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Enjoying Eco-Tours In Bermagui – The Fishing Village Of New South Wales

This was written by Teena Celis of http://www.adrenalin.com.au/.

On the south coast of New South Wales lies the town of Bermagui, famous as the ultimate fishing destination of the Bega Valley Shire in Australia. Bermagui is an international fishing destination, ever since American author Zane Grey pioneered the game-fishing sport here in the 1930′s.

Fishing Tours In Bermagui

Thousands of avid fishers visit Bermagui each year to enjoy amateur fishing, deep sea fishing and game fishing.

  • Sports Fishing: For sports fishing, head to Mooreheads Beach, Haywards Beach, Cuttagee Beach and Camel Rock. These beaches are excellent for tailor fish and salmon. For rock fishing, head to Wallaga Lake mouth, Bermagui Headlands and Mimosa Rocks National Park headlands. You can also try your hand at estuary fishing in Wallaga Lake and Bermagui River.
  • Game Fishing: For those who want to snag the biggest and most sought after game, head out to the deep sea for an abundance of species. Find out more at the Bermagui Visitors Info Centre.
  • Fishing Facilities: Bermagui Harbor offers boat charters, a boat launching ramp, a fishing fleet, trailer parking, weigh-in gantry for game fish and fish cleaning tables. Similar facilities are found at Bermagui River Park, including picnic areas and toilets.

Nature Tours In Bermagui

Bermagui is surrounded by dense forested areas, many National Parks and nature reserves that provide opportunities for eco tours, bush walks and picnics.

  • Mount Gulaga: Explore its lakes, fabulous scenic paths and views from the top.
  • Wallaga Lake: Enjoy various water sports, and eco-appreciation bush walks.
  • Wallaga Lake Cultural Centre: This center will help you gain an interesting insight into Koori history and the significance of the Wallaga Lake area in Koori culture.

Activities Tours In Bermagui

  • Bermagui Township: Shop for ethnic souvenirs at the novelty shops and take in cultural exhibitions and displays. Eat the freshest of seafood cooked from the daily catch at local eateries.
  • Swimming Beaches: The Horseshoe Bay and Camel Rock Beach are patrolled, and are safe for kids. Excellent swimmers can visit unpatrolled beaches such as Beares Beach and Cuttagee Beach.
  • Surfing Beaches:  Surfers can head to the Mooreheads Beach, Beares Beach, Haywards Beach, Cuttagee Beach and Camel Rock Beach for some great surfing conditions.
  • Snorkeling Sites: Be sure to visit the Blue Pool, off Scenic Drive and explore the depths of this large ocean rock pool. Also visit Bruce Steer Pool, which has a shark proof net for safe snorkeling.
  • Scenic Forest Drives:  Take scenic drives north of Bermagui and picnic amidst spotted gum and Burrawang palms beside Wallaga Lake backwaters. Camel Rock off Wallaga Lake Road also offers great scenic drives.

Guided Eco Tours In Bermagui

  • Montreal Goldfields: This is the only 19th century Australian goldfield that extends to the sea. Trained volunteer guides explain its history and geology, including tales of its intrigue and unsolved mysteries.
  • National Parks:  The Mimosa Rocks National Park offers fabulous great fishing and camping, boardwalks, boulder beaches, abundant rock pools, wildflowers and other attractions.
  • Heritage Walks: Explore the 19th century, National Trust classified historic village of Central Tilba and the old antique stores and tea rooms of the working village of Cobargo.
  • Coastal Walks:  Take the 9 kilometer scenic coastal walk from Wallaga Lake Bridge (Paynes Island) to the Blue Pool and enjoy the bird hides along the way.
  • Mountain Bike Rides:  Rent a mountain bike and head to the Bermagui Dirtsurfers Mountain Bike Club. Team up with other enthusiastic bikers and traverse the single line Bermagui mountain bike race track. The State Forests of NSW have taken care to prevent erosion and preserve the natural habitat here, making it safe to mountain bike on this track.
  • Whale Watching:  If you’re in Bermagui from October to November, check with the Bermagui Visitors Info Centre for whale watching tours. Head out to deep sea on tour charters and appreciate these large sea mammals to your heart’s content.

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