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A peaceful Sapphire Coast town famous for its fishing, Bermagui is nestled around a safe, all-weather harbour.

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Location

Bermagui is located on the Sapphire Coast of NSW. It is on the Princes Highway, 366 km (5 hr drive) from Sydney and 275 km (just over 3 hr drive) from Canberra.

The town is known for the famous Camel Rock (located on the Camel Rock Surf Beach) which formed around 450 million years ago.

How to get there

Bermagui sits halfway between the airports of Merimbula (70 min to the south) and Moruya (70 min to the north). Regional Express (REX) offer daily return flights from these airports to Sydney and Melbourne.

There are also regular coach services from Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.

 

Population

Bermagui is home to more than 1400 people, the median age of residents is 56 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 3.5% of the population.

Basin View, St Georges Basin and Sanctuary Point are located within the South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network, this Population Health Profile provides an overview of community health for the region.

Healthcare facilities

The closest major regional hospital to Bermagui is located in Bega (55 min drive from Bermagui). Services offered include aboriginal health services, aged and chronic disease services, Breast Screen NSW, community health central intake service, dental health, diabetes services, drug and alcohol services, cardiac rehabilitation services, Hepatitis C treatment services, HIV services, rental health services, respiratory services, maternal services, My Aged Care Assessment services, needle and syringe program services, nutrition and dietetics, pediatrics, palliative care services, radiology, social work services, speech pathology, tuberculous services and women’s health.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station at Bermagui.

 

 

Accredited GP practices

  • Bermagui Medical Centre

  • Industry

The major industry sectors employing residents of Bermagui are: cafes and restaurants, supermarkets and grocery stores, accommodation, primary education, and clubs (hospitality).
  • Education

There is one public primary school in Bermagui: Bermagui Public School
The closest high school is in Narooma (30 min to the north) and a number of private and public schooling options are available in Bega (55 min to the south).
  • Childcare

There are three preschools in the Bermagui area: Bermagui Pre School, Bermagui Little Lambs Preschool and The Little Yuin Aboriginal Pre-school.
  • Shopping

Bermagui has a Woolworths, IGA and 777 Supermarket and Deli as well as the Bermagui Fresh Food Emporium, a bakery and Mitre 10. Grower’s markets are held at the beautiful Fishermen’s Wharf and there are also great vintage stores. The Sapphire Marketplace in Bega is the nearest major shopping destination.
  • Places of worship

There are two of places of worship in Bermagui, the Anglican and Baptist churches, with other churches located in nearby towns. The nearest Buddhist Temples and Muslim Mosques are located in Canberra (3 hr from Bermagui).
  • Points of interest

The Blue Pool is a renowned natural rock pool at the base of the cliff on Scenic Drive. Cuttagee Beach is popular with local surfers and the calm lake provides safe waters for children to play. Annual festivals include Sculpture Bermagui in March and Four Winds Festival at Easter.  
  • Sporting activities

With the continental shelf only 20 km offshore, this area is known for exceptional deep-sea fishing and great local fishing tours. There’s an 18-hole golf course with lawn bowling and tennis courts available at the club. The Indoor Sports Stadium offers badminton, karate, netball, basketball, and table tennis.
  • Community groups and activities

In Bermagui community groups and volunteer organisations include the Country Women’s Association and Lions Club. A listing of groups and their contact details are available at Bega Valley Council Community & Leisure.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life in Bermagui. Good places to start are the Facebook pages: Cobargo-Bermagui Notice BoardBermagui/Cobargo Buy, Swap & Sell and Bega District News.