LONG WEEKEND IN BERMAGUI

Image: Sapphire Coast, David Rogers
Discover the food revolution that has taken over this fishing village in the heart of the Gourmet Coast. With an abundance of great food and beach adventures within easy walking distance, Bermagui is a relaxed place to take a long weekend. Including a short drive into the hinterland to visit the country villages of Cobargo and Tilba, this itinerary introduces you to people, landscapes and flavours that will capture your heart and your tastebuds.

Itinerary

DURATION

3 DAYS

ROUTE

Bermagui – Cobargo – Tilba – Bermagui

STAY

2-3 nights Bermagui

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DAY ONE

DINNER: Camel Rock Brewery

Arriving on a Friday night? Start your weekend with family or friends with a relaxed dinner and local brews at Camel Rock Brewery. Just five minutes north of Bermagui, this is the perfect place to wind down from your week. If you want to sample the range of beers crafted in the micro-brewery without having to drive to your accommodation, call on Paul at Bermi & Beyond to drive you there and back.

Camel Rock Brewery produces quality beers on-site in a wide range of styles, from pales to porters, saisons and barrel-aged old ales, and more.  Sourcing local hops from Bemboka,
Do you need a designated driver with local knowledge of the best places to eat, drink and play on the Gourmet Coast? Bermi & Beyond provides fun and reliable

BREAKFAST: Octopii

Today is for visiting close-by villages on a short route known as ‘the triangle’, but let’s not rush.  Coffee or breakfast at Octopii will start your day with flavours crafted by chef Nerine Hoek.  Stylish and generous breakfasts are typical here, and the morning atmosphere is friendly.  You’re bound to end up chatting with some locals.

In the fishing village of Bermagui, chef Nerine Hoek crafts flavoursome dishes with the abundant supply of fresh local mussels, oysters, and fish. This intimate restaurant is a seafood

MORNING TASTERS: Tilba Talks and Heritage Walks

A short scenic drive beyond Wallaga Lake takes you to the historic village of Central Tilba.  This National Trust village is full of stories and home to Tilba Real Dairy.  Explore the village and sample its food delights on a guided and catered tour with a local guide.

Do you want some tall tales and titbits of local history as you sample morsels of local food?  The National Trust village of Central Tilba is best explored on

VILLAGE BROWSE: Cobargo

Head south on the triangle to the rural village of Cobargo. On Saturdays, you can pick up some country fare from Baking Buddies and browse for local produce and foodie gifts at Cobargo General Store.
Every Saturday morning, local legends Lorraine and Beth rise early to bake for their market stall in Cobargo.  This is where you’ll find true country hospitality – old style
This is the home of the renowned Cobargo Home Made Ice Cream.  Store owners Alfred and Jane have been making their ice cream in the Bega Valley since 2007.
CELLAR DOORS: Stony Creek Distillery and Breakfast Creek Vineyard
Another 15 minutes south of Cobargo is Stony Creek Distillery. Head here to sample and buy small-batch gins that have been winning awards around the world. Gavin and Karen are wonderful hosts and will give you insight to how they craft their North of Eden Gin.
Whether you’re a gin lover or simply gin-curious, make time to pop into North of Eden Gin. Nestled in the rolling green hills of the Bega Valley, this tiny

Or if you are heading straight back to Bermagui from Cobargo, drop into Breakfast Creek Vineyard along this final leg of the triangle to sample their Chambourcin Rose, Verdelho or fortified wines. Discover the process of making wine or stroll through the vineyard.

Cattlemen of old drove their herds along the stock routes between Cobargo and Bermagui in search of new pasture and would stop at the creek in Coolagolite to breakfast. 

DINNER: IL PASSAGGIO

For aperitivo hour and beyond, head to Il Passaggio at the wharf for modern Italian with a view of the fishing fleet. Sit out on the deck to enjoy the best pizza in town or a full a la carte meal starring local produce.
Il Passaggio is a modern Italian Restaurant overlooking the Bermagui Harbour and Fishermen’s Wharf.  Featuring fresh local seafood and farm produce, the simple Italian menu aims to keep the

DAY TWO

BREAKFAST: Boneless Vegetarian Cafe

Hang about the town today and soak up the beachside vibe.  Gaze out over the sparkling Horseshoe Bay from Boneless Café.  Excellent coffee, nourishing and delicious vegetarian meals and hemp smoothies to die for.

Boneless Vegetarian Café serves inspiring vegetarian and vegan food.  With a passion for flavour, owners Tenzin and Emily make the food they love to eat.  They give diners a

MORNING SWIM

You’re spoilt for choice in Bermagui.  Chill out on the gentle sand and surf of Horseshoe Bay or plunge into the iconic Blue Pool alongside crashing waves and surfing seals.  In the middle of town, you’ll find the ideal picnic spot for families with the young and old at Bruce Steere Pool – complete with an accessibility ramp that helps you ease into the water.

LUNCH: Eurolicious

After working up an appetite in the water, Eurolicious is the destination.  Come as you are and sit at a streetside table for a lunchtime feast or light meal.  Ollie and Svenja will welcome you with European delights such as Jaeger Schnitzel and their divine apple strudel.

Then stroll back across the road to Horseshoe Bay, settle in on the sand and take in the view.

A cosy restaurant with outdoor dining and a cute arched window coffee servery, Eurolicious is the place to indulge in European specialties made right here. Start your day with

AFTERNOON TEA: Bermagui Gelati Clinic

If anything is going to draw you away from Bermagui’s idyllic beach, it will be the ice cream and coffee of the Bermagui Gelati Clinic.  Right on the waterfront at the fishing harbour, you’ll find summery delights starring local flavours.  In winter, this is also your best bet for a coffee after 3pm in Bermagui.

Francesca and Alberto specialise in ice cream, Italian style! With a boutique store in Bermagui, every flavour has a tailored recipe for a sculptured taste. The area is rich

HOW ABOUT A SPECIAL EVENT?

For a special group lunch or dinner with friends or family, call Meeghan and Tony at Millford Acres Farm in nearby Tanja. They will curate a stylish farm shed dinner featuring an Argentinian cross BBQ and produce from their farm.
Millford Acres Farm offers a paddock to plate experience, hosting food events that feature their homegrown beef and organic micro market garden.  Owners Megan and Tony are seasoned caterers

DAY THREE

STOCKING THE ESKY: Il Passaggio Provodore

Another visit to Eurolicious will set you up for a creamy coffee or a big breakfast.  But before you contemplate the drive home, drop by Il Passaggio Provodore, just a few steps from Eurolicious on the main street of Bermagui. You can fill your basket with local products, and Chef Benny will happily prepare a picnic lunch for your trip home.

Il Passaggio Provodore is a pasta kitchen, deli & Italian Grocer. All fresh pasta for their restaurant (also named Il Passaggio) is made in-house and is available to buy

LONG WEEKEND PICNIC: Bermagui to Wallaga Coastal Walk

With your basket and esky full, you might think it’s time to leave, but why not stay a little longer?  That picnic lunch is too tempting and just out of Bermagui is an easy and spectacular clifftop walk that leads to a grassy picnic spot overlooking the sea, Wallaga Lake and Gulaga mountain.  The Bermagui to Wallaga Coastal Walk is the surprise ending that every long weekend needs.

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VISITING IN WINTER?

Gulaga Gold Truffiere runs private and shared truffle hunts throughout winter.  Join in the fun of a hunt.  You’ll be paired up with a truffle dog whose keen sense of smell will help you find truffle gold below the oak and hazel trees.

Food lovers agree that a truffle hunt is on their list of ‘Top Ten Things to Do.’ In the shadows of Gulaga Mountain, along the edges of rainforest gullies

LOOKING FOR LOCAL PRODUCE?

If you happen to be in Bermagui on a Thursday in the warmer months, head to the Bermagui Growers and Makers Market for fresh local produce, artisanal foods and arts and crafts.  Producers include Breakfast Creek Vineyard, Cracked Pepper Kitchen, Millford Acres Farm and Mountain View Tomatoes.