Bermagui hugs the edges of its harbour and nestles under the shadow of Gulaga (Mt Dromedary), once an active volcano 60 million years ago.
A small, vibrant seaside town it is recognised for its breathtaking scenery, diverse range of attractions and services and a unique mix of events, arts and music culture.
Famous for its deep-sea game fishing it seems ironic that the town’s name is believed to have stemmed from the Aboriginal word ‘Bermaguee’ meaning ‘boat with no paddle’. The continental shelf is closer here than anywhere else and warm southern currents flow, attracting the big predators like marlin and yellow fin tuna. Charter boats operate deep sea, dive and game fishing trips with decades of local knowledge. For these reasons Zane Grey, a famous American author of western genre novels, placed Bermagui on the global fishing calendar and established it as the birthplace of game fishing in the 1930s.
This fishing village has a population of less than 2,000, but it harbours ample opportunity for adventure, food and wine experiences and of course, relaxation. The main street has a front row seat to the beautiful harbour, with bars, cafes and restaurants serving great local nosh and specialising in seafood of course. Grower’s markets are held weekly and there are also great vintage stores and day spas.
Nature adventures abound with many opportunities for exploring lagoons, beaches and headlands..
Biamanga, Gulaga and Mimosa Rocks National Parks have endless bushwalking opportunities with an array of rainforest and coastal ecosystems. Choose from many pretty picnic spots including Camel Rock, Cuttagee Lake and the Bermagui River Reserve. Guluga is the dominant natural feature of the area and can be tackled by serious walkers in half a day.
Water sports reign no matter what the season. The most famous for swimming and night snorkelling is the ocean pool, Blue Pool. Nearby Wallaga Lake is home to more than 200 bird species and formed when two river valleys were drowned some 6000 years ago. Nearby surf beaches include Cuttagee Beach, Camel Rock and Beare’s Beach while historical wooden bridge make day trips a dream.
Don’t miss :-
the world-renowned and award-winning Blue Pool
Natural attractions, Horse Head Rock & Camel Rock
A guided tour of the historic Montreal Goldfield, Australia’s only seaside goldfield.
Fish our famous waters with one of the expert, local charter companies.
Festivals include Sculpture Bermagui (March) and the Four Winds Festival each Easter.