A 5 hour drive from Sydney, and 7 hours from Melbourne will bring you to one of NSW most scenic coastal towns which is also the closest point of land on the east coast to the continental shelf. This means that the Australia EAC brings warm currents down from the north in the summer months and and with it delivers to our anglers all three marlin species, black, blue and striped marlin. Bermagui is known as one of the best locations in Australia to get amongst the action with these fish of a lifetime! It is not unusual for us to catch multiple striped marlin in a day or even have two or more marlin hooked up at the same time! When the packs of striped marlin move into to feed along the shelf and 12 mile reef Bermagui really is the place to be!
As summer comes to an end we start to see the yellowfin tuna that Bermagui is famous for, yellowfin exceeding 60kg are not uncommon plus there’s aways a good chance of finding a huge late season striped marlin also. Bermagui is home to some of the largest yellowfin tuna caught in Australia not to mention being an awesome gateway to the world record holding grounds out wide for southern bluefin tuna!
13 miles to the north of Bermagui is Montague Island, a picturesque island still featuring it’s original lighthouse & keepers quarters. Montague Island provides a great reef system for chasing yellowtail kingfish along with the eastern side being literally a stones throw away from one of the most productive areas “the kink” allowing the unique opportunity to catch kingfish in the morning then marlin & tuna in the afternoon.
Bermagui is a fantastic small costal fishing town with one of the best harbours on the east coast of NSW allowing easy access in all weather conditions.
Swimming at stunning beaches and scenic costal walks make up just a small part of activities to take part in whilst you are on holidays in Bermagui, the Bermagui Fishermans Wharf building features lovely restaurants & shops with a perfect unspoilt view of Bermagui harbour, here the seaside markets & growers markets are a major drawcard and give you the opportunity to see some of the wonderful products produced locally & in surrounding areas. Mimosa Winery just down the road from Bermagui is a lovely 200 acre property famous for their unique costal wines and Drystone restaurant. Bermagui also features many art & craft shops and is also home to the Four Winds festival at their custom built open air amphitheatre at Cuttagee. Just to the north on your way to Wallaga Lake is one of Australia’s only sea side goldfields guided tours are run daily.
There is an amazing calendar of festivals and events held in Bermagui – of note there is the Four Winds Festival, Bermagui Seaside Fair, Sculpture on the Edge and the Bermagui Bike Show. The Sapphire Coast and Bermagui has an active community of local artists who exhibit through a network of studios and galleries throughout the year.
Traveling to Bermagui
Fly: Merimbula Airport is located just 2 km from the Merimbula’s town centre. Visitors can hire a car at the airport to make the short trip up to Bermagui, alternatively you can organise our own personal transfer service from the airport to the boat in Bermagui
Drive: Visiting by car? Merimbula is a picturesque drive from Melbourne (7hrs), Sydney (6hours) and Canberra (3 hours).