Looking for the best things to do in Bermagui? After our recent visit, we’re sharing why you need to visit this stunning Sapphire Coast region in the South Coast of New South Wales. Expect absolutely beautiful beaches, gorgeous country towns nearby and so much more.
In this article, I’m sharing the best things to do in Bermagui in southern New South Wales, showcasing its unique attractions best beaches, breathtaking landscapes, a spectacular harbour and vibrant community. So pack your bags and get ready to immerse yourself in the wonders of Bermagui!
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Is Bermagui worth visiting?
This picturesque coastal town is brimming with natural beauty, cultural experiences, and an abundance of activities to delight travellers of all ages. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or a taste of the local flavours, Bermagui in New South Wales has something for everyone.
Home to the incredible Horse Head Rock and the Camel Rock beach, as well as the famous Blue Pool, a thriving art scene and so many beautiful country towns such as Tilba Tilba. Bermagui and the rest of the Sapphire Coast certainly makes for an amazing getaway from Sydney, Canberra or Melbourne.
Where is Bermagui?
Bermagui is located in the Sapphire Coast in the South Coast. If you’re wondering the Sapphire Coast expands for 90km from Bermagui to Eden. Bermagui itself is a 3hr drive from Canberra, 5hrs from Sydney and just under 8hrs from Melbourne.
Best Things to do in Bermagui
1. Check out the amazing Horse Head Rock
One of the most iconic natural formations in the region is the Horse Head Rock. Rising from the ocean, this stunning rock formation resembles the head of a horse, captivating visitors with its unique beauty.
Photographers flock to this location to capture mesmerising images during sunrise and sunset, when the golden light bathes the rock and its surroundings. Check out our Insta Reel to see our video!
Looking for information about how to see the Horse Head Rock in person? There are two ways to get there, so make sure you check out our Horse Head Rock guide before you go.
2. Swim at the iconic Bermagui Blue Pool
For a refreshing swim with a scenic backdrop, head to the Bermagui Blue Pool. Nestled among rugged cliffs, this natural rock pool offers a safe and tranquil swimming experience. While I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of rock pools in New South Wales, the Blue Pool has something extra special about it.
Even though it’s not exactly a hidden gem, it feels like it is as it’s hidden from the road. When you see it for the first time, you’ll quickly realise what the fuss is about. There are picnic and toilet facilities here so you can easily spend the day here with the family.
3. Panoramic views at Michael Lerner Lookout
For breathtaking panoramic views of Bermagui, make your way to the Michael Lerner Lookout. Perched atop Gulaga (Mount Dromedary), this lookout has sweeping vistas of the town, main street, harbour, and beyond.
The lookout is also a fantastic spot for birdwatching, with various species often spotted in the surrounding trees!
The vibrant market showcases an array of fresh produce, artisanal products, and locally crafted goods. Stroll through the stalls, engage in friendly conversations with the passionate vendors, and sample delicious treats. From farm-fresh fruits and vegetables to homemade jams and preserves, the market offers a true taste of Bermagui’s bountiful offerings.
Please note, the market is on a break during the winter months.
5. Visit the Montreal Goldfield
Step back in time and discover Bermagui’s gold rush history at the Montreal Goldfield. This historical site offers a glimpse into the region’s fascinating past, where gold was once discovered.
Explore the remains of the old mine and learn about the challenges and triumphs of the early settlers who sought their fortunes here. As you wander through the area, keep an eye out for remnants of the gold rush era, such as mining machinery and artifacts.
6. Visit the Bermagui Fishermen’s Co-Op
For an authentic taste of Bermagui’s renowned seafood, a visit to the Bermagui Fishermen’s Co-Op is a must. Located right on the harbour, this bustling co-operative brings together local fishermen and seafood lovers.
Watch as fishing boats unload their fresh catches of the day, and then head inside to browse the selection of seafood on offer. From succulent oysters and prawns to mouthwatering fish fillets, you’ll find an array of delectable options.
7. Experience Bermagui’s Art Scene
Looking for more things to do in Bermagui? It’s not only a haven for natural beauty but it’s also a thriving hub for art and creativity. Explore the town’s vibrant art scene by visiting local galleries and studios such as Shop 7 Art Space. Admire a diverse range of artwork, including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and more.
Keep an eye out for art events and exhibitions happening throughout the year, during school holidays, as Bermagui celebrates its artistic spirit. Whether you’re an art enthusiast or simply appreciate the beauty of human expression, experiencing Bermagui’s art scene is sure to inspire and captivate.
8. Coastal Walk to Wallaga Lake
Embark on a scenic coastal walk from Bermagui to Wallaga Lake, immersing yourself in the region’s natural wonders along the way. The 8km trail winds its way along the rugged coastline itself, offering breathtaking views of the azure waters, rugged cliffs, and lush vegetation.
Make sure you check out the stunning Pebbly Beach next to Horse Head Rock- it’s absolutely amazing!
9. Enjoy the beautiful Bermagui Harbour
With its vibrant atmosphere and stunning views, Bermagui Harbour is a charming spot to relax, soak up the coastal ambiance, and connect with the local fishing community.
Stroll along the boardwalk, breathing in the fresh sea air and admiring the colorful boats gently swaying in the harbour. Watch as fishermen unload their catches, and perhaps strike up a conversation to learn more about their experiences on the water.
10. Eat at Bermagui Hotel
We made a beeline to the Bermagui Hotel for a sunset dinner when we were visiting the town. Located opposite Bermagui Harbour, the hotel is a local institution renowned for its delicious food and warm hospitality.
This historic pub offers a range of dining options, from hearty pub classics to gourmet dishes highlighting the finest local ingredients such as a classic Parmie which is what we had! Pair your meal with a selection of craft beers or regional wines, and immerse yourself in the friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
11. Camel Rock and the surf school
If you’ve ever wanted to catch a wave, Camel Rock Surf School is the perfect place to learn. Whether you’re a beginner or looking to improve your skills, the experienced instructors will guide you through the fundamentals of surfing.
Don’t forget to check out Camel Rock itself, the rock which looks like a camel! Located near to the Horse Head Rock, you can visit both famous rocks during the same visit. Find out more in our Horse Head Rock guide.
12. Swim at Horseshoe Bay Beach Bermagui
Discover the idyllic Horseshoe Bay Beach in Bermagui, a secluded stretch of shoreline that offers a tranquil escape from the bustling world. With its pristine white sands, clear turquoise waters, it’s a beautiful beach, which you can admire from the Bermagui Beach Hotel.
13. Bruce Steer Pool
For a family-friendly swimming experience, head to the Bruce Steer Pool. This ocean pool, nestled between rocks at the southern end of Bermagui, provides a safe and inviting space for a refreshing dip. The pool is filled with fresh seawater, offering the perfect opportunity to cool off on a hot day.
Relax on the surrounding rocks or stretch out on the grassy area nearby, basking in the coastal ambiance. The Bruce Steer Pool is also a popular spot for snorkeling, allowing you to observe the vibrant marine life that calls Bermagui home. Enjoy a leisurely day by the pool, creating memories of sun-soaked bliss.
14. Cuttagee Beach in Bermagui
Find more things to do in Bermagui by checking out the beautiful Cuttagee Beach just outside of small coastal town here. Nestled in a picturesque bay, this pristine stretch of sand offers a peaceful escape for nature lovers.
Cuttagee Beach is a popular spot for fishing, so you may even witness local anglers casting their lines in search of the day’s catch.
Places to Visit Nearby
Bermagui is a great place to base yourself on your South Coast road trip. To be honest, now I have done this trip, I would personally stay in Narooma and Bermagui out of all of the places there are to stay on the coast. This is because both places are in a good location for doing day trips and visiting nearby towns and attractions.
Here are just a few of my favourite places near Bermagui you should put on your list to visit.
15. Visiti the charming Central Tilba
A short 15 minute drive away will bring you to Central Tilba, a historic village known for its preserved colonial buildings, boutique shops, and delicious local produce.
Wander through the charming streets, indulge in homemade treats, and soak up the old-world atmosphere. The town looks slightly like a movie set, but it sure is beautiful. We sat outside the pub and loved people watching while having a beer here.
16. Enjoy the stunning beaches in Mystery Bay
Mystery Bay is another nearby gem, offering pristine beaches, excellent surf breaks, and a serene coastal ambiance. You can read our Mystery Bay guide for more information about how this is an absolutely stunning part of the region you need to see.
17. Give back to Cobargo
Cobargo, with its vibrant arts community and heritage-listed buildings, invites you to explore its artistic offerings and immerse yourself in its creative spirit. Go support this town, especially after the devastating fires it went through a few years back.
18. Hike through the beautiful Mimosa Rocks National Park
Mimosa Rocks National Park is absolutely stunning. Like this one is a proper gem you need to make the effort to visit! Check out our guide for the best Mimosa Rocks National Park Walks to discover some of the most beautiful beaches hidden right here.
Looking for the best Bermagui NSW accommodation? Here are our top picks for staying on the beautiful Sapphire Coast.
The Anchorage Bermagui – perfect family friendly hotel apartments with outdoor swimming pool in the centre of town.