Bega is a handsome, historic town with a proud tradition of cheese-making. The Bega Cheese Factory began production in 1900 as demand grew for rich, creamy products made in the traditional way. Bega Cheese is now a household name in Australia, producing processed and natural cheddar cheese products.
Bega & Sapphire Coast
Set inland in a valley at the junction of the Bega and Brogo rivers and surrounded by rich dairy country, Bega is a pretty, historic town that's the rural centre of the NSW Sapphire Coast and gateway to the lush Bega Valley. With its deciduous forests, lush green dairy pastures and a sapphire blue coastline edged with pristine white sands less than 20 minutes’ drive away, it’s also a picturesque holiday destination.
One of the area’s most well-known attractions is the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre. Housed in a faithful reproduction of the original dairy co-op built in 1899, it tells the story of cheese-making production in the area. Here you can taste and buy famous Bega cheese, and learn more about the cheese-making process and the area’s history.
Bega has three national parks within easy driving distance. Mimosa Rocks National Park lies north-east of Bega, while to the south is Bournda National Park, home to many seabirds, such as the endangered little tern, and an abundance of wildlife. Around an hour’s drive from Bega is Biamanga National Park, run by the traditional custodians of the lands, the Yuin People.
Bega’s nearest coastal town, Tathra, is less than twenty minutes’ drive away, surrounded by the natural beauty of national parks, beaches and waterways. Tathra is rich in history and traditions of the sea with Tathra Wharf, the only remaining sea wharf on the east coast of Australia, and a popular fishing spot.