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
With its forests, lush pastures and a coastline sculpted into a succession of wonders by the sea, the Sapphire Coast is a perfect holiday destination at any time of the year. Set in a valley at the junction of the Bega and Brogo rivers and surrounded by rich dairy country, Bega is a handsome, historic town that's the rural centre of the Sapphire Coast and gateway to the lush Bega Valley. Visit the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre, housed in a faithful reproduction of the original, tells the story of cheese-making production in the area.
On the coast is Tathra, surrounded by the natural beauty of national parks, beaches and waterways. Mimosa Rocks National Park lies to the north, while to the south is Bournda National Park, home to many seabirds such as the endangered little tern and an abundance of wildlife. Tathra is rich in history and traditions of the sea with Tathra Wharf still a centre of activity today. The only remaining sea wharf on the east coast of Australia, the wharf is a popular fishing spot.
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Fly into Merimbula Airport
Merimbula Airport is located 2 km from Merimbula’s town centre. Use the taxi services available at the terminal to make the short trip south. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.
Regional Express operates daily direct flights to and from Sydney and Melbourne, in addition to weekly direct flights to and from Moruya. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney or Melbourne to travel into Merimbula.
Canoes sit beside Tanja Lagoon, Mimosa Rocks National Park, near Bega. Image Sally Mayman
Exhibition at the Bega Valley Regional Art Gallery. Image Bega Valley Regional Art Gallery
Bega countryside. Image Hamilton Lund