Take a bushwalk on our 100 acre property of natural bush. At twilight you may come across wallabies and kangaroos grazing on the side of the hill, a wombat waddling back to its burrow, an echidna digging a burrow to hide from you, or you could come upon a herd of deer, disturbed by the slightest sound, they will suddenly take off. Or you might see our free range horse, Navarre, an Austrian Haflinger, who was an RSPCA rescue. He chomps his way around the property. He is not for riding, he is old, a bit nervous, and out to pasture till the end of his days. His buddy Sherry has now passed away.
You could visit the picturesque Brogo Dam (top photo), a beautiful tranquil lake, where people fish, canoe, swim and enjoy a picnic. Its 2kms further along Warrigal Range Road, at the very end of the road. You may see water dragons or a sea eagle. There are picnic tables, a launching ramp, a spillway, and you may drive across the top of the dam wall. Brogo Wilderness Canoes can be booked by phoning Dave on 02 6492 7328. Available in summer but may be closed during off peak periods. There is an inlet with a rock face that puts on a beautiful show of native rock lilies, in spring, generally in October.
About 40 minutes north of Brogo is Bermagui, is a pretty seaside village with a picturesque harbour. The recently built Fishermans Co-op, a 2 storey complex with shops and cafes, has lovely views across the harbour to Gulaga or Mt Dromedary Mountain at Tilba. Big game fishing is available at Bermagui too.
There are Whale Watching cruises in October and November operating from Merimbula and Eden.
Shopping in Bega – with dogs, in summer – Woolworths Centre has an underground carpark. An ideal place to visit when you are in Bega, is the Bega River on the edge of Bega. It has picnic tables, sandy shallow waters, large shady Plane trees, a walking and bicycle track and is dog friendly. Directions: At the traffic lights in Bega (LJ Hooker is on the corner) turn left there (to the north), drive to the end of the street.
Dog Friendly cafes in Bega which have tables and chairs outside on the footpath: Evolve Cafe in the main street, and Littleton Cafe next to Littleton Park.
Bega is dairying country and is famous for its Bega cheese, now exported around the world. We recommend a visit to the Bega Cheese Factory on the north side of Bega. It houses the local Visitor Information Centre, so its a good place to visit at the beginning of your holiday to obtain information about places of interest and things to do during your stay. Its open until 5pm 7 days a week. It also houses a Bega Cheese museum, a café and gift shop, and you may sample a variety of cheeses. There is a Pioneers Museum in Bega, our regional Art Gallery and the Spiral Art Gallery operated by local artists.
There are markets on each weekend. A different place each week. The most popular is the Candelo markets, on the first Sunday morning of the month. Ask the Visitor Information Centre for details. There is a Farmers market in Bega each Friday at Littleton Gardens, from 8am till 1pm.
Another popular place to visit is Mumbulla Falls, located inside a National Park at the top of Mumbulla Mountain not far from Brogo. The road up may only be suitable for 4WD’s during or after wet weather. It has a natural water slide and is also an Aboriginal sacred site.
Three quarters of the Bega Valley Shire, (which is also known as the Sapphire Coast), is either pristine Wilderness, National Park or State Forest. There are clean white deserted sandy beaches, rocky cliffs along the coastline, several lakes, and lovely fishing villages eg Bermagui, Eden and Narooma.
Our towns are small country towns, so often you wont find much open on a Sunday. There are intersting little historical villages at Candelo, Cobargo and Pambula. A popular tourist town to visit is the National Trust village of Central Tilba, (and its other half, the tiny village of Tilba Tilba), located near Narooma just north of Bermagui. Central Tilba’s shops are open 7 days.
There are golf courses at Narooma (with spectacular ocean views), Bermagui, Bega/Tarraganda, and a rather nice golf course and club house at Merimbula, opposite Wheelers Seafood and Oyster Restaurant.
There is a booklet in each cottage from the Bega Valley Shire Council listing dog friendly beaches and off leash areas in the Shire.
There are Visitor Information Centres at Bega, Bermagui, Cobargo, Merimbula and Eden. Phone numbers for Visitor Info Centres:
Bega is 02 6491 7645; Bermagui 02 6493 3054; Eden 02 6496 1953
Be aware parallysis ticks are prevalent along the whole coastline of NSW in the beach areas, more so than the hinterland areas, so please check your dogs daily with the sensitive tips of your fingers all over the dog, but especially around their head and chest areas. Only takes 30 seconds.