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Bega

South Eastern

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.

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Location

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.

How to get there

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).

Population

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 is located within the South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network, this Population Health Profile provides an overview of community health for the region.

Healthcare facilities

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.

Accredited GP practices

  • Bega Valley Medical Practice
  • Canning Street Surgery
  • Katungul Aboriginal Medical Service - Bega
  • Sapphire Coast Medical Practice

  • Industry

The main industries people from Bega work in are: cheese and other dairy product manufacturing, hospitals, supermarket and grocery stores, aged care residential services and takeaway food services.
  • Childcare

In Bega there are options for long day care, family day care and vacation care.
  • Shopping

Situated in central Bega, Sapphire Marketplace includes Big W, Woolworths, Dan Murphy and more than 20 specialty stores. There is also a Coles supermarket in Bega.
  • Places of worship

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 hr drive from Bega).
  • Points of interest

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. The Bega Cheese Heritage Centre offers cheese tasting and the opportunity to learn about the history of dairying and Bega Cheese in the Bega Valley. The centre contains a cafe and The Spotted Cow Gallery is also located at the centre. The nearest coastal town to Bega, Tathra, is less than 20 min drive. Tathra is surrounded by the natural beauty of national parks, beaches and waterways. It is also home to the historic Tathra Wharf.
  • Sporting activities

There is a skate park, aquatic centre, rugby league ground, squash courts, tennis courts, soccer and cricket grounds, walking and bike paths, hockey and softball grounds, bowls and an 18 hole golf course all available in town. Many sporting teams and associations have their own websites or social media pages.
  • Community groups and activities

Bega Valley Shire Council provides a community directory including details for arts, environmental, community and service groups and an events calendar for markets, sporting and cultural events.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Bega. A good place to start are the Facebook pages and groups: Bega Valley Shire Council, Bega District News, Bega Valley Notice Board and For sale Bega.