Bermagui is known for it's beautiful beaches, forested hinterland and excellent fishing. It is also the location of the Four Winds Festival which is held in March.
Like most small towns in Australia, the best way to get around is by foot for short distances and by car for places further afield (such as the beaches in the north). A bicycle is also a great way to get around as there are many bike lanes and quiet roads to ride on.
- Montreal Goldfields. Located approximately 7km north Bermagui, Montreal Goldfields offers a great outing for families, coach tour groups and individual sightseers. Follow boardwalks through the beautiful native forest, re-grown since the days of the gold-rush moonscape. Peer down the vertical mineshafts, secured for safe public access. Time has brought back to life a forest of tree ferns, eucalypts and orchids, inhabited by sugar gliders, possums, lizards and diverse bird life.
Beaches, lakes and poolsEdit
There are a number of quiet and sometimes secluded beaches, lakes, pools and other unique coastal landscapes in and around Bermagui
- Horseshoe Bay Beach - families and children love this seasonally patrolled beach. Rocks at either end provide great exploring and snorkelling and sometimes meeting with a local seal.
- Moorheads Beach and Haywards Beach are long beaches stretching from Bermagui to Camel Rock. Beside the beach, there is a now disused old road which makes for leisurely walking with bird watching.
- Camel Rock Surf Beach - is a well known surfing spot and offers wonderful photographic opportunities
- Beares Beach, a short stroll south of the Blue Pool is a great beach for surfing. Dog's are also allowed off the
- Cuttagee Beach is a popular surf beach
- Armands Beach - a clothing optional beach
- Wallaga Lake - an area of outstanding natural beauty with special significance for the Aboriginal people of the area. Enjoy a myriad of water activities (e.g. kayaking, windsurfing) or simply spend time enjoying the pace and the black swans.
- The Blue Pool - an iconic natural rock pool at the base of the cliff on Scenic Drive. Spectacular views up and down the coastline including views to Montague Island
Bermagui is famous for its deep sea and game fishing – including yellow fin tuna and marlin – and estuary fishing in the surrounding rivers and lakes.
Festivals and faresEdit
Bermagui has a number of festivals and fares held in March every year.
- Four Winds Festival - held every second Easter (March) in an outdoor amphitheatre, nine kilometres south of Bermagui.
- Sculpture on the Edge - held in March each year, includes a public symposium, exhibitions of large sculptures on Endeavour Point headland, Horseshoe Bay Beach & Dickenson Park and an exhibition of smaller sculptures in the Bermagui Community Centre.
- Bermagui Seaside Fair - held on the second Saturday in March each year attracts around 10,000 people. It includes a traditional Blessing of the Fleet ceremony, fancy dress street parade, over 100 market stalls, carnival, sandcastle competition, helicopter joy flights over the scenic coastline, music and entertainment on two stages, quality arts and crafts and photographic exhibitions, pet pageant, kid's novelty events, fireworks spectacular and more.
- Bermagui Homemade Market, Dickinson Park, Lamont Street, Bermagui. Held on the last Sunday of each month at Dickinson Park, Lamont Street, from 8.30am to 12.30pm. Specialises in handmade, homemade and local produce.
- Saltwater, 59 Lamont Street, Bermagui, New South Wales 2546, Australia. A trip to Bermgaui would not be complete without visiting this fish and chips hotspot next to Bermagui port. You can either dine in at the restaurant or choose the cheaper and more authentic option of ordering your fish and chips at the window and enjoying it at the park overlooking the port.
There are a number of hotels, motels and caravan parks located in Bermagui. If you have a camper van, you will find most parking spots do not allow vans to stay overnight. However, there are a number of spots near Camel Rock Surf Beach that you could possibly stay at trouble free if you arrived late at night and moved on early in the morning.
- South Coast Holiday Park Bermagui. This park is situated opposite Horseshoe Bay Beach with many sites having views of the Bay and Mt. Gulaga. You can park your van here or there are areas for camping. Bookings would be essential around Christmas and New Year periods.
If you are heading north, be sure to visit the historical towns of Central Tilba and Tilba Tilba. If you are heading south, be sure to visit Tathra, a stunning beachside town.