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January 2013

Far South Coast Region

Discover the Wilderness Coast this summer

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

Annual Pambula Show Page 9

Tathra Wharf To Waves Page 19 1

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

free barbecues and casual moorings. Discover the coast from the popular patrolled Bastion Point Beach and Betka Beach, to the rugged Quarry Beach where snorkellers explore the rocks, or the peaceful Secret Beach. The Top Lake, Bottom Lake, the inlets, cliffs and beaches are all great places to explore - or just sit and watch the beautiful sunsets for which the area is renowned. You may even spot a mighty Southern Right whale from vantage points around the town during the migrating season. Historic attractions include evidence of indigenous occupation with numerous visible middens and stone used in tool making and the fully restored WWII communication bunker museum at the airport. Mallacoota is situated within the Croajingolong National Park, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve recognised for its unique flora and fauna and its essential role in the preservation of native Australian species. Undoubtedly one of Australia's most spectacular parks, Croajingolong encompasses 100 kilometres of coast and hinterland and features an extraordinary diversity of landscapes from pure white sandy beaches, rocky coastal headlands and granite peaks to rambling heathland, lush

rainforests and towering eucalypts. It also supports a diverse range of flora and fauna, with more than 1000 native plants and over 300 bird species. Accommodation in Mallacoota is diverse and caters for couples, families and groups with four and five star outlets available in Gipsy Point, a beautiful peninsula jutting into the top lake of the Mallacoota Inlet, home to a large mob of kangaroos. If you are towing a van, camping or driving in an RV, the Foreshore Holiday Park is not to be missed. The park is situated right on the lake shore within easy walking distance of the town centre and provides a number of sites with access to private moorings right on the lake. It is one of the largest caravan parks in Victoria and one of the only parks that offer both boat and caravan sites in the one package.

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East Gippsland Visitor Information Free Call: 1800 637 060

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$60 Adults $50 Children $180 Family (2 adults, 2 children)

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$100 Adults $90 Seniors/Student $70 Child under 16yrs $30 non fisher

For the keen angler $130 Adults $100 Child under 16yrs

2 HOUR DOLPHIN CRUISE $30 Adult $27 Senior/Student $20 Child (5-15yrs) $10 Child under 5yrs $85 per family (2 adults, 2

2 HOUR BAY BBQ CRUISE *FREE BBQ on board* $40 Adult $35 Senior/Student $25 Child (5-15yrs) $10 Child under 5yrs $110 per family (2 adults, 2


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

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Summer fun on the Far South Coast

From the Editor

January Welcome to 2013 on the Far South Coast; the beginning of another year I hope it's a good one for you and your family. From Eden to Batemans Bay there are tons of activities, exhibitions, markets and live music happening, so make the most of it all and have fun! Don't forget to set aside a little bit of time for relaxing though, otherwise you'll need a holiday to recover from your holiday. The National Parks and Wildlife Service run a fantastic program over January in several National Parks. You can try everything from rainforest walks, canoeing, tours of Davidson Whaling Station and snorkelling. Details of the Parks' Discovery Program is on page 15. Anyone who loves agricultural shows but not the massive crowds that are often found in capital cities should visit the 104th Annual Pambula Show. It has woodchopping, a dog high

Contents jump, horse events, flowers, fruit and veggies in the Pavilion and a sideshow alley, but without all the stress or huge expense. More info on page 9. Almost as good as going to the drive-in is Tathra Surf Lifesaving Club's Outdoor Movie Nights. Bring your own chair and enjoy a movie under the stars. Go to page 19 for details. Also at Tathra is the famous Wharf to Waves Weekend, with a fun run, 30km bike ride and of course the Wharf to Waves Ocean Swims. All the information you need is on page 19. There are lots of art exhibitions on at the many galleries on the coast too make sure you visit to enjoy works by our talented local artists. Keep reading to find out what else is happening in the region, and have a

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George Bass and Matthew Flinders were the first Europeans to ‘discover’ Twofold Bay in 1798, but the region had been inhabited by members of the Yuin nation for thousands of years, attracted by the rich food resources offered by the sea and surrounding forests. Local Aboriginal people had a strong connection with killer whales, and this included the harvesting of small whales and fish that killer whales herded into the shallows. A permanent shore-based whaling station was first established by the Imlay Brothers in 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. You can experience some of Eden's history and see the skeleton of “Old Tom”, Eden’s famous killer whale, at the Eden Killer Whale Museum. Eden is now famous as a destination for whale-watching, with migrations occurring in late autumn and spring. The Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre, located on Main Wharf, has displays of the local marine environment.

What to See & Do Visit the Eden Killer Whale Museum Go whale & dolphin watching Check out the fishing trawlers at Eden Wharf Wander through the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre Hire a fishing charter, take a cruise or try sea kayaking on Twofold Bay VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Mitchell Street, Eden Ph: 02 6496 1953

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre has a series of activities happening every Wednesday to Saturday (except public holidays) this month, and there's lots of things to choose from.  Rocky Shore Rambles: Join a marine scientist exploring the amazing diversity of life found on our rock platforms. Any age, 1.5 hours duration, Adults $10 Children $5 Family $30 Min. 4 participants.

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Learn about marine environment at the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre

 Snorkel Tours: Discover our underwater world in a safe and fun environment along the beautiful Sapphire Coast. Cost includes snorkel, mask and fin hire. Wetsuits are available in limited sizes. Ages 12+, 2 hours duration, $25 per person Max. 8 participants (minimum cost $100 per snorkel tour)

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 Tsunami Demo  Bubble Painting  Marine Fossil Fun  Critter Craft  Bags of Fun  Ocean Origami  Seashell Frames You can download the calendar from the Discovery Centre's website at find out what's on each day.

Bookings are essential, so grab your spot by ringing (02) 6496 1699 or email The Centre itself is open every Tuesday to Saturday from 27th December to 1st February from 10am - 3pm (closed public holidays).


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Current Exhibitions An Important Enterprise Whaling & Twofold Bay

Replica Lighthouse-

this gallery gives an insight into lighthouses

Eden’s Simply Succulents

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:


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

Cat Balou Cruises Ranked Number 1 Tour in Area By Trip Advisor A cruise aboard Cat Balou will be a memorable experience for holiday makers of all ages visiting the Sapphire Coast this month, and there is so much to see! Why not make it a day in Eden, visiting the Eden Killer Whale Museum, Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre and sampling fresh local seafood after your cruise. Ros & Gordon Butt have been operating this award winning cruise operation at Eden for the past 25 years with many satisfied passengers returning year after year, a testament to customer satisfaction. Cat Balou Cruises is currently ranked as the NUMBER 1 TOUR IN THE AREA on TRIP ADVISOR. An informative live commentary is given during each cruise and complimentary refreshments provided. Cat Balou is a stable 16m catamaran which carries 75 passengers. There is plenty of inside seating as well as an upper deck and large bow area. As no

sand bars are crossed during the cruise, it is not necessary to wear lifejackets. This January Cat Balou is offering 2 cruises.  Highlights Of Twofold Bay Cruise 1½ Hours Take in the highlights of beautiful Twofold Bay, one of the deepest natural harbours in the world. The history of this whaling port unfolds as Cat Balou cruises past Boyd’s Tower, Boydtown, magnificent Edrom Lodge and whaling station sites. View the Navy/multi purpose wharf - an 800 metre structure in East Boyd, where you may see a navy ship or pine boat loading pine logs. Eden’s industries are also highlighted including the fishing fleet, woodchip mill and mussel farms. Although nobody can guarantee dolphins on a cruise, Cat Balou has a very high success rate sighting either Bottlenose or Common Dolphins and a few Australian Fur Seals are usually seen. Little Penguins may be sighted

along with a number of species of sea birds. $25 Adults and Seniors, $15 Children 5 - 15yrs, $5 Under 5yrs $80 Family – 2 adults and 3 children under 16yrs  Happy Hour Cruise - 2 Hours Enjoy a pre-dinner drink and unwind after a hard day at the beach aboard CAT BALOU for a ‘Happy Hour Cruise’. These relaxing 2 hour cruises depart on selected afternoons with a complimentary wine, beer or soft drink and nibbles provided. Additional drinks available from the bar throughout the cruise. $40 Adults and Seniors, $25 Children Under 16 years, $125 Family of 2 adults & 3 children under 16yrs. Please note - bookings are essential for all cruises. Cruises depart from the Main Wharf, Snug Cove, EDEN which is a 20 minute drive south of Merimbula. For timetable & bookings - phone 0427 260 489 or 0427 962 027

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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

Settlers Cottage Tea Rooms & Garden Gallery

• Homemade cakes and slices • Light lunches using fresh ingredients • Devonshire Tea’s • Collectables and memorabilia • Local Art and Craft, Herbs and seedlings • Home décor and giftware Open Wed to Sun 9:30am - 5:00pm 4021 Princes Highway Broadwater Near the Pambula Lake turnoff Ph: 64957630


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 Take a canoe up the Pambula River Take a walk around Panboola Visit the friendly kangaroos at Pambula Beach Relax with a coffee or lunch at Settlers Cottage Try some oysters at Pambula Lake

Eat, browse and enjoy at Settler's Cottage Historic Settler's Cottage, located near the turn-off to Pambula Lake, has just been re-opened following extensive renovations. New owners Tracy and Ian have done a fantastic job of updating this historic building, which was once the Manager's home in a pine plantation, before being dismantled and transported to its current site. Tracy makes delicious home-made cakes, slices and Devonshire Teas, and light lunches using locally sourced fresh ingredients, including Ploughman's Lunch Platters. It's easy to while away an afternoon in

the beautiful garden setting, catching up with friends over lunch, or linger over a coffee. But it's not just the food that's good; old-fashioned friendly service is provided in abundance too. Settler's Cottage also has a range of collectables and memorabilia, local art and craft and beautiful home décor and giftware. If you're inspired by the garden, there are herbs and vegetable seedlings available for sale too. Settler's Cottage is open Wednesday Sunday, 9:30am - 5pm at 4021 Princes Highway Broadwater, near Pambula Lake turn-off. Phone: 6495 7630

Fun for all at the Pambula Show Do you remember the excitement of an annual country show? Laying awake at night anticipating the thrill of the rides and the chance to win a big fluffy animal as those little balls go down the clown's mouth. Or perhaps you remember the spectacular flowers and amazing craftwork in the Pavilion? Or was it the tense excitement of the showjumping? Maybe your thing was those strong men sending chips and sweat flying in the woodchop events? Well, you can relive your childhood and share it with your children or grandchildren at the Annual Pambula Show on Saturday 12th January 2013. An important part of local history and culture; the 2013 Pambula Show is the 104th show in 108 years. For the kids there's plenty of free entertainment with the farm animal patting paddock, face painting, Fizzics science show, Toot the Magic Clown, dray rides, alpacas and balloon sculpting. Side show alley and the rides will be operating all day. Equestrian events start at 8.30am with

hack, showjumping, breeds, sporting, stockhorse and novelty rings. The dog high jump is on again too. For those who like fast and furious there is a big Endurocross event with six races. The woodchop competition starts at 11am, the grand parade features vintage cars and the Pavilion, with increased prize money, will be filled with art, craft, needlework, photography, cooking, preserves, vegetables and flower exhibits. New this year is a showcase of local produce including oyster judging, wine, coffee, olives, ice cream, goats milk soap and more. Lots of market stalls too. Tuck into great food from the canteen, have a cold beer or enjoy a quiet cuppa with scones, jam and cream in the Pavilion tea room, or try some dutch pancakes, hot potatoes or the traditional fare in sideshow alley. For more information, go to http:// cfm?show_id=1357 or phone Gail on 0409421460.

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

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Treasures to find at artessence Housed in one of Pambula Village's beautiful historic buildings, artessence is a treasure trove of eclectic pieces of artwork. For the past six years, artessence has been owned by Terri and her daughter Amanda McIntyre, both of whom are practicing artists. Their love of art and appreciation of quality is reflected in the pieces found in their gallery. artessence's range includes exquisite jewellery, functional wood pieces, beautiful ceramics, handmade glassware and gorgeous sculptures. Amanda and Terri are great supporters of local artists, and have a range of

contemporary and traditional paintings from well-known names around the district. The perfect place to do some serious shopping, artessence has both special affordable items and precious pieces of art. The McIntyres also own McKells Picture Framing, located in the same building as artessence. McKells has an extensive range of mouldings available to complete all types of framing jobs - another great option for that special gift. artessence is open on Monday Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm and Saturday from 10am - 2pm

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Top 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 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. Tura Beach is only a short drive north, with its own shopping centre, country club and beautiful 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

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

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

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


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Sapphire the koala has this thing. After the visitor train goes past, she waits expectantly in her tree, hanging out slightly, waiting for people to arrive. She loves meeting them. She loves cuddles just as much, too, and one of her keepers will often have to spend a bit of time with her, after the talks are over, trying to coax her back onto her tree. “Mmm, yummy leaves,” rarely works, but (you know) they have to try. Sometimes she can be tricked onto a branch if the keeper can turn quickly enough. Failing all that, there’s always the radio call for ‘cuddle backup’ – another keeper comes and takes over cuddle duties and, after a while, tries the same routine. Sapphire, of course, knows exactly what she’s doing. Tips for when you’re visiting Potoroo: * The kangaroos love scratches on the chest, just below the neck *When patting an echidna, there’s one direction that works best! *Listen to what the cockatoos are saying - it’s often not a random comment *When meeting a python, introduce yourself at python speed. Howl with dingoes. Potoroo Palace is an amazing and loved animal sanctuary, just 9kms north of Merimbula on the Princes Highway. Potoroo Palace is open daily from 10am to 4pm, except Christmas Day. Visit for more information. Below: Evo, another friendly inhabitant of Potoroo Palace, waiting for more visitors to cuddle

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There’s nothing quite like flying in an aircraft to gain a real feel for the area you literally get an bird's eye view. Merimbula Air Services has been flying the Far South Coast skies for many years, and has a range of scenic flights to cater for all budgets. A popular trip is to join one of the low-level beach patrol flights. Run in conjunction with local surf lifesaving clubs, these morning and afternoon flights extend to Eden, Pambula, Merimbula and Tathra beaches and take about 45 minutes. Head south to Gabo Island for a half day trip and see the Island's 150 year old lighthouse. Or head north and take a quick skip up to Tura Beach, or check out the coast all the way to Batemans Bay. The Lighthouse Trio run takes you to 3 spectacularly situated lighthouses Gabo Island, Greencape then north to Montague Island near Narooma. Short flights over Merimbula Bay start from $45 per person with a minimum of 2 adult fares required, children half price and infants free (kids receive a flight certificate). Gift vouchers are also available. For bookings and more information, contact Merimbula Air Services on 02 6495 1074 or visit



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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 14

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

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 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.

Summer 2013 NPWS Discovery Program

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Looking for something different for the kids to do this January that's fun, safe and definitely educational? Every Wednesday and Thursday night during January, the Merimbula Aquarium and Wharf Restaurant is holding a Kids Club that's sure to keep young ones entertained whilst the adults enjoy a relaxed meal. Each child who is booked into the restaurant for dinner at 6pm receives free entry to the Kids Club, located downstairs in the Aquarium. The Kids Club kicks off at 6.45pm, after dinner has finished. Activities will include a treasure hunt,

identifying different marine life and games to play. There will also be a Touch Tank for children to get up close and personal with marine creatures, and learn more about the local marine environment. For more details and bookings, phone 02 6495 4446.

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What's On - January Check page 25 for this months Live Entertainment 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd January National Parks Discovery Program Discovery Program activities will be conducted at Bournda, Ben Boyd, South East Forest NP and other popular locations. 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 15 for details or go to 2nd - 25th January - Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre Summer Holiday Activity Program, Snug Cove, Wharf, Eden From Wednesday - Sunday throughout January, the Discovery Centre has a fantastic range of activities for kids and adults, including Rocky Shore Rambles, Snorkel Tours, Fish Feeding and Critter Craft. Details on page 6 or visit 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th & 17th January - Kids Club, Merimbula Aquarium a& Wharf Restaurant Book the kids in for dinner at 6pm and they'll receive free entry to the Kids Club, starting at 6.45pm. Treasure hunts, games and talks will keep the kids occupied so the grown-ups can enjoy a relaxing meal. Details page 16 or go to www.merimbula 2nd January- 14th February - The Bega Art Prize, Bega Valley Regional Gallery, Bega The Bega Art Prize is the Gallery's flagship event, highlighting the depth and breadth of South East regional art practice. More info on page 33 or go to Community/Art_Gallery/Art_Gallery.htm 2nd - 15th January - ‘Dot to dot’ exhibition, Shop 7 Art Space, Bermagui Fishermen’s Wharf South Coast artist Özlem Güler will be exhibiting her first solo exhibition at Shop 7 Art Space. Drinks with artist 6 7pm, Friday 4th January. Gallery open 3 - 10pm, Monday -Friday. Phone 0431 708 334 or email:

4th & 11th January - Outdoor Movie Night, Tathra Surf Club, Tathra Tathra Surf Lifesaving Club is holding two outdoor movie nights to raise funds for the Club. Tickets $10 adults, $5 children under 12, $35 Family. Refreshments available, BYO chair, blankets and pillows. See page 19 for more information. 12th January - Annual Pambula Show A great day out for the whole family with animal nursery, pony rides, sideshow alley, rides, equestrian events, dog high jump, dray rides, pony rides, Endurocross events and woodchopping. Details on page 9 or go to au/index.cfm?show_id=1357 26th - 27th January - Tathra Wharf to Waves Weekend An action packed weekend with mountain bike rides, beach fun runs and ocean swims from the historic Tathra Wharf. Heaps of prizes from local businesses. Information on page 19, or go to

2nd January - 23rd January - National Parks Discovery Program

12th January - 104th Annual Pambula Show - Pambula

4th to 18th February - Exhibition opening at Narek Galleries - Tanja

25th January - 13th February - 'Littoral to Land' Exhibition - Spiral Gallery, Bega Painter and textile artist Hilary Petersen exhibits her new works. Details on page 33 or go to for more information. 4th - 28 January- Exhibition at Ivy Hill Gallery, Wapengo This month Ivy Hill features abstract paintings by Craig Cameron, ceramics by Sonja Jacob and abstract paintings by Deb Johansen. Details on page 32 or go to 4th January - 18th February - 'Unearthed' Exhibition, Narek Gallery, Tanja Ceramic and steel sculpture by Borenore artist Ros Auld,known for her forms evocative of the Australian landscape. 1st -28th February - Summerside Festival, Canberra region Celebrating everything good about summer in the Canberra region, this month-long festival is full of dining events celebrating local and seasonal produce, opportunities to taste the best of the region’s wines plus innovative and exciting performances, events and exhibitions. Details on page 39 or visit

4th and 11th January - Outdoor Movie Night at Tathra Surf Club - Tathra

26th to 27th January - Wharf to Waves Tathra

25th January - 13th February - Exhibition opening at Spiral Gallery - Bega


Middle Beach, 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,

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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. 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. Tathra also has great places to eat, ranging from gourmet delis to cafés and restaurants. On the 21st and 22nd January, Tathra is becomes the base for the Tathra Wharf to Waves Weekend. Running since 2002, this event now encompasses a fun run, 40km bike ride and ocean swims from the Wharf to the Surf Lifesaving Club.

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Tathra Wharf to Waves Weekend has fun for the whole family Each year over 400 people jump into the crystal blue water of Tathra from the historic Tathra Wharf and swim to the beach in the Tathra Wharf to Waves Weekend. Why not join them and experience the thrill of being part of one of the Far South Coast’s premier events. The swim claims centre stage of a weekend of fun and fitness in Tathra, which includes a 2km Beach Fun Run and a Bega to the Beach 30km Mountain Bike Ride. We welcome all visitors to our area to come and join in the fun over this long weekend in January. Saturday 26 January will kick off with the Coastlife Tathra Beach 2km Fun Run at 12.30pm. All members of the family can enter this run, which starts on the beach just north of the Tathra Beach Country Club and finishes in front of the Tathra Surf Lifesaving Club. Age categories from infants’ schoolaged children to over 40s! For bike enthusiasts we have a 30km Bike Bash leaving Bega at 5pm and

riding over Dr George Mountain to Tathra through some of the most breathtaking bushland scenery the Sapphire Coast has to offer. The event finishes at the Tathra Surf Club with major random draw prizes to be won and refreshments. The main event is held on Sunday 27 January from 7.00am. The Tathra Wharf to Waves Ocean events encompass a number of ocean swims: the 1200m Michael Marshman Architect’s ‘Splash for Cash’ open race (12+ yrs) and a series of 600m age races from the Historic Tathra Wharf. Competitors swim around a course and finish on the beach in front of the Tathra Surf Life Saving Club. The first male and female in the 1200m ‘Splash

for Cash’ will receive $500 cash and a unique medallion made by local goldsmiths Martin and Dorte Planert and Goscia Jackson, a local artist, will present each with an original trophy. A new event on the weekend calendar is the ‘FLIPPER THRASH’ beach swim – so there really is something for everyone. There will be prizes for winners and major random draw prizes over the weekend, but you have to be in it to win it! Spectators are most welcome and there will be lots of food and refreshments available. The finale to the weekend will be an evening of fun and dancing at the Surf Club on Sunday night where the talented Truck Brothers will be performing. So come along for what will once again be a weekend of activity and fun for the whole family. To register for events, find times for events, or to find out more about the weekend, visit or email

Tathra Moonlight Cinema is back! What could be more fun than going to the drive-in? Going to the movies at the beach, that's what! Every January the Tathra Surf Lifesaving Club hold movie nights on the sands in front of the Tathra Surf

Lifesaving Club, and what a spectacle it is. This year the Tathra Moonlight Cinema nights will be held at sunset on Friday 4th January and again on Friday 11th. Movies are projected on to a giant inflatable screen. All you need to do is BYO chair, pillow and a blanket and sit back and enjoy the big screen under the stars. Refreshments will be available, and entry is $10 adults, $5 children under 12 or $35 per family. All funds raised go to the Tathra Surf Lifesaving Club. Phone 6494 1437 for screening details and information. One stop shopping for all your fine art supplies

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

A visit to the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre is a must for all visitors to the region. The Heritage Centre has a wonderful display of cheese and butter-making equipment from the 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

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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

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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

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

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

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Bega’s premier venue... 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 + For all functions and conference needs + Social bowls

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Entertainment for all the family at Club Bega After undergoing significant renovations totalling $3 million, Club Bega is now one of the premier clubs in the Bega Valley. The refurbishment has created a club with modern, up-todate facilities with great amenities and a wonderful atmosphere. The new dining area, Grace's Café, is open 7 days a week for lunch, dinner, coffee and snacks. The Club also has Conference facilities and a Function Room, perfect for private functions, business meetings or as a training facility. Entertainment is on the agenda for the Club, with local bands playing most Friday evenings. A special event for January is the arrival of renowned stage hypnotist Steven Spellmaster, Australia's No 1 comedy stage act. He will be performing on Thursday January 3rd at the Bega Country Club and tickets are available now at Club Bega for $18pp. This is a show for all the family so make sure you bring the kids. The Bistro is open from 6-8pm phone Emma @ Club Bega for booking enquires. A courtesy bus is available, including to and from Tathra. Club Bega is located at 82 Gipps St Bega. Phone 6492 1055 or go to

Explore with Brogo Wilderness Canoes Early summer is a great time to explore the inland waterways of the Far South Coast - the days are fine, the water is warming up and large numbers of visitors are still to arrive. One of the best locations to go canoeing is the Brogo Dam, with its extensive catchment running back into the magnificent Brogo Wilderness area. The waterways are pristine, and the peaceful backwaters are a haven for local native bird life and fauna - sea eagles, swooping azure kingfishers, water dragons, goannas and shy echidnas have all been observed on and around the Dam.


To really 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, 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. For bookings contact Dave or Sue on (02) 6492 7328.

Live Entertainment - January Eden Fishermens Club Ph 6496 1577 Fri 4th Tin A Tina, from 7:30pm Sat 5th Crystal Radio, from 7:30pm Fri 11th Ricky Bloomfield, from 7:30pm Sat 12th Greg Kew, from 7:30pm Sat 19th Greg Kew, from 7:30pm Fri 25th Ricky Bloomfield, from 7:30pm Pambula Merimbula Golf Club Ph 6495 6154 All free entertainment Fri 4th Over the Moon, from 6.30pm Sat 5th Greg Kew, from 7pm Fri 11th Feva Pitch, from 6.30pm Sat 12th Roxygen from 7pm Fri 18th Greg Kew, from 6.30pm Sat 19th With the Jones, from 7pm Club Sapphire Merimbula Ph 6495 1306 Wed 2nd Jimeoin What?! Doors open 8pm. All tickets $42 (over 18s only. ON SALE NOW. Stunning show of world-class stand-up as Jimeoin, internationally hailed as one of live comedy's masters, presents his hilarious new tour....'WHAT?! No gimmicks, purely and simply just great. Fri 4th Kid Mac's Lunatic Summer Tour Doors open 8.30pm. All tickets $15. Over 18s only. with Jack Biilmann and the Second Hand Salmon. All tickets are $15. ON SALE NOW. Fri 4th Rockpool Piano Bar. Free from 6.30pm Sat 5th The Corey Legge & the Swamp Stompers + Supports. Album launch, free in the Audi from 8.30pm Sun 6th James Reyne + Support. Legendary Australian rocker performing in trio mode on the back his brand new album “Thirteen”. All tickets $35. ON SALE NOW. Thurs 10th Power/Soloman Jazz Trio. $15/$20 Sapphire Room from 7.30pm Fri 11th Dallas Frasca + Supports. $15 pre sale $18 Door. In the Auditorium from 8.30pm. Fri 11th Rockpool Piano Bar. Free from 6.30pm. Sat 12th Gary Soloman. Free in the Main Bar from 8pm playing acoustic

covers & originals Fri 18th Almost Exactly Circus. An innovative modern day theatrical circus with a twist! Afternoon showdoors at 4pm. Evening show-doors open at 8pm. Tickets $10 each or $30 family. Fri 18th Rockpool Piano Bar. Free from 6.30pm. Sat 19th Greg Kew. Free in the main bar from 8pm Acoustic covers & originals. Fri 25th Rockpool Piano Bar. Free from 6.30pm. Sat 26th Phil Emmanuel Live! Guitar legend paying homage to 2 of his biggest inspirations, The Shadows & Dire Straits. DO NOT MISS THIS. All tickets $25. Doors open at 8.30pm Merimbula RSL Ph 6495 1502 Wed 2nd Chris O’Donnell Thu 3rd Darryl Lamb Fri 4th Spicy Fruit Chutney Sat 5th Endangered Species Sun 6th Ricky Bloomfield Wed 9th Brad Cox Thu 10th Darryl Towney Fri 11th The Jones Brothers - Garry and Shayne Sat 12th Sandman Panelvan Sun 13th Jacqui Seczawa Fri 18th Angus Rump Sat 19th KittyKat Sun 20th Tony Jaggers Sat 26th Once Bitten Lakeview Hotel Ph 6495 1202 Fri 4th DJ Mick Sat 5th Kid Kenobi and MC Shureshock $20.00 cover charge Fri 11th Miami Horror DJ’S $20.00 cover charge Sat 12th DJ Femme $10.00 cover charge Sun 13th Greg Kew Thurs nights Trivia Fri 18th DJ Mick Sat 19th DJ Mick Fri 25th DJ Mick Sat 26th DJ Mick

Club Bega Ph 6492 1055 Live bands most Friday evenings Thur 3rd Steven Spellmaster At the Bega Country Club, renowned stage hypnotist Steven Spellmaster, Australia's No 1 comedy stage act for all the family - incl kids. Starts 8pm, tickets avail now at Club Bega. Courtesy bus available incl Tathra. Sat 5th X-10-Sive Summer Soundz - five DJ's from Canberra. $10 entry. At Bega Country Club Fri 11th Mandy & John - Cover band playing everything from the 1970's till now! At Club Bega Sat 26th Greg Kew at Club Bega Contact Club for details 6492 1055 Bermagui Country Club Ph 6493 4340 Tue 1st Candy, from 12pm till 4pm New Years Family Fun Day Free For Members BBQ from 12pm, Jumping Castles, Putting Competition, Raffle, Zamboni the Magician Fri 4th Don Ryan, from 8pm Sat 5th Jacqui, from 8pm Fri 11th Wayne Trezise, from 8pm Sat 12th DJ Matt Brown, from 8pm Fri 18th True Blue, from 8pm Sat 19th DJ Darryl Towney, from 8pm Fri 25th Darryl Lamb, from 8pm Sat 26th Candy, from 8pm All Live entertainment Free of Charge Tilba Valley Wines Ph 4473 7308 Sun 6th Try This Sun 20th B & B Jazz (Clarinet/Banjo duo – Bev Long and Bob Porter) Music from 1pm, free entry with full lunch service available until 3.30 p.m. Bookings recommended


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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

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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 Princes Hwy, Cobargo Ph: 02 6493 6110 Open Thu - Mon 10am - 4pm

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Bermagui Caption Harbour, for photograph Bermagui©©Photographer Paul Callaghan

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. The Goldfield is a virtually intact remnant of the gold rush days, and is the only goldfield in Australia located beside the sea. 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 biennial 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

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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

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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. 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

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.

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

What to See & Do Enjoy the spectacular Foxglove Spires gardens in Tilba Tilba

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

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Tilba Living History

ABC Cheese Factory The ABC Cheese Factory is located in the heart of historical Central Tilba and is the home of the famous Tilba Club Cheese. The ABC Cheese factory was established in 1891 and was the first Cheese Co-op in NSW. Today Tilba Club Cheese is still waxed by hand and is sold exclusively through the shop in 250 and 500 gram portions. All the traditional varieties of Tilba Club Cheese are sold as well as some that are only available here. Cheese tastings are available at all times, as are tastings and sales of a large range of local South Coast honeys. As well as cheese and honey the ABC Cheese Factory also features a wide range of jams and preserves, local produce, regional guides and books, souvenirs, gifts, ice-cream and other refreshments – including freshly ground and brewed Byron Bay Coffee. The ABC Cheese Factory is open every day from 9am to 5pm except Christmas Day.

ABC Cheese Factory (02) 4473 7387

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

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Monthly Garden Advice Summer Daze Well, now that Christmas is over, the the added benefit of improving the use more water. Also now that the visitors have gone home and all the structure and texture of the soil as it grandkids have gone home check the entertaining is finished, more time can decomposes. lawns for Bindii. If you find them, a be spent in the garden, where there selective Bindii spray is recommended The cutting back or dead heading are a number of jobs that can be done of perennials and roses can now be Additionally, along with all the good to get the garden through the latter done and this in turn will encourage gardening practices mentioned part of Summer and into Autumn. new growth and a repeat flowering in already, we must be well aware of our Summer brings with it the hot drying Autumn. Keep and eye out on roses general watering practices. A good winds that can cause damage to for aphids and thrips. A spray with a deep watering of garden beds once supple new growth that has grown systemic spray will keep them under a week will encourage deep root on plants over the spring/summer control. growth which in turn reduces the period. Some of this growth can need for watering every second day For those of us on the coast, the become a bit tatty so a light prune or so. added problem of humidity brings will tidy them up and encourage new with it fungal diseases. Use a fungicide Then everything is a winner. growth for Autumn. Don't cut plants as a preventative spray more so than Enjoy the rest of your Summer back too hard as understorey-shaded using a spray when the diseases is gardening. foliage could burn if exposed too sighted. This is usually too late and the quickly to the sun. damage has been done. Keith Mundy As mentioned in a previous Something not talked about that The Spires Nursery THE S Psurround I RES @ issue, mulching is of the highest often are the lawns that our Tilba importance. Plants T I L Bthat A are T I Lwell BA Pgarden H 4 4 7beds. 3 7 3 7It5is important W W at W this .FOXGLO V E STilba PIRES.COM.AU mulched will continue growing well time of the year to raise the mowing Present this through the warmer months and the and receive height a couple of notches. The grass 10% requirement for excessive watering will survive a prolonged hot spell if discount on will be eased. Using a soft mulch like not too short, and low-mown grasses entry to garden sugar cane or lucerne will also have only encourages shallow roots that LUNCHEONS WEDDINGS CONFERENCES



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.


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 4th & 18th 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 Thursday 24th, Friday 25th 9am – 3pm at Twyford Hall.

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

Nethercote Nethercote Seasonal Produce Market Food only market with live music & cooking demo. Saturday 26th January 8am – 12pm. Nethercote Community Hall & gardens, cnr Back Creek & Nethercote Rds Candelo 1st Sun. of each month from 8.30am 12.30pm. Candelo Oval & Town Hall.

Batemans Bay Batemans Bay Coastal Patrol Market 1st Sun of mth, Corrigans Park, Batehaven, 9am-1pm. Batemans Bay High School 3rd Sunday of month.


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. 4 January to 28 January at Ivy Hill features abstract paintings by Craig Cameron, ceramics by Sonja Jacob and abstract paintings by Deb Johansen. 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 in the Old Tanja Church and a stockroom display in the 'Glasshouse Gallery'. January will feature the exhibition 'Unearthed', ceramic and steel sculpture by Borenore artist Ros Auld, known for her strong, bold, asymmetrical forms evocative of the Australian landscape, exhibiting 4 January to 18 February. Open Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, 10.30 to 5.30 and by appointment.



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8. Bega Valley Regional Gallery Zingel Place, Bega. Ph 6499 2187 Open Tuesday - Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday 9am - 12 noon. 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). 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: to 23 January - SPIRAL SUMMER: South Coast artists Cash 'n Carry exhibition of ceramics, paintings, glass, clothing, textiles, jewellery, sculpture, woodwork and whimsy. From 25 January to 13 February - LITTORAL TO LAND: new works by paintertextile artist Hilary Peterson. In Gallery 2: to 23 January - FIBRE & WOOD: Steve and Helen Stafford present individual works and collaborative pieces. From 25 January to 13 February - Spiral Artists. 10. Australian Pottery at Bemboka 1 Oliver Street, Bemboka Ph 6493 0491 Open October - June, Friday to Monday 10am to 5pm or by appointment. Australian pottery made in the last half century, in a 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.

Art Galleries on the Far South Coast


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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.


Wagonga Inlet, Narooma © 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. Narooma is the base for charter operators offering tours to nearby Montague Island, with its spectacular lighthouse, little penguin and fur seal colonies and Aboriginal heritage.


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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. All Saints Anglican Church was commissioned by the Mort family in memory of Thomas Mort and his wife. Work began on the Church in 1880 and was completed in 1901. Further north, the township of Moruya also has beautifully preserved heritage buildings and streetscapes and is a great place to explore. It’s famous for supplying the granite used in the piers of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, as well as Sydney’s Post Office, the Bank of NSW and the Cenotaph in Martin Place. These days however, Moruya is known

for the large, intricately carved wooden poles that are dotted along the footpath of the main street. 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 Follow Narooma's Mill Bay Boardwalk to see schools of fish and graceful stingrays Visit Bodalla's historic All Saints Church Stroll or ride your bike through Moruya's Riverside Park Indulge in some retail therapy in Moruya's many specialty shops stocking unusual items

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!

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Narooma celebrates oysters in May Celebrity cook, author and former MasterChef winner Julie Goodwin is thrilled to be a part of this year’s Narooma Oyster Festival, held on 4 - 5th May. “I love Narooma and I love the Oyster Festival,” she said. “It has such a beautiful community feel and it’s always really exciting with terrific food, fantastic cooking demonstrations, beautiful art works and lots of wonderful people who also enjoy these things.” Narooma Oyster Festival celebrates Wagonga Inlet oysters and those from neighbouring estuaries, local produce and the region’s culinary and artistic talents in one of the most beautiful settings imaginable. The festival will have very different programs on each of the two days.

Saturday’s is a gourmet food festival on the shores of Wagonga Inlet. Highlights include cooking demonstrations by Julie and some of the coast’s finest chefs, the oyster bar serving freshly-shucked oysters with chilled whites, the popular Ultimate Oyster Experience where local growers host exclusive tastings of Sydney Rock oysters from different far south coast growing areas, gourmet food and craft stalls, boutique beer and wine sampling, great music, exhibitions by local artists, sand modeling and other family activities. Sunday’s ‘Narooma on Show’ sees the Festival move around Narooma and environs to showcase the area’s considerable attractions. You can: • Head to sea on one of Narooma’s charter

boats and enjoy a tour of Montague Island; • Dine at a local eating house where you can eat even more oysters; • Watch ‘The Oyster Farmer’ at the heritage listed Narooma Kinema; • Join an oyster tour on Wagonga Inlet; • Enjoy the Poet’s Breakfast by Wagonga Inlet; • See cheesemaking in Tilba; • Ride your bike along the scenic Narooma/ Dalmeny coastal cycleway; • Walk Ringland’s Rotary bushwalk along Wagonga Inlet’s southern shore; • Discover Tilba and Bodalla. Check the festival webpage for updates

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

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Mogo © Paul Callaghan

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

To experience what the town was like during the boom, a visit to the Original Gold Rush Colony is a must. Located in a natural Australian bush setting on 4.5ha, the Original Gold Rsuh Colony, formerly known as Old Mogo Town, is a great place to step Jennifer back Drynan in time. PROPRIETOR After taking out the award for Cultural “Mogo Cottage” and Heritage Tourism at the South 30 Princes Highway Mogo NSW 2536 Coast Regional Tourism Awards in Tel. 4472 5359 (4472 jely) 2009 and 2010, in 2011 the Fax.2008, 4472 4396 Original Gold Rush Colony won the Heritage and Cultural Tourism - Hall of ABN Fame 19 419 447 524 award. Come play beads under Mogo is now famous for its great range the jellybead tree of specialty stores, housed in replica nineteenth century timber buildings. • Beads • Books • Magazines • Findings There are potteries, galleries, antique • Sterling Silver, stores, bookshop and coffee shops, • Ready Made Jewellery, • Handmade Beads, many of which specialise in unusual • Classes and interesting items. Mogo is the Children welcome perfect place to spend time browsing Mogo Cottage 30 Princes Hwy Mogo for something a little bit different. 02 4474 2675


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

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

Amanda’s of Mogo

Extensive range of art & craft supplies including:

Historic Mogo

Mogo Orchid & Fern Nursery Specialising in cold climate Australian native orchids, the Mogo Orchid & Fern Nursery has everything for the orchid lover and more. Housed in a large greenhouse are plants of varying ages, from 1 year old plants in 50mm tube pots to a display plant which is between 35 and 40 years old. There is also has a large range of orchids mounted on tree-fern backs and cork, and different varieties of locally grown ferns. Always popular, Mogo Orchid & Fern Nursery has orchids that flower throughout the year, and new stock arrives on a weekly basis. Orchids make a fantastic gift as they beat cut flowers hands down; an orchid flower can last for several months, not several days! The Nursery stocks potting mixture and accessories for the orchid lover, locally made outdoor furniture, native animals houses, designer pots and wall décor. Mogo Orchid & Fern Nursery also stock the very popular Pelicans, locally made from corrugated iron. They have both large and small pelicans available, and they make a great addition to any garden. The undercover display area has wheelchair access and there’s plenty of car parking available. Open 7 days. Mogo Orchid & Fern Nursery 14 Charles Street, Mogo. Phone 4474 2291

Mogo Orchid & Fern Nursery Greenhouse of Australian Native Orchids & Ferns. Specialise in Australian cool climate native orchids. Materials for repotting & mounting. Wall Décor, Designer pots. Nursery with a difference.

14 Charles Street MOGO 4474 2291

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

Clocktower Arcade

Clocktower Arcade Six fabulous shops to keep you occupied.

46 Sydney St Mogo 4474 2288

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

Workshops for all levels in card-making, scrapbooking & PMC (silver) jewellery. Open 7 days 9am - 5pm Phone/Fax: 4474 3453 41 Princes Highway, Mogo NSW 2536

Mogo Bookstore We offer a wide variety of quality second hand books at affordable prices. Drop in for a relaxed browse when you visit Mogo. Enquiries are welcome.

Princes Hwy Mogo. 4474 2141


Clyde River, Batemans Bay © Paul Callaghan

Batemans Bay Like many coastal towns, Batemans Bay, settled by Europeans in the 1820s, relied on timber, ship building, dairying and fishing as its main source of income 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

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‘the Bay’. Swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking, surfing and diving are all within easy reach of town. The Batemans Marine Park ensures that the coastal environment is protected for future generations. Hire a boat, kayak or a houseboat to explore the spectacular upper reaches of the Clyde River. Batemans Bay is a great destination for families, with its array of outdoor activities and attractions such as minigolf, a cinema, animal park, tennis and a carnival in summer. There are lots of great national parks to explore within easy driving distance. Head west along the Kings Highway past historic Nelligen and up Clyde Mountain to see beautiful escarpment forests in the Budawang National Park. The beautiful township of Braidwood is also worth a visit. Follow the coastline south to explore the beautiful beaches of Malua Bay, Rosedale and Broulee.

What to See & Do Explore the Clyde River by boat, houseboat or kayak Book a fishing charter for a deep-sea fishing experience Visit the Budawang National Park to experience the spectacular escarpment or the Murramarang National Park with its coastal forests Head into town for great shopping Enjoy a coffee or a meal at one of the cafés and restaurants on the bank of the Clyde River. Drive south and explore Malua Bay, Mossy Point and Tomakin. VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Princes Hwy, Batemans Bay Ph: 1800 802 528

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