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Bega lies nestled in the lush Bega Valley, in the region known as the Sapphire Coast - on the far south coast of NSW. Bega is on the Princes Highway, approximately half way between Sydney and Melbourne. It is about 18 kms inland from the coast and 30 minutes drive north of Merimbula.
Bega is famous for its dairy industry – especially Bega Cheese. One of the first stops to make in Bega is at the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre which also houses the Visitor Information Centre. The Centre is located in Lagoon Street. If travelling from Sydney, it is on your left just before the Bega River.
The Heritage Centre building is a reproduction of the original Bega Co-operative Society’s original dairy factory. Stop to enjoy a light meal in the cafe, cheese tastings and local produce in the deli, or have a picnic in the pretty park near the river. Upstairs you will find a museum devoted to the history of dairy and a gift shop called the Spotted Cow.
While you are at the Centre, pick up information, maps and advice on what to see and do in Bega and on the Sapphire Coast.
Bega Cheese Heritage Centre & Visitor Information Centre
11-13 Lagoon St, Bega telephone 02 6491 7762
Open 9am – 5pm daily except Christmas Day, Good Friday.
The Bega Valley Regional Gallery
Zingel Place, Bega Telephone 6499 2187
Open 10am – 4pm Tue-Fri, 9am – 12noon Sat
The gallery hosts a variety of regional, state and national touring exhibitions plus a permanent local collection.
47 Church St, Bega telephone 02 6492 5322
Open 10am-4pm Mon-Fri, Sat (Dec-Apr)10am-1pm
Has a full program of exhibitions by established and emerging artists. See paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, glass and jewellery.
Bega Pioneer Museum
87 Bega St, Bega
Telephone 02 6492 1453
Open Mon, Wed, Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am – 2pm
Small admission fee
The museum is run by the Bega Valley Historical Society and is housed in an historic family hotel building dating back to 1858. See what life was like for the early pioneers – family archives, photographs and a collection of household, military, agricultural items plus much more.
Bega Heritage Walk
Collect a brochure with map from the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre Tourist Office. Start this self-guided tour at the Bega Pioneer Museum. See and learn about historic buildings including the Clock Tower, the 1875 Bank of NSW, the 1935 art deco King’s Theatre and the coach and stables in Bega.
Enjoy panoramic district views from Bega Lookout, 3 kms north of Bega, on the Princes Highway.
Brogo Dam is about 25 kms north west of Bega. The Brogo Dam area is ideal for boating, canoeing and bass fishing.
Brogo Wilderness Canoes
One of the best ways to explore this pristine wilderness area (including Wadbilliga National Park) is from the water. Brogo Wilderness Canoes hire out fully equipped canoes. Camping is also available on the shores of the Brogo River or Dam.
Telephone 02 6492 7328
Pick up a map at the Bega Visitor Information Centre and enjoy scenic drives to nearby Cobargo, Tilba, Bermagui, Tathra, Candelo, Bemboka, Merimbula, Pambula and Eden.
Bega Show - February
Bega Valley Car Rally - June
Bega Ute Muster - November
Bega Farmers Market
Held every second Friday from 8am-1pm at Littleton Gardens (in front of the Town Hall) - visit the market for locally grown fruit and vegetables, meat, eggs, homemade foods, oil, honey and wine. Buy direct from the growers. A variety of local crafts also available. See website for more details: www.scpa.org.au