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Far South Coast

info guide March/April 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

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to the Far South Coast Contents

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


Cover Photo: At Sculpture Bermagui - 'Drop To Earth' by John Payne


Eden Pambula Merimbula Bega Tathra Cobargo Bermagui Tilba Narooma Mogo Batemans Bay

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From The Editor Welcome to the March/April edition of the Far South Coast iMag. As we head into autumn, the temperatures start to fall at night and the days become cooler too, making for perfect outdoor activity weather. If the water's still warm, it's a great time for swimming, and the beaches are certainly uncrowded. There's a tonne of events happening throughout March and April; our What's On feature on pages 42 - 44 has all the information you need to decide where to go and what to do. The Cobargo Folk Festival is first cab off the festival rank; 3 days packed full of music from around Australia and the globe. Check out the What's On listing on page 42. Sculpture Bermagui is up next with an amazing array of sculptures indoors and out - some of them have previously been seen at the prestigious Sculpture by the Sea in Sydney. Read more on page 35. The 12th annual Bermagui Seaside Fair is on Saturday 10th and is a real celebration that brings a great community together. Details on pages 38 - 39. The renowned Four Winds Festival is on over Easter...surround yourself with music, brilliance and beauty at one of Australia's most exceptional music facilities. Head to pages 36 - 37 for more. For the young ones, Montreal Goldfield has an Easter Gold Rush happening (p 40), Magic Mountain are having an Easter Fair (page 19)and the National Parks and Wildlife Service is running their Discovery Program during school holidays (p 22). The iMag will help you plan all your holiday fun - keep it handy or download it onto your phone or tablet from the website at

Material in this publication is copyright and may not be published or reproduced in any form without the express permission of the publishers. Circulation 15,000 copies distributed each issue throughout the region as well as major Tourism Information centres in Sydney, Canberra and country NSW. Information supplied by others for this magazine is published in good faith. Whilst every endeavour has been made to ensure absolute accuracy of this information, the Publishers cannot be held responsible for any consequences resulting from omissions or inadvertent errors contained herein.

Printed by Spotpress, 24-26 Lilian Fowler Place, Marrickville, NSW Š iMag Publications 2018. Independently owned franchise Published by iMag Publications Editors: Paul Callaghan & Melinda Downs Phone: 6494 2185 PO Box 9002 Wyndham 2550 Some photographs courtesy of NSW Tourism.

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Monthly Market Guide Eden Community Market

3rd Saturday of each month. 10am - 2pm, Uniting Church hall, Chandos St. Contact 0410 609 130 Nethercote Seasonal Produce Market Saturday 28th April 8am - 12pm Nethercote Community Hall and gardens, cnr of Back Ck & Nethercote Roads. Contact Karen 6495 7102

Pambula Rotary Market 2nd Sunday of month Pambula Recreation Grounds.

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.

Wyndham All Weather Market 4th Sunday of every month 8.30am - 1.00pm at Wyndham Hall. (OPEN IN ALL WEATHER).

Rotary Batemans Bay Sunday Market 3rd Sunday of the month, Corrigan's Beach Reserve, Batehaven, 9.00am - 1pm. See

Merimbula Seaside Market & Fair 3rd Sunday of month from 8.30am - 12.30pm, Ford Oval.

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.

Adventure Eden in

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.



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6494 2185 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 8

Explore Twofold Bay with Cat Balou Cruises If you're interested in exploring Twofold Bay in Eden, then Cat Balou Cruises can provide the perfect trip for you and your family. An informative live commentary is provided, whether you're enjoying a half day trip or a two hour cruise as the experienced crew of Cat Balou navigate around Twofold Bay. Twofold Bay is one of the deepest natural harbours in the world and there’s so much to see, including historic Boyd’s Tower, Edrom Lodge, Seahorse Inn at Boydtown, Quarantine Bay, the woodchip mill and the naval wharf. There is an excellent chance of seeing dolphins, seals and penguins on the cruise so don’t forget your camera. Refreshments are included on all cruises. Cat Balou Cruises have been operating for the past 30 years from the Port of Eden and their visitors' book, plus the awards they have won over the years, testifies to passenger satisfaction. As well as winning the 2014

South Coast Tourism Award for Ecotourism & Tourism Small Business, Cat Balou Cruises was awarded Trip Advisors Certificate of Excellence in 2014 and 2015 and ranked as their Number 1 attraction in Eden. Cat Balou is a 16-metre catamaran with a large inside cabin, a walk around bow and spacious upper deck. Spend a day in Eden and after the cruise visit the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre and the Eden Killer Whale Museum. Bookings for cruises can be made by phoning 0427 962 027.


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$40 Adults, $35 Seniors, $20 Children 5-15 yrs, $10 under 5 yrs, $125 Family (2 adults & 3 children)

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$75 Adults & seniors, $50 all children under 16yrs, $220 Family (2 adults & 3 children)

Cruises depart Main Wharf, Eden BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: PH 0427 962027 or 0427 260489

There’s so much to see as you cruise around Twofold Bay. Live informative commentary & refreshments included.


Sesqui: an event to remember at Eden Killer Whale Museum Over nine days in March 1993, the town of Eden was transformed into a bustling place of festivity and community celebrations to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the town’s proclamation. Driven by the Eden Killer Whale Museum’s volunteer management committee, it remains as one of Eden’s largest community events of all time. Businesses and community organisations banded together to offer a full program of events to commemorate Eden’s Sesquicentenary. They ranged from old time dances and stockman rides, art and craft exhibitions to special bowls, golf and bingo events. Tall ships, bus tours and walks across Eden contributed to the wide array of activities enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.

Above: The tall ship Bounty makes an impressive sight in Snug Cove with Mt Imlay watching over in the background. Locals and visitors took up the rare opportunity of cruising Twofold Bay aboard both the magnificent Bounty and the Lady Nelson during Eden’s 1993 Sesqui celebrations. Courtesy Rosalind Butt.


Former residents travelled from across the country especially to share their memories and celebrate the hopes for the future. It is now 175 years since Eden was proclaimed a town, and 25 years since Eden’s biggest community celebrations unfolded. This exhibition from Eden Killer Whale Museum invites you to be a part of the celebrations that once were. Alongside Sesqui is another new exhibition, A potpourri of local life, which brings together fabulous historical photographs combined with objects from various time periods. It is a wonderful platform to reminisce on how people dressed, shopped, played and worked, and share with young ones how life used to be. Eden Killer Whale Museum is a multi-award winning destination that showcases an impressive wide range of cultural histories associated with this small coastal town of the Sapphire Coast. Sesqui: 6 February 2018 – 10 March 2019 A potpourri of local life: February – 23 September 2018

Above: Eden Killer Whale Museum’s Robert Whiter, presents the cake at the proclamation day re-enactment in February 1993. EKWM Collection.

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*  

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

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




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

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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.

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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.


EAT Merimbula - the premier providore event on the Coast EAT Merimbula is a premium foodie providore event held on the foreshore of Fishpen Merimbula, overlooking pristine waters and working oyster leases. Held on Sunday March 11th, the event features local chefs and restaurateurs gathering in a market style setting to create bespoke dishes featuring local produce. The dishes are presented in entrée sizes and prices are capped at $8 per dish. This year the menu will include tempters like steamed pork boa buns, a Balmain Bug Brioche, slow cooked brisket, craft beer, oysters harvested only metres away, Eden Mussel pies, local stone fruit crepes, 12 hr fermented artisan donuts and much much more… The event will enter it’s sixth year in 2018, with growing demand from visitors seeing more and more vendors participating each year. A road closure will be in place this year providing a refreshed layout and more elbow-room for guests.

EAT Merimbula is free to enter and runs from 10am- 2pm, Sunday 11th March. Visit the website at or follow on Facebook at Eat Merimbula

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)

Lake Street Merimbula Ph: 6495 4446 16

Fishing Charters Fishing the local reefs for Snapper, Morwong, Leatherjacket, Gummy Shark, Kingfish and the sand for Flathead.




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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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Celebrate Easter at Magic Mountain's Easter Fair Magic Mountain is the best way to entertain your children, whether you're visiting the area or you're a local. This Easter join us for our Easter Fair, where you will find our very own Easter Fairy, the Great Egg Hunt, Egg Toss and lots of other fun and games for the day. Turn up in your best Easter hat and you might win a prize! Magic Mountain has plenty to see and do, including the Toboggan, Roller Coaster, Grand Prix cars, Tube Rider, Mini Golf, Jumping Castle and Carpet Slide. If you're looking for a little more adventure, then try Magic Mountain's Tree Climb Challenge. It's an exciting high wire adventure course, and is a great experience for older kids to conquer. It consists of 3 challenging courses and over 30 obstacles spread over the park high in the trees. Age and height requirements apply, please see the website for more details. The Tree Climb Challenge is ticketed separately

from Magic Mountain, and bookings are advised in busy holiday periods. Limited places are available, so reserve your place and book ahead today. With picnic tables and well maintained gardens, come have some fun in the sun. Magic Mountain and the Tree Climb Challenge are available for online bookings at:



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Ginger and Luvvy - quality labels and great service Ginger and Luvvy is a little boutique on the boardwalk side of The Promenade Shopping Centre overlooking Merimbula Lake. It is renowned for the quality labels it offers the discerning lady. Visitors from Australia’s capital cities, as well as country and regional areas, make a point of shopping at Ginger and Luvvy when in Merimbula. When asked why, they say that it is the range of quality garments that is on offer in the one store. They enjoy shopping in a relaxed environment where there is no pressure to buy something that is not quite right. Ginger and Luvvy offers a range of premium labels to suit a range of tastes and lifestyles. From labels such as Verge, for the young and young at heart, to Walnut Hill, an Australian owned manufacturer of classic styles for the more mature lady. Other favourites such as Layer’d, an Australian

designed, owned, and manufactured label, offers a collection of contemporary pieces and soft feminine basics. Mela Purdie, an Australian label gaining global exposure for luxuriously relaxed, effortless style, is always street smart and travel ready. New autumn colours in store include butter, ruby, and cinnamon. Andiamo, also Australian owned, designed, and manufactured,specializes high quality, easy care, everyday comfortable pants for real women. Why not call in to see the new autumn/winter range, where the team at Ginger and Luvvy will do their best to help you to look your best. Shop 8, The Promenade, Market St, Merimbula Ph 02) 6495 2018.


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4th April - 19th April 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. 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

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:


Live Entertainment March/April Eden Fishermen’s Club Ph 6496 1577 March Fri 2nd Dale Huddleston Fri 9th Joe Driscoll Fri 16th Jo Quennell Fri 23rd Over The Moon Fri 30th McGrath Duo Sat 31st D J Grey April Fri 6th Fri 13th Sat 14th Fri 20th Fri 27th

Struth See Club for details Crystal Radio Dennis Milson Once Bitten

Merimbula RSL Phone 6495 1502 March Sat 3rd DJ Grey Sat 10th Steve N Adam Sat 17th Once Bitten Sat 24th Hoops Sat 30th Elvis Sun 31st McGrath April Sat 7th DJ Grey Sat 14th Over the Moon Sat 21st Totum Sat 28th Klaus Tietz Bermagui Country Club Ph 6493 4340 March Fri 2nd Klaus Tietz from 8pm Fri 9th Chris McGrath from 8pm Fri 16th Mark Dabin from 8pm Sun 18th Live entertainment from 4.30pm

Fri 23rd Fri 30th Sat 31st

Jay Podger from 8pm Joe Driscoll from 8pm Live entertainment from 8pm. Contact Club for details

April Fri 6th Fri 13th Fri 20th Fri 27th

Brian & Annie from 8pm Dave Newman from 8pm Paul Greene from 8pm Live entertainment from 8pm. Contact Club for details

Camel Rock Brewery & Cafe Phone 6493 3225 Contact Cafe for details


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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.

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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

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16 March – 28 April: Moving Histories Future Projections Moving Histories // Future Projections brings together some of Australia’s leading female contemporary artists working across screen based media. The artists in Moving Histories // Future Projections approach their subject matter in a variety of ways – they turn the camera on themselves, re-stage historical events or re-imagine alternative futures through speculative accounts of the past. Yet through repetition, montage and mimicry, they all explore a space where time folds in on itself and back again and each looks back while also moving forward. See page 54 for BVRG opening times.

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

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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.

Walk the scenic Kangarutha Track this autumn If you’re keen to do some bush-walking, try the 9km Kangarutha Track, along the spectacular northern shores of Bournda National Park. You can begin at the northern end of the track at Kianinny Bay near Tathra, or at the Wallagoot Lake Boat Club at the southern end (Park use fees apply if parking at Turingal Head). The track takes in the rugged coastline, with many small sandy or pebbly beaches and spectacular cliffs, but not many options for swimming. If the full 9km, 5 hour walk is a bit much, you can walk a section of the track, for example, a 1.7km walk from Kianinny Bay to Boulder Bay, or a 1.8km walk from Wallagoot Lake Boat Club to Turingal Head, or walk half way to White Rock Quarry. Another option is Turingal Head to Games Bay, where the track passes through a secluded old dairy farm area. This 5km return walk is rated as medium, and takes approximately 2 hours.

For more information, contact National Parks & Wildlife Service in Merimbula on (02) 6495 5000 or visit www.nationalparks.nsw. or Sapphire Coast Tourism Below: Inlet north of White Rock

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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.

Take your time in Bangles Gallery For 43 years the Bangles philosophy has been based on quality, variety, affordable prices and great customer service. The current owner, Derwood, has been involved with Bangles Gallery for 33 years, which is quite an achievement. Located in a magnificent two-storey timber building in the centre of Cobargo, pottery is at the heart of Bangles Gallery. With a wood fire keeping the shop cosy and warm, Bangles is perfect to wander through on a chilly day....or in any kind of weather. A talented pool of craftspeople supply Bangles with a selection of traditional and modern Australian-made pottery, with a small amount sourced from overseas.

There's an extensive range of cookware that is both beautiful and functional, vases, pots, and elegant decorative pieces. Bangles is not just about pottery though. A more diverse range of products has been introduced, including glassware, ironware, leadlight lamps and beautifully crafted cutlery sets. Reflecting the Bangles philosophy, these pieces all represent great value for money without sacrificing quality. Browse through the well-stocked shop to find the perfect gift or something special for yourself. Bangles Gallery, Princes Highway, Cobargo. Phone 6493 6421

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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 34

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.

Sculptors Line up for Sculpture Bermagui With every year Sculpture Bermagui gets more and more exciting. This year's event, running from March 9th - 18th, is the 12th annual exhibition event in Bermagui. In 2018 the line-up of exhibitors has increased to over 110 sculptures, with entries from as far afield as Thailand and works being especially created for the Bermagui exhibition. Multi-disciplinary artist, Giles Ryder, who practices in Thailand and Cambodia will be exhibiting “Golden Space Doughnut”, a sculpture created from Perspex, mixed media and enamel. Highlighting the artist’s creative view of the world, it will be one of the many highlights of this year’s Sculpture Bermagui. Created especially for Sculpture Bermagui, John Blay, Amanda Stuart and Jane Ulman’s work “Les St Hill and the Tin Canoe”, comes to Bermagui after being shown at Sculpture by the Sea in Sydney to great acclaim. A giant fish sculpture by Tobias Bennett, “Reel Big Fish“, will be among the wonderful sculptures at Dickinson Point and over 60 smaller sculptures will be on display in the

Bermagui Community Centre. Businesses in the region are showing great support for what is an important part of the regional calendar, with Bermagui Country Club becoming one of a new group of supporters and sponsors. A programme packed full of interesting and entertaining events including torchlight tours, artist talks and music throughout the ten days of the exhibition will culminate in the closing ceremony with works featuring fire becoming more numerous and popular, lighting up the headland. For more information and the full programme, visit

Below: "Reel Big Fish" by Tobias Bennett Above right: John Blay, Amanda Stuart and Jane Ulman’s work “Les St Hill and the Tin Canoe” Below right: "Hot Head" by Shannon Hobbs



Music, Brilliance & Beauty at Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival The Four Winds Easter Festival returns this March to one of Australia’s most exceptional music facilities - Nature’s Concert Hall, at stunning Barragga Bay, just south of Bermagui on the Sapphire Coast of southern NSW. Surround yourself with music, brilliance and beauty at this unique world-class event, which brings together more than 100 acclaimed Australian and international music makers in breathtaking bushland surrounds. Celebrated British violinist Jack Liebeck and Israeli flautist Ariel Zuckermann will take to the stage, alongside Australian soprano Emma Pearson, pianists Tamara-Anna Cislowska and Ian Munro, harpist Alice Giles, guitarist Aleksandr Tsiboulski, ensembles such as the Goldner String Quartet, The Song Company, Speak Percussion and the Australian Brass Quintet, to name a few. Add a magical bushland location, inspirational art, ideas and conversation, fine fare from local South Coast artisan foodies and producers, and it would have to be the perfect Easter weekend! Choose from individually ticketed concerts and events from Wednesday March 28; or full

day Festival passes, providing access to the Sound Shell program, 10am to 4pm Easter Saturday March 31 or Easter Sunday April 1. And don’t miss the free evening concert and pop up performances at a range of South Coast venues on Good Friday March 30. Download a copy of the full Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival at easterfestival/, and book now! Below: James Crabb, Four Winds Artistic Director. Photo by Ben Marden


Fun, fun, fun at the Fair! Don’t miss the 21st annual Bermagui Seaside Fair, a free fun day out for everyone. Mark the date on your calendar … Saturday March 10th. The day kicks off with the Poet's Breakfast at 8am with delicious bacon and egg rolls, then find yourself a spot on Lamont Street for the huge fancy dress street parade at 10am. There's music and entertainment on two stages from 8am to 8.30pm, including a Battle of the Bands where local musicians show off their amazing talent. Keep the little ones occupied with kids amusements and free novelty events, and the bigger kids will love the giant water slide. Get friends and family together and enter the sandcastle competition, and don't forget to bring your favourite animal

friend along to the Pet Pageant. There's lifestyle and leisure displays, arts and crafts and photographic exhibitions and the Postcards Art competition. The ever popular auction of the Umbrellas of Bermagui could see you take home a unique work of art, hand decorated by a local artist. Grab a bargain at the charity auction, wander the many market and food stalls, have a go at the Golf Hole in One Beach Bash, and do so much more. The day ends with a fireworks spectacular at 9pm. More information, entry forms and updates to the program can be found at and follow the Fair on Facebook.

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 -


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Join in the Easter Gold Rush at Montreal Goldfield A guided tour through the Montreal Goldfield near Bermagui is a unique experience for all ages and should not be missed. The goldfield is an intact example of alluvial diggings in the 1880s and the only goldfield in Australia that goes into the sea. Today, trained guides tell you the story of the Montreal goldfield and the Great Unsolved Bermagui Mystery as you wander along pathways and boardwalks through the beautiful natural bush that now covers the diggings. All shafts are fenced off or covered so you can look down them in safety. It is so peaceful now; a far cry from the chaotic days of the gold rush era. This Easter, take a tour of the Goldfield and join in the Easter Gold Rush. Learn how to pan for gold; weigh your “gold” on gold scales and trade your “gold” for an Easter Treat (included as part of Easter Saturday and

Sunday's 2pm tour cost). Entry is by guided tour only. Tours leave at 2pm daily from the Heritage Centre, Wallaga Lake Rd. 7 km north of Bermagui, and take just over an hour. Entry is $7.50 adults, $5 children or $25 for a family with 2 adults and 2 or more children. Guided tours for groups of 10 or more people are available at any time - ring 02) 6493 3054. Facebook/Trip Advisor

Montreal Goldfield

Entry by guided tour only Montreal Goldfield is an intact example of alluvial diggings in the 1880s It is the only goldfield in Australia that goes into the sea Stroll along pathways and boardwalks through the beautiful natural bush that covers the diggings today Tours leave at 2pm daily Wallaga Lake Rd. 7 km north of Bermagui For group bookings of 10 or more please ring 02) 6493 3054 40

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Camel Rock Brewery - winning awards in its first year. Camel Rock Brewery & Cafe Celebrates it's first birthday on Saturday 31st March. The Brewery features cleansing ales brewed on the premises and fantastic American Influenced cuisine. In just its first year of operation, the Brewery won the 2017 Master Builders Association Best Commercial Renovation by Munckton Homes for their renovation on the building, as well as winning 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 Bill Porter. The beer is now flowing (albeit in small batches) as Master Brewer Jaime works on his flavours.

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

The Brewery is open 7 days for Lunch 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. In the Alfresco area of the brewery, see, smell and touch the Hops plants that provide the flavours to beer, read about the brewing process and learn how to taste beer. Live entertainment on various days. Breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays from 8am - 10.30, Lunch 12pm - 3pm, Dinner from 5.30pm - 8.30pm. Brewery Open from 12noon - 11pm except Sunday. Special trading hours on Easter Weekend. Keep up to date with what’s happening via Facebook and what’s brewing via the Camel Rock Brew Club on Facebook.

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Sculpture Bermagui 9th - 18th March

Bermagui Seaside Fair 10th March

EAT Merimbula 11th March

Four Winds Easter Festival 28th March - 1st April

Easter Fair - Magic Mountain 1st April

SESQUI: 6 February 2018 – 10 March 2019. A potpourri of local life: February – 23 September 2018, Eden Killer Whale Museum, Eden To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Eden's proclamation, the town was transformed into a bustling place of festivity and community celebrations. This exhibition from Eden Killer Whale Museum invites you to be a part of the celebrations that once were. Alongside Sesqui is another new exhibition, A potpourri of local life, which brings together fabulous historical photographs combined with objects from various time periods. It is a wonderful platform to reminisce on how people dressed, shopped, played and worked, and share


with young ones how life used to be. Read more on pages10 or visit the website at

COBARGO FOLK FESTIVAL 2nd- 4th March, Cobargo Showground, Cobargo 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.

SCULPTURE BERMAGUI 9th - 18th March, Bermagui Sculpture Bermagui is a celebration of sculpture, both outdoors and in. With over 110 sculptures to see, including from as far afield as Thailand, as well as some created specially for Sculpture Bermagui, this is an event not to be missed. Dickinson Point is the main focus for outdoor pieces, some of which have been seen at Sydney's prestigious Sculpture by the Sea, whilst more than 60 pieces can be seen indoors at the Bermagui Community Centre.

A programme packed full of interesting and entertaining events including torchlight tours, artist talks and music throughout the ten days of the exhibition will culminate in the closing ceremony with works featuring fire becoming more numerous and popular, lighting up the headland. Read more on page 41, or visit the website at

BERMAGUI SEASIDE FAIR 10th March, Dickinson Oval, Bermagui The 21st Bermagui Seaside Fair is a free, fun day out for everyone. Huge fancy dress street parade,

music and entertainment on 2 stages from 8am to 8.30pm, Battle of the Bands, giant water slide, kids novelty events and amusements, arts and crafts and photographic exhibitions, pet pageant, sandcastle competition, lifestyle and leisure displays, heaps of market stalls, a fireworks spectacular in the evening … and a whole lot more. Find out more on pages 38 39, and for program updates and more information visit and follow the Fair on Facebook.

providing a refreshed layout and more elbow-room for guests. EAT Merimbula is free to enter and runs from 10am - 2pm, Sunday 11th March. Get the details on page 16, visit the website at or follow on Facebook at Eat Merimbula

FOUR WINDS EASTER FESTIVAL 28th March - 1st April January, Four Winds Sound Shell, Barraga Bay EAT MERIMBULA 11th March, Fishpen, Merimbula EAT Merimbula is a premium foodie providore event held on the foreshore of Fishpen Merimbula, overlooking pristine waters and working oyster leases. Held on Sunday March 11th, the event features local chefs and restaurateurs gathering in a market style setting to create bespoke dishes featuring local produce. The dishes are presented in entrée sizes and prices are capped at $8 per dish. The event will enter it’s sixth year in 2018, with growing demand from visitors seeing more and more vendors participating each year. A road closure will be in place this year

The Four Winds Easter Festival returns to one of Australia’s most exceptional music facilities - Nature’s Concert Hall, at stunning Barragga Bay, just south of Bermagu. Surround yourself with music, brilliance and beauty at this unique worldclass event, which brings together more than 100 acclaimed Australian and international music makers in breathtaking bushland surrounds. Performers include celebrated British violinist Jack Liebeck, Israeli flautist Ariel Zuckermann, Australian soprano Emma Pearson, pianists Tamara-Anna Cislowska and Ian Munro,


harpist Alice Giles, guitarist Aleksandr Tsiboulski, ensembles such as the Goldner String Quartet, The Song Company, Speak Percussion and the Australian Brass Quintet. Add inspirational art, ideas and conversation, fine fare from local South Coast artisan foodies and producers for the perfect Easter weekend! Don’t miss the free evening concert and pop up performances at a range of South Coast venues on Good Friday March 30. See more on pages 36 - 37, download a copy of the full Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival at http://fourwinds., and

EASTER FAIR April 1st, Magic Mountain, Merimbula At Magic Mountain's Easter Fair meet their very own Easter Fairy, and join in the Great Egg Hunt, Egg Toss and lots of other fun and games for the day. Turn up in your best Easter hat and you might win a prize! Head to page 19 for all the information you need, or go to .au


EASTER GOLD RUSH March 31st - April 1st, Montreal Goldfield, Wallaga Lake Rd, Bermagui This Easter, take a tour of the Goldfield and join in the Easter Gold Rush. Learn how to pan for gold; weigh your “gold” on gold scales and trade your “gold” for an Easter Treat (included as part of Easter Saturday and Sunday's 2pm tour cost). Entry is by guided tour only. Tours leave at 2pm daily from the Heritage Centre, Wallaga Lake Rd. 7 km north of Bermagui, and take just over an hour. Entry is $7.50 adults, $5 children or $25 for a family with 2 adults and 2 or more children. Guided tours for groups of 10 or more people are available at any time - ring 02) 6493 3054. NPWS DISCOVERY PROGRAM 4th - 19th April The NPWS Discovery Walks, Talks and Tours program offers a fantastic insight into the unexpected delights of your national parks. Fun activities introduce you to the wealth of natural, cultural and historic heritage within national parks. Bookings are essential and costs apply. Read more on page 22. www,

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. 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 summer 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.

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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DAMPIER S F Mount Coman 445m


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BIAMANGA NP Mumbulla Mountain 774m




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Big Jack Mountain 861m


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Dr George Tanja Mountain 313m MIMOSA ROCKS NP

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Cadjangarry Mountain 364m



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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 4 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 NEW SOU TH southern migration during the spring months. A detailed walk brochure is WA VIC LES TOR IA 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. Towamba



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Narooma Montague Island

Jeffers Mountain 549m KOORABAN NP Narira Mountain 830m









Start this walk from Kianinny Bay via Tathra in the north or from Turingal Head via Wallagoot Lake Boat Club in the south. Rugged coastline, sandy and pebbly beaches and spectacular cliffs are features of this walk. The coastal heathland, dominated by dwarf oaks, 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

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Mogo Hill 163m

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


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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




Mount Nadgee 542m








Gipsy Point

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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

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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.

Gulaga Gallery HEMP CLOTHES to make a skinny bloke handsome HIP CLOTHES to make a fat lady sing.... ENLIGHTENING BOOKS and CARDS that are awesome, HANDCRAFTED JEWELLERY and that SPECIAL THING! Gulaga Gallery and Bookstore is named after beautiful Gulaga Mountain which towers up behind Tilba. It was built at the end of the 19th Century from local eucalyptus timbers, and since 1991, this varied and enchanting shop has been owned by Shanti and Sol Ramana-Clarke. Sol has developed a unique style of jewellery using sterling silver and gold-filled wire to mount a huge variety of semi-precious stones. He might suggest you “pick a stone that jumps out at you” and watch him mount it into a pendant, ring ...or whatever... Sol also produced the widely acclaimed documentary film “The Hemp Solution - For A Sustainable Future”, so naturally you’ll find a full range of environmentally friendly hemp clothes, hemp seed oil and cosmetics. Shanti’s passion for colour and style is reflected in the varied range of women's clothing in luxuriously soft bamboo and other natural fibres. Shanti and Sol’s love of universal spirituality is expressed in their range of interesting and insightful books & DVD’s, cards, and inspirational

music. You may also be treated to the uplifting sound of Shanti and Sol’s latest musical CD "Live from your Heart". Most of all, just enjoy the warm and friendly atmosphere! Open 7 Days 9-5 at 7 Bate St, Central Tilba. Ph (02) 4473 7233

Gulaga Gallery (02) 4473 7233

Tilba Leather 4473 7360

24 Bate St Central Tilba


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.


Big4 Batemans Bay Easts Riverside Holiday Park Ph: 1800 132 787 E:

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

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

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:


10th Narooma Oyster Festival - it's a pearler! The award winning Narooma Oyster Festival on the 5th May promises to be a pearler. This year celebrates the 10th Oyster Festival with premium oysters of the NSW South Coast, their growers, our chefs, and the region’s rich artistic and cultural talents. Situated on the foreshore of the spectacular Wagonga Inlet, the Festival attracts visitors from all over Australia who come to enjoy a truly unique experience. More than 23,000 oysters were eaten at the 2017 festival from a range of South Coast estuaries. This year festival goers will be treated to even more oysters from our unique pristine waters of Australia’s Oyster Coast including the Shoalhaven, Clyde, Tuross, Wagonga, Wapengo, Merimbula,

Pambula and Wonboyn. A jam packed cooking schedule will keep foodies entertained with celebrity chefs sharing their skills using the wonderful fresh local produce the South Coast is renowned for. An oyster shucking competition raises the excitement level and this year we could well be looking for the world’s biggest Oyster! The ever popular Ultimate Oyster Experience, which was a sellout in 2017, is back bigger and better than ever. It’s a great day for everyone with music back to back all day long, free rides for the kids, lots of food stalls to sample some fine fare and more than enough Oysters. Don’t miss it. Saturday May 5th.

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


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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 and see work in progress at MACS Studio 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. Thursday February 22 to Sunday March 25, Veronica O’Leary, sky and sea paintings from 2 residencies on King Island. Lyndal Jenkins, painting of views from her windows on the coast. Anne Masters, south coast birds in porcelain Thursday March 29 to Sunday April 29, Paintings from seven leading contemporary artists whose work has been influenced by time spent with the Cox family at the Murrah Philip Cox, Garry Shead, Michael Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Jon Crothers, Tanya Lewers, Senden Blackwood. Drinks with the artists, Thursday 29 March from 6pm “The Magic of the Murrah”



Veronica O’Leary ‘The Height of Summer' at Ivy Hill Gallery MERIMBULA


'The Magic of the Murrah' at Ivy Hill Gallery EDEN

Anne Masters porcelain birds 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. 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. 16 March – 28 April: Moving Histories Future Projections Moving Histories // Future Projections brings together some of Australia’s leading female contemporary artists working across screen based media including Mikala Dwyer and Justene Williams, Amala Groom, Deborah Kelly, Kate Blackmore and Jacinta Tobin, Joan Ross, Soda_Jerk, Angelica Mesiti and Caroline Garcia, curated by Kelly Doley and Diana Baker-Smith of Barbara Cleveland (formally Brown Council). The artists in Moving Histories // Future Projections approach their subject matter in a variety of ways – they turn the camera on themselves, re-stage historical events or re-imagine alternative futures through speculative accounts of the past. Yet through repetition, montage and mimicry, they all explore a space where time folds in on itself and back again and each looks back while also moving forward. Collectively and individually they act as historians, archivists and archaeologists - excavating historical materials, digging through archives and channelling the past to make new connections across time and space. COBARGO

Right - Joan Ross – Moving Histories Future Projections 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: 16 February - 14 March 53 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. Year of the Dog activities at SCPA Market, Littleton Gardens, Bega on Friday 2 March 8am-1pm. 'On the spot' dog portraits of your dog by local artists: $20. Bookings essential at Spiral Gallery 6492 5322. 16 March – 4 April: Restless Earth: Ivana Gattegno & Joy Georgeson Ivana has used ink and pastel to combine landscape, domestic & spiritual themes to express her strong connection to country that is not the land of her birth. Joy’s ceramic sculptures are influenced by the relationship between the coast, the origins of life and human connection to other species. 6 April – 2 May: Waves of Colour. South Coast artists explore colour and movement in various media. Gallery 2: 6 April – 2 May: Bingi Bingi Helen Pizzano. An exhibition of kaleidoscope photographic images exploring colour and texture from the vibrant Bingi Bingi Point, on NSW South Coast. Helen is a Canberra digital artist producing prints on paper and silk scarves. Bingi Bingi 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 located at historic McKells Cottage in Pambula where you will find a beautiful collection of local artworks including paintings, photographs, lino-cuts, prints and cards, ceramic pots and bowls, hand dyed and printed textiles, hand-blown glassware, handmade wooden home wares and a range of jewellery by different designers. The gallery is open all year round. Saturday 3rd March – Saturday 31st March: No Paintings Here – Pastel and Pencil Works by Pauline Cantwell and Peter Tucker.-. Opening Night Saturday 3rd March at 5pm In our final formal exhibition of the season, we are delighted to present the art of Pauline Cantwell in her first exhibition with Artessence Gallery and a range of new works by Peter Tucker in his return exhibition. In a world of light, imagination and glorious colour, there is not a paint used by either artist. Pauline has used pastels to create a wonderful collection of vivid, light–filled pictures. Peter, with his usual whimsy has a new collection of pencil drawings filled with his imagination and skill. Come along to opening night to meet the artists and enjoy canapés created by Peter’s daughter Chef Emma!




Be inspired at the River of Art Festival This award-winning arts festival kicks off with a big weekend from Thursday 17 May to Sunday 20 May. Explore eclectic exhibitions and exciting performances. Immerse yourself in live music, poetry and storytelling. Festival attractions continue throughout May with many studios, galleries and workshops open along the far South Coast from Durras to Tilba. Our talented local artists promise you a warm welcome as they share what inspires them. Festival favourites will return this year, along with new events specially curated for our 2018 program. The festival opens with the prestigious $2000 River of Art 2018 Art Prize, which will be awarded by a panel of judges on 17 May at the SoArt Gallery in Narooma. All artworks will be exhibited in Narooma from 18 May to 2 June. For the first time in 2018, River of Art will also host a new Land of Many Waters Exhibition. Diverse creations interpreting this theme will be on display in three River of Art hubs. Located in Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma — these creative hubs will be open and staffed by volunteers over the festival weekend. As ever, you’ll need to book early for one of the festival’s sell-out events — the Wearable Art fashion extravaganza presented by Eurobodalla Fibre and Textile Artists Group in Moruya.


In Batemans Bay, stand-up comedy and live performances will again take centre stage. Music lovers will also be able to choose from a variety of performances throughout the festival. Take the whole family to the Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens for a magical afternoon and uplifting community performance. Make a day of it at the Creators Bazaar at the riverside markets in Moruya. The River of Art Trail— open from 17 to 26 May — encourages visitors to plan their own journey of discovery. This is an invitation to discover secluded artists’ studios. Wander through small townships and pop into quirky galleries and shops that showcase unique artworks and South Coast collectables. Choose from paintings, pastels and photography. Browse fine woodworks, handmade jewellery, glass creations, mosaics, bespoke hats, textiles and handmade clothing. So come join us on the far South Coast in late May and celebrate the creativity that flourishes in this spectacular Land of Many Waters. Mark the dates in your calendar and book a bed if you plan to visit. With so much happening to entertain and delight, you might end up staying longer than you planned! The festival program will be available in late March. Stay tuned to for details and follow us for updates on Facebook.

Arts Festival South Coast NSW – Durras to Tilba

17-20 May 2018 River of Art Trail Open 17-26 May

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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’.

Find your perfect holiday read at Mogo Book Store Mogo Book Store, situated on the Princes Highway in Mogo, offers a wide variety of quality second hand books at affordable prices. There is something to suit every reader in the large range of fiction titles - classic novels, popular authors, crime, mystery and thriller writers, science fiction, young adult fiction and children’s books. Also available is a broad selection of nonfiction books - Australiana, biographies and travel, sport, militaria, history, gardening,

cooking, health, music and theatre, art, reference and more. If we do not have what you are looking for currently in stock, we are happy to take details and let you know if it does become available. We also buy books in good condition. Drop in for a relaxed browse or phone us if you are looking for a particular book. Enquiries are welcome - call 4474 2141. Mogo Book Store, Princes Highway, Mogo.

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

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

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


Step back in time at The Original Gold Rush Colony The Original Gold Rush Colony at Mogo is located in a 4.5ha natural bush setting and is a great place to step back in time, re-living Australia’s Pioneering Era. Guided tours run four times each day, and you can pan for real gold, see the working rock crusher and explore the mine tunnel. Daily Tour times are 10.30am, 12 noon, 1.30pm and 3pm. Tours last approximately 1 hour and then you can pan for Gold as long as you like. The Original Gold Rush Colony has taken out the award in Heritage and Cultural Tourism at the South Coast Tourism awards in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and the Heritage and Cultural Tourism Hall of Fame in 2013. At the 2015 awards the Gold Rush Colony won Gold in the Budget Accommodation section and Silver in the Heritage and Culture category.

The Original Gold Rush Colony has on-site accommodation with 9 fully self contained 2 bedroom cabins. On-site guests receive free entry into the Gold Rush and can take a tour and pan for gold. Other activities on site are a rustic mini golf course and a unique Mogo Maze. The maze is suitable for all ages and has proven popular since opening. The Mogo Maze has a Eureka theme, and has the Eureka flag hanging on the sailing mast at the entrance, and above, the magnificent mural painted by talented staff member Trevor Hyde. Once the raised platform in the centre of the maze is reached, there's a great view over the top of the maze to the outside world. Details at

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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.


Clyde River Oysters at the Oyster Shed There’s something about being on or near the water that lends peace and tranquillity to the spirit, and Batemans Bay is blessed to have such easy access to the beautiful Clyde River, running right through the township. If you’re down around the water’s edge, make sure you drop in to see Jade and Enola at The Oyster Shed, the last shed on Wray St, located on the northwestern bank of the Clyde River. They sell fresh Sydney rock oysters grown “organically” from their own leases, in one of the cleanest rivers in New South Wales. The Oyster Shed’s oysters have an excellent flavour, and are a highly nutritious food, being rich in omega 3 oils, iron, zinc, iodine, vitamins

A, B complex and C. These days, you can be much more adventurous in the kitchen with oysters than just serving the old standards of oysters kilpatrick or mornay. Just ask Enola - she’s got lots of recipes for a more contemporary approach. The Oyster Shed is also a great spot for a picnic. All you need is the picnic rug, a bottle of wine and some freshly-opened oysters, then relax and enjoy the spectacular Clyde River views. And to keep the holiday vibe going, take some oysters home with you!

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.



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Far South Coast iMag March/April 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 March/April 2018  

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