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May 2012

Far South Coast Region Inside: Art Trail What To See & Do What's On

Narooma Oyster Festival

Live Music Guide Monthly Markets Regional Map

Towamba Acoustic Sessions Page 6

Malibu Surf Event Page 10


Gastronomic delights at Narooma Oyster Festival MASTERCHEF Julie Goodwin will join a stellar line-up of professional chefs for a celebration of south coast produce, culture and artisans at the Narooma Oyster Festival this May. An ideal combination of fresh and tidal water flows means the four million Sydney Rock Oysters sold each year out of this scenic NSW town are of exceptional quality - the inspiration for a weekend of feasting and fun on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May. Julie will be helping some wannabe junior Masterchefs create spectacular dishes in front of the crowds in the main marquee and signing copies of her Heart of the Home cookbook. Cooking demonstrations will feature chefs from the finest restaurants on the south coast - including ‘Rick Stein at Bannisters’ head chef Julian Lloyd. Giant floating sculptures will stir the

tranquil waters of the Wagonga Inlet and the strongest music line-up ever seen at the festival will headed by blues/soul legend Eugene Hideaway Bridges. Boutique beer and wine sampling and refreshments from a raft of waterside food and wine stalls will be on hand to provide sustenance, while a vast oyster bar will be serving freshly-shucked oysters alongside a selection of chilled whites. But while the food and drink may be abundant and beautiful, the festival is not solely about satisfying one’s stomach. It also gives focus to the south coast’s Aboriginal culture with an opening Welcome to Country by the region’s traditional owners, performances by didgeridoo virtuoso Noel Butler and the Bidinga art and craft exhibition -

one of the finest displays of Aboriginal work in the region. With live music, a giant aquarium, sporting challenges, complimentary tastings, art and photography shows and a big selection of children’s amusements, the Saturday line-up is busy and impressive. Sunday is a different affair in 2012, with events moving from Riverside Drive to throughout the town as Narooma opens its doors to showcase its considerable charms - including a bike ride along the ridiculously beautiful Narooma-Dalmeny Cycleway and two-for-one rounds on one of the top public golf courses in Australia. The Narooma Oyster Festival runs on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May. For more, see oysterfestival

Masterchef Julie Goodwin entertaining the crowd

Festival goers enjoying the exhibits in 2011

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May Welcome to May on the coast, and what a beautiful time autumn is. At the time of writing on Easter Monday, Brown Mountain is open again, after being closed for major repair work for two months. After Easter however only one lane will be open to allow final work to be completed, so do take care and allow for delays. The big event happening this month is the Narooma Oyster Festival on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May. Four million Sydney Rock Oysters are sold each year from Narooma and this provides the inspiration for a weekend of feasting and fun. Once again, MASTERCHEF Julie Goodwin joins a stellar line-up of professional chefs for a celebration of south coast produce, culture and artisans.

Contents The south coast’s Aboriginal culture is also a feature of the weekend with a Welcome to Country by the region’s traditional owners, performances by didgeridoo virtuoso Noel Butler and the Bidinga art and craft exhibition - one of the finest displays of Aboriginal artwork in the region. More information can be found on page 3 of this months magazine, or go to There's also the 26th Merimbula Malibu Surf event on May 19th (see page 10), and if your into music the Towamba Acoustic Sessions happen on Saturday 19th May (see page 6). Don't forget you can keep up to date with what's happening in our region anytime by downloading the latest edition of the Far South Coast Monthly Imag from our website.

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Killer Whale Museum, 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. Eden’s Simply Succulents 100’s of plants at wholesale prices lOver 700 named plants in private collection to view lOpen most days other times by appointment l

47 Government Rd Eden. 02 6496 1906


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 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.

What to See & Do Visit the Eden Killer Whale Museum Go whale & 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

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

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

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

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Photographic exhibitions at the Eden Killer Whale Museum

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of the dive team, in action and their coral-encrusted finds. Wrecks, reef and the Mermaid is open until 20th May.

Right: Eden wharf, loading logs onto Noora, n.d.

The inaugural Towamba Acoustic Sessions are on Saturday 19 May. This free event features informal “workshops” held mostly around campfires, offering musicians and spoken word performers an opportunity to share their art, tricks and experiences in a family friendly bush setting. Food stalls, a bar and market stalls will operate all day and there is plenty to keep the kids amused. On Saturday night there will be a blackboard concert in the Hall. Camping and showers are available for $10 for the weekend. A soup kitchen opens on Friday night for early birds and breakfast is available on Sunday morning. More info on Facebook

• 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

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

is Reflections by W. T. Hall. William Hall's passion for photography has produced one of the best pictorial legacies of the region. Reflections takes a selective look at the working and recreational life of the region in the early part of the 20th century. Reflections is open from 22nd May until 10th December

Above: Anchor of HMCS Mermaid, which was wrecked in 1829. Xanthe Rivett photographer 2009

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Wrecks, reefs and the Mermaid shows maritime archaeologists at work on two rewarding expeditions off the Queensland coast two years ago. In partnership with the Silentworld Foundation, Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) divers found the remains of HM Colonial Schooner Mermaid on the Great Barrier Reef in January 2009 and investigated other wreck sites on Wreck Reefs in the Coral Sea in December. This ANMM travelling exhibition, titled Wrecks, reef and the Mermaid, includes stunning underwater photographs and a short video, all by Xanthe Rivett


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• 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


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

Davy Jones’ Treasures Gift & Souvenir Shop

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

Pambula Lake Paul Callaghan Caption for©photograph © Photographer

Pambula 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 1830's, 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. 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. Pambula today has an eclectic mix of businesses, with art galleries, cafes, restaurants, gift shops and pubs. It's a great place to shop for something a bit different. At the southern end of the town is Panboola, a fantastic community conservation and heritage project that has transformed this part of Pambula over the past 10 years. Covering former farmland, areas of saltmarsh, billabongs and the former Pambula Racecourse, the area has been extensively re-planted and has great walking and cycling tracks. The old race track is a great spot for the kids to cycle around, with the centre of the track often inhabited by kangaroos. 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 is great for families. Heading south toward Eden 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, including Broadwater Oysters.

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

PAMBULA MERIMBULA GOLF CLUB experience above the rest premier golf experience for all abilities spectacular function venue friendly and relaxed dining at its best health and fitness ring for our shuttle bus 6495 6154 ARTHUR KAINE DVE MERIMBULA


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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

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

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Bar Beach, 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

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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 $270 Family (2 adults & 2 children)

COOKED BREAKFAST served on board 5hr Charters! This month catching: snapper, morwong, tiger flathead

Dolphin Cruises

2 HOUR SCENIC CRUISE - regularly sighting Dolphins, Seals,Penguins, Seabirds $30 Adult $27 Senior/Student $20 Child (5-15yrs) $10 Child under 5yrs $85 per family (2 adults, 2 children under 16yrs) BOOK $10 per additional child from same family

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

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

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

The 26th annual Malibu Surf event, held on Saturday 19th May, will be known for 2012 as The Carrall-Mal, in honour of Phil Carrall, who founded the event in 1987. Sponsored by Bushrat Surfboards, the Carrall-Mal is a one day Malibu surf spectacular, with surfers surfing through a virtual gauntlet to reach the finals and great honours. Held at Main Beach, Merimbula, the Carrall-Mal is an open, double elimination event with trophies and prizes for the six finalists in each of the categories: womens, grommets, juniors, local, mens, masters, veterans, legends, dead set-legends and grey grommets (bless their fading hairlines). Bushrat Surfboards have donated a new Malibu for the competitor's draw, as well as a custom made board. Entry forms are available at Merimbula Surf Shop and via e-mail through the Club's web site They can also be made on Friday 18th from 5:30pm - 7:00pm at the Rockpool Lounge, Club Sapphire. The Round 1 draw will be displayed until 7:30pm. On Saturday 19th the venue will be announced at 7am at Main Beach, Merimbula. Heats kick off at 7:30am with the Grand Final at 3pm. For details, phone John Smythe on 0407 260 015 or go to



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BINGO Mon, wed & Fri - RAFFLES wed, Thu, Fri & SaT - POKER ThuSday Home of Merimbula-Imlay Bowling Club 119 Main Street, Merimbula NSW 2548 Phone 6495 1306 10

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

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

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


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It is a rare event when a fantastic commercial kitchen and restaurant are built in any small country town and that is precisely what Ainsley and Peter White have done over the last few months. As proprietors of the Wyndham general store, they became aware of the need for good food that tasted great in the local area, and so created the Wyndham Wagtail. They are joined by Chef Cindy, who is talented, humorous and more than happy to provide you with a great meal. Her menus are imaginative and wholesome. The country cottage feel is accompanied by some of the best meals you will find in the Bega valley, at some of the most reasonable prices. The restaurant displays the work of local artists - many pieces being for sale. (Artists are invited to contact the restaurant). Breakfast and lunch are available daily and till 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Dinner is a great experience on Friday and Saturday nights. A continually changing range of food is also available from Chef Cindy to take home for yourself or to feed your family. Located on Tourist Drive 10, (Monaro St) Wyndham is within easy driving distance from Bega, Merimbula, Pambula, Eden, Bombala, Candelo and smaller communities like Towamba and Rocky Hall. Bookings are of course welcomed – just call 02 6494 2151 and let them know you are coming. Below: Chef Cindy cooking up a storm in the kitchen of the Wyndham Wagtail.

Enjoy a round at Mandeni's 9 Hole Golf Course The 9 Hole gem in the Sapphire Coast set just five minutes north of Merimbula in a unique bushland setting is currently in the most beautiful condition. There has never been a better time to join the Mandeni Golf Club. This privately owned club has set annual golf club membership at $100/year for a social membership and $125/year for an affiliated membership. For this you can play unlimited golf in the most relaxed and unpressured conditions. Members also have use of the short Pitch & Putt course and half price use of the amazing Mandeni aqua golf driving range. After golf you can relax with your friends and family and take advantage of the Mandeni Family Fun Park which includes Mini Golf, Archery, Giant Jumping Pillow, Paddle Boats, Mountain Bikes and free BBQ facilities. We have a golf competition every Sunday from 8am and an Ambrose Open Day on the 4th Sunday of each month. We have wonderful golf courses in our valley but there is only one 9 hole gem that is Mandeni Golf Course. Visit for a free game. Play in our monthly Ambrose event followed by a BBQ for $5. Golf is a wonderful sport and golf at Mandeni is amazing.

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Far South Coast Art Galleries

Art Galleries Trail Batemans Bay to Eden 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 www. for more information. 2. Artfull Gallery Shop 3, Clocktower Arcade, Mogo. Ph 4474 5588. Open 10.30am - 4pm Tuesday to Sunday. Representing a stylistically-varied selection of local art by established and emerging artists, with a leaning toward the contemporary and modern, but with smatterings of old-world and traditional works; original and 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. 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.


5. Bermagui Mudworks 23 Alexander Dr, Bermagui Ph 6493 4661. Open 10am - 5pm Thursday to Monday until June 11th (Queen's birthday long weekend) Pottery studio & Cafe, with original wheel thrown domestic ware and garden ware. 6. Ivy Hill Gallery 1795 Bermagui Rd, Wapengo. Ph 6494 0152 Open 10am to 5pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Monthly exhibitions featuring the work of the finest contemporary artists in the region. Current exhibition: 4 May to 11 June at Ivy Hill will be Stan Squire paintings and prints, Jesse Graham, metal sculpture, and Trevor Hyde, paintings. Drinks with the artists Saturday, 5 May, 5-7pm.



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Batemans Bay to Eden 7. Bega Valley Regional Gallery Zingel Place, Bega. Ph 6499 2187 Open Tuesday - Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday 9am - 12 noon.

First Cut: April 20 - May 26. Featuring the work of emerging sculptor Harry Townsend and painter Craig Cameron. Opens Friday 20th April at 6pm. All welcome. A two-man exhibition showcasing the work of the BVRG’s ANU School of Art’s Emerging Artist Scholarship Scheme (EASS) recipient Harry Townsend alongside local artist Craig Cameron (winner of the Bega Valley art Award 2008). Artist floor talk in the gallery on Wednesday 16th May at 12 noon. 8. Spiral Gallery 47 Church St Bega. Ph 6492 5322 Open Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday 10am-1pm. Represents regional, emerging and established artists. In Gallery 1: 11th - 30th May - Funky Furniture - beautiful functional furniture plus imaginatively recycled, reconstructed 2D and 3D furniture from south coast artists. In Gallery 2: 20th April - 9th May - IMAGINE!! showcasing extraordinary artwork from the region's creative youth aged 12-25, & celebrating Youth Week 2012. Opening on Friday 20th April at 5pm and running until 9th May, this exhibition is open to artists aged 12-25 and is focussed around music. 9. Australian Pottery at Bemboka 1 Oliver Street, Bemboka ph 6493 0491 Open October June Friday to Monday 10am to 5pm or by appointment. Australian pottery made in the last half century, in a contemporay house and gallery setting with mountain views. This season's exhibition - 'Body | Surface | Form' - contrasts the effect of flame on wood-fired works with the delicacy of porcelain and the bling of lustres and crystalline glazes.

Art Galleries on the Far South Coast



10. 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. 11. 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.




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Emergency - Ambulance - Police - Fire 000 Emergency - for the Hearing or Speech impaired using a text phone 106 State Emergency Service 13 25 00 Poisons Information Centre 13 11 26 NRMA 13 11 11 Police Stations Eden 6496 1444 Merimbula 6495 1366 Bega 6492 9999 Tathra 6494 1911 Bermagui 6493 4244 Narooma 4476 2044 Moruya 4474 2444 Batemans Bay 4472 0099 Hospitals Pambula District Hospital 6495 6002 Bega District Hospital 6492 9111 Moruya District Hospital 4474 2666 Batemans Bay District Hospital 4472 1500 24 hour emergency veterinary services Eden 6496 1252 Merimbula 6495 1261 Bega 6492 1837 Batemans Bay 4472 8877 National Parks & Wildlife Service Merimbula 6495 5000 Narooma 4476 2888 WIRES (Wildlife Rescue Service) Eden - Bermagui 6495 4150 Bermagui - Batemans Bay 0427 020 327 Take the time to teach children and overseas visitors how to make an EMERGENCY CALL. Always leave the 000 Emergency Number by the phone.

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Tathra Beach © Paul Callaghan


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. A safe swimming beach patrolled by Tathra Surf Life Saving Club may also provide the added bonus of a dolphin sighting, and passing whales, heading south on their migration, are


JJ’s by the Green Open 7 days a week All day meals from midday to late Sensational food in sumptuous surroundings, great variety of meals with fresh local produce.

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frequently seen from September to November. Bushwalking, kayaking, mountainbiking, 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, 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

What to See & Do

Check out the view and spot 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 Pedal around the 40km of mountain bike track

Tathra Bowlo - Barefoot Bowls Just the place to relax & put your feet up with family & friends Barefoot Bowls Deal commences 27 Dec to 26 Jan - Daily from 3.30pm - Bowls/Beer & BBQ for $7 • 3 Bowling Greens • Free Entertainment • Meat/ Seafood Raffles & Members Draw Tuesday & Friday Nights • Meals • Club Keno • TAB • Bingo Mondays & Fridays Courtesy Bus available from 5pm

Cnr Andy Poole Drv & Dilkera Rd Tathra


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 cafés and restaurants.

Ph 6494 1280

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

Located directly opposite Tathra’s famous surf beach

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

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

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 

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What's On - May 17th February - 20th May - Wrecks, reef and the Mermaid , Eden Killer Whale Museum, Eden This Australian National Maritime Museum Trust exhibition shows maritime archeologists at work on two expeditions off the Queensland coast in 2009. Stunning photography and a short video are included in the exhibition. Check page 5 for more information, phone 6496 2094 or go to 4th May - 11th June - Exhibition Opening at Ivy Hill - Stan Squire paintings and prints, Jesse Graham, metal sculpture, and Trevor Hyde, paintings. Drinks with the artists Saturday, 5th May, 5-7pm. 5th - 6th May - Narooma Oyster Festival MASTERCHEF Julie Goodwin will join a stellar line-up of professional chefs for a celebration of south coast produce, culture and artisans at the Narooma Oyster Festival. Details page 2 & 3 or go to 11th - 30th May, Exhibition Opening in Gallery 1, Spiral Gallery Bega Funky Furniture - beautiful functional furniture plus imaginatively recycled, reconstructed 2D and 3D furniture from south coast artists. For details go to

16th May, 12 noon - Artist floor talk in the Bega Valley Shire Gallery Featuring the work of emerging sculptor Harry Townsend and painter Craig Cameron. For more details visit Community/Art_Gallery/Art_Gallery.htm 18th - 27th May - The River of Art Festival Moruya Celebrating the ebb and flow of visual art, sculpture, performing arts, film and theatre that thrives in Eurobodalla. See art celebrated everywhere - in the streets, parks, galleries, pubs, cafes & restaurants and in performance spaces and along the rivers throughout Eurobodalla. More info at www. 19th May - Towamba Acoustic Sessions The inaugural Towamba Acoustic Sessions is a free event that features informal “workshops” held mostly around campfires, offering musicians and spoken word performers an opportunity to share their art, tricks and experiences in a family friendly bush setting. 19th May - 26th annual Malibu Surf event, Main Beach Merimbula A one day Malibu surf spectacular, with surfers surfing through a virtual gauntlet to reach the finals and great honours. An open, double elimination event with trophies and prizes for the six finalists in each of the categories. More details on page 10 or go to

5th to 6th May - Narooma Oyster Festival

18th to 27th May - River of Art Festival Moruya

19th May - Towamba Acoustic Sessions


Farmland, 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. 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.

Bega’s premier venue...

is now open!

Savour the menu or relax with a coffee in Grace’s Café open 7 days for lunch and dinner + Regular entertainment Raffles and Draws + Sports Bar and Lounge with big screen TV’s +TAB, Keno and Sports Channels + Courtesy Bus Wednesday to Saturday

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.

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

82 Gipps Street Bega 6492 1055

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

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BEGA CHEESE HERITAGE CENTRE Regional Bus Ticketing available for Countrylink & Premier bus services

Free admission Gourmet range of fudge Cheese tasting & sales Ice creams, milk shakes & light meals The History of Dairying Museum Picnic area Local products, Arts & Crafts

Open 9am - 5pm, 7 days

(closed Christmas Day & Good Friday)

Ph 02 6491 7762

Lagoon St, North Bega Now incorporating the Bega Visitor Information Centre

Ph 02 6491 7645


Fax 02 6491 7646

Bega Secrets

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:

Thornleigh On Newtown

6492 6000

Licenced Cafe Morning & Afternoon Tea & Lunch served from Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm Breakfast & Lunch Saturday 8am-2pm The cafe is the perfect place to sit back and enjoy our coffee with great company & our friendly service.

Everyone is welcome Bookings preferred but not essential Our menu is Dine-in only, please call 6492 4359 to secure your table. Off street parking, Eftpos, Disabled facilities available. 187-189 Newtown Rd Bega

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



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• 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

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


Caption Baragootfor Lake, photograph Bermagui©©Photographer Paul Callaghan


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. Try out the 18-hole golf course, hit a ball around the tennis courts or play bowls at the Bermagui Country Club.

Cellar Door ● Open Thursday to Sunday 11am - 4pm

What to See & Do

Restaurant ● Open Thursday to Sunday 12 - 2.30pm

2845 Bermagui/Tathra Rd, Murrah

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. Visit the 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. There are several artists studios in and around Bermagui, including Bermagui Mudworks just south of town where you can enjoy a coffee and browse through the extensive range of individually crafted pottery. There is a range of accommodation in Bermagui including B&Bs, motels, tourist/caravan parks, self-contained holiday units and houses and camping.

14km › Bermagui 28km ›Tathra

Phone 6494 0164

Enjoy a coffee at one of the many cafes around town Take a stroll along Horseshoe Bay Discover local history at the Bermagui Museum

Bermagui Country Club

Enjoy a game of golf at the Country Club Try a bike ride through forests full of spotted gums and burrawangs.

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

Visit the Montreal Goldfield Kayak up the Bermagui River

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Bunga Street, Bermagui Ph: 02 6493 3054 Open 7 days 10am - 4pm

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Cobargo is located half an hour north of Bega, in the midst of lush, green pastures rolling away to forested mountains. The village was established with a Post Office, general store, school, hotel, church and blacksmith during the 1870s around the butter and cheesemaking industries. Today, Cobargo is a wonderful example of a working village of local artisans, with many of buildings over 100 years Ello's Cafe Ello's Cafe has something that possibly no other business on the Far South Coast has - a train carriage. The carriage, C3151, as the plate on its side states, has been a feature of the building since 1998, when the business was known as Wattleton Junction. C3151 began life in 1926 and was one of the first steel electric carriages put into service on the Sydney electric train circuit. Manufactured under licence from the Leeds Forge Company in Great Britain, the carriage was one of 150 used in Sydney. These single decker railway carriages were affectionately known as 'red rattlers' because of their distinctive Indian red colour and the sash windows which became very noisy over time. Things haven't always gone well for C3151. In 1952 it was involved in a serious accident when the carriage was rear-ended whilst stationary at Berala Station. Being the last carriage on the train, C3151 took the brunt of the impact, telescoping into the carriage in front of it. 10 people were killed and more than 80 people were injured. It took two years for the carriage to be rebuilt, and it continued on active duty until it retired in 1992 to the south coast. Life since then has been very sedate, with C3151 playing host to Ello's customers, who enjoy all day breakfasts, light meals and great coffee in a very unusual setting. There's also an outdoor eating area for those who prefer to avoid potentially haunted train carriages. Ello's Cafe is open 7 days a week from 7am to 5pm

Cobargo Secrets

Cobargo Secrets old, reflecting the charm of the art & craft housed within them. The two storey building that is home to “Bangles Gallery” is a fine example of century-old architecture, and features lovely wrought iron lace work around the verandahs. Take a stroll around the town and you'll find an array of art and craft, jewellery, pottery, woodwork and leatherwork, or hunt among the collectables, curios and old wares on offer.

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

Bangles Gallery A comprehensive range of all Australian made pottery Princes Hwy Cobargo 6493 6421


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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Little Guluga Mountain, Tilba © Paul Callaghan Caption for photograph © Photographer


The villages of Tilba Tilba and Central Tilba lie on the slopes of Gulaga, a place of great spiritual significance to people from the Yuin nation. Named Mt. Dromedary by Captain Cook in 1770, the lower slopes of

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-3pm

Gulaga became the site of much activity when gold was discovered in the 1860s. 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 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 crafts people and artisans, as well as ‘old-fashioned’ stores like the general store, lolly shop and toy shop. Shops with leather work, unusual clothing, cafes, antiques and gift ware, as well as the pub, art studios, and the famous cheese factory are all located on Central Tilba’s main street. The village of Tilba Tilba, just two

kilometers down the road from 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, gift ware, antiques and a nursery on site. Tilba Tilba also has a general store, (Pam's Store) and is the base for the walk up Gulaga.

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 Take a trip to nearby Mystery Bay

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Imagine being lulled to sleep by the distant sound of the rolling waves of the sea, waking up to the sounds of the native birds welcoming a new day. $660 per week during off-season

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4 Bedroom home $1,000 per week - off season $1,200 per week - top season Family of 2 adults & 2 children Extra $15 per person per day

Central Tilba Farm Cabins (02) 4473 7353

Pam’s Store (02) 4473 7311

Dromedary Hotel (02) 4473 7223

Tilba Valley Wines (02) 4473 7308

Gulaga Gallery (02) 4473 7233

Tilba Leather (02) 4473 7360

Mockingbird Lane Antiques (02) 4473 7226

ABC Cheese Factory (02) 4473 7387

Tilba Living History

Tilba Leather Tilba Leather was established in 1982, and proprietors Phil and Debbie Elton are very proud to have supplied their customers with quality leathergoods for the past 30 years. It’s no surprise though that the business is still going strong after 30 years when you discover the quality of the beautiful leather goods at Tilba Leather. Phil is a self-taught leather craftsman, and Tilba Leather is one of the reasons why Central Tilba is considered the Arts and Craft Centre of the South Coast. From belts, bridles, whips, saddle repairs and all manner of things leather, Tilba Leather stocks both new and exciting merchandise, as well as Phil’s creations, but the focus is definitely on Australian leatherwork. Tilba Leather also has a fantastic range of footware, with beautiful Naot and other brands of leather shoes, and quality ugg boots to keep you toasty warm. Debbie is on hand to provide advice and help seven days a week, so step into Tilba Leather and be transported back to your childhood as the aroma of real leather touches your senses. Tilba Leather 24 Bate St, Central Tilba. Ph 02) 4473 7360. Tilba Leather 24 Bate St, Central Tilba. Ph 02) 4473 7360. Email,

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Tilba Treasures

The Spires Nursery

This unique shop is a treasure trove of homewares, antiques, collectables, kitchenware, books, gifts, jewellery and personal care products. And you can now shop online. Ph 4473 7799

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

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 Thursday 31st 9am – 3pm at Twyford Hall. Nethercote SEASONAL PRODUCE MARKETS Saturday 28th, 8am – Noon. Nethercote Hall Cnr. Nethercote & Back Creek Roads. Candelo Candelo Markets 1st Sun. of each month from 8.30am 12.30pm. Candelo Oval & Town Hall.


Bega SCPA Markets in Bega 11th & 25th from 8am - 1pm. Littleton Gardens, Bega. Wyndham Wyndham All Weather Market 4th Sunday of month from 8.30am 12.30pm at Wyndham Hall (OPEN IN ALL WEATHER). Tathra Tathra Markets 4th Sunday of mth from 10am - 2pm at Tathra Hotel, Bega Rd, Tathra. Stall fees go to Starlight Childrens Foundation.

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 Aloe vera face cream range Made with fresh Aloe vera gel, honey, chamomile and calendula. Blended with high quality oils of Jojoba, Vitamin E, macadamia nut and olive oil. You can find us at: Candelo markets in the hall. Wyndham markets in the hall. Twyford Hall markets. Nethercote market.

Bermagui Bermagui Hand & Homemade Market last Sunday of mth, 8.30 - 12.30, Dickinson Park. Cobargo Cobargo Laneway Markets every Saturday from 9am till 1pm. 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.

Monthly Garden Advice Citrus – now here's a juicy story This particular story on Citrus is for those of us that live along the coastal zone from Victoria to Queensland. Many of you who read this publication and are holidaying from cooler parts can take all the cultural notes with you but leave your plantings until Spring. Citrus are not out of place in any garden whether a large property with space for larger varieties or smaller properties where a dwarf form in a pot or garden is more appropriate. A greater percentage of varieties now come in both dwarf and taller growing varieties, and the only reason to pick between the two groups is space availability. Varieties in both categories produce the same size and flavoured fruit, but quantity varies relative to the size of the eventual tree. Trees supplied through a retail nursery will have both the variety and the rootstock variety mentioned on the label. For those of us in temperate to cool growing areas, a Trifoliata rootstock is preferable, as this gives the plant a greater tolerance to frost and drought. Citrus grows best in a north facing aspect, away from cool southerly winds and, if you are prone to frosts, either select a variety that is more tolerant of frost or select a site that is frost protected. Always select a healthy vigorous younger plant from a reputable nursery and ask for advice on the correct planting technique.

This involves digging a wide and not too deep hole with good drainage. Incorporate a planting compost with the soil you have dug out and plant the tree, making sure that the graft union is well clear of ground level. Do not cut back any of the top growth as these plants will have been pot grown in a nursery and do not need pruning, unlike bare rooted fruit trees. If you intend to grow one of the dwarf varieties in a pot, select a large pot that can support the tree for a number of years and use a premium potting mix with added nutrient and water storage crystals. Citrus are very heavy feeders and have a high nitrogen requirement that should be applied evenly under the drip line several times in Spring and Autumn and once in Summer. Do not feed in Winter.

Ask you local nurseryman to show you the best fertiliser for this task. Citrus have fewer pest problems than a lot of other fruit trees but problems can occur when the tree is actively growing in Spring and Autumn. Watch out for insect pest like Citrus leaf miner, fruit fly, scale and sap sucking shield bugs. There are several fungal diseases that can affect citrus, so again, check with your nursery for identification and control methods. Check out your local nursery now as many will have just received their Autumn supply of fresh young trees.

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.


Original Gold Rush Colony, Mogo

Mogo 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.

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28 To experience what the town was like during the boom, a visit to the Original Gold Rush Colony is a must. Located in a natural Australian bush setting on 4.5ha, the Original Gold Rush Colony, formerly known as Old Mogo Town, is a great place to step back in time. After taking out the award for Cultural and Heritage Tourism at the South Coast Regional Tourism Awards in 2008, 2009 and 2010, in 2011 the Original Gold Rush Colony won the Heritage and Cultural Tourism - Hall of Fame award. 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.

Also in Mogo is the internationally recognised Mogo Zoo. Providing world standard facilities for over 200 animals of more than 39 rare and exotic species, Mogo Zoo is committed to the survival of endangered species, including the rare white lions of ‘Timbavati’. Mogo Zoo also won their category at the 2011 South Coast Regional Tourism Awards; they won the award for the best Tourist Attraction. Congratulations to the Original Gold Rush Colony and Mogo Zoo on their awards - they certainly did Mogo proud.

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

Amanda’s of Mogo

Extensive range of art & craft supplies including:

Historic Mogo

ClockTower Arcade For a unique shopping experience, visit The ClockTower Arcade in Mogo. At POSH CAT you’ll find quality leather goods, mens' hats and wallets, ladies' handbags and quality jewellery for any occasion. THE OLD DAIRY is full of locally made specialty items and an intriguing array of dolls, bears, ceramics and terracotta pieces. Venture further and you will find MOGO PETS with rabbits, mice and tropical fish on sale, as well as a large range of accessories and supplies for your most loved family pets. The ClockTower Arcade also supports local artists; you can view some of their work on display as you enter. Grab a coffee from the Patisserie and rest up, there’s more. Visit ART FULL where you will see a fine selection of works and creative pieces that you may want to take home with you. Still not finished? If you enjoy Tarot readings, make an appointment with Karla the ClockTower’s clairvoyant - your future may become clearer. The ClockTower Arcade is still the home for Mogo’s Mojo diecast models mainly available on the NET. Go to www. for their range of diecast models. ClockTower Arcade, 46 Sydney St Mogo. Ph 4474 2288

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 Shop 2, ClockTower Arcade, Mogo. 4474 3524

Clocktower Arcade

Clocktower Arcade Six fabulous shops to keep you occupied.

46 Sydney St Mogo 4474 2288

♦ 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

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


Clyde River, Batemans Bay © Paul Callaghan

Batemans Bay 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.


UNIQUE WATERFRONT HOLIDAY TOWNHOUSES 100 metres to Batemans Bay town centre

Clyde River Motor Inn Bookings 4472 6444 Websites to suit every business and budget

The town is accessed from the north by its famous lifting span bridge, the oldest of its type in Australia. Now a thriving regional centre and major tourist destination, people come to Batemans Bay from all over Australia for its natural beauty. Situated on the banks of the magnificent Clyde River, water is deeply ingrained in the culture of ‘the Bay’. Swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking, surfing and diving are all within easy reach of town. The Batemans Marine Park ensures that the coastal environment is protected for future generations. Hire a boat, kayak or a houseboat to explore the spectacular upper reaches of the Clyde River. Batemans Bay is a great destination for families, with its array of outdoor activities and attractions such as minigolf, a cinema, animal park, tennis and a carnival in summer. Batemans Bay also has a fantastic 27


hole championship golf course. There are lots of great national parks to explore within easy driving distance. Head west along the Kings Highway past historic Nelligen and up Clyde Mountain to see beautiful escarpment forests in the Budawang National Park. The beautiful township of Braidwood is also worth a visit. there are plenty of other courses to play within easy driving distance. The Bay is famous for its Clyde River oysters, and there are plenty of cafes, restaurants, clubs and hotels offering local seafood on the menu. Follow the coastline south to explore beautiful beaches to be found at Malua Bay, Rosedale and Broulee.

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 Budawang National Park to experience the spectacular escarpment or the Murramarang National Park with its coastal forests Head into town for great shopping

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Enjoy a coffee or a meal at one of the cafés and restaurants on the bank of the Clyde River. Drive south and explore Malua Bay, Mossy Point and Tomakin. VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Princes Hwy, Batemans Bay Ph: 1800 802 528

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TBC. Dallas Frasca + Support (Rock) $17 presale/$20 door. Auditorium doors open at 8.30pm Over 18’s only. Shadoogie - 50’s & 60’s Rock'n'Roll - free in the Sapphire Room - 8pm Patrick McMahon & the Magic Noise Band - $32.50 Lloyd Spiegel + Support Acoustic Blues - $10 members $12 non members Auditorium open at 8pm. Kids over 12 welcome with parental supervision Mark Bolsious-Solo Pianist - free in the Rockpool from 7pm Vince Bonadinesi - Classic hits & standards -Free in the Main Bar from 7.30pm Kim Churchill + Supports Modern Folk/Blues $17 presale/$20 door Auditorium opens at 8pm. Kids over 12 welcome with parental supervision.

Bermagui Country Club Ph 6493 4340 Fri 4th Karaoke from 8pm Sat 5th Live Band ‘Dj Jamie Kemp’ From 8pm Fri 11th Live Duo from 8pm Sat 12th Live Band ‘Black Velvet’ From 8pm Sun 13th Mother’s Day Raffle Tickets on sale from 1pm. Live Entertainment with Darryl Lamb from 1pm Fri 18th Candy from 8pm Sat19th ‘Dj Matt Brown’ From 8pm Fri 25th ‘Struth’ From 8pm Sat 26th Dj or Live Band from 8pm

Tathra Beach Bowling Club Ph 6494 1280 Contact Club for details Club Bega Ph 6492 1055 Contact Club for details

Tilba Valley Wines Ph 4473 7308 Sun 6th Vince Melouney, 12.30 free Sun 20th Mark Whitty, 12.30 p.m. free Dromedary Hotel Ph 4473 7223 Phone for details


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