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20th Birthday



December 2012


Far South Coast Region



Christmas on the Coast

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

Magic Mountain Celebrations Page 9

Beatles Tribute Show - Page 11


Santa loves his iMag

From the Editor

December Thanks for coming to spend time on the beautiful Far South Coast - it's a special place to be no matter what time of the year you're here. Well, the annual whale migration is over, but the Far South Coast is gearing up for another migration visitors making tracks from all over Australia to enjoy our spectacular region and all it has to offer. The Eden Killer Whale Museum has a fantastic photographic exhibition documenting the work, life and play of the Eden community in the early 1900s - don't miss it. Magic Mountain are eagerly waiting to bestow heaps of prizes on their lucky one millionth customer to walk through the gate. They are also having a free Family Christmas Fair Day on Sunday 16th December, featuring Santa, DJ “Mash Music” and the Nativity Players from 4pm. - sounds like a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. Read about their Season of a Million Dreams

Contents draw on page 11. There are lots of exhibition openings this month - have a look at our Art Trail on pages 18 and 19 for all the details. If you're near Merimbula on New Year's Eve, head over to Ford Park for a great evening of family fun, music and fabulous fireworks at 9.30pm and midnight. Don't forget December is your last chance to enter our 20th Birthday Prize Giveaway Competition. Details on how to win are on page 25 or go to The Grand Prize is being drawn on December 31st, with the lucky winner receiving a luxury holiday for four in the Hunter Valley courtesy of Adina Vineyard and Broke Fordwich Wine Tourism Association. Get your entries in now! We hope you enjoy your time in our region, and may 2013 bring you peace and good health.

Markets Live Music Coast Map Art Galleries Gardening Nurseries/Gardens What's On

Towns Eden Pambula Merimbula Tathra Bega Cobargo Bermagui Tilba Narooma, Bodalla, Moruya Mogo Batemans Bay

and Independently owned franchise Published by Imag Publications Publishers/Editors: Paul Callaghan & Melinda Downs Phone: (02) 6494 2185 Fax: (02) 6494 2671 Email: PO Box No 9002, Wyndham, 2550


Material in this publication is copyright and may not be published or reproduced in any form without the express permission of the publishers. Circulation, an average of 10,000 copies distributed monthly throughout the Region as well as major tourism information centres in Sydney, Canberra and country NSW. Information supplied by others for this magazine is published in good faith. Whilst every endeavour has been made to ensure absolute accuracy of this information, the Publishers cannot be held responsible for any consequences resulting from omissions or inadvertent errors contained herein. Printed by Spotpress, 24-26 Lilian Fowler Place, Marrickville, NSW © Imag Publications Pty Ltd 2012 Subscription to magazine $30 per year.


Some photos courtesy of NSW Tourism Cover Photo: Paul Callaghan

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Snug Cove, Eden © Paul Callaghan


George Bass and Matthew Flinders were the first Europeans to ‘discover’ Twofold Bay in 1798, but the region had been inhabited by members of the Yuin nation for thousands of years, attracted by the rich food resources offered by the sea and surrounding forests. 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

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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.

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

 Check Entertainm ent Page for details

Dining with this view!

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

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


What to See & Do

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

Reflections - A passion for photography leaves enduring legacy residents of the first half of the 20th century. For this exhibition, analogue and digital technologies merge. Digital technology has enabled Hall’s photographs to be reproduced larger than actual size, allowing viewers to wonder at the minute details that analogue photography captured close to a century ago. Costume, facial expressions, tools and all other such details of life caught at the time in a single photograph are now larger than life and more easily examined. Viewers have the chance to be drawn into the image as if they were standing alongside the photographer. Part I of the exhibition reproduces images associated with working and school life of the district and include images associated with the workings of the bustling port of Eden. Part II captures life in the main street of Eden - a time where cars and horses use the same untarred roads. Without television, celebrations and sports were a way to pass time, and Hall captured Below left: Tennis Match, Eden vs Merimbula, 30 October 1909. Mattsson Collection, EKWM. Below: Postcard, humpback whale & whalers, n.d. EKWM

many of them, from dignitary receptions at the Hotel Australasia to sporting matches and milestones associated with sports such as tennis and football. The large and heavy dresses and hats that ladies once wore to play sport are a stark contrast to the tight body hugging uniforms of today. Hall’s passion for photography has provided a lasting and important legacy for Eden and the district, and because of the generosity of his family, today’s viewers are able to be a part of the life that was during the early to mid 20th century. Reflections is open at Eden Killer Whale Museum until 31st December

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MoTel & UNiTS

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. William Thomas Hall was born in Bega in 1880. He grew up in Tanja, then moved to Rocky Hall with his new wife, finally settling in Eden, where his seven children were born. Hall’s occupations included farmer, newspaper correspondent, auctioneer and agent, and at one time conducted a coach mail and passenger service between Eden and Towamba and the Yambulla gold mines. Secretary of the Grand United Order of Oddfellows and the Eden Exhibition Society, he and his family were regularly involved in community activities and celebrations – more often than not he was also master of ceremonies. His favourite pastime however was photography. From shipwrecks and whale chases to local school events, Hall’s collection of photographs document the lives of the district’s

• 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


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

Current Exhibitions An Important Enterprise Whaling & Twofold Bay

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

open 7 days

· 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:

• Specialising in fresh local seafood • Local succulent steaks • Children catered for • Book your function NOW Ph 6496 1900 Opposite Eden Golf Club 46 Princes Hwy Eden


Pambula Lake © Paul Callaghan Caption for photograph © Photographer

Pambula Pambula has an eclectic mix of businesses, with art galleries, cafes, restaurants, gift shops and pubs, many of which are housed in heritage timber

buildings. It's a great place to shop for something a bit different with a great, laid-back village vibe. Just 5 minutes east of the village is

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

♦ Original Artwork ♦ Needlework ♦ Just about anything

For all your camping gear & gas needs ♦ BBQ’s, Cooking Appliances ♦ Tents, Tarps & Coolers ♦ Fridges, Sunshelters & Tables ♦ Sleeping Gear ♦ Gas Refills - Repairs & Replacement Parts

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

47 Toalla Street Pambula

6495 7286

ARTHUR KAINE DRV PAMBULA (Opposite Cemetary) Ph 6495 7121

Pambula Beach, set between the ocean, the mouth of Pambula River and Ben Boyd National Park. 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 Have a round of golf at Pambula Merimbula Golf Club

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


Award-winning Pambula Little Bottler

There’s nothing like a cold beer on a hot summer’s day, and Pambula Little Bottler has a fantastic range of local and imported beers to choose from. With boutique breweries becoming more popular, specialty beers of all kinds are being produced, and Glen Baker, proprietor of Pambula Little Bottler has a wide selection. There’s also an extensive range of premium wines, cleanskins, and spirits, and knowledgeable staff to help you choose the right drink for all occasions. In fact, in 2010 Pambula Little Bottler was awarded the ILG NSW Liquor Retailer of the Year award from a field of more than 500 entrants.

Conveniently located in Toalla St. (just up from the tennis courts) and with plenty of car parking available, it’s easy to pop in for a slab or linger over your choice of the perfect red. Knowing that everyone loves a good bargain, Glen offers weekly specials that compare well with the big chains. According to their regular customers, Pambula Little Bottler has the best range of fine wines on the South Coast, but don’t take their word for it, check it out for yourself. Pambula Little Bottler is at 4/13 Toalla St. Pambula, phone 6495 6335, and is open 7 days a week from 9.30am to 8pm during summer.

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Merimbula Lake, Merimbula Š 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 human occupation, with Aboriginal people making the most of the available food resources, leaving behind middens that are visible today. In more recent times, Merimbula was one of several coastal trading ports connecting the region to the outside world, as the area was relatively isolated with a lack of rail or road access. The Old School Museum on Main St has information and displays about the town’s early European history. There are several walking tracks that take advantage of the beautiful views around the Lake; from the Wharf to Spencer Park, from the Bridge to Top Lake and around Fishpen. Other things you can do around Merimbula include snorkelling, surfing, cycling, enjoying a scenic flights, ten-pin bowling, family fun parks or experiencing native animals or marine creatures up close. Merimbula is a great place to go shopping, with specialty shops and nationally-known outlets tucked away in arcades and courtyards. There are also plenty of 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; especially during the annual Jazz Festival in June. Whales migrate past Merimbula from September to November each year, feeding and frolicking in the Bay, making it easy to whale watch from on board a boat or from the beach.

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

...will take you there!


Rubber Soul play the Beatles at Merimbula RSL

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

RUBBER SOUL formed in early 2001 with the aim of re-creating the look and sound of The Beatles music live, and to preserve the original enthusiasm, excitement and spirit of the songs. Based in Melbourne, Rubber Soul have toured to much acclaim both nationally and internationally. The arrangements have been painstakingly reproduced. Every note and harmony is faithful to the original. This is not a cover band playing Beatles songs - it is the music of The Beatles sung and played like The Beatles played them, 100% and full of energy. Each member has been a lifelong fan of The Beatles, and from that perspective, RUBBER SOUL has sought to bring a totally authentic Beatles experience to the legions of other Beatles fans everywhere. Rubber Soul perform songs like She Loves You, Please Please Me, Day Tripper and other classics like Strawberry Fields, I am The Walrus, Get Back and Hey Jude. For a fantastic, nostalgic New Year's Eve this year, grab a ticket for Rubber Soul at the Merimbula RSL. Enjoy dinner and the show for $55 pp - for bookings, contact the Club on 6495 1502.

Fish Feeding Monday, Wednesday & Friday 11.30

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

Lake Street Merimbula Phone (02) 6495 4446

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

99 Main Street Merimbula 02 6495 3091

EFTPOS, City Link & Mobile Recharge available


Merimbula Lakeview Hotel




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

1 Market St. Merimbula Ph (02) 6495 1202



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


Summer 2013 NPWS Discovery Program


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NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service are once again running a fantastic holiday activity program this summer, kicking off on Wednesday 2nd January and running midweek until Wednesday 23rd January. Activities will be conducted at Bournda, Ben Boyd, South East Forest NP and other popular locations. Activities range from action-packed to those which promote relaxation, are suitable for young, old and everyone in between and are all lots of fun! The 2013 program includes:  Damper cooking and Story Telling  WilderQuest activities  Nunnock Swamp and Platypus experience  Boat trip and tour of Davidson Whaling Station  Merimbula Boardwalk  Canoeing  Snorkelling  Rainforest walk

 Tools & Weapons  Spotlight Program details available in mid December from local Visitor Centres, National Parks offices in Merimbula, Bombala and Narooma or check out our website http://www.nationalparks.

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

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


less topping but a thicker base.

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


Magic Mountain celebrates its one millionth customer


to Australia’s best, fresh seafood shop

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

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


HERE Sydney

Street Alice St

dreams draw. Summerland Travel Merimbula and Magic Mountain are proud to offer a $2000 travel voucher – where the winning recipient chooses their destination! Make sure you visit Magic Mountain to have your chance to win. Magic Mountain also offers great packages for groups of 20 or more. Magic Mountain are also hosting a FREE Family Christmas Fair Day on 16th December, featuring Santa, DJ “Mash Music” and the Nativity Players from 4pm. Rides start from $7 per ride, or $30 for all day unlimited action (children 4 – 11 yrs). Visit

Merimbula’s Family Fun Park

Celebrating our Millionth Customer


Travel Voucher to the value


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Choose Your Destination! Courtesy of

Magic Mountain & Summerland Travel, Merimbula Plus...

Dinner for 2 at Merimbula R.S.L Club, value $100

Breakfast/Lunch at the Waterfront Café, value $50

Two tickets to the Picture Show Man Theatre

Two Combo Deals at Merimbula’s Top Fun

You can enter our lucky draw each time you purchase a wristband, Buy a ticket bundle or spend $15 or more at our food outlets and gift shop. Place your ticket in the box near our Kiosk. Conditions: Travel prize is not transferable, not redeemable for cash and must be utilised within 12 months of winner being announced. Competition commences 1st September 2012. Full list of Terms and Conditions available at Magic Mountain. NSW Permit Number LTPS/12/07681

Drawn on Australia Day January 26th 2013

Sapphire Coast Drive, Merimbula NSW 2548 Ph:02 6495 2299 Fax:02 6495 1016

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

RSL Club

Visitor Centre M bo elur ne


Your personal

Fresh Seafoods

At some point in the next few months, Magic Mountain will celebrate the Park’s one millionth customer – a fantastic achievement for this much loved regional tourist attraction. Will you be the lucky one millionth customer? The one millionth customer will be rewarded with Lifetime Membership to Magic Mountain, a $500 voucher for Harvey Norman Tura Beach and 20 entries in the Season of a Million Dreams draw. In addition, to celebrate the one millionth customer milestone, Magic Mountain invites all customers to participate in the Season of a Million

Merimbula Lake

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



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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


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Merimbula lights up the skies on NYE To bring in the New Year, Merimbula’s Ford Park is set to light up the skies with fireworks, and a free Music On The Green Concert with the sounds of Soul Machine, one of Sydney’s top rated party bands, and Andy O’Donnell and the Figmentz. The Merimbula Chamber of Commerce, with support from Harvey Norman and Panasonic for the Music on the Green and Power FM’s Fire in the Sky, will present a great day of music, fun and fireworks. It’s family fun with kids entertainment, music, jumping castles, clowns and a few extra surprises. Proceedings start at 5:30pm with entertainment for the kids and fun for all the family. The music will kick

off at 6:30pm and finish with the skies lighting up over Merimbula at midnight. A fireworks spectacular at 9:30pm will entertain the young families, then the actions hots up with live music till midnight. Food, coffee, water and soft drinks will be available all night. This event could not take place without the generosity of the local community and major sponsors Bega Valley Shire Council and Workways. This is NSW Police endorsed event, with police and security monitors on hand to ensure the night runs smoothly. Contact the Merimbula Visitor Information Centre for details.

Merimbula Ice Creamery impresses with glittering new shop

Unique free-standing 2 storey unit in a quiet bush setting in Merimbula. Rare opportunity for buyer or investor. Contact Coast Real Estate 02 6495 3200

Enjoy the fun and excitement of the newly renovated Merimbula Ice Creamery, any time of the year. No matter what the weather or temperature may be, they have something to tempt your taste buds. From 50+ flavoured ice creams and gelateria, served in their house baked waffle cones. Dipped in hot tempered chocolate or covered in hot fudge or cream. How about a light cuisine of Belgian waffles, crepes or pancakes,

50+ FLAVOURS OF ICE CREAM • Gelati • Yoghurt • Sundaes

• Hot Dogs • Nachos • Milkshakes • Coffee

Merimbula Ice Creamery



(opposite Merimbula PO Ph 6495 2311)

topped with ice cream, fresh fruit and cream - an experience to enjoy with family and friends. Serious about coffee? Choose a ground on demand, Witham's boutique brand or the organic fair trade selection. There is also a range of syrups to entice the sweet conscious person. For a cool change select a Merimbula Shake from their 50+ flavours - something to remember. If this doesn't entice you how about a hot dog, or a bowl of Nachos to nibble on. Also available is fresh fruit salad or hot jam donuts. They even sell the kitchen sink - 14 scoops of ice cream for a regular serve or 30 scoops for the large, drizzled in hot fudge, cream, fruit etc. Just what the kids want for their birthday. They are on the corner opposite the Merimbula Post Office, and make sure you check their 'Specials of the week' board.

Aragunnu, 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, 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, mountain- biking, snorkelling and surfing are all popular around Tathra. There are lots of things for the kids to do, with a fantastic skatebowl suitable for skateboards, bikes and scooters, and a great playground, both located near the Tathra Surf Lifesaving Club. An easy 3km walking & cycling track runs from Tathra to the mouth of the Bega River at Mogareeka, with other walks around town as well. Direct access to the ocean is available at Kianinny Bay (also good for swimming), and the boat ramp at

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

What to See & Do

Check out the view and whales from the Headland lookout Enjoy the walk from Tathra to the mouth of the Bega River at Mogareeka Explore the Bega River by boat Pedal around the 40 km of mountain bike track

Explore Brogo Dam with Brogo Wilderness Canoes Early summer is a great time to explore the Brogo Dam, with its extensive catchment running back into the magnificent Brogo Wilderness area. The waterways are pristine, and the peaceful backwaters are a haven for local native bird life and fauna. To really explore the beauty of the

Brogo Dam and Brogo Wilderness, hire a fully equipped canoe from Dave and Sue at Brogo Wilderness Canoes. Their canoes are safe, stable “Canadians”, and all safety gear, maps and instructions are provided. For tranquillity and beauty it’s hard to beat - you can explore forest gullies,

Located directly opposite Tathra’s famous surf beach

Tathra Beach

swim, bring a picnic lunch and stop wherever you desire. A 2 - 3 person canoe with all safety gear costs just $25 per person for a half day, with children half price. Contact Dave or Sue on (02) 6492 7328. or visit their website at

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

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Monthly Markets Guide Eden 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.

Bega SCPA Markets in Bega 7th & 21st from 8am - 1pm. Littleton Gardens, Bega.

Bermagui Bermagui Hand & Homemade Market last Sunday of mth, 8.30 - 12.30, Dickinson Park.

Wyndham Wyndham All Weather Market 4th Sunday of month from 8.30am 12.30pm at Wyndham Hall (OPEN IN ALL WEATHER).

Cobargo Cobargo Laneway Markets every Saturday from 9am till 1pm.

Tanja Tanja Market 16th June 8.30am - 2.30pm. Homemade Homegrown & Recycled at Tanja Public School & Community Hall.

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.

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

Moruya Moruya Country Market Riverside Park, cnr Shore St and Ford St 8am - 1pm every Saturday morning.

Merimbula RFS Market Saturday 15th, Sunday 16th Thursday 27th, Friday 28th 9am – 3pm at Twyford Hall.

Malua Bay Quota Seaside Market 1st Saturday August, October & December. Malua Bay Beach Reserve, Malua Bay.

Country Kids Market Held quarterly, Saturday 8th December 9am-1pm, Pambula Town Hall. Specialising in preloved and locally handmade items for baby and children. Entry by gold coin (children free). Lucky door prize, and Santa will be visiting from 11am - 12 Noon.

Batemans Bay Batemans Bay Coastal Patrol Market 1st Sun of mth, Corrigans Park, Batehaven, 9am-1pm.

Candelo 1st Sun. of each month from 8.30am 12.30pm. Candelo Oval & Town Hall.


Batemans Bay High School 3rd Sunday of month.

Live Music - December Eden Fishermens Club Ph 6496 1577 Sat 15th Jukebox Saturday Night from 8pm Fri 21st Wayne Trezise from 7pm Fri 28th Gary Carson Jones, 7pm Mon 31st NYE - DOGHOUSE from 8pm Pambula Merimbula Golf Club Ph 6495 6154 Fri 14th Carols on the Green, 6pm Fri 21st Fred and the Fiddler from 6.30pm Mon 31st NYE – Street Party Band Merimbula RSL Ph 6495 1502 Sat 1st Darryl Towney Sat 8th DJ Grey Karaoke Party Sat 15th Candy McVeity Sat 22th Cameron Cusack Wed 26th Once Bitten Thu 27th Make us Famous Fri 28th Upright Retro Cult Sat 29th Darryl Lamb Sun 30th Jones Brothers Duo Garry and Shayne Mon 31st Rubber Soul Beatles Tribute Show. Tickets $55 incl. 2 course meal Mon 31st Unhappy Pirates in the Scenic Lounge - no cover charge. Merimbula Aquarium & Wharf Restaurant Ph 6495 4446 Sun 2nd Steve Clark Trio 12.30 - 3.30pm Lakeview Hotel Ph 6495 1202 Sat 1st DJ Mick Sat 8th DJ Mick Sat 15th DJ Mick Sat 22nd Melbourne DJ’S The Kolors $10.00 cover charge Sat 29th I am Sam and Bongolicious $15.00 cover charge Sun 30th Greg Kew from 4pm Mon 31st NYE - DJ Mick

Club Sapphire Merimbula Ph 6495 1306 Sat 1st Brad Cox, Free in the Main Bar from 7.30pm Fri 7th Rockpool Piano Bar. Free from 7.30pm (bookings essential) Sat 8th Shadoogie’s Rock n Roll X-mas Party. Free in the Audi from 8pm Thu 13th Down South Jazz Club X-mas Party - Open to the public. Fri 14th Rockpool Piano Bar. Free from 7.30pm (bookings essential) Sat 15th Bubbles Christmas Cracker! Brand new Christmas-themed show. Doors open 7.30pm. Tickets $20 members, $25 non-members Fri 21st Rockpool Piano Bar. Free from 7.30pm (bookings essential) Sat 22nd The Little Truck Brothers duo, Free in the Main Bar from 7.30pm Fri 28th Mat McHue (Ex-Beautiful Girls) & the Seperatista Sound System with special guest, Daniel Champagne. Audi from 8pm Mon 31st Shadoogie’s Rock n Roll NYE Party, $20 includes snacks and Champagne on arrival Mon 31st Free Main Bar entertainment from 8pm Club Bega Ph 6492 1055 Fri 1st NPL Poker League Fri 7th Gary Carson Jones Fri 21st Greg Kew

Bega Country Club Ph 6492 1570 Fri 14th The Joneses Dinner & Show 2 course meal $35pp Thu 3rd Steven Spellmaster Jan Bermagui Country Club Ph 6493 4340 Sat 1st Struth from 8pm Fri 7th Darryl Lamb from 8pm Sat 8th Live band or Dj from 8pm Fri 14th Karaoke from 8pm Sat 15th Don Ryan from 8pm Fri 21st Brian and Annie from 8pm Sat 22nd Greg Kew from 8pm Wed 26th Live Band - ‘Black Velvet’ from 8pm Thu 27th Candy from 8pm Fri 28th True Blue from 8pm Sat 29th DJ Col Thomas from 8pm Mon 31st NYE - Live Band - ‘3 on the Tree’ from 8pm All Live entertainment Free of Charge Dromedary Hotel Ph 4473 7223 Sun 9th Moondog Gypsy Blues from 2pm Sun 16th Corey Legge Band, 3pm - 6pm Sun 23rd Mick on Wheels 12pm - 4pm Sun 29th Ben Hanrahan from 3pm Sun 30th Kitty Kat and the Band Of Thieves from 2.30pm

Below: Rubber Soul bring the Beatles back to Merimbula at the Merimbula RSL Club on Monday 31st December. See page 11 for more details.




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Now available in Merimbula and Merimbula Airport 7 days a week.


The Old Bank Building Vulcan Street, Moruya

02 4474 2888

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Moruya Photographics for film processing

on 6495 1074

Bookings essential


Morning and afternoon flights covering Merimbula, Pambula, Eden and Tathra beaches $150pp (45 min duration approx)



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.

Emergency and Other Services

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Featuring • 8 fully self contained 1 & 2 bedroom apartments • Solar heated pool • Air conditioning • Plasma TV • DVD players • Full kitchen • Microwave • Dishwasher • Washer/dryer • Gas BBQ area • Easy stroll to town

Seashells Apartments Merimbula are surrounded by the pristine beaches and crystal clear waters of Merimbula Lake. Situated only 2 minutes stroll to the main swimming beach and Mitchies Jetty.


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 for more information. 2. 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. 3. Naomi Crowther Gallery 2/18 Bate Street Central Tilba (next door to Tilba Bakery). Ph 0244737800. Open Sunday - Wednesday 11am - 3pm. Showcasing the highly collectable, vibrant paintings of Australian visual artist, Naomi Crowther. Crowther’s beautiful work brings a charming and relaxed atmosphere to any room… filling the need for affordable, original artworks that provide a sophisticated image. View her well known “Poppies” series and recent “Coastal” series on show now. 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 handknitted scarves, postcards and photo books showcasing the Far South Coast.


5. Bermagui Mudworks 23 Alexander Dr, Bermagui Ph 6493 4661. Pottery studio & Cafe, with original wheel thrown domestic ware and garden ware. Open 9am to 5pm, closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays. 6. Ivy Hill Gallery 1795 Bermagui Rd, Wapengo. Ph 6494 0152 Monthly exhibitions featuring the work of the finest contemporary artists in the region. 30 November to 31 December at Ivy Hill features sculpture and paintings by Jen Mallinson, and paintings and prints by Tanja Riese. Drinks with the Artists, Saturday 1 December from 6 8 pm. Open 10 - 5 Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon on the coast road at Wapengo. 7. Narek Galleries 1140 Tathra-Bermagui Rd, Tanja. Ph 6494 0112 Established for over forty years, the gallery presents a vibrant programme of regularly changing exhibitions by critically acclaimed Australian artists and craftspeople. December will feature the exhibition 'Short Stories' by Wapengo artist Annie Franklin, with guest curator Helen Maxwell.



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8. Bega Valley Regional Gallery Zingel Place, Bega. Ph 6499 2187 Open Tuesday - Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday 9am - 12 noon. The Grad Show - 16th November to 8th December. A selected exhibition featuring the work of the region’s graduating HSC and TAFE students. Guest speaker for the opening will be Sydney gallerist Iain Dawson. 14 December – 2 February 2013. The Bega Art Prize is the BVRG’s flagship annual local event, open to artists residing in the South East Arts region and highlights the depth and breadth of South East regional art practice. The 2012 categories are Printmedia and Contemporary Craft and Design (wood, textile, glass, jewellery). Official opening is Thursday 13th December 6pm, with guest speaker Emeritus Professor David Williams AM, ANU Research School of Humanities and the Arts (RSHA). All welcome. 9. 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: 16 Nov to 5 Dec - GUDU BOORI'S (Sea Children): Aboriginal artists Donald Atkinson, Cheryl Davison and Brownwyn Smith present paintings and prints. 7 Dec - 23 Jan - SPIRAL SUMMER: South Coast artists Cash 'n Carry exhibition of ceramics, paintings, textiles, jewellery, sculpture, woodwork and whimsy. In Gallery 2: 7 - 27 Dec - A Little Bit of This: A Little Bit of That: Valley Potters with utilitarian ware and sculptural ceramics. 28 Dec - 23 Jan - FIBRE & WOOD: Steve and Helen Stafford present individual works and collaborative pieces.

Art Galleries on the Far South Coast


Batemans Bay to Eden

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 contemporary house and gallery setting with mountain views. New exhibition “Mid-century Modern: The influence of European style on Australian post-war ceramics” opening 30th September as part of the River Music Fair. 11. 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. 12. Artessence Gallery 47 Toalla St Pambula. Ph 6495 7286 Open Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 4.30pm. Paintings, Ceramics, Jewellery, Glassware, Mosaics and Clothing by local and interstate artists.


Glebe Park, 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. 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. A visit to the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre is a must for all visitors

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

to the region. The Heritage Centre has a wonderful display of cheese and butter-making equipment from the 1900's, and provides an insight into how early farmers lived, worked and transported their 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

...will take you there!

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

Licenced Cafe

Bega Secrets

Thornleigh On Newtown

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

6492 6000

Morning & Afternoon Tea & Lunch served from Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm Morning Tea & Lunch on Saturdays 10am-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

The Butchers Block Longest established butcher in Bega, now taking orders via email: Sapphire Marketplace Bega 6492 1162



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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

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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

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

Bull & Cow Antiques We are not expensive we only look that way! Restoration and custom made furniture service available. Open Mon-Fri 9.30 - 5, Sat 10 - 3.

Cnr Carp & Canning Sts Bega 0437 721 513


Caption for Cobargo © Paul photograph Callaghan © Photographer

Cobargo The picturesque historic village of Cobargo is far more than a working village. It is a creative, vibrant place reflecting the diversity and talents of those who live and work in the district. Cobargo boasts two community artistrun galleries. The Black Wattle Gallery and the Lazy Lizard Gallery collectively represent more than 80 local artists and craftspeople all of whom live, create and work in the Cobargo district. Saturday mornings see Cobargo come alive with the laneway and beyond markets. Ello's Train Cafe, in the middle of the village, is home to the railway reading room. You can sit in the midst of a train and read through an extensive collection of books and magazines all about trains. Food lovers can treat themselves at the new Sweet Home Cobargo organic food shop, or the newest cafe Chalk and Cheese. Life's Little Pleasures gift shop has now expanded into bigger premises also offering health and wellbeing treatments.

If you're planning on spending time curled up with a good book, drop in to Well Thumbed Books - they have an extensive selection of secondhand books, with new books arriving every day. Cobargo still has it's old favourites like the butchers and newsagents, the wonderful leather shop, our unique Bangles Pottery shop - you may catch the resident potter at work.

What to See & Do Follow the Cobargo Village Historic Walk and listen to the Audio Tour

Well Thumbed

Well Thumbed Books Quality second-hand Booksbooks. Fiction, non-fiction,

Enjoy a picnic on the banks of the Narira Creek Enjoy the Outdoor Gallery, with painted lightpoles and topiary sculptures

children’s books plus more. Quality second-hand books. Find us at 51 Princess Highway, non-fiction, Cobargo Fiction, (in the old Bakery) Monmore. Fri: 10am to 4pm Phone: 0467 880 476 plus children's books

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

Saturday: 9am to 1pm

Find us at 51 Princes Highway, Cobargo (in the old Bakery) Phone: 0467 880 476 Open Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 9am-1pm

...will take you there!


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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Ello’s Cafe Bangles Gallery A comprehensive range of all Australian made pottery Princes Hwy Cobargo 6493 6421

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

Wallaga Caption Lake, for©photograph Paul Callaghan © Photographer

Bermagui Bermagui offers visitors a myriad of things to do and places to go. Pristine beaches and lakes provide water activities from surfing to swimming, snorkelling, boating and canoeing. Book a fishing charter on one of the many local boats or throw in a line from the beach, rocks or along the Bermagui River. Don't miss a swim in the beautiful Blue Pool, set on the edge of the ocean at the base of the cliffs off Scenic Drive. 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. Visit the new Fishermen's Co-op complex with restaurants, a wine bar and gift shops to wander through, or sit and watch the boats unloading their daily catch of fresh fish. 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. The Bermagui Seaside Fair, a fantastic community event that celebrates life in Bermagui, is held in March each year. Another great cultural event is the biannual Four Winds Festival, held next over the Easter weekend in 2014.

What to See & Do Walk to the entrance of Wallaga Lake Swim in Bermagui's famous Blue Pool, next to the ocean Discover local history at the Bermagui Museum Try a bike ride through forests full of spotted gums and burrawangs. Visit the Montreal Goldfield Kayak up the Bermagui River Enjoy a round of golf at the Country Club

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

...will take you there!

Bermagui Country Club 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

“A unique experience” Admittance by guided tour only Tours daily at 2pm - $5pp - 1¼ hrs

Montreal Goldfield at Bermagui

Groups - Bookings essential 1800 645 808 6493 3054


Central © Paul Callaghan CaptionTilba 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 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 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 nursery on site. Tilba Tilba also has a

general store. 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

passi o n fi s h candles & gifts

Hike to the top of Gulaga (Mt Dromedary) - start at Pam's Store in Tilba Tilba.

Central Tilba NSW

Specialising in locally handcrafted Soy candles

Open 7 days 10am - 4pm

Ph 02 44737714

27 Bate St Central Tilba

Step back in time wandering through the National Heritage listed village of Central Tilba


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Christmas at 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 next winter. If you're looking for some ideas this Christmas, you can't go past one of Phil's beautiful hand-made belts, or have a look at the colourful and functional Mywalit range of purses and bags that Tilba Leather stock. 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. Email tilbaleather@southernphone., htm

ABC Cheese Factory (02) 4473 7387

Dromedary Hotel Food, Accommodation, Functions (02) 4473 7223

Pam’s Store (02) 4473 7311

Tilba Treasures (02) 4473 7799

Central Tilba Farm Cabins (02) 4473 7353

Tilba Leather (02) 4473 7360

Gulaga Gallery (02) 4473 7233


Monthly Garden Advice The Plot Thickens Although we are well and truly into the vegetable growing season there are probably some of us out there who plan on establishing a new garden soon. Although in previous columns I have mentioned vegetable growing generally, it is now opportune to mention things to look out for in the actual construction of the garden. In selecting a site for the vegetable garden, a number of important factors need to be considered before the actual construction commences. Vegetables need sun and lots of it, so it's very important to locate the garden in a position that gives the site as much sun as possible. If actual hours of direct sunlight is a problem, then select a site that is getting morning sun and at least six hours of it. If there has to be shade, then late afternoon shade is better than morning shade. Don't establish the garden near large trees, as the roots of the roots will invade the garden seeking the additional moisture THE and nutrient that is applied, and these roots T I L B of A these T I L important BA will rob the vegetables requirements. When these factors have been looked at, the next step is to decide on how the beds should be constructed. Raised garden beds are good for vegetables as they are easy

got a pH kit, purchase one from your local to reach, and they drain well. Construct nursery – they are very useful. them from hardwood timber or a masonry product after deciding on a size that is Improving the soil is easy with the addition appropriate for the area you have set aside. of well rotted animal manures, home made compost or recycled green waste and any Four or more beds are a good idea so good other product that is likely to improve the crop rotation can be practised, and use soil texture and structure. a well-draining material like old bricks or gravel between the beds to allow access at Add in some lime, then combine all these all times without getting muddy boots. products into the soil with a spade or fork just the thing for great vegetable growing. Have a reliable water supply nearby, either town water or tank water, so that during These things are the basics for getting the growing season, particularly in dry started and you should then be ready to weather, there is no stress on the plants. get vegetables into the soil and to reap the harvest of your efforts. Fencing the garden from unwanted visitors whether birds, possums or other native Some other points to be considered (but fauna is an absolute must. This can be done only as time permits) are construction by individually covering each plot or by of a garden shed for tools and fertiliser constructing a walk-in cage that encloses somewhere in the vicinity, the construction the whole garden. The latter is preferable as of a compost enclosure and then some the need for unsightly netting that has to space for other crops like berries and fruit be removed every time you want to work trees. on the garden is alleviated. When all this has been done Till next year, happy composting@and S P Ithe RESnext most important step of all is the growing Christmas. PH 44737375 WWW.FOXGLO VESPIRES.COM.AU medium – the soil. Keith Mundy Present this The more you improve your soil, the better The Spires Nursery and receive the crop will be and the less work you Tilba Tilba 10% will have to do. Test the soil pH and make discount on sure you have a slightly alkaline soil with entry to garden a pH reading of around 6.5. If you haven't






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

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 Bodalla Nursery 195 Princes Hwy Bodalla Ph 4473 5166 Open 7 days Large range of fruit & deciduous trees.


Moruya River, Moruya © Paul Callaghan

Narooma • Bodalla • Moruya Narooma is one of the most scenic towns on the Far South Coast, sitting between the ocean and the startling blue-green waters of Wagonga Inlet. The town manages to retain a '1950s fishing village' vibe but modernised, with great shops, cafes and restaurants. It's a fantastic place for families, with a patrolled beach, bike tracks and lots of waterways to explore or fish in. Just up the road from Narooma is Bodalla, the village with the magnificent stone church and many other historic buildings. The village was developed by Thomas Mort in the late 1800s as a private country estate

based around the dairy and cheese making industries, which still dominate Bodalla today. Further north, the township of Moruya also has beautifully preserved heritage buildings and streetscapes and is a great place to explore. Fantastic cafes, restaurants and pubs with live music can also be found in this bustling little country town that has lots to offer.

What to See & Do Take a trip to Montague Island Nature Reserve to watch wildlife Visit Bodalla's historic All Saints Church Stroll or ride your bike through Moruya's Riverside Park

Visit our ‘coastal living boutique’ for our eclectic range of clothing, handbags, accessories, unique gifts and coastal decorator items To Di For. Also exhibiting Martina Penning paintings this summer.


The biggest little club on the South Coast

• Xyng’s Asian Restaurant

open Wed-Sun, lunch & dinner & takeaways.

• Lunchtime $8.50 daily,

blackboard specials also available Wed & Thurs nights.

• Club open midday Mon-Fri, 10am Sat & Sun

• 6 Beers on tap / Tooheys Old • Full size Snooker Table GREAT CHINESE KITCHEN Potato Point Rd Bodalla

Unique coastal decor and fashion for you and your home. Shop 1/64 Vulcan St. Moruya Ph 4474 2422

Island Charters Narooma “The Ocean Adventure Specialists”

Catch a fish. Go scuba diving. Snorkel with fur seals. Cruise the Batemans Marine Park. Have a NPWS guided tour of Montague Island. Visit an island lighthouse. Or you could just book out the boat and design your own mixed adventure with a bit of everything!

only 50 metres off the Hwy

Ph (02) 4473 5251

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Amazing maze at the Original Goldrush 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.

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. Jennifer Drynan PROPRIETOR After taking out the award for Cultural “MogoHeritage Cottage” Tourism at the South and 30 Princes Highway Coast Regional Tourism Awards in Mogo NSW 2536 2008, 2009 and 2010, in 2011 the Tel. 4472 5359 (4472 jely) Fax. 4472 4396 Original Gold Rush Colony won the Heritage and Cultural Tourism - Hall of Fame award. ABN 19 419 447 524 Mogo is now famous for its great range ● Beads ● Books of specialty stores, housed in replica ● Magazines ● Findings nineteenth century timber buildings. ● Sterling Silver, There are potteries, galleries, antique ● Ready Made Jewellery, stores, bookshop and coffee shops, ● 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. Make sure Mogo is on your must-see list; whether you're a visitor or a local, there's award-winning places to enjoy.

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

The Old Dairy in Mogo - A Collector’s Visual Feast The Old Dairy now has a great range of shabby chic home decorator embellishments including an array of vintage chic french country romantic swags, beautiful velvet and silk flowers, quilts and throws. For crafty types, The Old Dairy has several different styles of fringed beading, perfect for adding that special touch to home furnishings. There is also a great range of plain and scented candles, perfect for creating an intimate atmosphere. Lovers of fashion have not been forgotten - this summer the Old Dairy has a great range of tops, caftans and dresses, perfect for warm days or balmy evenings. Not everything is new to the Old Dairy though; the fantastic range of dolls and teddy bears are still there to visit. Old favourites include the highly-sought after Charlie Bears, as well as teddies from Settler, Gund and Berrington Boyd to name just a few. The Old Dairy also still carries its famous range of black and white cow ceramics that are always popular as gifts for collectors. The Old Dairy, Shop 2, ClockTower Arcade, Mogo. Phone 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

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


Oyster Shed on the 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. 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. There are lots of great national parks to explore within easy driving distance. 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 Monga National Park to experience the spectacular escarpment or the Murramarang National Park with its coastal forests Head south and explore Malua Bay, Mossy Point and Tomakin. Enjoy a bike ride along the Clyde River Enjoy a meal of local oysters VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Princes Hwy, Batemans Bay Ph: 1800 802 528

...will take you there!




Situated at the end of Wray Street



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

100 metres to Batemans Bay town centre

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

Clyde River Motor Inn Bookings 4472 6444

Ph/Fax: 02 4472 6736 Email:

Enjoy fabulous Clyde River Oysters at the river’s edge. Ask about our BBQ Tours

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Amazing New Maze opens at The Original Gold Rush Colony Run the Maze! Stroll the Maze and read the Panels! Puzzle out the Maze Panels! Win a Prize doing the Maze Crossword! The Original Gold Rush Colony in Mogo 10km south of Batemans Bay has just opened this new exciting activity. The Maze is fun for young and old at different levels. The Original Gold Rush Colony received support from the NSW Government, through Destination NSW’s 2011/12 Regional Tourism Product Development Program. The $25,000 government grant was to build a Palisade Timber Maze as an added

tourist attraction to the already popular Heritage and Culture Educational Tourism facility. The maze is built of palisade timber with gravel paths, and covers 500sqm. The maze will be used as an educational resource for Australiana, the Gold Rush, the Eureka Rebellion and give participants a feeling of being in a stockade. Staff and owners worked long hours to ensure that the maze is open for the summer season, to delight visitors and locals alike. The Official opening of the maze is scheduled to take place on December 3rd, the anniversary of the Eureka Stockade, with the panels reflecting

that historical event. Panels are currently based on the Gold Rush Theme for general use. The questions and answers on the panels can be personalised for functions from birthdays through to trivia, scavenger hunts, team building and educational programs held in the grounds of The Original Gold Rush Colony and the Diggers Rest Tavern. Maze Entry and Mini Train rides on Olga are independent of entry to The Original Gold Rush Colony. Combined Theme Park entry, maze and train tickets receive a discount. Visit the website for more information or phone 4474 2123

What's On - December 22nd May - 31st December Reflections, Eden Killer Whale Museum, Eden 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. Phone 6496 2094 or go to 1st December - Exhibition Opening Jen Mallinson and Tanja Riese, Ivy Hill Gallery, Wapengo. View sculpture and paintings by Jen Mallinson and paintings and prints by Tanja Riese whilst enjoying drinks with the Artists from 6 - 8 pm. Exhibition runs from 30th November to 31st December 2012. Details on page 18 or visit 13th December - Exhibition Opening - The Bega Art Prize 2012, Bega Valley Regional Gallery, Bega The Bega Art Prize is the BVRG’s flagship annual local event, open to artists residing in the South East Arts region. The categories for 2012 are Printmedia and Contemporary Craft and Design (wood, textile, glass, jewellery). Guest speaker for the opening will be Emeritus Professor David Williams AM, ANU Research School of Humanities and the Arts.

Exhibition opens 6pm - all welcome, free entry. Details on page 19. 16th December - Family Christmas Fair Day, Magic Mountain, Merimbula Enjoy a great day out at Magic Mountain with free entry and entertainment including Santa, DJ “Mash Music” and the Nativity Players from 4pm. Rides from $7 per ride or $30 for all day unlimited action (children 4 – 11 yrs). See page 11 for details or visit 31st December - NYE Celebrations, Ford Park, Merimbula Music On The Green Concert with Soul Machine, plus Andy O’Donnell and the Figmentz, entertainment for the kids and fireworks at 9.30pm and midnight. Contact the Merimbula Visitor Information Centre for more details. 2nd January - 23rd January - NPWS Summer Discovery Program Each Wednesday, Discovery Program activities will be conducted at Bournda, Ben Boyd, South East Forest NP and other popular locations. The program includes WilderQuest activities, Nunnock Swamp and Platypus experience, Boat trip and tour of Davidson Whaling Station, Merimbula Boardwalk and many other exciting activities. See page 10 for more information, or go to

To 31st Dec - Photographic Exhibition at Eden killer Whale Museum - Eden

13th Dec - 2nd Feb - Bega Art prize Exhibition - Bega Regional Gallery - Bega

16th Dec - Family Christmas Fair Day at Magic Mountain - Merimbula


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