In a valley at the junction of the Bega and Brogo rivers, and surrounded by rich dairy country, Bega is the rural centre of the NSW Sapphire Coast.
The population of Bega is nearly 5,000 people, the median age is 42 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 5% of the population.
Bega is on the Far South Coast of NSW, it is the administrative centre of the Bega Valley Shire. Bega is 230 km (less than three hours’ drive) from Canberra.
Bega is an historic town, with a proud tradition of cheese-making, Bega Cheese is found in supermarkets throughout Australia.
Merimbula airport is located approximately 35 km from the centre of Bega. Regional Express (REX) provide return services to Sydney and Melbourne.
Countrylink has service from Sydney to Bega (train service to Canberra, then bus service from Canberra to Bega).
The main industries in Bega are:
- Health care and social assistance
- Retail trade
- Accommodation and food services
- Public administration and safety
- Education and training
Bega has a major regional hospital – South East Regional Hospital that opened in 2016. It offers emergency department bays, medical and surgical inpatient beds, a maternity unit, a critical care unit, operating theatres including day surgery, renal dialysis chairs, oncology area, separate mental health unit and a sub-acute rehabilitation unit.
Bega is supported by an ambulance service.
Canning Street Surgery
Katungul Aboriginal Medical Service - Bega
Sapphire Coast Medical Practice
There are six pre-school and day care options in Bega:
Situated in central Bega, Sapphire Marketplace is the major shopping destination of the Sapphire Coast region. The shopping centre includes the department store – Big W, as well as Woolworths, Dick Smith, Dan Murphy’s and over 20 specialty stores. There is also a Coles supermarket in Bega.
There are a number of places of worship in Bega including Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian, Seventh Day Adventist and Uniting churches. The nearest Buddhist temple and mosque are located in Canberra (3 hours from Bega).
Points of Interest
A visit to the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre is a must, especially for dairy lovers and history enthusiasts, where you can taste the entire Bega Cheese range and the best of local produce.
There are a number of local galleries to be explored with an array of arts and crafts available including pottery, paintings and some magnificent wood work.
There is a large skate park, swimming pool, squash courts, tennis courts, bowls and an 18 hole golf course all available in town.
The Picture Show Man Cinema is a modern independent twin cinema located a short drive away in Merimbula.
Bega’s nearest coastal town, Tathra, is less than twenty minutes’ drive away, surrounded by the natural beauty of national parks, beaches and waterways.