran Oceanside – The Ideal Getaway Amooran Oceanside Apartments and Motel has the perfect location in Narooma. Off the highway and with commanding ocean views across Narooma Golf Course to Montague Island and Glasshouse Rocks. A short walk 2014 Trip Adviser to town, restaurants and the beach. Modern winner of an Award rooms ideal for couples, families, groups and for Excellence single corporate travellers. Amooran Apartments Free WiFi and Foxtel. 30 Montague St, Narooma NSW 2546 P: 4476 2198 E:



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Big4 Moruya Heads Easts Dolphin Beach Holiday Park Ph: 1800 232 787 E:

Big4 Narooma Easts Holiday Park Ph: 1800 332 787 E:

Montague Island Tours and Narooma Charters - Ph 0407 909 111 • Morning afternoon and evening Penguin Tours • Large comfortable boats • Most experienced Skippers and crew in the area Montague Island Tour 1.00pm Visit the famous seal colonies then take a tour of the lighthouse on Montague Island. Combine it with a snorkel with the seals. Montague Island Morning Tour 8.00am Visit the famous seal colonies then take a tour of the lighthouse on Montague Island finishing with a walk around the southern end of the island. EVENING PENGUIN TOURS - BOOK NOW Montague Island Evening Penguin Tour Visit the famous seal colonies then tour the lighthouse before watching the penguins come ashore on the island. Snorkel or Dive with the seals at Montague Island Double Dive - $100 Snorkelling - From $60 includes mask fins and snorkel Fishing Trips - 5 or 6 hour, or full day 5 Hour - $140 per Adult All trips subject to minimum numbers, weather and sea conditions 6 Hour - $150 per Adult


Memorable Mogo Things 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

The township of Mogo was originally settled 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 1850s gold rush theme park Original Gold Rush Colony is a must. Located in a natural Australian bush setting on 4.5ha, the Original Gold Rsuh Colony, formerly known as Old Mogo Town, is a great place to step back in time. The Original Gold Rush Colony has won the Cultural and Heritage Tourism award at the South Coast Regional Tourism Awards four times, as well as winning the Heritage and Cultural Tourism - Hall of Fame award in 2011. Mogo is now famous for its great range of specialty stores, housed in replica nineteenth

century timber buildings. 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. Juela Mogo is renowned for creating unique jewellery pieces on-site, made specifically for the individual, as well as an exclusive range of jewellery from Australian and international designers. Mogo Orchid & Fern specialise in cold climate Australian native orchids, as well as Australian wildlife sculptures cast in bronze and bonsai plants, all housed in a large greenhouse. They also stock garden art and furniture with a focus on locally made products. Mogo Books offer an essential holiday item - books! They have a wide range of quality second hand books perfect for holiday reading, from all types of fiction to a broad selection of non-fiction titles. Drop in and browse the shelves. 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’.


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

14 Charles Street MOGO 4474 2291

Mogo Bookstore

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.

Princes Hwy Mogo. 4474 2141

Juela Mogo Jewellery Studio Boutique design and manufacturing studio converted from one of the region’s first settlers cottages (c1860’s), retaining a rustic charm. Onsite jewellers will design to suit a client’s individual needs - revamp old jewellery and offering a selection of unique pieces. Featuring a fully operational workshop with consultants lounge and modern studio. 36a Princes Highway, Mogo Ph 4474 4981

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Breathtaking Batemans Bay Things to See & Do Explore the Clyde River by boat, houseboat or kayak Taste some fresh oysters at the Oyster Shed Enjoy the beaches nearby Visit the many National Parks in the region, from hinterland forests to coastal gems VISITOR INFORMATION Princes Hwy, Batemans Bay Ph: 1800 802 528

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 over the past 200 years. The Old Courthouse Museum has a wonderful collection of historical items and is well worth a visit. 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 Bay is famous for its Clyde River oysters, and there are plenty of cafés, restaurants, clubs and hotels offering local seafood on the menu. The shopping is great too with the Village Centre and Bridge Plaza, plus an array of national brand outlets and local specialty stores. The Batemans Marine Park ensures that the coastal environment is protected for future generations. There are also several great National Parks to explore within easy driving distance. Batemans Bay is a great destination for families, with its array of outdoor activities and attractions such as mini-golf, a cinema, animal park, tennis and a carnival in summer. Hire a boat, kayak or a houseboat to explore the spectacular upper reaches of the Clyde River. Follow the coastline south to explore beautiful beaches to be found at Malua Bay, Rosedale and Broulee.


Tarot Readings with Lynda Lynda is a psychic medium who has been reading tarot for over 30 years. She offers confidentiality and compassion as she works with the cards to answer your questions. Her tarot readings help to provide definite answers and positive solutions to your most pressing problems. You can explore any issue in this life or past lives, choose the best actions to take, or give a glimpse of what is to come for you or your loved ones. Your reading can also shed insights into love, money and career. The tarot card deck has been used for centuries to help people make sense of their past and present, and to guide and advise on how they can bring about the real changes they want to see in their future. Come along and put your mind at ease... find out what you really want to know! For appointments with Lynda, please email, phone 0410 007 937, or see her at Willow Earth in Mogo (ph 4405 8638) on Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays.

Tarot Readings with Lynda Something playing on your mind? Not sure what to do next? Need to check your intuitive thoughts? Perhaps you just need a helping hand? Wherever you’re up to, the cards and I are here to help. Phone 0410 007 937 for appointments, or visit me at Willow Earth in Mogo (ph 4405 8638) Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays.

Free call 1800 028 276 MOTOR INN & COTTAGE 32 Beach Rd Bataemans Bay


Situated at the end of Wray Street

Enjoy fabulous Clyde River Oysters at the river’s edge.

Argyle Terrace is the perfect place to stay on your visit to the South Coast. Boutique Motel Accommodation, five minutes’ walk from Batemans Bay’s shops and clubs. • Airconditioning • Flat Screen TV (with Foxtel) • Ensuite bathroom • Wireless Internet • Electric blankets • Fridge • Microwave • Tea and coffee Deluxe doubles • Deluxe twins • Two bedroom suites with a beautiful view over the Clyde River.



The biggest & best range of art & craft supplies on the south coast. Open 7 days ~ 9am to 5pm 41 Princes Hwy, Mogo NSW 2536 Ph/Fax: 02 4474 3453 5 minutes south of Batemans Bay


From $55 per person Ph: 6495 1074

Minimum required 2 adult fares Children half price fares, infants free BATEMANS BAY


BERMAGUI Heli Charters by arrangement

COBARGO Flight Training BEGA




(Seasonal only)


Gabo Island Lighthouse Tours

Low Level 64 beach patrol flights

MALLACOOTA 6495 1074

Far South Coast iMag January/February 2018  

Free monthly information guide for the Far South Coast of NSW, providing comprehensive, relevant information for the tourist/visitor and the...

Far South Coast iMag January/February 2018  

Free monthly information guide for the Far South Coast of NSW, providing comprehensive, relevant information for the tourist/visitor and the...