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November 2011

Far South Coast Region Inside:

31st Merimbula Classic

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

Ruby Moon - Footprint Theatre, Nethercote & Wolumla Page 15

Blokes 11 exhibition at Spiral Gallery, Bega Page 24 1

Mallacoota – Heart of the Coastal Wilderness Mallacoota is one of Gippsland’s great escapes, surrounded by the magnificent wilderness of the Croajingolong National Park and set on the beautiful Mallacoota Inlet. Unwind at this pretty coastal town, blessed with Victoria's warmest winter temperatures and cool ocean breezes in summer. Water is in abundance in this region, so activities including surfing, fishing, swimming, sailing and boating are ideal in the many inlets, lakes and rivers around the town. Mallacoota is located 23 km from the highway turn off at Genoa, so there is no through traffic to disrupt the tranquillity of the picturesque town nestled on the shores of the inlet at its entrance point to the Pacific Ocean. Life moves at a leisurely pace where everyone has a chat, and the latest news is about the biggest fish landed yesterday and when the prawn run will start. Visitors will find all their needs catered for with ample shopping facilities, accommodation and entertainment. There is a visitor information shed, lake cruises, hire boats, bikes and kayaks, organized tours and walking tracks dotted throughout the township, with boat launching ramps at four locations. Boat owners are encouraged to explore

the coastline with twelve picnic peaks to rambling heathland, lush jetties with free barbecues and casual rainforests and towering eucalypts. It moorings. also supports a diverse range of flora and fauna, with more than 1000 native Discover the coast from the popular plants and over 300 bird species. and patrolled Betka Beach to the rugged Quarry Beach where snorkellers Accommodation in Mallacoota is explore the rocks, or the peaceful diverse and caters for couples, families Secret Beach. The Top Lake, Bottom and groups with four and five star Lake, the inlets, cliffs and beaches are outlets available in Gipsy Point, a all great places to explore - or just sit beautiful peninsula jutting into the top and watch the beautiful sunsets for lake of the Mallacoota Inlet, home to a which the area is renowned. You may large mob of kangaroos. even spot a mighty Southern Right If you are towing a van, camping or whale from vantage points around the driving in an RV, the Foreshore Holiday town during the migrating season. Park is not to be missed. The park is Historic attractions include evidence of situated right on the lakeshore within indigenous occupation with numerous easy walking distance of the town visible middens and stone used in tool centre and provides a number of sites making and the fully restored WWII with access to private moorings right communication bunker museum at the on the lake. It is one of the largest airport. caravan parks in Victoria and one of the only parks that offers both boat and Mallacoota is situated within the package. Croajingolong National Park, a UNESCO caravan sites in the oneC ruise n i h World Biosphere Reserve recognised Dolp for its unique flora and fauna and its essential role in the preservation of booked on a morning 5hr native Australian species. Undoubtedly one of Australia's most spectacular parks, Croajingolong encompasses 100 kilometres of coast and hinterland and features an extraordinary diversity of landscapes from pure white sandy beaches, rocky coastal headlands and granite


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From the Editor

November Welcome to the beautiful Far South Coast this November - warm weather at last - thank heavens! Lots happening this month as usual, whether it's art, sport, nature or culture you're into. There are heaps of exhibition openings this month, and lots of galleries to visit. Our What's On feature on page 18 and Art Trail listings on pages 34 - 35 will point you in the right direction. Tick the sport box at the 31st annual Merimbula Classic, where kite surfers, wave sailors and Stand Up Paddlers from around Australia and the world get together to play on the waves in Merimbula. It's a fantastic event to watch, with the action changing as the wind and waves change throughout the day. Head to page 13 for more details. For an amazing nature experience you can't go past whale watching on the Far South Coast, one of the few places in the world where you can see humpback whales feeding.

Contents Merimbula Marina, Cat Balou and Headland Fishing Adventures all offer whale watching cruises - you'll find their information in the first half of the magazine, along with Merimbula Air Services who offer whale watching from the air. Check out our whale watching feature on pages 6 - 7 which also give you some great information about these magnificent creatures. For the culture vultures, Footprint Theatre are performing an Australian play Ruby Moon, which tries to solve the mystery of what happened to Ruby when she set off to visit her grandma, but never arrived. You'll find more information about this great production from Footprint on page 15. That's just a few things on in the region this November, but that's not it just keep reading for more information. We hope you enjoy your time on the Far South Coast.

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not required to wear life jackets. Customer satisfaction is reflected in their guest book with many satisfied customers returning year after year to watch the whales. Cat Balou is a stable 16m catamaran

around. There is excellent viewing from both the lower & upper decks and all passengers can be undercover if the weather is inclement. Cat Balou Cruises offer daily whale watching cruises at 8am and Budget Whale Watching cruises on selected afternoons. Their whales guarantee applies to both cruises. Bookings are essential Ph 0427 260489 or 0427 962027 Complimentary refreshments including hot soup & biscuits & cheese are included and passengers receive a free Australian Whale Watching Guide.



individuals. Thankfully, th steady recovery of aroun Whale watching FROM THE SKY WITH m.a.s. 2006 was estimated at ar Can't decide between going whalewatching or enjoying a scenic flight? Why not combine these popular activities with Merimbula Air Services, where all flights provide a fantastic opportunity to see whales as they make their annual migration down the coast. Merimbula Air Services has been flying the Far South Coast skies for many years, and has a range of scenic flights to cater for all budgets. When the whales are around, M.A.S. pilots go out of their way to make sure everyone on board is able to observe the whales as they feed, play and rest. Naturally though, the most pressing concern remains is the well-being of all

whales, so guidelines that limit approaches to whales in their natural environment are strictly adhered to. Merimbula Air Service's deluxe scenic flight is the Big Day Out. Heading south over Twofold Bay, Greencape Lighthouse, Disaster Bay and Cape Howe, your plane touches down at Gabo Island. After a guided walk and tour of the historic lighthouse, it’s off to the Mallacoota Hotel for lunch. There’s an optional Lakes boat cruise in the afternoon, then it’s back to Merimbula, flying over the Lake system and Nadgee Nature Reserve. Other options include a half day trip to Gabo Island, or you can spend the whole day exploring this historic place.

Southern right whaleS

Flying north is possible as well, whether you take a quick skip up to Tura Beach, or really check out the coast all the way to Batemans Bay. The Lighthouse Trio run takes you to 3 spectacularly situated lighthouses - Gabo Island, Greencape then north to Montague Island near Narooma. Short flights over Merimbula Bay start from $45 per person (fixed wing aircraft) with a minimum of 2 adult fares required, children half price and infants free (kids receive a flight certificate). Gift vouchers are also available. For reservations and enquiries phone Merimbula Air Services 02 6495 1074 or visit

Bottlenose dolphinS

Description Black body with white callosities (bumps) on head.

Where you might see them All waters from tropical to temperate, all seasons.


Size Small (to 3m). Description Dark grey upper body with light grey underneath, robust head with a short and stubby bottle shaped beak for which the species is named.

Fins/flukes No dorsal fin, short paddle-like pectoral fins.

Other characteristics Highly social, can occur in very large groups. Where you might see them Blow Inshore waters particularly along southern coastline between May and October. Also seen on the south-eastern and south-western coastlines. Have been known to enter Sydney harbour. Other characteristics May raise flukes on diving. Size Large, stocky whale (to 17m).

Common dolphinS Where you might see them All waters, open ocean and inshore, all seasons. Size Small (to 2.6m).

Humpback whales

Description Dark grey upper body, white belly, distinctive dark stripes sweeping down body, some tan – ochre/yellow on flanks.


Other characteristics Often seen bowriding, and usually in large groups.

Fins/flukes Long pectoral fins (about 1/3 body length).

Further information Blow Where you might see them Inshore along length of east and west coasts between May and December. Size Large (to 16m). Description Dark grey back. White underside, fins and flukes.

Other characteristics Humpbacks are a most spectacular whale – often doing full body breaches, rolls and tail slaps.

For a copy of the Australian National Guidelines for Whale and Dolphin Watching and more information about whales and dolphins, go to or contact the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Water Resources Community Information Unit - email or call 1800 803 772.

Behaviour you may see FLUKE – the whale lifts its tail before diving, usually after arching its back.

BLOW (SPOUT) – the whale breathes out as it surfaces,blowing a cloud of vapour through its blowhole.

TAIL SLAP – the whale slaps its flukes on the surface.

TAIL LOB – the whale waves its flukes in the air.

SPy HOP – the whale lifts its head out of the water.

BrEACH – the whale leaps out of the water, often turning to land on its back, side or front.

PEC SLAP – the whale slaps its pectoral fins on the water.

BOW rIDE – the dolphin rides the wave in the front (or occasionally the rear) of a boat.

Illustrations by Tony Pyrzakowski. Photos: Killer whale by Gordon Bain, courtesy AAD; Humpback whale by Dave Paton; Southern right whale courtesy AAD; Blue whale by Peter Gill and Margie Morrice; Bottlenose dolphin courtesy GBrMPA; Minke whale courtesy AAD.


Nullica River Entrance Twofold Bay, Eden


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. Local Aboriginal people had a strong connection with killer whales, and this included the harvesting of small 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


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. You can experience some of Eden's history and see the skeleton of “Old Tom”, Eden’s famous killer whale, at the Eden Killer Whale Museum. Eden is now famous as a destination for whale-watching, with migrations occurring in late autumn and spring. In 2011, the Eden Whale Festival is being held over the weekend of 29th 30th October - don't miss it!

Visit the Eden Killer Whale Museum Go 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

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

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

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Dining with this view!

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

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


What to See & Do

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

Built for the Bush: Green Architecture of Australia Australia’s first settler houses show the way for reducing our carbon footprint. Despite recent efforts to make our homes more environmentally friendly, Australians now use more water and land per person than most countries including China, Russia, India and the UK. By the mid 2030s it is estimated that worldwide we will be consuming the earth’s renewable resources at twice the rate that they can be regenerated. The Historic Houses Trust exhibition Built for the Bush: Green Architecture of Australia which has been touring


regional New South Wales since November last year, looks at traditional rural architecture and how many of the energy efficient strategies and practices of early settler houses have re-appeared in contemporary sustainable architecture. A range of both traditional and contemporary houses are showcased in the exhibition to illustrate the use of these low energy strategies, including an example from Merimbula. For Australia’s early rural settlers, building simple, efficient homes was a necessity due to their limited access to materials, skills and resources. Now in the 21st century, traditional


19th century practices are inspiring a new generation to return to these low-energy solutions and minimize the environmental impact of modern housing. The exhibition highlights the benefits of early settler ways that used earth and timber, natural materials that were close at hand and easily worked and corrugated iron. Simple house designs used light and air for their heating and cooling properties and water, the most essential resource for survival, was carefully captured and conserved. Built for the Bush is open from 17th September until 13th February 2012.


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Current Exhibitions An Important Enterprise Whaling & Twofold Bay

Above: Seaton's Farm, Weddin Mountain. Photo (c) Gail Douglas Below: Mulbring House, architect Clinton Murray. Photograph (c) Shannon McGrath

Replica Lighthouse-

this gallery gives an insight into lighthouses

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:

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

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

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

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Pambula Lake © Paul Callaghan Caption for photograph © Photographer


The Pambula River floodplain was for thousands of years a source of food and materials for the Thaua people of the Yuin nation. Europeans first explored the region during George Bass's southern voyage




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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. 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. 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

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Treasures to find at artessence Housed in one of Pambula Village's beautiful historic buildings, artessence is a treasure trove of eclectic pieces of artwork. For the past five years, artessence has been owned by Terry and her daughter Amanda McIntyre, both of whom are practicing artists. Their love of art and appreciation of quality is reflected in the pieces found in their gallery. artessence's range includes exquisite jewellery, functional wood pieces, beautiful ceramics, handmade glassware and gorgeous sculptures. Amanda and Terry are great supporters of local artists, and have a range of contemporary and traditional paintings from well-known names around the district. The perfect place to do some serious shopping, artessence has both special affordable items and precious pieces of art. The McIntyres also own McKells Picture Framing, located in the same building as artessence. McKells has an extensive range of mouldings available to complete all types of framing jobs another great option for that special gift. artessence is open on Monday Friday from 9.30am - 4.30pm and on Saturdays from 10am - 2pm.

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

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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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A unique & refreshing selection of paintings, ceramics, jewellery, glassware, sculpture and clothing Open Mon-Fri 9.30 to 4.30pm Sat 10 to 2pm

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Pambula-Merimbula Golf Club

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


Top Lake, Merimbula © Paul Callaghan

Merimbula Merimbula is the tourist hub of the Sapphire Coast with its lakeside restaurants and cafes, great shopping and a vast array of attractions and accommodation choices. Merimbula has a long history of



ck Camping out our supplies curren BBQ specia t ls equipment Outdoor cooking utensils Tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats & swags 6 Alice St, Merimbula Ph 6495 2571 Fax 6495 2798 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 snorkeling, surfing, cycling, enjoying a scenic flights, ten-pin bowling, family fun parks or experiencing native animals or marine creatures up close.

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

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Merimbula Classic is a four day Festival of Wind and Waves The 31st annual Merimbula Classic will be held at Merimbula’s Main Beach from 24th to 27th November 2011. Presented by Corona, this event is a celebration of wind and waves which attracts wave sailors, kite surfers and Stand Up Paddle (SUP) surfers from around the globe as well as Australia, and is keenly contested by an up and coming band of locals. Over the four days spectators will be treated to spectacular performances from the world's best in the respective disciplines of kite surfing, wave sailing and Stand Up Paddle surfing. The event boasts current and past world and Australian champions along with a contingent of local enthusiasts keen to get out in water and wind. With over $50,00 in prizes to be won the action will be hot as competitors vie for a share of the prize pool plus the prestigious trophies awarded to top performers in a variety of categories. For the spectator there is plenty of action to see from the vantage spots such as Bar Beach and the Wharf, however the best spot is at Main Beach where you can safely view all the action as well as enjoying the Merimbula Sailboard Club's famous barbecue. Competitors meet daily at Main Beach (Ford Park), and as soon as the wind gets up there will be action aplenty from kites and wave sailors. During the four days some kite surfers and SUP surfers will go to other nearby locations to practice and test the conditions such as Pambula River Mouth and Short Point, all with good viewing access. The Balmoral Paddle Surf, Beach to Bar tag team SUP Off will be held on Saturday morning at 9am. This is a tag-team race for stand up paddle boards where each team member has to paddle a course from Main Beach to the Bar and back again with the winning team receiving great accolades but probably not much else. The Battle of the Paddles will be held on the Sunday morning at 9:30am

and this is a relay around an M-shaped course through the surf at Main Beach. There is also a busy social calendar nightly at Club Sapphire. Thursday night is DVD night where the latest DVD movies will be shown on the big screen. Friday will host a fashion parade of the latest beach gear along with a disco. Saturday night will be “how much can a koala beer” night with a live band. On Sunday evening the Presentation will be held from 6:30pm. The oval at Main Beach takes on a “trade show” atmosphere, with many companies displaying products

including equipment, clothing, kites and sailboards. There will be displays of the latest SUPs as well as many SUPs to demo. Local ABC radio 810AM / 106.3 FM and 2EC radio 102.5fm/765am report regularly on the action and progress so stay tuned-in, or check at the Tourist Information Centre. Merimbula Sailboard Club has run the Merimbula Classic for 31 years, and there's heaps of interesting information on their website; go to Ring contest co-ordinator John Smythe on 0407 260 015 for more info.



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

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:


Headland Fishing Going fishing with Headland Fishing is a real adventure for both young and old, experienced fishers or beginners, with skippers Joe and Andrew Gatt happy to share their 30 years' experience fishing the waters off Merimbula. Headland Fishing's charter boat Jadele 11 carries 12 passengers and 2 crew, so plenty of personal attention is guaranteed. All you need to bring is food, drink and a hat - coffee, tea and biscuits are provided for morning and afternoon tea. Jadele 11 also has an on-board toilet. Fishing licences, gear and bait are also supplied, and all caught fish will be cleaned for you. You can experience the thrill of seeing Humpback whales in their natural habitat when you go whale-watching with Headland Fishing. Also available is a Sapphire Coast Scenic Coastal Cruise where you can enjoy the magical blue waters of the coast, see dolphins, seals, birds and other sea life and visit the spot where the Empire Gladstone sank at Haycock Point. Jadele 11 is available for share charters or exclusive hire, and departs from the public jetty opposite Lakeview Hotel in Merimbula. Accommodation package deals are also available. Phone (02) 6495 1134 or go to

Footprint Theatre presents Ruby Moon can you unravel the mystery? Little Ruby Moon set off to visit her grandma at the end of Flaming Tree Grove and never returned. Her parents Ray and Sylvie Moon spend their evenings compulsively piecing together the puzzle, until one day a parcel arrives on the doorstep...Ray and Sylvie set off down the street to question their strange neighbours, just one more time... This Australian thriller from awardwinning playwright Matt Cameron will send a tingle down your spine as the lines between fact and fiction become blurred. Presented by Pambula's Footprint Theatre, this two-hander features actors Andrew Gray and Lis Shelley playing four different characters each. Andrew Gray also directs the play together with Emma Hibbert. Nethercote Hall (cnr Nethercote Road/ Back Creek Road between Eden and Merimbula) will play host to the play at 8pm on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th November 2011. Next stop is Wolumla Hall (turn off the Princes Highway onto the CandeloWolumla Road), where the play will be staged at 8pm on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 November, with a special matinee performance at 2pm on Saturday 12th.

Refreshments available from 7pm with proceeds going to the halls. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for youth under 18 (please note that the show contains mature themes). Bookings can be made online at Footprint Theatre's website at, by telephone on 6495 7160 or by calling in to the Bendigo Bank in the main street of Pambula.

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Where can she be hiding? Footprint Theatre presents

RUBY MOON by Matt Cameron

Nethercote & Wolumla 4 - 12 November 2011 6495 7160

99 Main Street Merimbula 02 6495 3091

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

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

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



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Visit National Parks

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

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14 or 30 scoops of ice cream, piled high with cream, nuts, wafers etc., and served in our special ‘Sink’. We'll even take your photo and put it on our ‘Wall of Fame’. You can quench your holiday thirst with the best milkshakes, thickshakes, real fruit smoothies, Lavazza coffee and more. If your hunger pangs are hard to ignore, try The Ice Creamery’s famous hot dogs, nachos and pancakes. .The Merimbula Ice Creamery is situated at Hyland’s Corner Plaza on the corner of Market Street and Merimbula Drive, opposite the Post Office. Open ’til late, seven days a week.





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The Merimbula Ice Creamery has become a ‘must visit’ destination for all holiday makers, where after a day of sun, sand and surf; after that BBQ, during an evening stroll or after a restaurant meal, it's the place to go because everyone loves an ice cream. You’ll be enticed by the aroma of the waffle cones baked fresh on the premises every day, and with over 40 fabulous flavours of ice cream, gelati and yoghurt you'll be in ice cream heaven. There are plenty of choices on the menu, including ice cream sundaes to die for. Why not get a group together and share the famous ‘Kitchen Sink’:

Merimbula Lake

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

Fantastic Mountain Biking at Mandeni Spring is a great time to visit Mandeni and enjoy one of NSW's great mountain bike venues. Mandeni Resort has 3 cross country trails and 3 tracks in the Skills Park, all constructed to IMBA standards. - Purple Trail: 1.8km on flat terrain, an easy ride that weaves through the bush. - Blue Trail: 3km, some easy hills, a tour around the Mandeni Resort. - White Trail: Cross Country (XC) 10km, challenging 30% climbing. The Skills Park has 3 courses, designed for those learning how to ride obstacles including burms, log rides and crossing, bumps, jumps and bridges. Easier to harder progression. It costs just $5 per person per day (own bike) to ride at Mandeni, or your can hire a bike for $14 for the whole day. Family packages are available for $45 for a full day. For those interested in things other than mountain biking, Mandeni Family Fund Park & Golf Centre has plenty of activities to enjoy. Ever tried archery? Mandeni has a range of bow types available, so that mum, dad and the kids can have a go in a safe environment. Young ones and the young at heart will have hours of fun expending energy on the giant jumping pillows. For something a little more relaxing, enjoy a leisurely paddle boat safari, exploring the reed-filled waterways, home to many species of birds, fish and frogs. For golf fans, try the 9 hole full-length golf course, putting green, 18 hole pitch & putt, 18 hole Mini-Golf course, or the water golf driving range. There’s also croquet, bocce or just relax and enjoy the surrounding bush. Family day passes are available, and with so many activities, Mandeni is a great place for a children’s party. Phone 0403 706 692 or go to www.

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

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What's On - November 24th - 27th November - 31st Merimbula Classic at & around Merimbula

4th - 12th Nov - Footprint Theatre plays Ruby Moon at Nethercote & Wolumla

28th Oct - 16th Nov - Blokes 11 exhibition at Spiral Gallery Bega

27th Nov - Courthouse Museum Open Day, Batemans Bay

11h - 20th Nov - OUT OF THE SQUARE at Mechanics Institute Moruya

5th Nov - Exhibition opening at Ivy Hill Gallery, Wapengo


17th September - February 13th Built for the Bush: Green Architecture of Australia This Historic Houses Trust exhibition looks at traditional rural architecture and how many of the energy efficient strategies and practices of early settler houses have re-appeared in contemporary sustainable architecture. At the Eden Killer Whale Museum - check page 9 for more information, phone 6496 2094 or go to 28th October - 16th November Exhibition Opening - BLOKES 11, Spiral Gallery, Bega 15 blokes from around the Far South Coast exhibit a range of art works from paintings, ceramics, sculpture, basket weaving, print-making and jewellery. Exhibition opens 6pm Friday 28th October - free entry. Details on page 24 or go to for more information. 4th November - Exhibition opening, Tilba Winery Fine Art Gallery, Tilba Valley Wines, Tilba. Exhibition opens at 6.30pm, with wine and cheese - free entry. Contact Peter Hermann for details phone 4473 7308 4th - 12th November - Ruby Moon, Nethercote and Wolumla Halls Presented by Footprint Theatre, this Australian thriller is performed by two actors each playing 4 characters. Tickets $20 for adults, $10 under 18s (note - show contains mature themes). Bookings from, by telephone on 6495 7160 or from the Bendigo Bank in Pambula. More information on page 15. 11th - 20th November - OUT OF THE SQUARE, Mechanics Institute, Page Street, Moruya A fibre and textile exhibition presented by the Eurobodalla Fibre and Textile Artists Group. Open daily from 10am until 4pm. Enquiries, Mischi West phone 4473 8982.

5th November - Exhibition opening, Ivy Hill, Wapengo Featuring paintings by Susan Chancellor and Bernard O'Grady, with ceramics by Anneke Paijmans. Drinks with the Artists on Saturday 5th November from 6 to 8 pm. More information on page 34 or go to 11th November - 3rd December Exhibition Opening - The Grad Show, Bega Valley Regional Gallery, Bega. Selected work from graduating visual arts students from the Bega Valley Shire’s High Schools (HSC) and TAFE students. The exhibition will be opened by Councillor Liz Seckold at 6pm on Friday 11th November. See page 34 for more information or go to www. Art_Gallery/Art_Gallery.htm 24th - 27th November - 31st annual Merimbula Classic, Main Beach Merimbula Presented by Corona and the Merimbula Sailboard Club, this four day event features wave sailors, kite surfers and Stand Up Paddle surfers from around Australia and the world. $50,000 in prize money plus trophies. Manufacturers' displays on Ford Oval plus evening events at Club Sapphire Merimbula. See page 13 for more information or go to 27th November - Open Day, Old Courthouse Museum, Batemans Bay Running from 9am - 3.30pm, the Open Day features displays of World War 1 collectables, the Moruya Antique Tractor and Machinery Club plus the Museum's own displays. Market stalls, live music, face painting, BBQ and devonshire teas. Free entry. Details on page 39 or visit the Museum's website:

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 24th & Friday 25th 9am – 3pm at Twyford Hall. Wyndham Wyndham Market 4th Sunday of month from 8.30am 12.30pm at Wyndham Hall (OPEN IN ALL WEATHER).

Candelo Candelo Markets 1st Sun. of each month from 8.30am 12.30pm. Candelo Oval & Town Hall. Bega SCPA Markets in Bega 11th & 25th from 8am - 1pm. Littleton Gardens, Bega. 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. 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.



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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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Bega is the business and administrative heart of the Bega Valley. It is also a place of natural beauty, surrounded by lush pastures and forests hugging the escarpment. Views of Mumbulla Mountain to the north and the escarpment to the west are best appreciated from the Lookout, located just 3 kilometres north of town on the Princes Highway. In the language of local Aboriginal people, members of the Yuin nation, Bega is said to mean “large camping ground”. It would have been a place of great abundance, with an underground lake feeding a series of wetlands, providing plenty of tucker. The dairy industry has always played a major part in the Bega economy, and this is still the case today, with the Bega Cheese Co-op one of Australia’s leading manufacturers of dairy products, exporting millions of dollars worth of product every year.

A visit to the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre is a must for all visitors to the region. The Heritage Centre has a wonderful display of cheese and butter-making equipment from the 1900s, and provides an insight into how early farmers lived, worked and transported their products. The Heritage Centre is also home to the Bega Tourist Information Centre, which provides information about attractions throughout the region. Bega has seen its demographics change over the past 30 years, with many people moving from cities to enjoy the relaxed country lifestyle. Bega has a thriving arts community with its own Regional Gallery which hosts several major exhibitions each year, as well as the artist-run Spiral Gallery. A new retail complex is under construction in the middle of town

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

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

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The Bega Cheese Heritage Centre Lagoon Street, North Bega

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Open 9am-5pm, 7 days

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

Ph 02 6491 7762


available for Countrylink & Premier bus services

Deane’s Buslines

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Now incorporating the Bega Visitor Information Centre

Ph 02 6491 7645 Fax 02 6491 7646

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm Saturday 10am - 1pm 47 Church St Bega 6492 5322

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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Keith & Liz Broomfield

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

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

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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

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Spiral Gallery Spiral Gallery Co-Operative Limited is an artist run space that aims to promote and support contemporary and innovative art practice through its frequently changing exhibitions. The gallery is run by the co-operative of artists, and aims to promote established and emerging artists in exhibitions which reflect a variety of media and styles. As well as solo shows, the gallery hosts community group shows and exhibitions by the spiral artists themselves.

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:

MILKY WAY Ph 6492 3533 125 Auckland St Bega

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

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

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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

82 Gipps Street Bega 6492 1055


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After its former site in Auckland St was demolished as part of the Woolworths development, Club Bega has at last commenced operations in its new home. Now operating at the former Bowling Club site in Gipps St, the building has undergone significant renovations totalling $3 million. General manager Peter Lynch said he was “extremely happy” with the refurbishment. “This is exactly what our members need,” he said. “It is a modern, up-to-date facility with great amenities and a wonderful atmosphere. Club Bega now offers a range of facilities and sporting clubs, including bowling, fishing and darts club, wide screen TVs with sports channels, TAB and Keno. The new dining area, Grace's Café, is open 7 days a week for lunch, dinner, coffee and snacks. The Club also has a Function Room, perfect for private functions, business meetings or as a training facility. Entertainment is back on the agenda for the Club, with local bands playing regularly on Saturday nights. Social Membership is currently at rock-bottom prices - $3 will get you membership until March 2012. Club Bega is located at 82 Gipps St Bega. Phone 6492 1055 or go to Article reproduced in part from the Bega District News

BLOKES 11 exhibition opens at Bega's Spiral Gallery 1

Spiral Gallery's current exhibition BLOKES 11 features work by 15 far south coast artists: Koori printer and basket weaver Don Atkinson; painters Craig Cameron, Ray Hamilton, Gavin Irvin, Graeme Krake, Michael O'Dea, Below: 'Silverton Parking Zone' by Graeme Krake Right: 'Bowled' by Liam Ryan


Peter Otton, Liam Ryan and Tony Sweeting; ceramicists Ivan Gluch, Daniel Lafferty, David Stocker and Bernd Weise; sculptor-metalworker Luke Hamilton and jeweller Kelly McCulloch. BLOKES has been curated by Tim Moorhead and runs to 16th November. There will be a free Floortalk with Tim on Wednesday 2nd November at 12pm. Spiral Gallery is open Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday 10am -1pm. Enquiries phone 6492 5322. This exhibition has been supported by the Country Arts Support Program, funded by the NSW Government

through Arts NSW and jointly delivered by Regional Arts NSW and Regional Arts Boards throughout NSW.

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

Cobargo Secrets

Cobargo Secrets the buildings over 100 years old. Take a stroll around the town and take your pick from an array of art and craft, rare gems and jewellery, pottery, woodwork and leatherwork, or hunt among the collectables, curios and old wares on offer. Recharge your batteries at Ello’s Cafe which serves delicious meals set within an old train carriage, or try fantastic coffee at Valley Edge.

Cobargo Bazaar Ever wondered where to go to find something a bit unusual, a bit different or a bit funky? Head to Cobargo Bazaar to find something special for yourself or your home. With a range of clothing made from natural fibres and silks in different styles and sizes, Cobargo Bazaar is a world away from mass-produced clothing retailers. There are plenty of clothes that you won’t find in the average ‘high street’ store. You’ll also find lots of beautiful jewelry, particularly silver, with designs sourced from around the world. Funky hats are plentiful, as well as shawls and silk scarves to add some colour. Cobargo Bazaar also stocks homewares, including hand-carved furniture, hammocks, exquisite light fittings from Indonesia, folk instruments from around the globe and lots of other craft items to bring a unique touch to your home. From India you’ll find cushion covers, bedspreads and rugs in gorgeous designs and colours. Drop in to Cobargo Bazaar and see for yourself - it’s a real treasure trove. Cobargo Bazaar, Princes Highway, Cobargo Ph/Fax 6493 6608.

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.

Bangles Gallery A comprehensive range of all Australian made pottery

57a Princess Hwy, Cobargo 6493 6206

Princes Hwy Cobargo 6493 6608


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

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

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


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

Araluen BERLANG SCA DEUA NP The Big Hole 859m




Bendethera Mountain 997m



3km return Approx. 2 hours

Spring Mountain 433m


Jillicambra Mountain 1076m


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

Tuross Head

Nerrigundah Eurobodalla





Meringola Peak 408m













Wonboyn Lake


Mount Buckle 456m
















Gipsy Point



Mount Nadgee 542m




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Pambula Beach

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Bastion Point



Wolumla Peak 776m

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Wapengo Lake

Tathra Wolumla



Cuttagee Lake

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Wallaga Lake

Dr George Tanja Mountain 313m MIMOSA ROCKS NP




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




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

MURRAH SF BIAMANGA NP Mumbulla Mountain 774m


Big Jack Mountain 861m

Central Tilba


Cadjangarry Mountain 364m




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3. Kangarutha Walking Track Bournda National Park








Montague Island

Jeffers Mountain 549m KOORABAN NP Narira Mountain 830m









Potato Point

BODALLA SF Wagonga Hill 226m



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

Tuross Lake


Cadgee Mountain 411m



Coila Lake


Belowra Mountain 806m

9km one way Approx. 5 hours



DAMPIER Mount Coman 445m

Mossy Point Broulee



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Batehaven Malua Bay

Moruya Heads

Kiora Beashell Hill 179m


2. Cascades Walk Wadbilliga National Park




Durras Long Beach

Batemans Bay

Mogo Hill 163m

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


Middle Mountain 1166m


Batemans Bay

Mount Donovan 906m




Bolaro Mountain 645m

Windenby Mountain 699m


TALLAGANDA SF Mount Italy 1156m






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


Bushwalking on the Far South Coast

Bushwalking in National Parks

Gabo Island





Middle Beach, Mimosa Rocks National Park © Paul Callaghan

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

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

What to See & Do

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

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

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

Tathra Beach

Located directly opposite Tathra’s famous surf beach

Country Club

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

Golf or Tennis Ph 6494 1220

The Golden Sands Chinese Restaurant

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

Ph 6494 5222

Set in beautifully landscaped grounds featuring ponds and waterfalls. Resort style quality apartments, villa houses and motel units. 2 swimming pools, 2 spa pools & a hydrotherapy swim spa.

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Caption for©photograph Bermagui Paul Callaghan © Photographer


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

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

What to See & Do

Cellar Door ● 11am to 4pm Thursday-Sunday Restaurant ● Lunch Thursday-Sunday from 12pm 2845 Bermagui/Tathra Rd, Murrah

Visit the Fishermen's Wharf complex

14km › Bermagui 28km ›Tathra

Phone 6494 0164

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

Walk to the entrance of Wallaga Lake Swim in Bermagui's famous Blue Pool, next to the ocean

Bermagui Country Club Live Entertainment every Friday night from 8.30pm Indoor & Outdoor Entertainment Facilities.

Pool, set on the edge of the ocean at the base of the cliffs off Scenic Drive. Try out the 18-hole golf course, hit a ball around the tennis courts or play bowls at the Bermagui Country Club. The Terrace Cafe at the Club is open every day for lunch and dinner; you can pore over the menu online so you can order as soon as you arrive. Test your riding skills at the Bermagui Mountain Bike Park. Go bush walking, take a guided walk or bird watch in the surrounding National Parks and State Forests. Take a guided tour of the Montreal Goldfield and learn about the discovery of gold in the 1880s.

Discover local history at the Bermagui Museum Enjoy a game of golf at the Country Club 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

Try a bike ride through forests full of spotted gums and burrawangs. Visit the Montreal Goldfield Kayak up the Bermagui River VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Bunga Street, Bermagui Ph: 02 6493 3054 Open 7 days 10am - 4pm

...will take you there!

Bermagui, Merimbula, Pambula and Eden Lic No. HD0405

Certified Sea Kayak Guides & Instructors

Tours available for all ages & experience levels. First time paddlers welcome For bookings Ph 02 6493 5635 or 0405 529 214

Live Music - November Eden Fishermens Club Ph 6496 1577 Sat 19th Killing the Sound Fri 25th Brett Ralph in the Lounge Pambula Merimbula Golf Club Contact Club for details Lakeview Hotel Ph 6495 1202 Sat 5th DJ Mick Sat 12th DJ Mick Thu 17th Down South Jazz Club Sat 19th DJ Mick Sat 26th DJ Mick Merimbula Aquarium & Wharf Restaurant Ph 6495 4446 Sun 6th Steve Clarke Trio Merimbula RSL Ph 6495 1502 Sat 5th Lounge Lizards Sat 12th Once Bitten Sat 19th Daryl Lamb Sat 26th Over the Moon/Members Night (Rubber Soul)

Club Sapphire Merimbula Ph 6495 1306 Tue 1st Melbourne Cup Buffet Lunch, Fashion Parade, sweeps and TAB facilities Thu 3rd Breakfast at Tiffany’s Tickets $40 on sale now Fri 4th Garry Carson Jones, 7.30pm Free in the Rockpool Cafe (meal bookings essential) Sat 5th Acacia, 7.30pm Free in Main Bar Thu 10th Paul Furniss and Bob Barnard (D.S.J.C.) (Details to be advised) Fri 11th Soho Strays (USA) + supports, 8pm Free in the Audi Sat 12th Jay Podger, 7.30pm Free in Main Bar Fri 18th Contact Club for details Sat 19th Over the Moon, 7.30pm Free in Main Bar Fri 25th Corona Wave Sailing Classic DJ night. Free in the Auditorium from 9pm Sat 26th Corona Wave Sailing Classic Party Night with the Truck Bros. Free in the Auditorium from 8.30pm

Club Bega Ph 6492 1055 Contact Club for details Bermagui Country Club Ph 6493 4340 All entertainment from 8pm Contact Club for details Tilba Valley Wines Ph 4473 7308 Tue 1st Melbourne Cup Lunch, $45 per head, 12pm Sun 6th Spicy Fruit Chutney Sun 20th Porterhouse Blue Dromedary Hotel Ph 4473 7223 Contact Hotel for details


Foxglove Spires Open Garden

Wander along many fragrant paths, under rose covered arbours, into many secluded areas. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of this harmonious, spellbinding, three and a half acre open garden. Ph 024473 7375 Forget Me Not Gifts - Gramophones ‘n’ Old Stuff

Love At First Bite

Something Old, Something New. A beautiful collection of gifts, jewellery, fashion accessories, books, collectables & oldwares. Come and see us for that special gift, something for your home or just spoil yourself. Ph 4473 7080

Gourmet Breakfasts & Lunches 16 years of serving rich Crema Coffee & our own amazing cakes. Check our savoury sensations from the blackboard.

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.

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 7799

Ph 4473 7196

Ph 4473 7055

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

Open 7 Days ~ Corkhill Drive, Tilba Tilba

FOR SALE Escape to Wobbly Wombat Retreat Straw bale house on 20 acres in a beautiful bush setting on the Mataganah River. Surrounded by South East Forests National Park, there’s plenty of wildlife including wombats, wallabies and kangaroos. Experience a low impact lifestyle with solar power, rainwater and a cosy wood heater. 6 kms to historic Village of Wyndham, 25 mins to Merimbula Airport & beaches.



Ph 6494 2860

Monthly Garden Advice Climbing To Success Cultivated climbing plants from all around the world bring with them an exuberance and appeal unequalled in other plant forms. There are bold textured vines, others have delicate laciness, some cling, twine or scramble while others merely lean against their support or run over the ground. Climbing plants are more than something to cover ugliness. Grown on walls, patios, fences, archways or trellis and pergolas, their graceful tracery softens architectural lines without taking excessive ground space to achieve their objectives. Ornamental vines are a vital

ingredient in any landscape design as they are both functional and beautiful. Growing conditions can vary from plants that prefer a semi-shaded aspect, like some varieties of Clematis and Chinese Star Jasmine, to plants that can handle a more open position, like Wisteria, ornamental grapes and roses to name a few. To cover a pergola, use a Wisteria or ornamental grape. These have the added advantage of providing shade in the summer but drop their foliage in autumn to allow the winter sun to drench the area with light.

A simple screening method in a narrow garden bed is to erect lattice and use an evergreen climber to do the job. Underplant with small, shade-loving plants that will fill in the lower areas not covered by the climber. Many gardens are small and don't necessarily provide space where a climber could be used, for example where paving has been included. Many climbers do very well in containers, but the container must be of sufficient size to retain enough moisture for the plant as it matures. A premium potting mix should be used when potting up and it is very important to fertilise regularly to keep the plants actively growing. The overall maintenance of the plant is important, as many flower on new wood produced after pruning has been carried out. Vines can become woody if not regularly pruned, and flowers end up being sparse and out of reach for picking if desired. Have a drive around your local area and see how your fellow neighbours have used climbers in their gardens. The ideas are endless.

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.


Little Gulaga Mountain, Central 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-4pm Open Daily 10-5pm

Gulaga became the site of much activity when gold was discovered in the 1860s. The village of Central Tilba was founded in 1895, when Sam Bate created a subdivision on his land and sold lots at auction. Many of Tilba’ s buildings were constructed in the late 1880s when the gold boom was at its peak. By the time mining ceased, the dairy industry was firmly established as the main source of income for the area. The village of Tilba Tilba, just a few kilometres south of Central Tilba, is also protected by a National Heritage listing. Tilba Tilba is home to the magnificent Foxglove Spires, featuring one of Australia’s finest open gardens covering 3.5 acres. There is also a cafe, giftware, antiques and a nursery on site. Tilba Tilba also has a general store, and is the base for the walk up Gulaga.

The entire village of Central Tilba was classified by he National Trust in 1974 in recognition of its historical significance. Central Tilba maintains its village atmosphere, and has become a centre for craftspeople and artisans, as well as ‘old-fashioned’ stores like the general store, lolly shop and toy shop. Shops with leatherwork, unusual clothing, cafes, antiques and giftware, as well as the pub, art studios, and the famous cheese factory are all located on Central Tilba’s main street.

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

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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

Pam’s Store (02) 4473 7311

Gulaga Gallery (02) 4473 7233

Dromedary Hotel (02) 4473 7223

Tilba Valley Wines (02) 4473 7308

Central Tilba Farm Cabins (02) 4473 7353

Tilba Leather (02) 4473 7360

Mockingbird Lane Antiques (02) 4473 7226

ABC Cheese Factory (02) 4473 7387

Tilba Living History

Tilba Leather - On Sale Now Tilba Leather was established in 1982, and it’s no surprise the business is still going strong after 29 years when you discover the quality of the beautiful leather goods in Phil and Debbie Elton’s shop. 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 footwear, with beautiful Naot and other brands of leather shoes, and quality ugg boots to keep you toasty warm. Tilba Leather are having a sale in November, December and January as the shop is being refurbished. Phil and Debbie need to reduce the amount of stock they're carrying before the building gets underway, so there's up to 30% off regular prices. The sale is a fantastic chance to pick up some great presents, treat yourself to a Christmas pair of shoes or grab a bargain in time for summer. Tilba Leather 24 Bate St, Central Tilba. Phone 02) 4473 7360. Email,


Far South Coast Art Galleries

Art Galleries Trail 1. The Land of Many Waters Gallery The Land of Many Waters Gallery Batemans Bay Visitors Centre, Princes Highway, Batemans Bay. Ph 4472 6900. Open 7 days. Mixed exhibition featuring local artists working with textiles, print, pastel, paint and more. All work for sale. Visit for more information. 2. Artfull Gallery Shop 3, Clocktower Arcade, Mogo. Ph 4474 5588. Open 10.30am - 4pm Tuesday to Sunday. 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. 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 is paintings by Susan Chancellor and Bernard O'Grady with ceramics by Anneke Paijmans. You are invited to drinks with the Artists on Saturday 5 November from 6 to 8 pm. 7. Wildlife Art Open Studio 47 Wildlife Drive Tathra. Ph 6494 1645. Open 10am - 4pm every Sunday, Wednesday and public holidays or by appointment. Paintings by Jane Murphy. 8. Bega Valley Regional Gallery Zingel Place, Bega. Ph 6499 2187 Open Tuesday - Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday 9am - 12 noon. Current exhibition: The Grad Show: a home grown “art express”, featuring selected work from graduating visual arts students from the Bega Valley Shire’s High Schools (HSC) and TAFE. The exhibition will be opened by Councillor Liz Seckold at 6pm on Friday 11th November and will run until Saturday 3rd December.




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Batemans Bay to Eden 9. Spiral Gallery 47 Church St Bega. Ph 6492 5322 Open Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm. Represents regional, emerging and established artists. Current exhibitions: In Gallery 1: BLOKES 11 - paintings, ceramics, jewellery, sculpture by 16 far south coast blokes (28 Oct - 16 Nov). Fragile Earth - paintings by Kim Falkenmire and ceramics by Jenny Mein (18 Nov - 7 Dec). In Gallery 2: Spiral Artists. 10. 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. 11. The Crossing Gallery 21 Sharpe Street Candelo Ph 6493 2764 Exhibiting works by local artists. Contact Gallery for opening times. 12. 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.

Art Galleries on the Far South Coast



13. Mark Gray Gallery Shop 7, The Plaza, 20 Market St, Merimbula Ph 6495 3317 Open 10am - 4pm 6 days, closed Tuesdays. The Mark Gray Gallery features breathtaking award-winning fine art landscape photography by Internationally recognised local photographer Mark Gray. Browse a wide range of limited edition prints, posters, gifts and more. Group and private photography workshops also available. 14. Long Point Gallery 42 Lake Street, Merimbula Ph 6495 3398 Open to the Public (private viewings by appointment, please phone). Longpoint Gallery is the studio gallery of local award winning artist Kathryn Hede. Kathryn’s delightful and passionately inspired works show a diverse range of styles and mediums – moody landscapes, vibrant and evocative seascapes and vivid abstracts. A short drive from the centre of Merimbula, following the lake foreshore and close to the picturesque Bar Beach and Merimbula Wharf. 15. Artessence Gallery 47 Toalla St Pambula. Ph 6495 7286 Open Monday Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm, Saturday 10am - 2pm. Paintings, Ceramics, Jewellery, Glassware, Mosaics and Clothing by local and interstate artists.


Gold Rush Colony, Mogo © Gold Rush Colony

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.

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 Rsuh Colony, formerly known as Old Mogo Town, is a great place to step Jennifer back Drynan in time. PROPRIETOR After taking out the award for Cultural “Mogo Cottage” and Heritage Tourism at the South 30 Princes Highway Mogo NSW 2536 Coast Regional Tourism Awards in Tel. 4472 5359 (4472 jely) 2009 and 2010, in 2011 the Fax.2008, 4472 4396 Original Gold Rush Colony won the Heritage and Cultural Tourism - Hall of ABN Fame 19 419 447 524 award. Come play beads under Mogo is now famous for its great range the jellybead tree of specialty stores, housed in replica nineteenth century timber buildings. • Beads • Books • Magazines • Findings There are potteries, galleries, antique • Sterling Silver, stores, bookshop and coffee shops, • Ready Made Jewellery, • Handmade Beads, many of which specialise in unusual • Classes and interesting items. Mogo is the Children welcome perfect place to spend time browsing Mogo Cottage 30 Princes Hwy Mogo for something a little bit different. 02 4474 2675


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 recent 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:

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

Historic Mogo

ClockTower Arcade For a unique shopping experience, visit The ClockTower Arcade in Mogo. At POSH CAT you’ll find quality leather goods, men’s hats and wallets, lady’s handbags and quality jewelry for any occasion. THE OLD DAIRY is full of locally made specialty items and an intriguing array of dolls, bears, ceramics and terracotta pieces. At MOGO’S MOJO you will find one of Australia’s best selection of diecast models. The ClockTower Arcade also has MOGO PETS with rabbits, mice and fish on sale, as well as a large range of accessories and supplies for your most loved family pets. And when you’ve finished your shopping experience, take a break at ZORAN’S PATISSERIE - the freshly brewed coffee, pastries, cakes and home-made pies make for an excellent reward. Still not finished? If you enjoy Tarot readings, make an appointment with Karla the ClockTower’s clairvoyant - your future may become clearer. ClockTower Arcade, 46 Sydney St Mogo. Ph 4474 2288

Clocktower Arcade

Clocktower Arcade Six fabulous shops to keep you occupied.

46 Sydney St Mogo 4474 2288


The Old Dairy Country Crafts ♦ Shabby Chic ♦ Dolls and Bears ♦ Home Embellishments ♦ Gifts ♦ Cow Ceramics Shop 2, ClockTower Arcade, Mogo. 4474 3524

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

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 over the past two hundred years. The town is accessed from the north by its famous lifting span bridge, the oldest of its type in Australia. aNow 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. 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. Batemans Bay has a fantastic 27 hole championship golf course, and 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 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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Enjoy fabulous Clyde River Oysters at the river’s edge. Ask about our BBQ Tours

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Buns, Guns, Gold and more at Museum's Open Day On Sunday November 27th the Old Courthouse Museum, Batemans Bay is holding its Annual Open Day, and with free entry available all day to the Museum and its grounds, the Open Day is a great chance to visit if you haven't been to the Museum before. Specialist displays organised for the day include World War 1 Collectibles from military historian Paul Martin, Moruya Antique Tractors and Machinery and How to Make a Flute with Terry McGee. And of course there's the Courthouse Museum’s own expansive displays

of period costume, crime and punishment, a doll collection, the Tool Shed, Timber Tales, gold stories in the original police cell and more. Market stalls will be offering art, craft and pre-loved goodies as well as a Bunning’s Raffle, live music from the Bay Theatre Singers and Terry McGee, and face painting for the kids. The barbeque will be cooking up a storm as well as Judy’s famous Devonshire Teas on the Courthouse verandah. The Museum is located off Orient St next to the Water Gardens and has

plenty of free parking. The Open Day runs from 9am -3.30pm. The Old Courthouse Museum is open Tuesday and Thursday from 12pm until 3pm and on Sundays from 9am to 12pm.

Kayaking & canoeing in the land of many waters Eurobodalla, land of many waters, is kayaking heaven with four major river systems, 20 lakes, 83 beaches and many islands along 130 kilometres of Batemans Marine Park coastline. Thinking about kayaking around the Eurobodalla this summer? Listed are some great flatwater and sea kayaking routes, courtesy of Eurobodalla Coast Tourism's Kayaking & Canoeing brochure. Take a more detailed map if you’re paddling somewhere new and without a guide, or pick up the brochure from one of the Eurobodalla Tourist Information Centres. If you're new to kayaking, don't forget these important safety tips when out on the water. Be Seen-Be Safe - Wear bright coloured clothing. Keep out of mooring areas (where other boats hide your presence). Water safety - Be aware of water safety rules and procedures with information from boating, marine or water sports organisations. Skills - Take a lesson if you need to. Instruction is available in the

Eurobodalla for all levels of kayaking skills. Safety Vests - Always wear a life vest or life jacket. Helmets - Recommended for surf and white-water kayaking and when paddling near rough water and rocks. Paddle with someone - If possible and tell someone where you will be going and when you expect to return. Maps - Take a map with you if you are not familiar with the route. Be aware of local conditions - Including currents, tides, water levels, shoreline variations and special hazards. Check the weather - Plus know about likely changes, such as offshore winds that may occur. Wind - Will slow down paddling and the extra effort required will tire you more quickly than normal. Also think about offshore winds – don’t get blown away from shore. Waves - Can be larger than expected and can change in size depending on water depth. Tides - Can be strong and having to paddle against the tide can make you tire quickly. Tidal flow against the wind direction will make waves steeper and water more choppy – plan your paddle according to tides. Surf - Check the conditions and stay away from swimmers. Phone 000 in case of Emergency.

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


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Far South Coast Imag November Edition  

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 November Edition  

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