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.
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 3 hr drive) from Canberra and about 440 km from Sydney (nearly 6 hr drive).
It is an historic town, with a proud tradition of cheesemaking, 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, Melbourne and Moruya.
Countrylink provides services from Sydney to Bega (train service to Canberra, then bus service from Canberra to Bega).
The population of Bega is more than 4,000 people, the median age of residents is 43 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 6% of the population.
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 subacute rehabilitation unit.
There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station at Bega.