sapphire coast wild beach scene

Overview of Bermagui

barragoot beach, sapphire coast, nsw

Bermagui has long been known as a paradise for fishermen. During the 1930s the American western writer Zane Grey put Bermagui on the map. But it's not only the wonderful fishing offshore, from the beaches and in Wallaga Lake that make Bermagui so popular with visitors. It is more than just the quiet, peaceful atmosphere of a small fishing village. The scenery is wondrous with secluded beaches, wetlands and nearby the National Park, Guluga, with Mount Dromedary looking down over picture-postcard dairy cattle grazing lush paddocks, and with lovely views out to Montague Island.

montague island

Bermagui has become a haven for artists of all kinds. Writers, poets, painters, potters, sculptors and ceramists abound. New and established galleries offer the best of local and national talent.

You can spend the day bushwalking in rainforest, or take a trip to see the seals and penguins at Montague Island. Walk or drive up Mount Dromedary with Koori guides from Umbarra Cultural Centre. Explore Montreal Goldfields or just have a coffee in one of the al fresco cafés in town.

river scene, far south coast nsw

Go for a sail on Wallaga Lake or merely picnic and sunbake on the secluded beach of your choice. Of course there is a magnificent 18-hole golf course as well as tennis courts and bowling rinks available at the very well-appointed Bermagui Country Club.

Surfing and fishing remain as two of the most popular pastimes for visitors. So no matter what your interest, make sure you allow enough time to do more than just attend the Festival.

See the following pages in our Bermagui section for more information:
overview | accommodation | getting here | galleries | local food


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