A peaceful Sapphire Coast town famous for its fishing, Bermagui is nestled around a safe, all-weather harbour.
The population of Bermagui is almost 2,000 people, the median age is 54 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 2% of the population.
Bermagui is a town located on the Sapphire Coast of NSW. The town is on the Princes Highway, 366 km from Sydney (5 hr drive) and 275 km from Canberra (just over 3 hr drive).
With the continental shelf only 20 km offshore, this area is known for exceptional deep-sea fishing and great local fishing tours.
Bermagui sits halfway between the regional airports of Merimbula (1 hr 15 mins to the south) and Moruya (1 hr 15mins to the north) Regional Express (REX) offer daily return flights from these airports to Sydney and Melbourne.
CountryLink, VLine and Premier Motor Service provide regular coach services from Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.
The main industries people from Bermagui work in are:
- Accommodation and food services
- Retail trade
- Education and training
- Health care and social assistance
- Professional, scientific and technical services
The closest major regional hospital to Bermagui is located in Bega (one hour drive from Bermagui) and includes:
- 134 overnight beds
- 15 emergency department bays
- 4 emergency medical unit beds
- 46 acute medical inpatient beds
Bermagui is supported by an ambulance service.
There is one public primary school in Bermagui, Bermagui Public School.
There are a number of childcare options in the Bermagui region. For more information click here
Bermagui has a Woolworths, IGA and 777 Supermarket and Deli as well as the Bermagui Fresh Food Emporium. The main street has a front row seat to the beautiful harbour, with bars, cafes and restaurants. Grower’s markets are held at the beautiful Fishermen’s Wharf at the back of the harbour and there are also great vintage stores.
Situated in central Bega (one hour away), Sapphire Marketplace is the major shopping destination of the Sapphire Coast region.
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 hours from Bermagui).
Points of Interest
The continental shelf is closer here than anywhere else and warm southern currents flow, attracting the big predators like marlin and yellow fin tuna. Charter boats operate deep sea, dive and game fishing trips with decades of local knowledge. Bermagui also offers surfing, water sports and bushwalking at the surrounding beaches and national parks. Just 7 km south of Bermagui you’ll find Cuttage Beach and Lake where you can swim, surf and fish in the ocean, and the calm clear waters of the lake are ideal for canoeing or enjoying a family paddle.
Bermagui Country Club hosts the amateur BCC Arts Society, with different activities each morning. A magnificent 18 hole golf course, lawn bowling rinks and all weather tennis courts are also available at the club. The Bermagui Indoor Sports Stadium offers badminton, karate, netball, basketball, and table tennis.
The Montreal Goldfields is situated about 7kms north of Bermagui on the Wallaga Lake Road. It is the only goldfield in Australia that extends into the sea.
Festivals include Bermagui Sculpture on the Edge, Bermagui Seaside Fair and the Four Winds Festival.