Set inland in a valley at the junction of the Bega and Brogo rivers and surrounded by rich dairy country, Bega is a pretty, historic town that is the rural centre of the NSW Sapphire Coast and gateway to the lush Bega Valley.
The population of Bega is 4,757 and is comprised of approximately 52.4% females and 47.6% males. Bega has a population of 242 (5.1%) indigenous people. The median/average age of the people in Bega is 42 years of age.
Bega is located in the South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network (SENSWPHN). This fact sheet provides an overview of the community profile for the SENSWPHN.
Bega is a town in the south-east of New South in the Bega Valley Shire. It is the economic centre for the Bega Valley and is less than a three hours’ drive to Canberra.
Bega is a handsome, historic town with a proud tradition of cheese-making.
Merimbula airport is located approximately 35km from the centre of Bega.
Regional Express 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).
Bega Valley Coaches operate a bus service between Bega – Cobargo – Bermagui.
Deanes Buslines operate a bus service between Eden – Merimbula – Tura Beach – Bega.
Tathra Bus Service operate a bus service between Bega – Tathra, Bega Town loop, Tathra – Merimbula.
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 and offers:
- 134 overnight beds
- 15 emergency department bays
- 4 emergency medical unit beds
- 46 acute medical inpatient beds
Bega is supported by an ambulance service.
There are four General Practices facilities in Bega.
No accommodation available.
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 Merimbula including Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian, Seventh Day Adventist and Uniting churches.
The nearest Buddhist Temples and Muslim Mosques are located in Canberra (3 hours from Bega).
Bega Indoor Sports Club (volleyball and hockey)
Bega Country Club
Bega Recreational Ground (rugby league club)
George Griffin Memorial Oval (cricket and soccer clubs)
Bega Squash Club
Bega Tennis Club
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.