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April 2012

Far South Coast Region Inside:

Tilba Easter Festival

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

Magic Mountain Family Fair Page 13

Four Winds Festival Bermagui Page 27 1

Four Winds Festival, Bermagui © Paul Callaghan

From the Editor

April Welcome to April on the coast, and what a beautiful time autumn is. The rain has been creating a bit of havoc with Brown Mountain closed due to road damage. If you're travelling down Mt Darragh or the Kings Highway to get to the coast, do take care - there's a lot of extra traffic on the road. It's worth it to get here though there's heaps of festivals and events happening this Easter. Long-running festivals include the 28th Tilba Easter Festival, held on Easter Saturday, and the Four Winds Festival; a biennial event that celebrates its 21st year in 2012. Both of these festivals have their own unique take on community - you'll find more information in our Bermagui and Tilba sections. If you're not sure of what to do on Easter Sunday, there are a couple of options with Magic Mountain in Merimbula holding an Easter Family

Contents Fair, and the Batemans Bay Historical Society running an Open Day at the Old Courthouse Museum. Details on pages 13 and 39. Merimbula's centenary celebrations continue over the Easter weekend you'll find a list of events on page 15. Mountain bike enthusiasts can burn off the Easter egg kilojoules at the Tathra Enduro before heading back to work - have a look on page 19. And for a bit of fun, check out the Bay Theatre Players new show 'We found Love and an Exquisite Set of Porcelain Figurines Aboard the SS Farndale Avenue" - see page 39 for details. Keep up to date with what's happening in our region anytime by downloading the latest edition of the Far South Coast Monthly Imag from our website.

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


Some photos courtesy of NSW Tourism Cover Photo: Rhys Davies rides the tight rope at Tilba Easter Festival 2010. Photographer: Sol Ramana

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



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Merimbula Marina Book Your 5hr Reef Fishing Charter Direct and receive a FREE 2hr Bay Dolphin Cruise

Reef Fishing Charters Departing daily. COOKED BREAKFAST served on board 5hr Charters! This month catching: snapper; morwong; tiger flathead

5 HOUR REEF 3 HOUR FAMILY FISHING $100 Adults $50 Adults $90 Seniors $40 Children $60 Child under 16yrs $270 Family (2 adults & 2 children)

Game Fishing

The 2012 season is in full swing with both Sea Eagle & True Blue catching some great sized Striped Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna in January & February. April is set to see more of the same and is typically our best month for Game Fishing. Charters departing regularly all month. Special Share 8hr Gamefish with lunch included only $200pp till the end of the month. Full Day Kingfish Charters also available $150pp


View Merimbula’s spectacular coastline from the water. Regularly sighting dolphins, seals, turtles, penguins and seabirds.

2 HOUR DOLPHIN CRUISE $30 Adult $27 Senior/Student $20 Child (2-15yrs) $10 Child under 2yrs $85 per family (2 adults, 2

2 HOUR BBQ CRUISE $40 Adult $35 Senior/Student Concession $25 Child (2-15yrs, child under 2 free) $110 Family (2 adults + 2 children

under 16yrs)

children under 16yrs) $10 per additional child from same family

Hire Boats

Rods available for hire

½ hr - $25 1 hr - $35 2 hrs - $50 3 hrs - $65 4 hrs - $80 5 hrs - $95 All day special - ONLY $120 A fun way to explore the beautiful Merimbula Lake

Visit us at the end of Public Jetty in Market Street, opposite the Lakeview Hotel

or Phone 6495 1686


Eden Wharf, Eden © Paul Callaghan


George Bass and Matthew Flinders were the first Europeans to ‘discover’ Twofold Bay in 1798, but the region had been inhabited by members of the Yuin nation for thousands of years, attracted by the rich food resources offered by the sea and surrounding forests. Eden’s Simply Succulents 100’s of plants at wholesale prices lOver 700 named plants in private collection to view lOpen most days other times by appointment l

47 Government Rd Eden. 02 6496 1906


Local Aboriginal people had a strong connection with killer whales, and this included the harvesting of small whales and fish that killer whales herded into the shallows. A permanent shore-based whaling station was first established by the Imlay Brothers in the 1830s, and whaling continued for another century. For a real taste of life in the whaling industry you can also visit Davidson Whaling Station, the longest operating shore-based whaling station in Australia, located on Kiah Inlet at Twofold Bay. Historic Boydtown is also worth a visit - make sure you drop in to the beautifully restored Seahorse Inn.

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

Wrecks, reef and the Mermaid at the Eden Killer Whale Museum




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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:

at the Best Western Coachman’s Rest Motor Inn

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Ph 6496 1900 Opposite Eden Golf Club 81 Princes Hwy Eden

Above: Divers and the Mermaid anchor. Xanthe Rivett photographer 2009

Killer Whale

Lamplighter Restaurant

• Specialising in fresh local seafood • Local succulent steaks • Children catered for • Book your function NOW

men on the other two ships. Wrecks, reefs and the Mermaid is on display from 17th February - 20th May.

MoTel & UNiTS

A new photographic exhibition at the Museum shows maritime archaeologists at work on two rewarding expeditions off the Queensland coast two years ago. In partnership with the Silentworld Foundation, Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) divers found the remains of HM Colonial Schooner Mermaid on the Great Barrier Reef in January 2009 and investigated other wreck sites on Wreck Reefs in the Coral Sea in December. This ANMM travelling exhibition, titled Wrecks, reef and the Mermaid, includes stunning underwater photographs and a short video, all by Xanthe Rivett, of the dive team in action and their coralencrusted finds. The 21.4 metre (70-foot) Mermaid ran aground off the Frankland Islands, some 40 km south-east of Cairns, in 1829. Attempting a short-cut through the Great Barrier Reef and ignoring advice from more experienced officers aboard, the captain ran the schooner onto an unidentified reef where it became a total wreck. In December 2009 the ANMM/ Silentworld team headed 450 km offshore to Wreck Reefs in the Coral Sea, where divers took just 4 days to locate and survey the remains of two vessels

closely associated with Matthew Flinders. HMS Porpoise, a 10-gun Royal Navy sloop, with Flinders on board as a passenger, was travelling in convoy through the relatively unexplored waters of the Coral Sea when it struck an isolated and unchartered reef. Porpoise immediately fired a cannon to warn two following vessels – Cato, an armed cargo ship, and Bridgewater, an East India Company cargo ship. Cato and Bridgewater both changed course, but towards each other. Cato too struck the reef, just two cable lengths (370 metres) from Porpoise. Bridgewater ignominiously continued on its way to India, with no heed for the plight of the

• 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


Pambula Beach © Paul Callaghan Caption for photograph © Photographer

Pambula The Pambula River floodplain was for thousands of years a source of food and materials for the Thaua people of the Yuin nation. Europeans first explored the region during George Bass's southern voyage of 1797. Seeking shelter from a gale, Bass travelled up the Pambula River, noting its beauty in his diary. A marker has been erected by the National Parks and Wildlife Service on this historic site. European settlement began in the 1830's, with the original township built on the southern banks of the Pambula River. Severe flooding in the 1860s meant the town had to be re-located to its present site on higher ground. In 1888, gold was discovered on the banks of the Yowaka River, and by 1891 there were eleven mining companies in operation at the Mount Gahan site. Pambula’s historic past is very much in evidence today, with beautifully restored and maintained historic

buildings and farmhouses. Pambula today has an eclectic mix of businesses, with art galleries, cafes, restaurants, gift shops and pubs. It's a great place to shop for something a bit different. At the southern end of the town is Panboola, a fantastic community conservation and heritage project that has transformed this part of Pambula over the past 10 years. Covering former farmland, areas of saltmarsh, billabongs and the former Pambula Racecourse, the area has been extensively re-planted and has great walking and cycling tracks. The old race track is a great spot for the kids to cycle around, with the centre of the track often inhabited by kangaroos. Just 5 minutes east of the village is Pambula Beach, set between the ocean, the mouth of Pambula River and Ben Boyd National Park. Pambula Beach has an excellent

swimming beach patrolled by the Pambula Surf Life Saving Club, a dog friendly beach at Middle Beach and the beautiful Pambula Rivermouth is great for families. Heading south toward Eden turn off the Highway to Pambula Lake, where there’s a boat ramp for launching vessels. Several oyster growers sell fresh Pambula Lake oysters here too, including Broadwater Oysters.

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

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


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

♦ Original Artwork ♦ Needlework ♦ Just about anything

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

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

Diverse Range of Gluten-free products 26 Quondola St Pambula 6495 6649

Bermagui, Merimbula Pambula and Eden

A unique & refreshing selection of paintings, ceramics, jewellery, glassware, sculpture and clothing

Tours available for all ages & experience levels. First time paddlers welcome

Open Mon-Fri 9.30 to 4.30pm Sat 10 to 2pm

47 Toalla Street Pambula

6495 7286

Certified Sea Kayak Guides & Instructors NSW Maritime Authority Lic HD0405

For bookings Ph 02 6493 5635 or 0405 529 214

Your local liquor specialist


PAMBULA’S LITTLE JUST A PLACE TO BUY A CASE OF BEER, IT’S YOUR ONE STOP PREMIUM LIQUOR SHOP WITH: • No parking or traffic hassles DRIVE • No parking or traffic hassles • An extensive range of


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• An extensive range of premium wines & spirits • Weekly specials • Friendly & knowledgeable customer service • A delivery service till late is available

premium wines & spirits Weekly specials Friendly & knowledgeable customer service A delivery service till late is available

4/13 Toalla St Pambula. Ph:St 6495 6335 4/13 Toalla Pambula

Ph 6495 6335




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

02 6495 6704

0414 524 064


Oaklands Pambula ♦ Trail & Pony Rides Ph 0428 957 257 ♦ Animal Nursery ♦ Farm & Garden Supplies, Nursery Ph 6495 7257 ♦ Merv’s Shed - Old Wares & Collectables Ph 6495 6822 ♦ Oaklands Café - Breakfast, snacks, coffee, lunch, morning or afternoon tea. Functions & Dinner by arrangement. Open 9am - 4pm 7 days Ph Café 6495 7373

Next to the Pambula Bridge 6495 7257


Merimbula Lake, Merimbula 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.

8 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. 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 and the surrounding areas that offer live music; especially during the annual Jazz Festival in June. Merimbula celebrates its 100th birthday this March and April - see page 15 for more information.

What to See & Do Try sea kayaking 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!

Take part in the National Parks Discovery Program this Easter The NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service are again running holiday activities this Easter across several National Parks sites and other popular locations across the Far South Coast. There is something for everybody young, old and families. Activities range from action-packed to more relaxed pursuits, and they are all lots of fun! Contact the nearest Parks office for a full listing of available activities this Easter. Previous programs have included: • Rock Pool Ramble

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Nunnock Swamp and Platypus experience Boat trip and Tour of Davidson Whaling Station Merimbula Boardwalk Aboriginal Bushwalk Canoeing Snorkelling with Giant Jellyfish at Bournda National Park Wanda on Wheels touring around Parks in the region

some activities. Program details will be available from local Visitor Centres, National Parks offices in Merimbula, Narooma and Bombala or check out the National Parks website at For bookings and information call 1300 361 606 or 02 6495 5000

Please note that the activities listed above may not be available this Easter, and that fees may be applicable for

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

Heelz - welcomes you to our new store to experience our range of hand selected Ladies Quality Shoes, Handbags & Accessories from all over the globe. Now located at Shop 3/68 Market St, Merimbula (next to the lolly shop). Parking at the front & nearby. “Its’ all about the style” See you soon at Heelz 3/68 Market St Merimbula 6495 2811

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

Fish Feeding Monday, Wednesday & Friday 11.30

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

Lake Street Merimbula Phone (02) 6495 4446




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

ph 6495 1557

Shopping by the sea for a great Merimbula Experience... Retailers and businesses in Merimbula are offering monthly deals, discounts and specials as part of the “Our Merimbula” Shop Local campaign. Customers can sign up for their free keytag, which qualifies them for the deal of the month at any of the participating stores or businesses. Each business will provide a unique special for the month, so make sure you show your keytag to find out what

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

their particular deal is, or log on to to view the month’s info. Visitors to Merimbula can also benefit from the campaign; some unit or room keys already have an Our Merimbula keytag, a­­nd regular visitors can sign up for their own. Keytags are available at participating stores and the Merimbula Visitor Information Centre. Monthly specials are advertised in-store, and on the Our Merimbula website. The logo is displayed at participating stores, so call in, sign up for a keytag, and enjoy the Merimbula Experience.

99 Main Street Merimbula 02 6495 3091

EFTPOS, City Link & Mobile Recharge available

Get on the water at Top Lake Boat Hire


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

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

Eco friendly, organic & fair trade products

Our Merimbula - The Promenade

or Sale F s s e n i Bus

♦ Mela Purdie ♦ Verge ♦ Andiamo ♦ Boo Radley ♦ Marilyn Seyb Shop 8 The Promenade Merimbula 6495 2018

Organic hair, body, mineral makeup and skin care. Vitamins, herbs, homeopathics, cleaning products, baby products, organic seeds, nuts, and a huge selection of coffee & teas. Fantastic eco friendly gifts and DELICIOUS VEGETARIAN CAFÉ

with divine organic coffee and food… Shop 7 The Promenade Merimbula 6495 2999

Boardwalk Pancakes, Crepes & Ice Creams Breakfast Lunch Okonomiyaki Lake Views, On the Boardwalk Opposite Sanity

BOOKS, COFFEE, MUSIC And that chocolate indulgence!

Smarty Pants A great combination of surf, skate and street wear. Labels include Havaianas, Elwood, Mossimo, Lollita, Seafolly Kids, All About Eve, O & E, Rockstar, Famous, Kustom & Osiris.

Shops 5&6 The Promenade Merimbula 6495 1969

Shop 10 The Promenade Merimbula 6495 4011

Pins ‘n’ Needles Patchwork Fabrics & Quilting Supplies, Needlework Supplies & Kits, Dress Fabrics, Fashion Patterns & Haberdashery Wool, Knitting & Craft Supplies & Books

Your local lingerie specialist

Shop 9 The Promenade Merimbula 6495 3646

Shop 12 The Promenade Merimbula 6495 2368


Camping Plus for all your camping needs AUSTRALIA


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

If you’re looking for advice about camping gear, ask Robyn and Peter Reynolds, owners of Merimbula’s Camping Plus; they’re big fans of camping and 4WD themselves. Robyn is a ‘real’ local (she was born here) and Peter arrived more than 20 years ago, and they’ve spent a lot of time exploring the region. At Camping Plus, Robyn, Peter and their staff combine their knowledge of the area with their practical experience of the latest equipment, manufactured by well-known companies whose products they stock, including: • Primus - gas stoves and lights, tents,


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

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



accessories and equipment • Roman - high quality sleeping bags • Waeco - coolers, portable fridges •Rucsac - lightweight hiking gear & knives • Coleman - tents, accessories and equipment • Companion - gas stoves and lights • GME - GPS and land-based communication equipment, including hand-held radios. Whether you’re into remote camping carrying your home on your back, or luxury camping at your favourite spot under the stars, Camping Plus have the equipment to suit all requirements and budgets. And of course, they’ve got plenty of the things that sometimes get left at home, lost or broken - cutlery, tent pegs, spare poles, tarps, maps etc. Camping Plus - Everything you NEED and most of what you WANT A whole world in one shop and a team that knows what to do with it. Camping Plus 6 Alice St. Merimbula. Phone 6495 2571

Enjoy the Easter Magic at Magic Mountain Feel like doing something a bit different this Easter? Magic Mountain is having a Family Easter Fair, and everyone is invited - even the Easter Bunny! There are lots of activities planned for the kids, music for everyone and it's all happening on Sunday April 8th. A highlight of the day will be the Easter Hat Parade, where everyone is encouraged to make an Easter Hat. It wouldn't be Easter without an Egg Hunt, and Magic Mountain is a great venue for those who take their egg hunting seriously. The Easter Bunny will be hopping by to say hello and

make sure there are enough eggs to go around. DJ Grey will be providing the music, and there's also Kids Karaoke to keep the junior members of the family entertained as well as face painting. Don't forget there's the Diamond Python Rollercoaster, the Mini Grand Prix Cars, Doom Tube and Black Hole Waterslides, Mountain Slide Toboggan, Mini Golf, Toddler Town Cars, Magic Carpet Slide to enjoy and much more! Magic Mountain will be open from 10am to 4pm, and entry is free for the day. Sapphire Coast Drive, Merimbula The

Merimbula Lakeview Hotel




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

Sunday 8th April Entertainment by DJ Grey Kids Karaoke Easter Hat Parade, Easter Egg Hunt, Face Painting & The Easter Bunny! Gates open at 10am

FREE ENTRY Ph: 02 6495 2299

1 Market St. Merimbula Ph (02) 6495 1202

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

Sapphire Coast Drive, Merimbula

Golf•Cycle BBQ•Relax

New Activities . . . . . . . . .

A r c he ry Paddl e B oa ts Giant J ump i n g Pi l l ow Bike tra i l s & Hi re 9 hol e g ol f course 9 hol e p i tch & p utt 1 8 h ol e mi n i - g ol f Wat er Gol f C r o q uet, b occe & o r ien te eri n g

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

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

Just 5 minutes north of Merimbula on Sapphire Coast Drive


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:

40 FLAVOURS OF ICE CREAM • Gelati • Yoghurt • Sundaes

• Hot Dogs • Nachos • Pancakes • Milkshakes • Coffee

Merimbula Ice Creamery


(opposite Merimbula PO Ph 6495 2311)

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

(02) 6495 9651

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


Baby Koala Sapphire at Potoroo Palace Potoroo Palace Native Animal Sanctuary's baby Koala received her official name recently. The raffle for the naming rights had been running across the region for months, and at a much-anticipated celebration, local motel owner Sue Wilson's name was drawn. She promptly gave the prize to her cleaner, Judy Waiting, who, after lunch with friends, decided on a name. Meet Sapphire. The Sanctuary's cutest baby is just leaving the rambunctious stage - crawling on mum's head, chasing the boots of keepers and grabbing them, running up trees and leaping back down. "It's because she was still on mum's milk," says Head Zookeeper Karen Johnson. "Once she converts to gum leaves it'll be all snoozeville.” The Sanctuary has three baby emus, too. Found by a local forester, they were hatched and midwifed by one of the keepers, and are growing fast. They’re already more than knee-high to most things, and are consummate goofballs – running, somersaulting, dancing under the sprinkler; typical Aussie kids, having fun and growing fast. From echidnas to wombats, dingoes, kangaroos, cockatoos, possums, Potoroo has most things Australian (including a Hills Hoist about behind the feed shed). Potoroo Palace is 9km north of Merimbula on the Princes Hwy, and is open every day from 10am - 4pm. Below: Sapphire with her Mum when she was just 3 months old.

Merimbula Celebrates its Centenary with 10 days of events On March 27th this year Merimbula celebrates the 100th anniversary of its gazettal as a Township. The gazettal was a cause for celebration, as even though the area had been actively occupied by a number of families for a time previously, Merimbula was at last properly recognised as a Town. A wide range of events have been planed to celebrate Merimbula's 100th birthday - here's a sample of some of the things happening over late March and April.

Tuesday 27th March 12.30pm The Celebrations will be launched with a luncheon at Club Sapphire, Merimbula, at which former Australian Test Cricketer and educator, Paul Sheahan (courtesy of Rex Airlines), will be guest speaker. Paul will officially start the celebrations. His address will be followed by the launch by local identity Chappie Munn of a Pictorial History that has been commissioned by the Merimbula– Imlay Historical Society. A birthday cake will be cut by the oldest living Merimbula born resident Mary (Posey) Gray. The Launch will also feature a choir of 100 voices singing the Centenary Anthem.

Friday 30th March Friday night The Merimbula Special Events Committee will host a Centenary Ball at the Merimbula RSL Club. Music will be provided by the Royal Military College Duntroon Big Band, one of the nation’s best known group of musicians. Tickets for the Ball can be purchased at the RSL.

Below: S.S. Merimbula at the Wharf

Saturday 31st March

Wednesday 4th April

8.00am Pambula-Merimbula Golf Club’s 36 hole Centenary Competition, running over 2 days, commences. Mid-morning RAAF Roulettes acrobatic team perform their spectacular aerial display for the first time ever over Merimbula. Afternoon Sapphire Coast Turf Club will hold their Far South Coast Hotels TAB Race Day at their Kalaru race track. 4.00pm Ecumenical Church service at St Josephs Church, Main Street, Merimbula. 6.30pm The Merimbula-Imlay Historical and the RSL Sub-Branch host the William Dawes Memorial Dinner at the RSL. The William Dawes was an American Liberty ship, torpedoed by a Japanese submarine off Tathra Headland in July 1942, and a number of boats from Merimbula rescued the crew. Bookings for the dinner should be made at the RSL.

Morning Dick Smith will fly to Merimbula to take part in the burial of a Time Capsule in the Museum grounds, prepared by students at Lumen Christi College 12.30pm Luncheon at the RSL Club, featuring guest speaker Dick Smith. The luncheon costs $25 per person, with bookings made at the RSL. 7.30 pm The Merimbula Square Dance Club will hold a free, Come, See and Try Dance Night at Club Sapphire. All welcome.

Sunday 1st April Morning A flotilla of boats will leave Merimbula to lay a wreath as near as possible to the point where the William Dawes was hit. 9.30am The Merimbula Cricket Club will contest a cricket match at the Berrambool oval against the Diggers Football Club. 10am Bimbimbie Retirement Village will celebrate the Centenary with a special Thanksgiving Service. 12.30pm The Merimbula Boardriders will commence their surf races at Main Beach, Merimbula. 4.00pm The RBS Morgans Ride for Cancer arrives from Canberra via Bombala at Main Street Merimbula. Below: View of the Hotel and foreshore

Thursday 5th April 6.00pm Down South Jazz Club’s special Centenary Gig at the Lakeview Hotel. 7.00pm Merimbula Artists Group will open their Easter Art Show at Twyford Hall, Merimbula. 7.30pm Rhonda Birchmore performs “Legs 11” at Club Sapphire - bookings essential from the Club.

Friday 6th April 6.30pm The combined View Clubs Centenary Dinner at Club Sapphire. Contact the Club for bookings. Saturday 7th April 11.00am Grand Parade Winding its way from Merimbula Drive to Market Street, Beach Street, back to Main Street and then along to Spencer Park, where there will be a BBQ lunch. 1.00pm Grand Finale Community Showcase Concert. 5.00pm McClymont Sisters perform a special country & western concert at Magic Mountain that evening from 6.00pm. Bookings should be made at Magic Mountain. Below: Looking across Merimbula to Short Point


Far South Coast Art Galleries

Art Galleries Trail Batemans Bay to Eden 1. The Land of Many Waters Gallery The Land of Many Waters Gallery Batemans Bay Visitors Centre, Princes Highway, Batemans Bay. Ph 4472 6900. Open 7 days. Mixed exhibition featuring local artists working with textiles, print, pastel, paint and more. All work for sale. Visit www. for more information. 2. Artfull Gallery Shop 3, Clocktower Arcade, Mogo. Ph 4474 5588. Open 10.30am - 4pm Tuesday to Sunday. Representing a stylistically-varied selection of local art by established and emerging artists, with a leaning toward the contemporary and modern, but with smatterings of old-world and traditional works; original and unique Australian Art at affordable prices. 3. To Di For Designer Accessories Shop 1, 64 Vulcan Street, Moruya. Ph 4474 2422. Open Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm, Saturday 9am - 2pm. Martina Penning exhibits her colourful art with a twist. 4. Gumnut Hideaway Gallery ‘Couria Creek’ 9065 Princes Highway, Tilba Tilba. Ph 4473 7211 Open most days – please ring first. Rustic timber gallery exhibiting images on canvas by local nature and landscape photographer Lindy Quin. Also photo books showcasing the Far South Coast.


5. Bermagui Mudworks 23 Alexander Dr, Bermagui Ph 6493 4661. Open 10am - 5pm Thursday to Monday until June 11th (Queen's birthday long weekend) Pottery studio & Cafe, with original wheel thrown domestic ware and garden ware. 6. Ivy Hill Gallery 1795 Bermagui Rd, Wapengo. Ph 6494 0152 Open 10am to 5pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Monthly exhibitions featuring the work of the finest contemporary artists in the region. Current exhibition: 30 March to 30 April at Ivy Hill will be Chris Denton's drawings and prints, Danielle Pirrie's portraits and Philippe Ravenel's ironwork. The Gallery will remain open until 7pm during Easter. Guest of honour at drinks with the Artists will be Four Winds Festival's Genevieve Lacey. Saturday 31 March 6 pm.



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Batemans Bay to Eden 7. Bega Valley Regional Gallery Zingel Place, Bega. Ph 6499 2187 Open Tuesday - Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday 9am - 12 noon. Drawings - New work by Matthew Jones March 9th to April 14th. Opens Friday, March 9th at 6pm. All welcome at the opening. Featuring mixed media work by the Far South Coast Living Artist Scholarship recipient for 2011, Matthew Jones.

First Cut: April 20 - May 26. Featuring the work of emerging sculptor Harry Townsend and painter Craig Cameron. Opens Friday 20th April at 6pm. All welcome A two-man exhibition showcasing the work of the BVRG’s ANU School of Art’s Emerging Artist Scholarship Scheme (EASS) recipient Harry Townsend alongside local artist Craig Cameron. 8. Spiral Gallery 47 Church St Bega. Ph 6492 5322 Open Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday 10am-1pm. Represents regional, emerging and established artists. In Gallery 1: To 18th April - Autumn Show - paintings, ceramics, sculpture, jewellery and textiles by 20 south coast artists. 20th April - 9th May - IMAGINE!! showcasing extraordinary artwork from the region's creative youth aged 12-25, & celebrating Youth Week 2012. Opening on Friday 20th April at 5pm and running until 9th May, this exhibition is open to artists aged 12-25 and is focussed around music. In Gallery 2: To 18th April - Images & Wood - Craig Noble & Steve Stafford - photography & woodwork. 20th April - 9th May - Spiral Artists.

Art Galleries on the Far South Coast



9. Australian Pottery at Bemboka 1 Oliver Street, Bemboka ph 6493 0491 Open October June Friday to Monday 10am to 5pm or by appointment. Australian pottery made in the last half century, in a contemporay house and gallery setting with mountain views. This season's exhibition - 'Body | Surface | Form' - contrasts the effect of flame on wood-fired works with the delicacy of porcelain and the bling of lustres and crystalline glazes. 10. Boardwalkart Gallery 7 Bodalla Place, Merimbula. Phone 6495 4608 Open September - May, Wednesday and Sunday only from 11am - 3pm. Extended times during Christmas and Easter school holidays. Other times open by appointment only. Exhibition of paintings by Tracey Creighton. Gallery fronts Merimbula Lake accessible from the boardwalk. Art Lessons and Creative Workshops available throughout the year. 11. Artessence Gallery 47 Toalla St Pambula. Ph 6495 7286 Open Monday - Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm, Saturday 10am - 2pm. Paintings, Ceramics, Jewellery, Glassware, Mosaics and Clothing by local and interstate artists.


Middle Lake, Mimosa Rocks National Park © Paul Callaghan


With beautiful beaches, estuaries and National Parks all close by, Tathra is an ideal holiday destination for both families and couples. Tathra’s famous historic Wharf, classified by the National Trust as the only remaining steamer wharf on the Australian coastline, is a popular spot for fishing. Built in 1862, the wharf was built from funds donated by farmers and the Illawarra Steam Navigation Company and operated until 1952. Swimming at Tathra’s patrolled beach (summer only) may provide the added bonus of a dolphin sighting, and passing whales, heading south on their migration, are frequently seen from September to November.


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

To book phone 6494 4925

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

What to See & Do

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

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

Cnr Andy Poole Drv & Dilkera Rd Tathra


Tathra also has great places to eat, ranging from gourmet delis to cafés and restaurants. A mecca for mountain bike enthusiasts, the Tathra area has some of the best single MTB tracks on the east coast.

Ph 6494 1280

Tathra Mountain Bike Enduro is back in 2012 Mountain biking on the Far South Coast steps up a gear in April, with the Tathra Mountain Bike Enduro running over the weekend of the 21st and 22nd. Characterised by unparalleled coastal scenery, sweeping single track and some gut wrenching climbs, the Tathra Enduro will again showcase the best coastal and wilderness mountain bike (MTB) trails – incorporating the Mimosa Rocks National Park, the Tanja State Forest and the Tathra Doolagharl single track. The Tathra MTB Enduro will feature five events across the weekend. On Saturday there's a 10km timed prologue and two children's races ; a 1 - 2 lap race for little ones, plus a 3km race for under 14s. Sunday is the big day with the King Nelba 100km, Goat’s Knob 50km and the Doolagharl 20km races. In 2012, the event is again pedalling

a strong community cause, with all profits from the Enduro going towards renewable energy projects, and the development of sustainable mountain bike trails in the region. Funds raised from the 2011 Enduro provided solar panels for the Bega Aboriginal Land Council and the Uniting Church, and a wind turbine for the Tathra Surf Club. Event organiser Jake Iskov announced some minor changes to events from last year's Enduro. “The King Nelba 100km will be as challenging as ever, but we will be streamlining the course to take the sting from the tail of the event" Iskov announced. “There are also some surprises in store in the Goat’s Knob 50km – but you will have to wait and see what they are,” teased Iskov. Iskov said the staging of the event on the last weekend of the NSW

Easter school holidays was aimed at encouraging families to visit the coastal town. “Tathra is famous for its sun and surf – now we’ve added the single track – which makes it the ideal family getaway.” Entries are open for the marathon King Nelba 100km and the epic Goat’s Knob via Further information on the Tathra MTB, accommodation and local activities can be found on the event website: tathraenduro

Tathra Beach

Located directly opposite Tathra’s famous surf beach

Tathra Laundrette

Country Club Golf or Tennis Ph 6494 1220

The Golden Sands Chinese Restaurant

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

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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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Farmland, Bega © Paul Callaghan


Bega is the business and administrative heart of the Bega Valley. It is also a place of natural beauty, surrounded by lush pastures and forests hugging the escarpment. 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 1900's, 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. The new Sapphire Marketplace complex has opened after a 15 month construction phase, bringing nationally

recognised retail outlets to Bega. Housing the largest Big W outside of Sydney, the complex represents a huge change to Bega's retail landscape.

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

...will take you there!

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

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

Open 9am - 5pm, 7 days

(closed Christmas Day & Good Friday)

Ph 02 6491 7762

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

Ph 02 6491 7645


Fax 02 6491 7646

Bega Secrets

Award winning range of food, Pizza deals and more. Open 10am-9.30pm Mon to Fri, 4.30pm-9.30pm Sat & Sun. At 98 Carp St Bega next to Coles with plenty of parking. Phone ahead for prompt service: Thornleigh On Newtown Cafe Morning & Afternoon Tea & Lunch served from Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm Breakfast & Lunch Saturday 8am-2pm The cafe is the perfect place to sit back and enjoy our coffee with great company & our friendly service.

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

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

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• Fantastic range of instruments &

• Fantastic range of instruments & accessories • Print music, CD’s & DVD’s •accessories Print music, CD’s & DVD’s •• The in Hi-Fi & Home Thebest best in Hi-Fi & Theatre Home Theatre • School of Music - teaching all instruments

• Magpie School of Music - teaching all instruments 125 Auckland St Bega 6492 3533

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

Behind Candelo Bulk Wholefoods and next to the Gipps St carpark

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

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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


Thornleigh on Newtown Café now open Bega's newest edition to the food scene is the Thornleigh on Newtown Cafe, housed in the beautifully restored historic Bismarck House. Local chef Steve Jackson is making the most of Bega's regional, seasonal produce, creating a menu based on

rustic comfort food. Several components of dishes are made in-house, including traditional curries, sausages, slow braises, pickles and baked goods. Steve's farm to table approach creates

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

82 Gipps Street Bega 6492 1055


dishes that are full of real flavour simple, healthy and honest food. Dishes include twice-cooked housemade chicken sausages on a barbecued corn salad, the Cow-Man's, not Ploughman's, Lunch, or for breakfast, corn fritters with chorizo or free-range baked eggs with cream and herbs. Thornleigh on Newtown is open for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm, as well as breakfast on Saturdays from 8am to 2pm. Thornleigh on Newtown, 187 - 189 Newtown Rd, Bega. Phone 6492 4359

Step back in time at the Bega Pioneers Museum A fantastic place to learn about Bega's history is the Bega Pioneers Museum, on the Corner of Auckland and Bega Streets. Housing the largest collection of framed photographs of pioneers in NSW, even the building which houses the Museum is classified (it was built in 1858-9 and operated as a hotel). The Pioneers' Museum has many rooms and outside exhibition areas containing pieces from every aspect of early Bega - industries, clothing, military, machinery, transport, household effects, as well as family histories. Wandering through the Museum really is like stepping back in time, and children will find the displays of everyday items fascinating. The Pioneers Museum is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am 4pm, and Saturday from 10am - 2pm, except public holidays..

What's On - April 17th February - 20th May - Wrecks, reef and the Mermaid , Eden Killer Whale Museum, Eden This Australian National Maritime Museum Trust exhibition shows maritime archeologists at work on two expeditions off the Queensland coast in 2009. Stunning photography and a short video are included in the exhibition. Check page 5 for more information, phone 6496 2094 or go to 27th March - 7th April - Merimbula's 100th Centenary, Merimbula Lunches, book launches, dinners, RAAF Roulettes, RBS Morgans Ride for Cancer, dances, Dick Smith, Rhonda Birchmore, Grand Parade and Community Showcase Concert - Merimbula has a lot to celebrate, and it's celebrating with a lot of events! See page 15 for more information and details. 31st March - Exhibition Opening - Chris Denton, Danielle Pirrie and Phillipe Ravenel Drinks with the artists plus guest of honour Genevieve Lacey, Artistic Director, Four Winds Festival on Saturday March 31st at 6pm. Details on page 16 or go to April - NPWS Discovery Program Activities in National Parks throughout the Easter holidays. See page 9 or Phone 1300 361 606 or 6495 5000 for details and bookings. 6th - 8th April - Four Winds Festival, Bermagui World premieres of pieces played by outstanding musicians in a beautiful bush setting - a wonderful weekend of classical and contemporary music like you've never heard before. Details on page 27 or go to 7th April - 28th Tilba Easter Festival For one day each year, the cars are kicked off the main street of Central Tilba and the Festival takes over! Four stages with music, heaps of street games, roaming performers, reptile show and the Great Zamboni. Entry only $10 for adults, $5 for pensioners and teenagers, under 13s free. Find more information on page 32 or check out

8th April - Easter Family Fair, Magic Mountain Easter Hat Parade. Easter Egg Hunt, Face painting and the Easter Bunny - a great day out for the whole family at Magic Mountain. Details on page 13 or go to 8th April - Open Day, Old Courthouse Museum, Batemans Bay Lots of Easter Fun at the Museum including Cobb and Co. stagecoach rides, displays from the Moruya Antique Tractor & Farm Machinery Association plus the newest and oldest fire truck in the Bay Fire Brigades' shed. Food, market stalls plus the Museum's own displays. Details on page 39 or at 14th April - 5th May - We Found Love and an Exquisite set of Porcelain Figurines aboard the SS Farndale Ave, Bay Theatre Players, Batemans Bay This side-splitting evening of laughs from the Bay Theatre Players features the indomitable 'ladies only' of the fictional Farndale Avenue Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society. Bookings at 4472 5984 or at 20th April - Exhibition Opening - First Cut, Bega Valley Regional Gallery Featuring the work of Harry Townsend, recipient of ANU's Emerging Artist Scholarship Scheme and local artist Craig Cameron. Opening on Friday 20th April at 6pm - all welcome. Details on page 17 or at Community/Art_Gallery/Art_Gallery.htm 20th April - Exhibition Opening IMAGINE!!, Spiral Gallery, Bega Spiral celebrates Youth Week by showcasing artwork from the region's creative youth aged 12 - 25. Exhibition opens at 5pm, 20th April More info on page 17 or visit 21st - 22nd April - Tathra MTB Enduro, Tathra With mountain bike races varying from 20km to 100km through National Parks, State Forests and on single tracks, the Tathra Enduro raises funds for renewable energy projects and the development of sustainable mountain bike trails. Details on page 19 or visit tathraenduro

6th to 8th Apr - Four Winds Festival

7th April - Tilba Easter Festival




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21st - 22nd Apr - Tathra Mountain Bike Enduro


Caption Fishermen's for photograph Wharf Bermagui © Photographer © Paul Callaghan


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

one of the many local boats or throw in a line from the beach, rocks or along the Bermagui River. Try out the 18-hole golf course, hit a ball around the tennis courts or play bowls at the Bermagui Country Club.

Cellar Door ● Open Thu to Sun & all Easter 11am - 4pm Piazza serving pizza & light snacks ● Open all Easter 12 - 3pm & 5 - 7pm Restaurant ● Open Thursday to Sunday & all Easter 12 - 2.30pm Open for Dinner Good Fri & Easter Sat from 6pm (bookings Essential)

2845 Bermagui/Tathra Rd, Murrah

14km › Bermagui 28km ›Tathra

Phone 6494 0164

The Terrace Cafe at the Club is open every day for lunch and dinner; you can pore over the menu online so you can order as soon as you arrive. Visit the Fishermen's Co-op complex with restaurants, a wine bar and gift shops to wander through, or sit and watch the boats unloading their daily catch of fresh fish. There are several artists studios in and around Bermagui, including Bermagui Mudworks just south of town where you can enjoy a coffee and browse through the extensive range of individually crafted pottery. There is a range of accommodation in Bermagui including B&Bs, motels, tourist/caravan parks, self-contained holiday units and houses and camping.

What to See & Do Enjoy a Four Winds Festival event Swim in Bermagui's famous Blue Pool, next to the ocean Discover local history at the Bermagui Museum

Bermagui Country Club

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

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

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


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

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

Visit the Montreal Goldfield Kayak up the Bermagui River

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

...will take you there!

Four Winds Festival celebrates its 21st year this Easter Beginning back in the early 90s by a group of friends passionate about music and Bermagui's beautiful environment, the Four Winds Festival is now recognised as one of Australia's best music festivals. The Four Winds Festival is held every second Easter in the very beautiful Four Winds outdoor amphitheatre, nine kilometres south of Bermagui. In the fifteen festivals held since 1991, Four Winds has offered its audiences the opportunity to hear some of the best Australian and international musicians playing fine classical and contemporary works, in programs drawn from a wide diversity of musical and cultural traditions. The festivals have established a reputation for excellence in music that is enhanced by being performed in a magical site, where artists, winds, birds,

even on occasion a Four Winds frog, all contribute to the proceedings. Not surprisingly, in 2011 Four Winds was named Winner of the APRA/ AMC Australian Art Music Award for Excellence in a Regional Location. In 2012 the Festival achieved a significant milestone with the completion of is permanent Sound Shell. This is however only stage one of the plan to develop the site as Nature's Concert Hall, with a $1.67m grant from the Federal Government to construct the Shed – a cultural facility that can be used by all the community. Referring to the 2012 program, Artistic Director Genevieve Lacey said "What you’ll hear over our Festival weekend is almost all exclusive to Four Winds. By joining us, you’ll be present at multiple world premieres, you’ll discover new works, new artists, new instruments

and new ensembles. You’ll hear music you know and love, often in different guises. And you’ll hear an utterly inspiring cast of musicians in the most glorious outdoor setting you can imagine. This weekend is a celebration of this exquisite place and the remarkable community of people who gather here." Events will be held from Friday 6th - Sunday 8th April at different locations in Bermagui, including the free Opening Ceremony on Dickinson Oval at 5.30pm on Friday, and at the Four Winds site. Program details, maps and ticket sales are all available at the Festival website Tickets can be purchased via the website, at Pineapple House in the Bermagui Fishermen's Wharf complex or at the Festival site at Barraga Bay.

Visit Australia's only seaside Goldfield

“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

The Montreal Goldfield is a Heritage Site 7km north of Bermagui on the Wallaga Lake Road. It is a virtually intact remnant of the gold rush days of the early 1880s, and is the only goldfield in Australia located beside the sea. A section of the original goldfield has been preserved, but for safety reasons, you can only enter the Goldfield as part of a tour. This, however, provides a wonderful opportunity to hear the full Montreal story; a story of an unsolved mystery, history and fascinating anecdotes. Compacted paths and boardwalks allow visitors to wander through the

beautiful forest and tree ferns. The track itself is approximately 200m long and most is wheel chair accessible, and there are plenty of strategically located benches along the track. Tours of the Goldfield are held daily at 2pm and take around 1 ¼ hours, and toilet facilities are available. If you have a group of more than 12, contact the Bermagui Visitors Centre 6493 3054 and choose a time that suits you. Make sure to wander through the newly opened Heritage Centre displaying historical documents and artefacts. Admission to the Goldfield is $5pp.


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


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.

Nerrigundah Eurobodalla




Meringola Peak 408m


Wolumla Peak 776m
















Wonboyn Lake


Mount Buckle 456m




















Pambula Beach

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Wapengo Lake




Cuttagee Lake

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Gipsy Point



Mount Nadgee 542m




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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.




Big Jack Mountain 861m

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

MURRAH SF BIAMANGA NP Mumbulla Mountain 774m



Central Tilba


Cadjangarry Mountain 364m




Tilba Tilba


3. Kangarutha Walking Track Bournda National Park








Montague Island

Jeffers Mountain 549m KOORABAN NP Narira Mountain 830m









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

Potato Point

BODALLA SF Wagonga Hill 226m


Belowra Mountain 806m

9km one way Approx. 5 hours

Tuross Lake


Cadgee Mountain 411m



Coila Lake

Tuross Head

DAMPIER S F Mount Coman 445m



3km return Approx. 2 hours




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

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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.

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Bushwalking on the Far South Coast

Bushwalking in National Parks



Mallacoota Inlet

Bastion Point


Cape Howe

Gabo Island





Cobargo is located half an hour north of Bega, in the midst of lush, green pastures rolling away to forested mountains. The village was established with a Post Office, general store, school, hotel, church and blacksmith during the 1870s around the butter and cheesemaking industries. Today, Cobargo is a wonderful example of a working village of local artisans, with many of buildings over 100 years

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

South Coast Leather South Coast Leather, built in 1913, occupies what was originally one of Cobargo's butcher shops and still utilises the original chopping block as one of its display items. An interesting array of ancient battered hats sit overhead from an Akubra Hat competition. The winning hat was 46 years old. The previous owners still visit their old hats, affectionately known as "the Rogue's gallery". South Coast Leather are stockists of quality leathergoods from keyrings to luggage and everything in between in a variety of leathers, textures and colours. Legendary gear from R.M. Williams, Akubra and Drizabone compliment the leathergoods and Australian Made is proudly promoted in the shop. Fashion hats, scarves, shoes and bags can be found in the extensive range and all just a little bit fabulous. Classic leather belts are hand-made on the premises. You can also pick up a brochure for the Cobargo Historic Village Walk, another reason to visit. South Coast Leather looks forward to welcoming you soon. Princes Highway, Cobargo, NSW. Phone: 6493 6655 Email:

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

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.

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The villages of Tilba Tilba and Central Tilba lie on the slopes of Gulaga, a place of great spiritual significance to people from the Yuin nation. Named Mt. Dromedary by Captain Cook in 1770, the lower slopes of Gulaga became the site of much activity when gold was discovered in the 1860s. Many of Tilba’ s buildings were constructed in the late 1880s when the gold boom was at its peak. By the time mining ceased, the dairy industry was firmly established as the main source

of income for the area. The entire village of Central Tilba was classified by he National Trust in 1974 in recognition of its historical significance. Central Tilba maintains its village atmosphere, and has become a centre for crafts people and artisans, as well as ‘old-fashioned’ stores like the general store, lolly shop and toy shop. Shops with leather work, unusual clothing, cafes, antiques and gift ware, as well as the pub, art studios, and the famous cheese factory are all located

on Central Tilba’s main street. The village of Tilba Tilba, just two kilometers down the road from Central Tilba, is also protected by a National Heritage listing. Tilba Tilba is home to the magnificent Foxglove Spires, featuring one of Australia’s finest open gardens covering 3.5 acres. There is also a cafe, gift ware, antiques and a nursery on site. Tilba Tilba also has a general store, and is the base for the walk up Gulaga.

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Central Tilba Farm Cabins (02) 4473 7353

Pam’s Store (02) 4473 7311

Dromedary Hotel (02) 4473 7223

Tilba Valley Wines (02) 4473 7308

Gulaga Gallery (02) 4473 7233

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Gulaga Gallery & Bookstore HEMP CLOTHES to make a skinny bloke handsome, HIP CLOTHES to make a fat lady sing.... ENLIGHTENING BOOKS and CARDS that are awesome, HANDCRAFTED JEWELLERY and that SPECIAL THING! Gulaga Gallery and Bookstore is named after beautiful Gulaga Mountain which towers up behind Tilba. It was built at the end of the 19th Century from local eucalyptus timbers, and since 1991, this varied and enchanting shop has been owned by Shanti and Sol Ramana-Clarke. Sol has developed a unique style of jewellery using sterling silver and gold-filled wire to mount a huge variety of semi-precious stones. He might suggest you “pick a stone that jumps out at you” and watch him mount it into a pendant, ring ...or whatever... Sol also produced the widely acclaimed documentary film “The Hemp Solution - For A Sustainable Future”, so naturally you’ll find a full range of environmentally friendly hemp clothes, hemp seed oil and cosmetics. Shanti’s passion for colour and style is reflected in the varied range of women's clothing. Shanti and Sol’s love of universal spirituality is expressed in their range of interesting and insightful books & DVD’s, cards, and inspirational music. You may also be treated to the uplifting sound of Shanti and Sol’s own musical CD "Open To The Light". Most of all, just enjoy the warm and friendly atmosphere! Gulaga Gallery & Bookstore, 7 Bate St Central Tilba. Ph (02) 4473 7233

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 Mockingbird Lane Antiques (02) 4473 7226

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28th Tilba Easter Festival Easter Saturday 7th April 2012 9am to 5pm

Fun for the Whole Family! This great highlight of South Coast events is promising to be as exciting as ever as the old village of Central Tilba prepares to expand its population from 100 to 10,000 for one great day of fun. This Easter Saturday’s entertainment for all ages will include live music from 4 stages, roaming street performers, hilarious street games with prizes, art show and craft demonstrations, market stalls, lots of yummy food and more! All this in the magical setting of Central Tilba’s main street and its 100 year old weatherboard buildings. The entire village and surrounding lush volcanic farmland rolling down to the ocean have been protected by the National Trust. It’s just a short drive south from Narooma. Easter Saturday is the one day each year when the street is closed to traffic and open to a huge array of culture and festivities. A modest donation of $10 for adults and $5 for teenagers and pensioners with kids under 13 free is the unbelievably cheap admission which covers all the entertainment all day long! This year’s highlights include the magician Great Zamboni, the Reptile Awareness snake show, roaming street performers including Milo the Clown and Rhys Davies, and more surprises wherever you go!! Music lovers will be treated to a huge variety of music from jazz to modern folk to the crankin’ blues of the DJ Gosper band, wandering minstrels like Damon Davies and Sol, and music and dance from 4 stages all day long!


Live Music - April Eden Fishermens Club Ph 6496 1577 Fri 6th Dale Huddleston Sat 7th Over the Moon Fri 27th Brett Ralph Pambula Merimbula Golf Club Ph 6495 6154 Fri 6th Over the Moon Sat 7th Wright to Rhythm Fri 13th Wright to Rhythm Fri 27th Wright to Rhythm Lakeview Hotel Ph 6495 1202 Sat 7th Melbourne female DJ Emily Scott - $20 cover charge Fri 13th DJ Mick Down stairs Sat 14th DJ Mick Thu 19th Leigh Barker and the New Sheiks featuring Heather Stewart Fri 20th DJ Mick Down stairs Sat 21st DJ Mick Sat 28th DJ Mick Merimbula RSL Ph 6495 1502 Sat 7th DJ Grey Every AFL and NRL Game live on the big screens Merimbula Aquarium & Wharf Restaurant Ph 6495 4446 Sun 1st Steve Clark Trio

Club Sapphire Merimbula Ph 6495 1306 Thu 5th Rhonda Burchmore 'Legs 11' Tickets $32.50 per person, over 18s only. Doors open 8pm Fri 6th Steve Clark Trio with guests Modern Latin Jazz. Free in the Audi from 7.30pm Sat 7th Truckstop Honeymoon (U.S.) Swamp boogie folk. Free in the Audi from 8pm Sun 8th Ash Grunwald plus support Delta Blues/Rock. Tickets $25 Over 18s only. Fri 13th Andrew Hefron plays 80s-90s classics. Free in the Main Bar from 7.30pm Sat 14th Shadoogie 50s & 60s Rock n Roll. Free in the Audi from 8pm Fri 20th The Paul Green Band Free in the Audi from 8pm Sat 21st Jay Podger Solo Country Rock Free in the Main Bar, 7.30pm Tue 24th Daniel Champagne plus support. Doors open 8pm. Tickets $15 from Reception. Children over 12yrs welcome with parental supervision. Fri 27th Forever Rod Stewart + Cher “Turn Back Time”. Tickets $27.50 Over 18s only. Audi doors open 8pm Sat 28th Over the Moon. Classy contemporary pop. Free in the Main Bar from 7.30pm

Tathra Beach Bowling Club Ph 6494 1280 Fri 6th Rockin' All Over Fri 20th Gary Jones Fri 27th Donny Ryan Club Bega Ph 6492 1055 Contact Club for details Bermagui Country Club Ph 6493 4340 Live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night from 8pm Fri 6th Karaoke, 8pm Sat 7th Live Band Black Velvet, 8pm Fri 13th Jamie Parkinson, 8pm Sat 14th DJ Darryl, 8pm Sun 15th Monster Raffle Tickets on sale from 12pm Live Entertainment with Darryl Lamb from 1pm Fri 20th Brian and Annie, 8pm Sat 21st Vanessa Lea and the Muster Train Fri 27th Darryl Lamb, 8pm Sat 28th DJ Matt Brown, 8pm Tilba Valley Wines Ph 4473 7308 Sun 1st Gleny Rae Virus and her Tamworth Playboys Sun 15th Second Time Around Music and lunch from 12.30pm Dromedary Hotel Ph 4473 7223 Phone for details


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

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

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Monthly Garden Advice Autumn - So Beautiful Well, here we are, well and truly into the most wonderful of the seasons, and what better place could there be than on our beautiful far South Coast. Whether you are reading this column as a local or a visitor, now is the time to really think gardening. The rainfall has been plentiful, if not at times a bit much, but the conditions at the moment are perfect for gardening. There are a number of projects that can be carried out now, including the cutting back of summer flowering perennials to tidy them up and encourage a late flush of growth and flowers. The removal of spent flower heads on roses will also encourage a late show of blooms. In our milder climate, autumn is a great time to choose a new citrus tree. Citrus come in many varieties and most will be grafted onto either a regular growing

root stock or dwarfing root stock. A number of growers are reverting back to growing citrus on their own roots, but this can be fraught with problems. Grafted trees will be more resistant to pests and diseases, will fruit quicker from the time of planting, be stronger and more vigorous, will fruit true to type and come in a wider range of interesting varieties. Autumn is the right time to fertilise all citrus trees, and the process should be carried out a minimum of two or three times during the season with a specific fertiliser for citrus. The next fertiliser application would then be a similar process in spring. Late March and April and even into May is the time to sow Sweet Peas. If you live in a cooler zone there is no problem in leaving the sowing until early spring.

Sweet Peas like a sunny well drained position with a suitable support or netting and if possible an east west position. Before sowing the seed, fork in some organic manure and a small amount of lime. This will get the plants off to a great start, and it won't be long before you are filling vases with the heavenly fragrance of these most beautiful cut flowers. Many nurseries will now have a supply of spring bulbs for sale and these should be planted soon. Enjoy the season.

Keith Mundy The Spires Nursery Tilba Tilba

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 26th & Friday 27th 9am – 3pm at Twyford Hall. Candelo Candelo Markets 1st Sun. of each month from 8.30am 12.30pm. Candelo Oval & Town Hall.

Wyndham Wyndham Market

4th Sunday of month from 8.30am 12.30pm at Wyndham Hall (OPEN IN ALL WEATHER). Bega SCPA Markets in Bega 13th & 27th from 8am - 1pm. Littleton Gardens, Bega.

SAARINEN ORGANICS Local manufacturers and growers of herbal creams and ointments. Incorporating Certified organic and Chemical-free local ingredients. For all your facial and skin care needs, visit our website or come and see us at the markets for specials. Try our 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.

Tathra Tathra Markets 4th Sunday of mth from 10am - 2pm at Tathra Hotel, Bega Rd, Tathra. Stall fees go to Starlight Childrens Foundation. 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.


Original Gold Rush Colony, Mogo

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

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36 To experience what the town was like during the boom, a visit to the Original Gold Rush Colony is a must. Located in a natural Australian bush setting on 4.5ha, the Original Gold Rush Colony, formerly known as Old Mogo Town, is a great place to step back in time. After taking out the award for Cultural and Heritage Tourism at the South Coast Regional Tourism Awards in 2008, 2009 and 2010, in 2011 the Original Gold Rush Colony won the Heritage and Cultural Tourism - Hall of Fame award. Mogo is now famous for its great range of specialty stores, housed in replica nineteenth century timber buildings. There are potteries, galleries, antique stores, bookshop and coffee shops, many of which specialise in unusual and interesting items. Mogo is the perfect place to spend time browsing for something a little bit different.

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

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

Historic Mogo

MOGO BOOK STORE Mogo Book Store is situated on the Princes Highway in Mogo and offers a wide variety of quality second hand books at affordable prices. There is something to suit everyone in the large range of fiction titles - classic novels, popular authors, crime, mystery and thriller writers, science fiction, young adult fiction and children’s books. Also available is a broad selection of nonfiction books - Australiana, biographies and travel, sport, militaria, history, gardening, cooking, health, music and theatre, art, reference and more. If we do not have what you are looking for currently in stock, we are happy to take details and let you know if it does become available. We also buy books in good condition. Drop in for a relaxed browse or phone us if you are looking for a particular book. Enquiries are welcome - call 4474 2141. Mogo Book Store, Princes Highway, Mogo.

Mogo 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

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♦ 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.

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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.


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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.

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Treasures from the Deep Interested in exploring remnants of Australia’s ancient sea beds when Australia was part of what is now Antarctica? Would you like to find out about or purchase Australia’s National Gemstone, the Opal? Visit the Opal & Shell Museum on Beach Road (next to the Catalina Golf Club) to view their rare collection of shells, fossils, crystals, minerals and loose opals. Chris Chanceral was an opal miner for over 25 years, and he has a thorough understanding of mining this precious and uniquely coloured gem. Another aspect of the Museum is a


magnificent collection of rare and unusual shells from all over the world, which have been collected for more than 30 years. Chris also has some very rare fossils, created in the period before flowers evolved and when sea creatures dominated the planet. If you are looking for an unusual gift, you will find it at the Opal & Shell Museum, as well as an array of souvenirs, gifts, novelties, jewellery and rocks. Make sure you visit Opal & Shell Museum – you'll be educated and entranced. Ph 4472 7248

Hire a boat, kayak or a houseboat to explore the spectacular upper reaches of the Clyde River. Batemans Bay is a great destination for families, with its array of outdoor activities and attractions such as minigolf, a cinema, animal park, tennis and a carnival in summer. Batemans Bay also has a fantastic 27 hole championship golf course. There are lots of great national parks to explore within easy driving distance. Head west along the Kings Highway past historic Nelligen and up Clyde Mountain to see beautiful escarpment forests in the Budawang National Park. The beautiful township of Braidwood is also worth a visit.

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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The Bay Theatre Players on a Slow Boat with China As may be guessed from the title, ‘"We Found Love And An Exquisite Set Of Porcelain Figurines Aboard The SS Farndale Avenue", the opening show for the Bay Theatre Players 2012 season is a comedy. A very funny ‘play within a play’, one of a UK series written by McGillivray and Zerlin, it features the indomitable ‘ladies only’ of the imagined Farndale Avenue Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society. Mayhem erupts as the curtain rises to reveal the hall has been double booked. Lacking a full cast means everyone involved must play at least

three characters as well as their own, and some reluctant gender-bending ensues. Frenzied costume changes in the wings lead to untimely ‘wardrobe malfunctions’. However, the SS Farndale Avenue sails blithely on despite missing props and dropped cues, food poisoning, a sinking vessel, an underwater sequence with lobster (don’t ask), and a sub text of broken china. Season runs April 14 - May 5th. For a side-splitting evening, book early by phoning 4472 5984. For more information, visit






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

EAT IN, TAKEAWAY, and homE dElIvErY now available (02) 4472 6771

Easter Fun at the Old Courthouse Museum On Easter Sunday, April 8th, the Old Courthouse Museum in Batemans Bay is holding its popular Open Day, and with free entry it’s a great chance to visit and enjoy the full range of activities for the whole family. A highlight for horse lovers will be Cobb and Co. stagecoach rides, with coaches drawn by handsome Clydesdale horses. The Bay Fire Brigade will have its latest model and an antique truck on display - emergencies permitting! There will be working antique machinery and tractors from the Moruya Antique Tractor & Farm Machinery Association,

and of course there's the Courthouse Museum’s own expansive displays of period costume, crime and punishment, a doll collection, Timber Tales, gold stories in the original police cell and more. Market stalls will be offering art, craft and pre-loved goodies. The BBQ will be cooking up a storm as well as Judy’s famous Devonshire Tea. The Museum is located off Orient St next to the Water Gardens, and has plenty of free parking. The Open Day runs from 9.30am -3pm. Phone 4472 8993 for more information or go to

  FAMILY FUN                  FAMILY FUN                   ON EASTER SUNDAY!      

old courthouse Museum

 Batemans Bay                     * COBB & CO                         COACH RIDES                      The Longvale Clydesdales      


* DEVONSHIRE TEAS                                             * WORKING ANTIQUE                             MACHINERY            


              * MARKET STALLS  

FREE entry    F FREE entry       REE parking       

Next to the Town Water Gardens  9.30AM — 9.30AM — 3PM   SUNDAY APRIL 8TH  3PM   SUNDAY APRIL 8TH


& Gabo Island Tours Starting from $45 per person.

For inquiries call www.mairser

6495 1074 Heli-Flights (Seasonal only)

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

Join us on our low level beach patrol flights!

Morning and afternoon flights covering Merimbula, Pambula, Eden and Tathra beaches Bookings essential on 6495 1074 $150pp (45 min duration approx) Run in conjunction with local Surf Life Saving


(Seasonal only)


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

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Far South Coast - April  

iMag is a monthly full colour information guide for the far south coast region with what to see, what to do and where to go etc

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