On Australia’s east coast on the southern shore of Horseshoe Bay, Bermagui is known for its surf beaches, safe natural harbour, spotted gum forests, rivers and mountains and a rich history – and that’s all without the fishing. In the 1940s and 50s, visitors arrived at Bermagui on weekly passenger steamers. Today’s traveller drives the Princes Highway for a fast and comfortable trip.
In a triangle linking it with the villages of Central Tilba and Cobargo, Bermagui is the closest spot on Australia’s mainland to the Continental Shelf which brings warm northerly currents close to shore.
It first became famous when Zane Grey, American writer of westerns and books about fishing adventures came to the town in 1935 and stayed for seven weeks. Though this world famous character put Bermagui’s name firmly on the map, it has kept the features that drew him then: charm, good fishing and great hospitality.