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Sculpture On The Edge 1 - 10 March, see page 20

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

EAT Merimbula Page 11

Bermagui Seaside Fair Page 19


What's On - March

Check page 31 for this month's Live Entertainment

1st to 10th March - Sculpture On The Edge, Bermagui

7th March to 9th March - Sapphire Coast Rock 'n' Rodders Festival, Merimbula

8th March - Bermagui Seaside Fair, Bermagui

15th February - 31st March - Wreck, Rescue & Salvage, Eden Killer Whale Museum, Eden See the personal library of the late Captain Dick Jolly, internationally renowned salvage master (he refloated the MV Pasha Bulker) and amateur maritime historian. More information on page 6 or go to 1st - 10th March - Sculpture on the Edge, Bermagui Held annually in Bermagui, Sculpture on the Edge includes an exhibition of large sculptural pieces in the magnificent settings of Endeavour Point Headland, Dickinson Park, Horseshoe Bay beach and the Fishermen's Wharf as well as an indoor exhibition of smaller sculptures in the Bermagui Community Centre, plus and a public symposium. More information on page 20, or visit the website at 7th & 31st March - Merimbula Cup and Restaurants Race Day, Sapphire Coast Turf Club, Kalaru The Merimbula Cup program presented by the Sapphire Coast Turf Club promises to be a day of racing. TAB facilities are available, plus food and beverage services and there will

9th March - EAT Merimbula, Fishpen Merimbula

N u r s e r i e s & G a rd e n s Bega Garden Nursery 32-34 Church St Bega Ph 6492 6628 Open Monday - Saturday Bodalla Nursery 195 Princes Hwy Bodalla Ph 4473 5166 Closed Tuesdays. May - August open 9 to 4. Large range of fruit & deciduous trees.


be free buses to and from the course. For more information, go to page 13 or visit the website at 7th - 9th March - Sapphire Coast Rock 'n' Rodders 50s & 60s Dance Festival, Club Sapphire, Merimbula Three days of back to the 50s and 60s, with dance workshops, Gala Dance, Dinner Dance plus 50s clothing and memorabilia. Details on page 10 or go to www.sapphirecoastrockandroll. 8th March - Bermagui Seaside Fair The good folk of Bermagui get together and celebrate every year at the Bermagui Seaside Fair. Features a Street Fair Parade, kids entertainment and free activities, sandcastle competition, model boat expo, live entertainment, market stalls and the “Art in Place” Themed Art Exhibition. Details on pages 18 and 19 or go to 9th March - EAT Merimbula, Fishpen Featuring the fresh produce of the Sapphire Coast, skilled local chefs will create an experience to be savoured. Think Kingfish Sushimi, gourmet pastries, giant paellas, mouth watering oysters – and plenty of surprises. Phone 0428 243 539 for details

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From the Editor

March Welcome to autumn on the Far South Coast - as I write this in early February, we're recovering from a mini heat wave, so things are starting to dry out. Here on the NSW Far South Coast it's the beginning of festival season, which means there's plenty of things to do. Sculpture on the Edge in Bermagui is a highlight of the afore-mentioned coastal events calendar, with amazing sculptures dotted around the Horseshoe Bay headland. Like Bondi's Sculpture by the Sea, the spectacular setting makes a great backdrop for spectacular sculptures. Check page 20 for details. Also in Bermagui this month is the fabulous Bermagui Seaside Fair, and this year's theme is "Out of this World", which should make for some interesting floats in the Street Parade. There's an incredible list of events happening before, during and after the

Fair - have a look on pages 18 and 19. Merimbula is hosting the 5th Rock 'n' Rodders Dance Festival also on the 7th to 9th March. This event celebrates the sub-culture that emerged following the birth of rock 'n' roll that's still going strong. You'll find more info on page 10. If you're keen to go racing, the Sapphire Coast Turf Club has two race meetings on this March - see page 13 for details. Merimbula EAT is back again too - you can enjoy locally-produced plated food at this foodie providore event on the foreshore of Merimbula Lake. You'll find more details on page 11. We hope you have a safe and enjoyable time in this truly beautiful part of the world.

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Snug Cove, Eden © Paul Callaghan


George Bass and Matthew Flinders were the first Europeans to ‘discover’ Twofold Bay in 1798, but the region had been inhabited by members of the Yuin nation for thousands of years, attracted by the rich food resources offered by the sea and surrounding forests. 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 ● 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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Wreck, Rescue & Salvage - Highlights of the Dick Jolly Collection photographs, records and diaries, which he drew on when publishing his autobiography Wreck, Rescue & Salvage. Captain Jolly was a great supporter and active member of the Eden Killer Whale Museum, helping to establish the library collection in 1993. His name is recorded on the foundation stone of the Museum’s eastern wing extension which recognises the efforts of dedicated committee members. Captain Jolly completed a cadet apprenticeship with the Australian National Line and later served in the British Navy’s tug fleet in Malta. He then joined a British deep-sea towing company, where he was involved in towing, dredging and floating docks to all parts of the world. He served as captain for over 100 projects, and in 1981 was master of the Salviscount, the biggest tug in the world at that time. He undertook one of the world’s longest tows, which saw a dredger towed 13,000 km in 105 days from New Zealand to Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Captain Jolly began his salvage career when he joined Selco in Singapore, travelling all over the world to manage fires, collisions, strandings and sinking vessels. His significant experience later saw him called as an expert witness in a wide variety of marine court cases. On his return home after the refloat of EDE



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In late 2013, the Eden Killer Whale Museum acquired the vast personal library of the late Captain Richard (Dick) Jolly (1940-2009). Wreck, Rescue & Salvage, on display until the end of March, reveals Captain Jolly’s personal and professional interest in all things maritime. Captain Jolly was well known in Eden and internationally as a salvage master. He was one of only 40 people in the world appointed to a panel of salvage experts approved to represent all parties and their insurance companies. During his career he managed over 80 salvage jobs, ranging from fishing boats, passenger cruise ships and oil tankers. His last major salvage project was the successful refloating and towing of the infamous MV Pasha Bulker, which ran aground during a major storm in Newcastle in 2007. Captain Jolly’s keen interest in maritime history, along with his occupation as salvage and tug master, is reflected in his books, postcards and cigarette cards, salvage scrap books, photographs, navigation charts and log books. The collection complements the local salvage reports and photographs already held in the museum’s collection; significant for the detail they provide about practices, vessels and crews associated with Eden’s fishing industry. He was meticulous in documenting his projects, keeping

178 Imlay St, Eden NSW 2551

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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 1830s, with the original township built on the southern banks of the Pambula River. Severe flooding in the 1860s meant the town had to be re-located to its present site on higher ground. In 1888, gold was discovered on the banks of the Yowaka River, and by 1891 there were eleven mining companies in operation at the Mount Gahan site. Pambula’s historic past is very much in evidence today, with beautifully restored and maintained historic

buildings and farmhouses. Pambula today has an eclectic mix of businesses, with art galleries, cafes, restaurants, gift shops and pubs. 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 left off the Highway to Pambula Lake, where there’s a boat ramp and several oyster growers selling fresh Pambula Lake oysters here, including Broadwater Oysters.

What to See & Do Stroll around the beautiful historic Pambula Village Explore the Pambula River by kayak, canoe or boat Take a walk around Panboola Visit the friendly kangaroos at Pambula Beach Relax with a coffee or lunch at Settlers Cottage

Settlers Cottage Tea Rooms & Garden Gallery

Your local liquor specialist


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

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Take a stroll through Panboola 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

At the southern end of Pambula is the project known as Panboola, extending from the edge of town to the Pambula River. Panboola, the Aboriginal name for the area, covers 77 hectares and is comprised of land that was previously privately owned, as well as sections of the Old Pambula Race course. It is a diverse estuarine and freshwater wetland comprising billabongs, saline areas, a tidal channel, mud flats, mangroves and saltmarsh. The wetlands provide a final filter for the town's storm water and floodplain runoff before entering the Pambula Lake, and at times are dry. They provide important breeding and nursery areas for a large range of animals including birds, fish and invertebrates. By protecting and restoring habitat for native wildlife, the whole area is being rehabilitated as a wetland for the purpose of nature conservation. Planted corridors have been established (and protected by fencing) to link existing plantings at the front (north) of the site to the Pambula River in the south. A series of walking tracks takes visitors through a range of vegetation types, including saltmarsh, billabongs and the Pambula River. Areas of farmland are still used for

grazing, with the income generated assisting with recurring costs. Panboola offers many recreational options, including bird-watching, picnicking, cycling, walking or just sitting and enjoying the view. Picnic tables and seats have been installed in Tips Billabong and the Waterbird Sanctuary making outdoor lunches easy, or just bring a picnic blanket. Shade, shelter and seating are also available in the re-vamped Kiosk, located beside the former race course in the south east section. Panboola is a favourite spot with locals for walking their dogs, but please note that dogs must be kept on a leash, and are restricted to roads; they are not permitted to enter through any gates. The main entrance to Panboola is off Bullara St, next to Robert Smith. Just down from the entrance over the arched bridge is an information booth that has brochures providing information about Panboola. Panboola is a wonderful place to experience nature, history and culture, and it doesn’t cost a cent.

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Merimbula Lake, Merimbula Š Paul Callaghan

Merimbula Merimbula is the tourist hub of the Sapphire Coast with its lakeside restaurants and cafes, great shopping and a vast array of attractions and accommodation choices. Merimbula has a long history of human occupation, with Aboriginal people making the most of the available food resources, leaving behind middens that are visible today. In more recent times, Merimbula was one of several coastal trading ports connecting the region to the outside world, as the area was relatively isolated with a lack of rail or road access.



Next Door To TOP FUN 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 the Fishpen area. 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. There are several Clubs, bars and the pub offering live music. Whales migrate past Merimbula from September to November each year, feeding and frolicking in the Bay, making it easy to whale watch from on board a boat or from the beach.

What to See & Do Go fishing on a hire boat or fishing charter, or drop a line in off the beach or in the Lake Take a scenic flight up and down the spectacular Far South Coast Have some thrills at Magic Mountain Fun Park and Top Fun Visit the Merimbula Aquarium at the Wharf at fish feeding time Enjoy a stroll around the Boardwalk to Top Lake Boat Hire for a coffee Check out the playgrounds at Ford Park, Spencer Park and near the Info Centre Enjoy fish 'n'chips and the sunset on the beach VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Beach Street, Merimbula Ph: 02 6495 1129

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

Budget Pizzas less topping but a thicker base.

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Fish Feeding Monday, Wednesday & Friday 11.30

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

Lake Street Merimbula Phone (02) 6495 4446


¥ Friday Night  -­‐  $10   ¥ Dance  Workshops  -­‐  $5.00   ¥ Saturday  Night  Gala  Dance  -­‐  $25.00  (Three  Bands)   ¥ Sunday  Night  Dinner  Dance  -­‐  $  40.00              (2  Course  Dinner  plus  2  bands)                (Bookings  Essential)  

3 Days of Dancing Dance Workshops with Harro’s Hoppers and Jivecatz 50’s Clothing & Memorabilia The Fender Benders, Shadoogie, The Midnight Drifters, Stan Glennie and Guests Hotrod Show & Shine at the Big Boyz Toyz Expo on Saturday

Merimbula Food Fest “Eat Merimbula” on Sunday Weekend Tickets  only  $70  each  –  Individual  tickets  for  each  event  also  available  after  Jan  31st   Dance  Enquiries  and  Tickets  sales  at  Club  Sapphire  –  Phone  (02)  6495  1306   Big  Boyz  Toyz  Expo  and  the  Merimbula  Food  Fest  are  free  activities  for  your  enjoyment    (02)  6495  2517  

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watering oysters and mussels, local wine – and plenty of surprises. Bring a picnic blanket and the family and come and enjoy this locavore’s paradise. EAT Merimbula is on Sunday, 9th March from 10:00am – 3:00pm on the grassy foreshore along Fishpen Road in Merimbula. For all the latest news and updates, join the EAT Merimbula Facebook event page at

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EAT Merimbula is a foodie providore event held at Fishpen, overlooking the picturesque Merimbula Lake. The fertile soil and clear waters of the Sapphire Coast have long been known to provide world class fresh produce such as oysters, mussels and our world famous Bega Cheese. In the skilled hands of our local chefs, our region’s harvest will become an experience to be savoured. EAT Merimbula provides premium plated local fare from our best chefs and food entrepreneurs. Think gourmet sliders, giant paellas, mouth

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1 Market St. Merimbula Ph (02) 6495 1202

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



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

NATIVE ANIMAL EDUCATIONAL SANCTUARY • Open 10am - 4pm daily (except Christmas Day) • Trains & Educational talks at 11am and 2pm daily • Individual Animal Encounters by arrangement

• Blue Wren Cafe now licensed, enjoy delicious homemade snacks and lunches • BBQ also available

The Chantoozies are headed to Merimbula, playing at Club Sapphire on Friday March 14th. The Chantoozies began touring Australia in the late 80s, appearing on every imaginable entertainment programme in the country. Originally formed only for a one-off show, they have since gone on to sell over 300,000 records, going Platinum and Gold. The Chantoozies toured Australia extensively with their first and second albums, achieving great success with their original material like ‘Wanna Be Up’, ‘Kiss And Tell’, ‘Walk On’ and covers of ‘Witch Queen’, ‘He’s Gonna Step On You’, ‘Love The One Your With’ and ‘I’ll Be There’; all top 20 hits. Throughout the 80s and 90s they shared the stage with many of Australia’s biggest acts including Noiseworks, Boom Crash Opera, James Reyne, Daryl Braithwaite, Hoodoo Gurus and supported International act Billy Joel for an Australia wide 38 show tour. See page 31 for more information.

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



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BINGO Mon, wed & Fri - RAFFLES wed, Thu, Fri & SaT - POKER ThuSday Home of Merimbula-Imlay Bowling Club 119 Main Street, Merimbula NSW 2548 Phone 6495 1306 12

Enjoy two days at the Races at the Sapphire Coast Turf Club This March the Sapphire Coast Turf Club has two great days of racing planned. Friday March 7th is the Merimbula Cup, with Reserved seating available in the Sponsors Lounge. There are only 100 seats available ($10pp + entry), so make sure you book your seat now. On Monday 31st March it's the Restaurants Race Day, a great opportunity to mix with staff from seven of the best restaurants on the Far South Coast. Sapphire Coast Turf Club is one of the newest and most modern country racecourses in NSW with great

spectator facilities and a family-friendly atmosphere. Jockeys and trainers come from all over south eastern NSW and East Gippsland to compete in the Club's ten race season. Patrons can enjoy an unobstructed view of the action from most parts of the course, including the Members Reserve and Function Centre and from the large, banked lawn areas. TAB facilities are available, as well as local and interstate bookmakers. Food and beverage services are on course, plus there are picnic and family friendly areas. Free buses will be running to and from

the course - for more information go to The program for the remaining racing season is: May 4th - ClubsNSW Day June 8th - Jazz Festival Race Day

Massage Therapy

at Beach Street Dental Centre, Merimbula

A new Remedial Massage and CranioSacral Therapy practice has recently opened at the Beach Street Dental Centre in Merimbula. Massage therapist Ania Pawliszak is qualified in remedial therapies like myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, deep tissue massage as well as gestalt counselling. Originally from Poland, Ania has lived for the last 10 years in Sydney, where she studied and worked in Osteopathic clinics.

To book an appointmant please call Beach Street Dental Centre on

6495 1097 1 hour appointment $65 1.5 hour appointment $85


Farm near Bega © Paul Callaghan


Bega is the business and administrative heart of the Bega Valley. It is also a place of natural beauty, surrounded by lush pastures and forests hugging the escarpment. In the language of local Aboriginal

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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

Ph 6494 1220

Artizantique The funkiest little decor & gift shop in the deep south!

The Golden Sands Chinese Restaurant

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

Ph 6494 5222

Antiques • Vintage • Retro • Art • Books • Records • Unique Gifts • Homewares • Artisanmade furniture & decor • investment art

products, exporting millions of dollars worth of product every year. A visit to the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre is a must - it provides a fascinating insight into how 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.

What to See & Do Visit the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre

Wander along the walking/cycling track near the Bega River

Open 9.30-5.30 Mon to Fri 10am 12.30 Sat

Check out the art galleries VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE At Bega Cheese Heritage Centre Lagoon Street, Bega Ph: 02 6491 7645

8 Canning St Bega 02 6492 4441

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

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

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

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Fax 02 6491 7646

Licenced Cafe

Bega Secrets

Thornleigh On Newtown

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

6492 6000

Morning & Afternoon Tea & Lunch served from Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm Dinner from 6pm, Friday and Saturday nights - booking essential. The cafe is the perfect place to sit back and enjoy our coffee with great company & our friendly service.

Everyone is welcome Our menu is Dine-in only, please call 6492 4359 to secure your table. Eftpos and disabled facilities available. Air conditioned.

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Cobargo • Bermagui 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. With galleries, cafes and established businesses like South Coast Leather and the unique Bangles Pottery shop, Cobargo is a great little village to spend some time wandering about in. Saturday mornings in particular see Cobargo come alive with the Laneway

markets. Bermagui offers visitors a myriad of things to do and places to go. Pristine beaches and lakes provide water activities from surfing to swimming, snorkeling, boating and canoeing. Throw in a line from the beach, rocks or along the Bermagui River, or head out on one of the local charter boats. 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. Go bush walking in nearby National Parks and State Forests, or bird watching in the Bermagui Wetlands Flora and Fauna Reserve. Close to Bermagui, Wallaga Lake is one of the largest coastal lakes in New South Wales. On the Wallaga Lake Road is the Montreal Goldfield where you can take a guided tour and learn about the discovery of gold in the 1880s.

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Bermagui Seaside Fair: “Out of this World” The 17th annual Bermagui Seaside Fair is on Saturday 8th March, and this year's fun theme is "Out of This World", because, as the locals know, Bermagui's natural beauty really is out of this world. Everyone attending the Fair is invited to dress in theme and participate in the street parade. There are prizes to be won in four different categories. “Umbrellas of Bermagui” is a new event for 2014; 15 local businesses purchased 3m shade umbrellas which have been hand decorated by well known and accomplished artists from across the region and as far away as WA. “Umbrellas of Bermagui” was launched on Australia Day by television personality


Catriona Rowntree, and the quality and subject diversity of the 12 completed umbrellas on display was amazing. The umbrellas will be auctioned at the Fair to raise funds for the local skatepark. The afternoon's musical entertainment will be provided by four talented Bega Valley musicians performing a two hour “Tribute to Johnny Cash”. Tony Jaggers, local R&B and rock musician, will also be performing on the Essential Energy stage. Poet’s breakfast, free kid's entertainment and novelty events, market stalls, carnival, static displays, Teen Talent, sandcastle competition, hole in one golf beach bash, the popular charity auction

and pet pageant will once again provide a fantastic day out for every age group. A spectacular fireworks display brings the day to an end. Other events and entertainment include: • Art in Place, the Fair’s themed art exhibition, Bermagui Fishermen’s Wharf, Saturday 1st - Saturday 8th March. • Model Boat Expo at the Country Club, 8th - 9th March. • Arts & Crafts and Photographic Exhibitions, Bermagui Surf Club, Friday 7th - Sunday 9th March. • Variety concert, Bermagui Country Club, 1pm - 4pm, Sunday 9th. Details at


Bermagui Seaside Fair A seaside village celebration on the beautiful Sapphire Coast NSW

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The Johnny Cash Tribute Show 2PM TO 4PM

• Poet’s Breakfast 8am • Bermagui Blessing 8am • Street Parade 10am

• Kids’ Entertainment & Free Novelty Events • Live Entertainment on 2 Stages • Pet Pageant • Sandcastle Competition • Hole in One Golf Beach Bash • Teen Talent • Carnival • Over 100 Market Stalls • Food & Drinks • Fireworks Spectacular 8.45pm ‘Art in Place’ Themed Art Exhibition Saturday 1st to Saturday 8th March

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Arts & Crafts and Photography Exhibitions Friday 7th to Sunday 9th March BERMAGUI SURF LIFESAVING CLUB

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Sculpture on the Edge - creative, inspiring, and in Bermagui Bermagui's famous Sculpture on the Edge runs this year from 1st - 10th March, and, as always, promises to delight and intrigue participants. The official Opening is on 1st March, and on Sunday March 2nd the annual Symposium, "Sculpture Songlines" will be held at the Murrah Hall. Speakers will be Wendy Teakel from ANU, Hannah Quinlivan, Haeli Van Veen and Michael Purdy, all of whom will also be exhibiting. The ever-popular Community Picnic and Fire Festival is being held on March 9th, when the People's Choice and Children's Choice Awards will be announced. Fantastic fire sculptures

created by local school children school will also be on display. Braidwood Central School students will be exhibiting some of their exceptional metal sculptures which have wowed Jindabyne, Sydney and Canberra. In 2014 the Bega Valley Shire Council is offering a $10,000 Acquisitive Prize for the first time, plus there are other prizes ranging in value from $250 to the Cox Acquisitive Prize of $5,000 (go to for a list of prizes and previous winners). Acclaimed Street Artist, Phibs will be participating, creating art works on two structures which will be exhibited with the large sculptures on Endeavour

Point Headland. 2014 will also see the return of Amanda Stuart's "Mongrel Country", this time in bronze with a red dog leading the pack. The original "Mongrel Country" was a huge hit when it was exhibited in Bermagui in 2009 - it then went on to Sculpture by the Sea in Sydney and Aarhus in Denmark. Sculpture On The Edge will also see Ben Eyles' magnificent sculpture of a white rhino "Don't Forget About Me!", a poignant comment on the fate of this endangered species. For more information, go to Below: Boulders at Mystery Bay, Daniel Lafferty Bottom: Adaptable Migrant, Andy Townsend & Susie Bleach

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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 goldfilled 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

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Central Tilba and Tilba 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, gold was discovered on the lower slopes of Gulaga in the 1860s. Many of Tilba’s buildings were constructed in the late 1880s when the gold boom was at its peak. The entire village of Central Tilba was classified by the National Trust in 1974 in recognition of its historical significance. The village has become a centre for crafts people and artisans, as well as ‘old-fashioned’ stores, and the famous Cheese Factory, all located on Central Tilba’s main street.

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Wagonga Inlet, Narooma © Paul Callaghan

Narooma 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. Tucked between the coastal ranges and the ocean, Narooma is the perfect place for a relaxed coastal holiday. 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 beach that's patrolled in summer, bike tracks and lots of waterways to explore or fish in. With a choice of flat stretches or hills, there are lots of places to walk around town and take in the spectacular views over the Inlet, the mountains and the ocean. Narooma has some easy cycling tracks, as well as being a great base for serious riders who are happy tackling rides 50km or longer.

Montague Island is located just offshore from Narooma and is a truly unique spot to visit. Twice voted as Tourism Australia’s top eco-tourism destination, you can take a National Parks & Wildlife Service tour of the island covering its heritage-listed buildings, wildlife and history, or stay for a few nights in one of the Lighthouse Keeper's cottages. The island is home to the largest fur seal colony on the NSW coast, as well as being a breeding ground for 12,000 little penguins who come ashore at dusk after feeding at sea. Narooma is also renowned for its spectacular public golf course, ranked as one of the best in Australia. If you're looking for more leisurely pursuits, there are plenty of great cafes and restaurants to try, as well as shops to explore.

What to See & Do Enjoy a whale watching cruise Take a trip to Montague Island Nature Reserve to watch wildlife Explore Wagonga Inlet by boat or kayak Follow the Mill Bay boardwalk and look out for the magnificent stingrays Stroll around town and check out the cafes Enjoy a round of golf

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Montague Island Evening Penguin Tour Adult - $130, Child - $110 Family 2+2 - $460 (Children under 2 free) Snorkel or Dive with seals at Montague Island Double Dive - $100 Snorkelling - $80 includes mask fins and snorkel Fishing Trips - 5 or 6 hour, or full day 5 Hour - $130 per Adult 6 Hour - $150 per Adult

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Narooma Oyster Festival - the place to be this April Narooma Oyster Festival 5 – 6 April 2014 Scrumptious Sydney Rock Oysters from south coast estuaries star at Narooma Oyster Festival (5 – 6 April) showcasing the region’s produce and culinary and artistic talents. The festival has different programs each day. Check www.naroomaoysterfestival. com for details. SATURDAY 5 APRIL – NATURALLY GOURMET FAIR At the Fair, beside Narooma’s Wagonga Inlet, feast on the Inlet’s stunning beauty as well as delicious oysters from Australia’s Oyster Coast (Shoalhaven to Victorian border), one of the world’s most environmentally sustainable oyster growing regions. The Fair also showcases the region’s exceptional produce. Headlining this year’s Festival are cooking demonstrations by chefs from the south coast’s ‘hatted’ restaurants

- Huw Jones of Zanzibar Merimbula, Josh Tyler of Tyler's Pantry Mogo and David Campbell of Wharf Rd Nowra. New this year is Australia’s Oyster Coast oyster bar precinct featuring oysters from many south coast NSW estuaries. Their growers feature in the sensational ‘Faces of Australia’s Oyster Coast – a photographic exhibition by Heide Smith’. The Ultimate Oyster Experience, staged in the two waterfront restaurants within the Festival venue, enables you to enjoy an exclusive master class with growers, comparing oysters from different AOC estuaries and served with premium wines and boutique beers (Pre-booking is essential). The Naturally Gourmet Fair also features the hotly-contested oyster opening competition, the region’s best gourmet food and craft stalls, great live music all day including top soul band Johnny G & The E Types, art exhibition,

oyster opening classes, a free kid’s zone, a fishing exhibition and much more. On Saturday evening oyster related dinners are planned around town, including Australia’s Oyster Coast Festival Dinner, a fine three-course dinner with freshly opened oysters direct from the region’s premier oyster farms (Book at Narooma Golf Club). SUNDAY 6 APRIL ‘NAROOMA ON SHOW’ Start the day with the Poet’s Breakfast, or play in the Festival’s inaugural Australia's Oyster Coast Ambrose Golf Classic at the spectacular Narooma Golf Club (Book Narooma Golf Club). Explore the area’s many attractions from Bodalla to Montague Island to Tilba, or continue along the AOC’s new Oyster Trail to be launched at Saturday’s Fair.

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River Entrance, Moruya © Paul Callaghan

Moruya Traditionally home to two indigenous tribes, the Walbanga and the BrinjaYuin, the name Moruya is derived from the word, mherroyah, meaning "home of the black swan". Black swans still feature in Moruya, frequently seen in the lakes and rivers around town. European settlement began in the 1820s, with the township gazetted in 1851. Moruya's granite quarries were famous for supplying the rock used in the piers of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. From 1925 to 1932, the Harbour Bridge works saw 250 stonemasons employed and relocated to Moruya by the contractor to produce 18,000 cubic metres of dimension stone for the bridge pylons, 173,000 blocks, and 200,000 yards of crushed stone that was used as aggregate for concrete. Moruya granite was also used for Sydney’s Post Office, the Bank of NSW, the Cenotaph in Martin Place and the base of the Captain Cook statue in

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6494 2185 Hyde Park. The first bridge across the Moruya River was erected in 1876, although frequent flooding meant new bridges had to be erected in 1900 and 1945 and, most recently, in 1966. World War 11 must have seemed a long way from Moruya to begin with, but as the war progressed, it had a direct impact on the town. The Moruya aerodrome became an advanced operational base, and in 1942 a trawler was attacked by the Japanese offshore between Moruya and Batemans Bay. On 25 December 1944 the US liberty ship SS Robert J. Walker was torpedoed off Moruya by the German submarine U-862. It sank the next day between Moruya and Bega, with 2 people dying and 67 survivors. These days, Moruya is known for its beautifully preserved heritage buildings and streetscapes, as well as the large, intricately carved wooden

poles that are dotted along the footpath of the main street. Fantastic cafes, restaurants and pubs can also be found in this bustling little country town that has lots to offer.

What to See & Do Stroll or ride your bike through Moruya's Riverside Park Indulge in some retail therapy in Moruya's many specialty shops Take a drive alongside the beautiful Moruya River Head south and visit Bodalla's historic All Saints Church VISITOR INFORMATION SERVICE Moruya Library, Vulcan St Moruya 44741333 Open Monday to Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday 9:30am - 12pm

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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 Ph 4474 2422


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. 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. 4. Ivy Hill Gallery 1795 Bermagui Rd, Wapengo. Ph 6494 0152 Open from 10 to 5 on Fri, Sat, Sun and Mon. From 28th February to 31st March, Ivy Hill will have drawings and paintings by Bernard O'Grady, indigenous paintings by Lee Cruse and ceramics by Barry Jackson. Drinks with the artists on Saturday 1st March from 6pm 5. 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'. 7th March to 21st April - Tanja Central - an exhibition of new work by Tanja artists Poppy Benton, Belinda Ramson, Alan Watt, Martin Halstead and Elizabeth Charles. Open: Fri, Sat, Sun & Mon, 10.30am to 5.30pm & by appointment. 6. Bega Valley Regional Gallery Zingel Place, Bega. Ph 6499 2187 Open Tuesday - Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday 9am - 12 noon. 7 February – 15 March 2014 - 'Men'. Lee Chittick, Liam Ryan, Neil Roberts, Frazer Bull-Clark, Jay Kochel. A visual exploration of the vicissitudes of post millennium masculinity – caught in a struggle between metro-sexual gender politics and a biologically inherent, testosterone impelled macho imperative. This exhibition goes beyond romanticised heroic imagery, more prevalent in the arts, to interrogate reality on the ground. Is it, in fact, a No Man’s Land? 21 March – 26 April 2014 - 'Wild Art: Living like Gods'. For close on 25 years the local Wild Art collective has maintained a dedicated practice of trekking en masse into the bush to record and celebrate the region’s pristine coastal wilderness. Marked by a steadfast focus on the protection of the south east coastal/hinterland environment, the work is eclectic and the membership an even mix of amateur and professional artists.





















7. Spiral Gallery 47 Church St Bega. Ph 6492 5322 Open Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday 10am - 1pm. Represents regional, emerging and established artists. Gallery 1: 21st February to 5th March: 'My Story My Place'. Work by artists from Workability and Richmond PRA project. In Gallery 1: 7 th to 19th March: International Women's Day celebratory exhibition mounted by the Women's Resource Centre & the Southern Women's Group Inc. In Gallery 1: 21st March to 9th April: 'Spiral Artists & Friends'. Prints, paintings, glassware, textiles, jewellery, ceramics and wood by artists from the region. In Gallery 2: 21st March to 9th April: 'Obfuscura'. Eclectic wallworks & small sculptures by Sharon Cornthwaite and paintings by Jock Morse. 8. 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. 9. Artessence Gallery 47 Toalla St Pambula. Ph 6495 7286 (Facebook: Artessence Gallery) Open Monday - Friday 10am - 4.30pm, Saturday 10am - 1pm A wide selection of art from local and interstate artists including local photography, paintings, prints, lino cuts, jewellery, ceramics, glassware, woodwork, sculpture, mosaics and textiles, at historic McKells Cottage, Pambula.

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10. Old Cellars Gallery 246 Mt Darragh Rd South Pambula. Ph 0447 507 913 Contemporary & traditional arts featuring local & interstate artists. Open weekends.

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Belinda Ramson , at Narek Galleries

Bernard O'Grady, at Ivy Hill Gallery


Mogo © Paul Callaghan


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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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


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 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 won the Tourist Attraction category and the People's Choice Award at the 2012 South Coast Regional Tourism Awards. 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

The Clocktower Arcade of Mogo has two new outlets for you to enjoy. Mogo Honey Hut has been producing Southern Region honey for many years and has decided to establish a base in Mogo. Call in have a chat to Rebecca and sample our locally produced honeys and discover how busy their bees have been. Located at the end of the Arcade you'll find Andrew Carter’s gallery. His award winning landscape photography is truly outstanding. Andrew’s current displays depict local landscapes and some of Australia’s amazing outback Of course The Old Dairy, Posh Cat and the Patisserie are open too. At Posh Cat you’ll find quality leather goods, men’s' hats and wallets, ladies' handbags and quality jewellery for any occasion. The Old Dairy is full of locally made specialty items and an intriguing array of dolls, bears, ceramics and terracotta pieces.

Great coffee and pastries are available from the Patisserie, making it perfect for a mid-shopping pit-stop. Tarot readings are available with Karla the ClockTower’s clairvoyant - your future may become clearer during a session with Karla. ClockTower Arcade, 46 Sydney St Mogo. Ph 4474 2288

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ClockTower Arcade

Clocktower Arcade

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

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

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Clocktower Arcade Six fabulous shops to keep you occupied.

46 Sydney St Mogo 4474 2288

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 over the past 200 years. The town is accessed from the north by its famous lifting span bridge, the oldest of its type in Australia. Now a thriving regional centre and major tourist destination, people come to Batemans Bay from all over Australia for its natural beauty. Situated on the banks of the magnificent Clyde River, water is deeply ingrained in the culture of ‘the Bay’. Swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking, surfing and diving are all within easy reach of town. The Batemans Marine Park ensures that the coastal environment is protected for future generations. Hire a boat, kayak or a houseboat to explore the spectacular upper reaches of the Clyde River.

Batemans Bay is a great destination for families, with its array of outdoor activities and attractions such as minigolf, a cinema, animal park, tennis and a carnival in summer. There are lots of great national parks to explore within easy driving distance. Enjoy the scenery along the Kings Highway on the way to the historic town of Braidwood with its beautiful buildings and interesting shops. The Bay is famous for its Clyde River oysters, and there are plenty of cafes, restaurants, clubs and hotels offering local seafood on the menu. Follow the coastline south to explore beautiful beaches to be found at Malua Bay, Rosedale and Broulee. Head north to Durras Lake for a spot of fishing, bushwalk in the Murramarang National Park or say hello to the kangaroos at Pebbly Beach.

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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For bookings and info phone 6495 9853 Fri 14th Rockpool Piano Bar featuring Geoff Willis. Free from 6.30pm - Dinner bookings advised. Fri 14th The Chantoozies Doors open 8pm, tickets $25. Over 18s only. Sat 15th Geoff Willis - free in the Main Bar 7pm-11pm Fri 21st Rockpool Piano Bar featuring Geoff Willis. Free from 6.30pm Dinner bookings advised. Fri 28: Rockpool Piano Bar featuring Paul Dion. Free from 6.30pm. Dinner bookings advised. Fri 28th Kamahl Doors open 8pm. Tickets $40. Sat 29th Andrew Redford - Free in the Main Bar from 7.30pm Over 18s only.

M o n t h l y M a r ke t s G u i d e Pambula Pambula Rotary Market 2nd Sunday of month Pambula Recreation Grounds. Pambula Craft Market 2nd Sunday of month 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 8.30am 12.30pm, Ford Oval. Merimbula RFS Market Thursday 27th, Friday 28th, 9am – 3pm at Twyford Hall. Candelo Candelo Market 1st Sunday of each month from 8.30am 12.30pm. Candelo Oval & Town Hall. Bega SCPA Markets in Bega Friday 14th, Friday 28th, 8am - 1pm. Littleton Gardens, Bega.

Wyndham Wyndham All Weather Market 4th Sunday of month from 8.30am 12.30pm at Wyndham Hall (OPEN IN ALL WEATHER). Bermagui Bermagui Hand & Homemade Market Last Sunday of month, 8.30am 12.30pm, Dickinson Park.

Cobargo Cobargo Laneway Markets Every Saturday from 9am - 1pm. Tilba Tilba Market Home grown, hand made every Saturday, 8am - 12noon Tilba Hall, contact 4473 7231 Narooma Narooma Rotary Markets 4th Sunday of month NATA Oval, Princes Highway. Moruya Moruya Country Market Riverside Park, cnr Shore St and Ford St 8am - 1pm every Saturday morning. Malua Bay Quota Seaside Market 1st Saturday February, April & June. At Malua Bay Beach Reserve, Malua Bay. Batemans Bay Batemans Bay Coastal Patrol Market 1st Sunday of month, Corrigans Park, Batehaven, 9am-1pm. Batemans Bay High School 3rd Sunday of month.


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Far South Coast iMag - March 2014  

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