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July 2011

Far South Coast Region

Explore National Parks

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

Great Southern Tour by Sydney Conservatorium students Page 9

The Woman In Black at Batemans Bay - Page 31 1



Sunset over the Bega Valley © Paul Callaghan

From the Editor

July Welcome to the beautiful Far South Coast - where else in the world would you want to be? Winter has arrived, and although the nights are chilly, or even frosty for those inland from the coast, cold nights are usually followed by beautiful sunny days, perfect for outdoor activities or just curling up in a warm spot with a good book. You won't have too much time for lazing around though - there's too many things happening on the Far South Coast this July. Students from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music are performing in Wolumla as part of the 10th annual Great Southern Tour. The Sapphire Coast Music Society is always proud to host this recital, which features students who are often already touring nationally and overseas. Details of the performance can be found on page 9. If you're visiting the Coast for a few days and the snow is falling, why not

Contents jump on the Snow Express and head up to the mountains for a day of skiing or snowboarding? SoulQuest Travel have fantastic mid-week snow trips during the school holidays with ski hire, lift tickets and NPWS entry fees all included. See pages 2 and 10 for details. In Cobargo there's the bi-annual Antique and Collectables weekend on July 9th and 10th where experts offer advice and valuations - see page 21. The Bay Theatre Players are performing their version of a current West End hit - 'The Woman in Black.' Not recommended for the young or fainthearted, this play promises to be a memorable theatre experience. Dates and ticket information are on page 31. We hope you enjoy your time on the Far South Coast - don't forget to watch out for the wildlife at night.

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Yallumbo Cove, Eden © Paul Callaghan


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 the 1830s, and whaling continued for another century.


For a real taste of life in the whaling industry you can also visit Davidson’s 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. 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. Eden is now famous as a destination for whale-watching, with migrations occurring in late autumn and spring. In 2011, the Eden Whale Festival is being held over the weekend of 29th 30th October - don't miss it!

Visit the Eden Killer Whale Museum Go dolphin watching Check out the fishing trawlers at Eden Wharf Wander through the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre Hire a fishing charter, take a cruise or try sea kayaking on Twofold Bay VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Mitchell Street, Eden Ph: 02 6496 1953

...will take you there!

superb venues provide a smorgasbord of activities, entertainment and fantastic dining!

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

 Check Entertainm ent Page for details

Dining with this view!

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

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


What to See & Do

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

Eden Killer Whale Museum celebrates its 80th anniversary On 17 September 1930, while on his daily walk, Allie Greig discovered the body of the killer whale known as Tom. This single event was the impetus behind establishing a museum in Eden a place to commemorate the intriguing natural story of the equal working relationship between the whalers and killer whales of Twofold Bay. Tom’s body was processed across the bay at Davidson Whaling Station on the shores of Kiah Inlet. Local entrepreneur John R Logan drove the vision, and in February the following year sought out a committee to begin the project of establishing a home for the skeleton of Tom.


The building was eventually completed in 1938 with Tom being installed early in 1939. In the interim, visitors to Eden were able to see the great orca skeleton in the private offices of Logan which were located close to the main business area of Imlay Street. Unfortunately Logan passed away late 1937, never seeing his dream realised. The museum building is now an iconic centrepiece overlooking the sapphire waters of Twofold Bay and has recently been recognised as holding collections of local, national and international significance. This year Eden Killer Whale Museum has a full programme of events planned to celebrate its 80th anniversary



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Above: Tennis Match, Eden v Merimbula played at Eden 30 October 1909. Photograph by William T Hall, Tim Mattsson Collection. Eden Killer Whale Museum

Whaling & Twofold Bay

Replica Lighthouse-

this gallery gives an insight into lighthouses

Eden’s Simply Succulents

Davidson Gallery Whaling Exhibition Visit Old Tom’s Skeleton -the

Davy Jones’ Treasures Gift & Souvenir Shop

open 7 days


MoTel & UNiTS

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

• New Complex • Centre of Town • Motel & SC Units • Now with Wireless Broadband • Fantastic views of Twofold Bay 178 Imlay St, Eden NSW 2551

Ph 02 6496 1657

100’s of plants at wholesale prices lOver 700 named plants in private collection to view lOpen most days other times by appointment l

most famous of Killer Whales

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including the new exhibition, Collectoscope. Collectoscope showcases rarely displayed items and reflects on the development of local and national culture in the distant and recent past. Artefacts range across a broad cross section of collecting areas including Australiana, militaria and costume. This exhibition complements the permanent exhibitions that encompass the historical aspects of Eden’s timber, fishing and whaling industries and maritime heritage. Collectoscope is open at the Eden Killer Whale Museum 11th September 2011.

Located in the heart of beautiful Eden, only minutes walk to club, hotels and shopping centre

Wireless Internet 99 Princes Highway access available Eden NSW 2551 Ph: 02 6496 1798 Fax: 02 6496 1820

47 Government Rd Eden. 02 6496 1906

Lamplighter Restaurant at the Best Western Coachman’s Rest Motor Inn

• Specialising in fresh local seafood • Local succulent steaks • Children catered for • Book your function NOW Ph 6496 1900 Opposite Eden Golf Club 81 Princes Hwy Eden


Caption for Pambula Lake photograph © Paul Callaghan © Photographer


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

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

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

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

Enjoy the beautiful historic buildings of Pambula Village

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

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

McKells Picture Framing We can frame your: ♦ Photos ♦ Mirrors ♦ Prints

♦ Original Artwork ♦ Needlework ♦ Just about anything

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6495 7286

• An extensive range of premium wines & spirits

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• Weekly specials • Weekly specials • Friendly & knowledgeable

• Friendly & knowledgeable customer service • available A delivery service till late is available late is customer service

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Hand-moulded Organic Sourdoughs Cakes & Pastries Wild Variety of Pies The Finest Australian Grown Coffee

CAFÉ STYLE EATING Open Mon - Fri 6.30am - 4.30pm Sat 6.30am - 2.00pm Extended opening hours during School Holidays

Diverse Range of Gluten-free products

Experiences to make you feel good Dining at its best

26 Quondola St Pambula 6495 6649

Golf for all levels Friendly & Relaxed Environment Health & Fitness Entertainment

Ring for Shuttle Bus OPENED


6495 6154


Sit by the lake and enjoy freshly opened oysters Shed 1- 52 Landing Road Pambula Lake

02 6495 6704

0414 524 064

your website? ew website? Websites to suit every business and budget

Dovewood Web Services •Affordable quality website design •Website hosting - great rates

02 6494 2185

Pambula-Merimbula Golf Club

Arthur Kaine Drive, Pambula. NSW 2549 Ph: 6495 6154


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

Next to the Pambula Bridge 6495 7257


Merimbula Lake, Merimbula © Paul Callaghan

Merimbula Merimbula is the tourist hub of the Sapphire Coast with its lakeside restaurants and cafes, great shopping and a vast array of attractions and accommodation choices. The Old School Museum on Main St has information and displays about the town’s early European history. Other things you can do around Merimbula include snorkelling, surfing, cycling, enjoying a scenic flights, tenpin bowling, experiencing family fun parks or experiencing native animals or marine creatures up close. Merimbula is a great place to go shopping, with specialty shops and nationally-known outlets tucked away in arcades and courtyards. There are also plenty of cafes with great coffee. Foodies are spoilt for choice, with a wide range of restaurants, clubs and the Hotel offering a host of different dining experiences, but with fresh local seafood a common theme. For a musical night out, there are lots of venues in Merimbula that offer live music; with everything from local performers to international acts.

What to See & Do Get out on the water with hire boats or fishing charters Take a scenic flight Have some thrills at Magic Mountain Fun Park, Top Fun & Mandeni Family Fun Park VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Beach Street, Merimbula Ph: 02 6495 1129

...will take you there!

Merimbula Marina

FREE Dolphin Cruise with every fishing ticket booked on a 5hour Reef Fishing Charter

Reef Fishing Charters 5 HOUR REEF $100 Adults $90 Seniors $60 Child under 16yrs $250 Family (2 adults & 2 children)

Dolphin Cruises

BOOK DIRECT 6495 1686

2 HOUR SCENIC CRUISE - regularly sighting Dolphins, Seals,Penguins, Seabirds $30 Adult $25 Senior/Student $20 Child (5-15yrs) $10 Child under 5yrs $85 per family (2 adults, 2 children under 16yrs) $10 per additional child from same family

Hire Boats

Rod hire, bait, tackle & NSW Fishing licenses available ½ hr - $25 1 hr - $35 2 hrs - $50 3 hrs - $65 4 hrs - $80 5 hrs - $95 All day special - ONLY $120

Opposite Lakeview Hotel 8

All new outboArds

Great Southern Tour by Sydney Conservatorium students The Sapphire Coast Music Society is thrilled to be part of the tenth annual Great Southern Tour of promising Sydney Conservatorium students. David Miller AM supervises the Great Southern Tour and provides piano accompaniment for the students. Asked about the Tour, David said, “The students, who are all in performance programs at the Conservatorium, bring to the Tour an enthusiasm and vigour which is hard to ignore.” A recital at 6pm on July 1st at the Wolumla Hall features these students: LOUISE PEAKE (saxophone) Louise has been involved in many ensembles including performing with the SCM Saxophone Quartet in China at the Shanghai Expo in 2010. She has also performed with the NSW Police Band, Sydney Wind Symphony and Iris Saxophone Quartet. DAVINA SHUM (cello) New Zealand born Davina is currently studying for a Master of Music in Performance Cello at the Sydney Conservatorium with Susan Blake. A keen ensemble player, Davina has performed with many orchestras including the Sydney Symphony Sinfonia and the Australian Youth Orchestra well as being selected for the Sydney Con. Chamber Orchestra tour of the US in 2010. Davina has also performed at the 2011 Adelaide International Cello Festival. PASCAL HERINGTON (tenor) Pascal

is currently studying the Advanced Diploma of Opera at the Sydney Con. under Andrew Dalton. Pascal has a tenor soloist in many concerts, including Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Britten’s Choral Dances and Handel’s Messiah in the Sydney Town Hall just to name a few. JEREMY SO (piano) Jeremy was awarded the Associate in Music, Australia at the age of eleven and Licentiate at thirteen. He has achieved success in a number of recent competitions including the Themes and Variations Emerging Artists Series, leading to a recital in Auckland and the Mary Greville and Bert Coughtrey

● Ten Pin Bowling ● Zone 3 Laser Game ● Mini Golf ● Video Games ● Kiosk ● Birthday Parties

Scholarship, allowing him to study for a term with Tatiana Sarkissova at the Royal Academy of Music in London. CECILIA PALMER (violin) Cecilia has travelled extensively from Europe to Asia for concerts, summer schools and orchestral tours. She was the 2010 Concertmaster of Sydney Youth Orchestra and is currently a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra. Tickets are $18 members, $25 nonmembers, $21 concession, and school age children free when accompanied by an adult, and can be purchased at Magpie Music (Bega), Booktique Merimbula and Eden Music Centre. Details from Olwen Morris on 6495 0232.

99 Main Street Merimbula 02 6495 3091

EFTPOS, City Link & Mobile Recharge available


Visit National Parks


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


ck Camping out our supplies curren BBQ specia t ls equipment Outdoor cooking utensils Tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats & swags

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

6 Alice St, Merimbula Ph 6495 2571 Fax 6495 2798

MANDENI FAMILY FUN PARK & GOLF CENTRE Enquire about our family day pass

Golf•Cycle BBQ•Relax

New Activities . . . . . . . . .

Archery Paddle Boats Giant Jumping Pillow Bike trails & Hire 9 hole golf course 9 hole pitch & putt 18 hole mini- golf Water Golf Croquet, bocce & orienteering

Open to the public 7 DAYS 9.30am - 5pm Ph 0403 706 692

Just 5 minutes north of Merimbula on Sapphire Coast Drive


The best fishing boat in town offering REEF, DEEP SEA and GAME FISHING - WHALE WATCHING No fishing licence required • On-board Toilet PHONE: 6495 1134


Snow Express with SoulQuest This winter SoulQuest Travel, part of the Deanes Transit Group, is running Snow Express from the South Coast to Thredbo and Perisher. The Pambulabased travel agency is also offering a new online booking service for the ski and snowboard tours. SoulQuest Travel owner Jamie Klemm, who also owns Deanes Buslines South Coast, said Snow Express was a great way to get onto the ski slopes with minimal fuss and minimal cost. “We’ve been able to get some terrific prices for Snow Express this year, starting at just $137,” Jamie said. “This includes luxury coach travel, unlimited use of ski lifts, National Park entry and hire of skis, stocks and boots.” Jamie said SoulQuest Travel was also running mid-week snow trips during the July school holidays. “This year is shaping up to be a terrific snow season. We’re so close to the snow here on the South Coast, and Snow Express is a great way for everyone to experience the fun of our slopes,” Jamie said. Other Snow Express offers include organising group snow packages for 20 people or more, and School Snow packages for primary and secondary students. SoulQuest Travel has launched a new website which offers an easy and efficient online booking service for Snow Express and its other tours. “To book a seat on Snow Express, all you need to do is go to and follow the link to the Snow Tours page,” Jamie said. “You then select where you want to go and choose a date that suits you. Click on the "Add to Cart" button to pay online and you're done". “You can also book by phoning the SoulQuest South Pambula office on freecall 1800 855 439 or drop in at 39 Redfern Close.” There's also a SoulQuest advertisement on page 2 of this month's Imag.

Enjoy food with a view at the Wharf Looking for a venue that will satisfy both parents and children? The Merimbula Aquarium and Wharf Restaurant, located at the Merimbula Wharf, is just such a spot, with a fantastic menu, fascinating sea creatures and a spectacular view. The Wharf Restaurant features a modern Australian cuisine that includes fresh local seafood, as well as a children's menu for the younger ones. Whilst the adults peruse the menu and wine list, the children will be entertained by the comings and goings of the fishermen on the Wharf, the boats motoring in and out of the

Lake, sea birds and occasionally whales. The Wharf Restaurant is open daily from 10am - 5pm. Below the Wharf Restaurant is the Merimbula Aquarium with an Oceanarium filled with large ocean fish and sharks. There are 27 smaller tanks displaying an array of local marine species including octopus, sea horses, a moray eel, draughtboard shark and giant cuttlefish eggs, just to name a few. Fish feeding is the best time to visit on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11.30am, or daily during school holidays. Phone Merimbula Aquarium and Wharf Restaurant on 6495 4446 or visit

Showcasing the Marine Life of our coast plus Great Food with spectacular views


Fish Feeding Monday, Wednesday & Friday 11.30

Choose from our casual lunch menu (11.30am - 2.30pm)


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Lake Street Merimbula Phone (02) 6495 4446




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

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

Next Door To TOP FUN Budget Pizzas less topping but a thicker base.

ph 6495 1557

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



∙ Accommodation ∙ Bar & Grill ∙ Bottleshop ∙ Functions ∙ Regular Entertainment

to Australia’s best, fresh seafood shop

Fresh Fish • Prawns • Lobster & Crabs PLUS products not seen or available anywhere else!

“You will be impressed!” Shop 3 Alice St Merimbula Ph 6495 3844


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Street Alice St

1 Market St. Merimbula Ph (02) 6495 1202


RSL Club

Visitor Centre M bo elur ne


Fresh Seafoods



Merimbula Lakeview Hotel

Your personal


Merimbula Lake

Classes Available All needlecraft & patchwork supplies Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am to 4pm Sat 9 to 12 noon

(02) 6495 9651

489 Sapphire Coast Dr, Merimbula (1.6km north of the Tura Beach turn-off)

MERIMBULA Home of Merimbula-Imlay Bowling Club • • • • • • • •

4 magnificent bowling greens Entertainment auditorium and Sapphire Room for functions Gymnasium Rockpool Cafe and Gardens Pacific Bistro Leisure lounges Club Keno, TAB, Sky Channel and Austar, ATM and EFTPOS Free Courtesy Shuttle Bus

Main Street, Merimbula NSW 2548 I Ph: 02 6495 1306



Shop 4/62 Market Street, Merimbula Ph: 6495 2680

Middle Lagoon, Mimosa Rocks National Park © Paul Callaghan

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

swimming), and the boat ramp at Mogareeka provides an easy launch into the Bega River estuary. Tathra also has great places to eat, ranging from gourmet delis to cafes and restaurants.

What to See & Do

Check out the view and whales from the Headland lookout Enjoy the walk from Tathra to the mouth of the Bega River at Mogareeka Explore the Bega River by boat

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

cockatoos, listed as a threatened species. These rare birds feed on the black sheoaks (Allocasuarina litoralis) found in coastal forests, and build nests in the hollows of old or dead trees. The Main Ridge Track passes through coastal rainforest down to a secluded wetland, with a variety of waterbirds,

Located directly opposite Tathra’s famous surf beach

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

frogs and water dragons. Continue through the Reserve until you reach Dilkerra Rd; follow this until you reach the famous Tathra beach, winner of the 2008 NSW Clean Beach Award. The walk takes about 45 minutes one way, and is graded as easy - medium.

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

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

Tathra Butchery

7 Bega Street Tathra Ph 6494 1234

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


Mumbulla Mountain, Bega © Paul Callaghan


Bega is the business and administrative heart of the Bega Valley. It is also a place of natural beauty, surrounded by lush pastures and forests hugging the escarpment. Views of Mumbulla Mountain to the north and the escarpment to the west are best appreciated from the Lookout, located just 3 kilometres north of town on the Princes Highway. In the language of local Aboriginal people, members of the Yuin nation, Bega is said to mean “large camping ground”. It would have been a 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 has a wonderful display of cheese and butter-making equipment from the 1900s, and provides an insight into how early farmers lived, worked and transported their products. The Heritage Centre is also home to the Bega Tourist Information Centre, which provides information about attractions throughout the region. Bega has seen its demographics change over the past 30 years, with many people moving from cities to enjoy the relaxed country lifestyle. 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. A new retail complex is under construction in the middle of town

which will be home to nationally recognised franchises as well as relocated local businesses when it is completed.

What to See & Do Visit the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre Follow the picturesque walking/cycling track near the Bega River Take in the view from the Bega lookout, 5km north of Bega Visit the Art Galleries VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE At Bega Cheese Heritage Centre Lagoon Street, Bega Ph: 02 6491 7645

...will take you there!

The Bega Cheese Heritage Centre Lagoon Street, North Bega

Regional Bus Ticketing

Open 9am-5pm, 7 days

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

Ph 02 6491 7762


available for Countrylink & Premier bus services

Deane’s Buslines

Servicing 5 times daily

Now incorporating the Bega Visitor Information Centre

Ph 02 6491 7645 Fax 02 6491 7646


Bega Secrets

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

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

6492 6000


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

Shop 1 Ayres Walkway Bega 6492 0361

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


Keith & Liz Broomfield

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

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

Behind Candelo Bulk Wholefoods and next to the Gipps St carpark

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

8 Canning St Bega 02 6492 4441

MILKY WAY Ph 6492 3533 125 Auckland St Bega

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

62 Carp Street, Bega Phone 02 6492 1393


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

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



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Bermagui Bermagui offers visitors a myriad of things to do and places to go. Pristine beaches and lakes provide water activities from surfing to swimming, snorkelling, boating and canoeing. Book a fishing charter on one of the many local boats or throw in a line from the beach, rocks or along the Bermagui River. Don't miss a swim in the beautiful Blue Pool, set on the edge of the ocean at the base of the cliffs off Scenic Drive.

Montreal Goldfield Australia's only gold mine by the sea Enjoy a guided tour and hear the full Montreal story; a story of mystery, history and fascinating anecdotes. “A unique experience” Admittance by guided tour only Tours daily at 2pm - $5pp - 1¼ hrs

Montreal Goldfield at Bermagui

Groups - Bookings essential 1800 645 808 6493 3054

Located 7km from Bermagui Wheelchair accessible toilet facilities available

Try out the 18-hole golf course, hit a ball around the tennis courts or play bowls at the Bermagui Country Club. The Terrace Cafe at the Club is open every day for lunch and dinner; you can pore over the menu online so you can order as soon as you arrive. Test your riding skills at the Bermagui Mountain Bike Park. Go bush walking, take a guided walk or bird watch in the surrounding National Parks and State Forests. Take a guided tour of the Montreal Goldfield and learn about the discovery of gold in the 1880s. There is a range of accommodation in Bermagui including B&Bs, motels, tourist/caravan parks, self-contained holiday units and houses and camping. Visit the new Fishermen's Co-op complex with restaurants, a wine bar and gift shops to wander through, or sit and watch the boats unloading their daily catch of fresh fish.

What to See & Do

Bermagui Country Club

Take a tour of the historic Montreal Goldfield Enjoy the cycle and walking tracks around town

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

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


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

The Terrace Opening Hours: Lunch 12pm - 2pm Dinner 6pm - 8.30pm Open 7 days For bookings phone 64934177 Courtesy Bus available Friday & Wednesday evenings - bookings can be made by phoning the club on 64934340, or bus mobile 0427233639

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

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Blue Wave Seafood Reviewed and recommended by the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2011, Blue Wave Seafood is Bermagui's premier supplier of local seafood. With its stunning location overlooking the harbour and the Bermagui fishing fleet, Blue Wave Seafood is the best place to enjoy freshly-cooked fish and chips in town. GOODCoast FOOD waters, GOOD WINE GREAT COMPANY Locally owned and operated, Blue Wave supplies fish caught in local Bermagui and South with the varieties changing as the seasons, sea temperatures and weather conditions change. Blue Wave's fish and chips are prepared freshly to order and they also offer healthy choices of steamed and grilled fish, steamed rice and garden salads. Complimentary processing of whole fish purchases is provided, and there's plenty of advice on hand if you're not sure of the best way to prepare or cook your seafood. AT BERMAGUI FISHERMEN’S WHARF PHONE 6493 3668 Blue Wave Seafood is located next to the Bermagui Fishermen's Co-operative, with ample parking available. Ph 6493 5725


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Overlooking beautiful Bermagui Boat Harbour - enjoy fantastic Campos Coffee & cake Organic Byron Bay Tea All day breakfast Lunch including fresh local seafood Open 7 days for breakfast lunch & coffee. Open for Dinner Friday - Monday Fully licensed Book your party on Thursday, Friday or Saturday nights. Phone: 02 64933668 Shop 9 Fishermens Wharf Bermagui

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What's On - July

9th July - 30th July - The Woman In Black Bay Theatre Players - Batemans Bay

1st July - Conquest X The Great Southern Tour - Wolumla

26th January - 11th September Collectoscope - 80th Anniversary Exhibition At the Eden Killer Whale Museum, Collectoscope showcases rarely displayed items in the Museum's collection as part of its 80th anniversary year. Check page 5 for more information or phone 6496 2094. 1st July - Exhibition opening: Atonement Bega Valley Regional Gallery, Bega Officially opened at 6pm by Dr Danie Mellor, free entry, all welcome. A group of empathetic non-indigenous artists respond to the plethora of indigenous concerns, from colonialism to reconciliation. See gallery listing on page 27 or go to Community/Art_Gallery/Art_Gallery.htm

1st July - Conquest X, The Great Southern Tour, Wolumla Hall, Wolumla, Young musicians from Sydney Conservatorium’s Ensemble Studies Unit perform for the Sapphire Coast Music Society. More information, including ticket prices on page 9, or phone Olwen Morris on 6495 0232. 9 -10th July - Cobargo Collectables Weekend With expert advice on the value and care of antiques on Saturday, and an auction at 2pm on Sunday, the Cobargo Collectables weekend is a must for lovers of antiques. Free entry, appraisals for a small fee. See p21. 9th - 30th July - The Woman in Black, Bay Theatre Players, Batemans Bay ‘The Woman In Black’ is a genuinely haunting Ghost Play, currently playing to packed houses in London’s West End, and performed locally by the Bay Theatre Players. Details on page 31 or visit www.

Live Music - July Eden Fishermens Club Ph 6496 1577 Fri 29th Tracee James Free entertainment in the Lounge. Pambula Merimbula Golf Club Sat 23rd Dinner Show Singsational - Danielle Everett & Dale Burridge Showcasing a wide repertoire from Music Theatre, Opera, Cabaret and more. Tickets available from Reception @ PMGC Merimbula RSL Ph 6495 1502 Watch all the games on the big screens and enjoy the footy tipping. Merimbula Aquarium & Wharf Restaurant Ph 6495 4446 Sun 3rd Steve Clarke Trio Club Sapphire Merimbula Ph 6495 1306 Fri 1st Daniel Champagne All tickets $12.50, doors open at 8pm


Sat 2nd Garry Carson Jones, Free in the Main Bar, 7.30pm Fri 8th Greg Kew (to be confirmed) Sat 9th Darryl Lamb Free in the Main Bar, 7.30pm Fri 15th Kitty Kat & the Band of Thieves, Free in the Rockpool Cafe (meal bookings essential) Sat 16th - The Wizard & Oz Free in the Auditorium, 8pm Fri 22nd Mike Elrington, free from 7.30pm in the Rockpool Cafe (meal bookings essential) Sat 23rd One for the Road Fri 29th Josh Rawiri, free in the Rockpool Cafe (meal bookings essential) Sat 30th Nick Marshall Free in the Main Bar, 7.30pm Bermagui Country Club Ph 6493 4340 Fri 1st Karaoke at 8pm Fri 8th Over The Moon at 8pm Sat 9th DJ Matt Brown at 8pm Fri 15th Darryl Lamb at 8pm Sun 17th Sports Raffle drawn at 3pm

Sun 17th Fri 22nd Sat 23rd Fri 29th

Darryl Lamb 1pm -5pm Tony Jaggers at 8pm Christmas in July Nashberries Jacqui Seczawa at 8pm

Tilba Valley Wines Ph 4473 7308 Free entertainment from 12.30pm Sun 3rd Spicy Fruit Chutney Sun 17th Porterhouse Blue Music at 12.30pm - free entry. Club Catalina Country Club Ph 4472 4022 No admission charge, entertainment from 7.30pm Fri 1st Carousel Sat 2nd Roddy Reason Sun 3rd Dave Berry Fri 8th Jivehouse Sat 9th Craig Rogers Fri 15th Kerri O’Keefe Fri 15th ‘Wizard & Oz’ Jazz & Blues $20 per ticket Sat 16th Steve Cheney Fri 22nd George Kemp Sat 23rd Tony Jaggers Fri 29th Ricky Lynch Sat 30th DJ Jukebox

Cobargo Secrets

Cobargo Collectables Weekend The Cobargo Tourist and Business Association is proud to present the Cobargo Antique and Collectables Weekend on Saturday 9th July and Sunday 10th July. Alan Landis, nationally renowned valuer and appraiser of antiques, fine arts and Australiana, will be helping discover the value of hidden treasures. Complimenting Alan will be Conservator of Objects Beata Tworek-Matuszkiewicz, who will provide free advice on the care and maintenance of collectables. There will also be experts providing advice about ceramic restoration, dolls, upholstery, timber furniture and cane wear. Alan has rated previous appraisal days in Cobargo as being in his top 5 for items of interest and historical significance, so even if you're a visitor to the region, you might pick up a tip or two about your antiques at home. Appraisals by Alan cost $10 per item or 3 for $25. A special feature on Sunday will be an Auction from 2pm, with a professional Auctioneer to conduct proceedings. You might be lucky and pick up a real bargain! The Collectables weekend is being held in the School Of Arts Hall on the Bermagui Road. Bookings for Appraisals: 6493 6655 B.H. 7 days Bookings for the Auction: 6493 6408 B.H


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

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

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

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

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

57a Princess Hwy, Cobargo 6493 6206

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

Princes Hwy Cobargo 6493 6166


Foxglove Spires Open Garden

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

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

Tilba Treasures This unique shop is a treasure trove of homewares, antiques, collectables, kitchenware, books, gifts, jewellery and personal care products. If you need something distinctly Australian for a gift, soothing Goat’s Milk soap products for that sensitive someone or ideas for the home, we’re sure you’ll find all the inspiration you need at Tilba Treasures. The shop has now been launched on-line as well. Ph 4473 7799

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

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

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

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Monthly Garden Advice HEDGING YOUR BETS If you take a look back through the history of gardening you will find the use of hedges in some form or another, used to create a different dimension to a garden. They are in fact the living walls of a garden and can be low, to create the edge of a garden, or tall to create garden rooms or a windbreak. There are many interesting plants that can be used to create a hedge and many styles of hedges that can be

developed using these plants. Formal hedges are usually found in the more manicured type of garden where straight lines are required to give a feeling of style and neatness. Informal hedges are more likely to be used where a large windbreak is required or perhaps a backdrop to a larger garden that might border a paddock or the next door neighbour. I have been asked many times "What plants can be used in my shaded

garden to create a hedge?" If you are on the coast, why not use Gardenia or Pittosporum? If you are in the Highlands try the new Daphne ‘Eternal Fragrance’, a new small growing Daphne suited to trimming. As for a sunny garden, the list of plants is endless. Try Rosemary and Lavender along a path; brushing past the plants allows the fragrance of these plants to be given off. If you require something taller try Camellia Sasanqua or Murraya (the Orange Jessimine). Recently a customer required a hedge on a concrete area to screen an eyesore. Murraya planted in large concrete troughs soon sorted out the problem. Many plants you might not have considered using in your particular landscape are suited to hedging. Call in and see you local nursery for some great suggestions.

Keith Mundy The Spires Nursery Tilba Tilba

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


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

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

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

“The Lure of the Lake”


Imagine being lulled to sleep by the distant pound of the rolling waves of the sea, waking up to the sounds of the native birds welcoming a new day, with the whole day ahead to cater to your senses. Contact Kevin or Pam on

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

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

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

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

Pam’s Store (02) 4473 7311

Gulaga Gallery (02) 4473 7233

Dromedary Hotel (02) 4473 7223

Tilba Valley Wines (02) 4473 7308

Central Tilba Farm Cabins (02) 4473 7353

Tilba Leather (02) 4473 7360

Mockingbird Lane Antiques (02) 4473 7226

ABC Cheese Factory (02) 4473 7387

Tilba Living History

Central Tilba Farm Cabins Ever wondered what happens on a real working farm? Central Tilba Farm Cabins offers you the opportunity to find out. The cabins are located at ‘Braeside’, an historic 350 acre Tilba property at the foot of spectacular Mt. Dromedary (Gulaga Mountain) with lots of beautiful bush. There are 4 fully self-contained cabins, each one separated from the others to ensure privacy. Cabins have a main bedroom with a queen sized bed and a connecting shower and toilet, and an open–plan kitchen/living/dining room with a television and twin bunks for the kids (bring your own linen). An open fireplace, well-stocked with split wood, guarantees cosy evenings for the whole family. The cabins are a 3 minute drive to Central Tilba, and only 5 minutes to the beach, and are a perfect base for exploring all the fabulous sites of the local area. Talk to hosts Ron and Tralee, and you might even be able to bring your pet with you! Cabins cost from $80 per night for the whole family, and once you’ve experienced a stay at Central Tilba Farm Cabins, you’re sure to become a regular. Phone (02) 4473 7353, email or visit the website at


Far South Coast Art Galleries

Art Galleries Trail 1. The Land of Many Waters Gallery The Land of Many Waters Gallery Batemans Bay Visitors Centre, Princes Highway, Batemans Bay. Ph 4472 6900. Open 7 days. Mixed exhibition featuring local artists working with textiles, print, pastel, paint and more. All work for sale. Visit for more information. 2. Artfull Gallery Shop 3, Clocktower Arcade, Mogo. Ph 4474 5588. Open 10.30am - 4pm Tuesday to Sunday. Original & unique Australian Art at affordable prices. 3. To Di For Designer Accessories Shop 1, 64 Vulcan Street, Moruya. Ph 4474 2422. Open Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm, Saturday 9am - 2pm. Martina Penning exhibits her colourful art with a twist. 4. Jennyrose Design 85 Princes Highway Bodalla NSW (opposite the Bodalla Post Office) Ph 4473 5010 Open 11am - 4pm Wednesday - Saturday. Australian crocodile jewellery, collage bags in exotic Australian leathers, bags in marine leather, kangaroo, emu and sharkskin. Stunning new range of stingray leather products in stock. 5. The Montague Art & Craft Society Cottage Gallery 92 Campbell Street, Narooma. Ph: 4476 5397. Red, white and blue house on the hill, up from the Bowlo. Winter opening times: Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday 9am -1pm. Also now at the Plaza Shopping Centre. Paintings, craft, jewellery, silk painting and cards all by local artists. Watercolor workshops. 6. Gumnut Hideaway Gallery ‘Couria Creek’ 9065 Princes Highway, Tilba Tilba. Ph 4473 7211 Open most days – please ring first. Rustic timber gallery exhibiting images on canvas by local nature and landscape photographer Lindy Quin. Also photo books showcasing the Far South Coast. 7. Shop 7 Art Space Upstairs Bermagui Fishermen’s Wharf. Ph 6493 3410. Open Thursday - Sunday from 3pm - 9pm Current exhibition - Peter Robinson solo exhibition, July 1st - 24th.




8. Bermagui Mudworks 23 Alexander Dr, Bermagui Ph 6493 4661. Pottery studio & Cafe, with original wheel thrown domestic ware and garden ware. Closed from June to August. 9. Wildlife Art Open Studio 47 Wildlife Drive Tathra. Ph 6494 1645.

Open 10am - 4pm every Sunday, Wednesday and public holidays or by appointment. Paintings by Jane Murphy. 10. Spiral Gallery 47 Church St Bega. Ph 6492 5322 Open Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm. Represents regional, emerging and established artists. Current exhibitions: In Gallery 1 - The Stockroom - work by South Coast artists (10 Jun - 20 July). In Gallery 2 - Spiral Artists


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Batemans Bay to Eden 11. Bega Valley Regional Gallery Zingel Place, Bega. Ph 6499 2187 Open Tuesday - Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday 9am - 12 noon. Current exhibition: Atonement, July 1 – August 6. Officially opened at 6pm Friday 1st July by Dr Danie Mellor. Entry free, all welcome. A group of empathetic non-indigenous artists respond to the plethora of indigenous concerns, from colonialism to reconciliation. Featuring the work of Imants Tillers, Nicola Dickson, Alex Asch, Mariana del Castillo, Danie Mellor, Simon Maberley and Geoff Farquhar-Still. Entry free, all welcome. 12. Australian Pottery at Bemboka 1 Oliver Street, Bemboka Ph 6493 0491 Open September - June Friday to Monday from 10am - 5pm or by appointment. Australian pottery made in the last half century, in a contemporary house and gallery setting with mountain views. This season's exhibition features retrospective works by Victor Greenaway, Les Blakebrough, Jenny Orchard, Chris Sanders and many more. 13. The Crossing Gallery 21 Sharpe Street Candelo Ph 6493 2764 Closed from May 2nd for winter.






14. Boardwalkart Gallery 7 Bodalla Place, Merimbula. Phone 6495 4608 Open September - May, Wednesday and Sunday only from 11am - 3pm. Extended times during Christmas and Easter school holidays. Other times open by appointment only. Exhibition of paintings by Tracey Creighton. Gallery fronts Merimbula Lake accessible from the boardwalk. Art Lessons and Creative Workshops available throughout the year.

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15. Artessence Gallery 47 Toalla St Pambula. Ph 6495 7286 Open Monday Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm, Saturday 10am - 2pm. Paintings, Ceramics, Jewellery, Glassware, Mosaics and Clothing by local and interstate artists. TANJA




16. Art on Imlay Just up from the Post Office, Imlay St. Eden. More than 50 locals exhibiting art, jewellery, ceramics, sculptures, woodturners, slab settings, needlecraft, and papercraft. Currently two authors have their books on sale. 17. Australian Leaf Art 203 Imlay St. Eden. Ph 6496 2490 Hours Mon - Fri 10 to 4. Weekends by chance or appointment. Unique & original must see artwork - beautiful photographic and image rendering onto native gum leaves. Also Dichroic glass jewellery, giftware, local photos and picture framing.


Mogo © Paul Callaghan


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

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. Jennifer Also DrynanMogo is the internationally P R O P R I E Tin OR recognised Mogo Zoo. Providing world “Mogo Cottage” standard 30 Princes Highway facilities for over 200 animals Mogo NSW 2536 of more than 39 rare and exotic Tel. 4472 5359 (4472 jely) Fax.species, 4472 4396 Mogo Zoo is committed to the survival of endangered species, including the rare white lions of ABN 19 419 447 524 ‘Timbavati’ .

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

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Extensive range of art & craft supplies including:

♦ Canvasses ♦ Art Materials ♦ Stamping ♦ Papercraft ♦ Scrapbooking ♦ Cardmaking ♦ Precious Metal Clay

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


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

Children welcome

Mogo Cottage 30 Princes Hwy Mogo 02 4474 2675

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

Historic Mogo

Jellybeads of Mogo At Jellybeads of Mogo, Jenny Drynan and her staff love to share their knowledge and love of beads. They offer a delicious range of beads from around the world that almost look good enough to eat. A passion for Asian design led Jenny to bring in a range of cloisonné, enamel, ceramic, cinnabar, boxwood and Peking glass beads. She’s also built up a wide range of Japanese seed beads from Miyuki and Matsuno. Jellybeads also stock sterling silver findings and beads from Bali; freshwater pearls, mother of pearl beads, coral, lampwork and foil beads from China; and our own branded high quality JellyBead individual tools and sets with eva soft handles for comfort. There’s handmade lampwork beads from a number of Australian lamp workers, as well as traditional beads from Greece, Africa and Kashmir. School holiday classes are held daily at 10.30am and 2pm, and a DIY table is available at other times. Children are welcome at Jellybeads, where they pay jellybeans for beads picked up from the floor, hence the name. Jellybeads of Mogo, Mogo Cottage, 30 Princes Highway, Mogo. Ph 4474 2675.

Clocktower Arcade

Clocktower Arcade Six fabulous shops to keep you occupied.

46 Sydney St Mogo 4474 2288

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

Shop 3 Clock Tower Arcade Mogo. Ph 4474 5588

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

14 Charles Street MOGO 4474 2291


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

Mogo Bookstore

Shop 2, ClockTower Arcade, Mogo. 4474 3524

Princes Hwy Mogo. 4474 2141

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


Clyde River, Batemans Bay © Paul Callaghan

Batemans Bay

Batemans Bay is a thriving regional centre and major tourist destination, with people coming to the Bay from all over Australia for its natural beauty. It's a great destination for families, with an array of outdoor activities and attractions such as bike tracks, a

cinema, animal park and tennis. There's great shopping to be had, with many nationally branded retail outlets as well as locally-owned stores. Interior design, fashion, books, hobbies, sporting goods - there's something to suit every interest.



The Bay is famous for its Clyde River oysters, so don't miss the opportunity to enjoy fresh, local seafood at one of the many restaurants, clubs and hotels

What to See & Do Explore the Clyde River by boat, houseboat or kayak Book a fishing charter for a deep-sea fishing experience Visit the Monga National Park to experience the spectacular escarpment or the Murramarang National Park with its coastal forests

Buy, Sell & Exchange a wide range of Books Shop 4/270 Beach Rd Batehaven

UNIQUE WATERFRONT HOLIDAY TOWNHOUSES 100 metres to Batemans Bay town centre

Ph/Fax: 02 4472 6736 Email:

Clyde River Motor Inn Bookings 4472 6444

Tel: 4472 4022

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


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

Open Mon-Fri 10am-4.30pm, Sat 10am-1pm

154 Beach Road Batemans Bay

Head south and explore Malua Bay, Mossy Point and Tomakin. VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Princes Hwy, Batemans Bay Ph: 1800 802 528

...will take you there!

3 Princes Hwy Batemans Bay Tel: 4472 4502 Fully licensed clubhouse - visitors welcome Free wireless internet Bistro On Green open daily lunch & dinner Coffee shop Sports Bar - Sky Channel Club TAB-Club Keno-ATM Private Function and Conference facilities. Bingo, Trivia, Poker. Courtesy Bus runs daily from 4.00 pm phone 4472 4502 4 Bowling greens - Full Bowling Program 6 days per week. Barefoot bowls, bookings essential

Bay Theatre Players presents a "haunting production" ‘The Woman In Black’ is a genuinely haunting Ghost Play, critically acclaimed and currently playing to packed houses in London’s West End. Throughout July theatre lovers can experience an equally spine-chilling production in Batemans Bay at the popular Bay Playhouse. Stephen Mallatratt has adapted Susan Hill's sinister ghost novel by providing it with a cunningly theatrical frame. The play exerts the inescapable grip of great storytelling, sending shock waves through the auditorium with splendid thrills and chills. Technically complex lighting and

sound effects create an edgy atmosphere in which our collective imagination intensifies the suspense. What is behind the woman in black, first seen in the graveyard? What will her malevolent appearance signify? This play demands consummate acting skills as two actors explore the characters drawn into her tragic legacy, across a lifetime – and beyond. This is theatre at its inventive best, simply to good to be missed, (except by the young or faint-hearted, hence only one matinee.) Performance dates: Preview - Saturday July 9th, July 15th, 16th, 17th (matinee

- 2pm), 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th, commencing at 7.30pm. Tickets $15 and $13. Bookings by phone or in person at Bargain Box Fabrics, Orient St, Batemans Bay or phone 4472 5984. Details at

Monthly Markets Guide Eden Eden Market 1st Saturday of month from 8am 1pm. Eden RSL Hall, Calle Calle St. Eden local produce market 3rd Saturday of the month. Eden Community Garden, Uniting Church, Chandos Street. 8:30-12 noon Pambula Pambula Rotary Market 2nd Sunday of month Pambula Recreation Grounds. Pambula Craft Market 2nd Sunday of mth from 8am - 1pm. Cnr. Monaro & Toalla Sts. Robin Hood Service Club Craft & Collectables Market 2nd Sunday of month from 8am - 1pm. Pambula Town Hall. Merimbula Merimbula Seaside Market & Fair 3rd Sunday of month from 8.30 - 12.30 Ford Oval. Merimbula RFS Market Friday 8th & Saturday 9th Friday 29th & Saturday 30th 9am – 3pm at Twyford Hall. Nethercote Nethercote Seasonal Produce Market Saturday 23rd – 8am to Noon Nethercote Community Hall

Wyndham Wyndham Market 4th Sunday of month from 8.30am 12.30pm at Wyndham Hall (OPEN IN ALL WEATHER). Candelo Candelo Markets 1st Sun. of each month from 8.30am 12.30pm. Candelo Oval & Town Hall. Bega SCPA Markets in Bega 8th & 22nd June from 8am - 1pm. Littleton Gardens, Bega.

SAARINEN ORGANICS Local manufacturers and growers of herbal creams and ointments. Incorporating Certified organic and Chemical-free local ingredients. For all your facial and skin care needs, visit our website or come and see us at the markets for specials. Try our Sniffles and snuffles Beeswax and olive oil chest rub packed full of 6 essential oils to help open the airways and soothe the throat, a much safer alternative to petrochemical chest rubs for the kiddies. You can find us at: Candelo markets in the hall. Wyndham markets in the hall. Twyford Hall markets. Nethercote market.

Cobargo Cobargo Market last Saturday of mth, from 9am, behind Cobargo Hotel Bermagui Bermagui Hand & Homemade Market last Sunday of mth, 8.30 - 12.30, Dickinson Park. Tilba Tilba Market Home grown - hand made, every Saturday 8am till 12noon Tilba Hall, contact 4473 7231 Narooma Narooma Rotary Markets 4th Sunday of mth NATA Oval, Princes Hwy. Moruya Moruya Country Market Riverside Park, cnr Shore St and Ford St 8am - 1pm every Saturday morning. Malua Bay Quota Seaside Market 1st Saturday August, October & December. Malua Bay Beach Reserve, Malua Bay. Batemans Bay Batemans Bay Coastal Patrol Market 1st Sun of mth, Corrigans’ Park, Batehaven, 9am-1pm. Batemans Bay High School 3rd Sunday of month.


& Gabo Island Tours

Starting from $45 per person. For inquiries call

6495 1074


(or Ops Manager 0421 029 371)

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

Flight Training

Heli-Flights & Skydiving (Seasonal only)


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

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