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.
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.
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.
VILLAGE BROWSE: Cobargo
Head south on the triangle to the rural village of Cobargo. On Saturday mornings, you can browse for local produce and foodie gifts at Cobargo General Store.
Another 15 minutes south of Cobargo is North of Eden 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 happily give you an insight into how they craft their award-winning spirits.
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.
DINNER: IL PASSAGGIO
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.