Bermagui is safely nestled in a weather-protected harbour on the NSW south coast and is full of gold, fish and mystery. Unlike some of the more crowded beaches in Australia, Bermagui’s are clean, secluded, romantic, and did we mention clean? No cigarette butts and leftover picnics will be found on these beautiful sandy shores.

“The closest land in Australia to the Continental Shelf, which makes this stunning, preserved village game fishing HQ.” – Ken Boundy

Most famous for its deep-sea fishing, there’s also a surprising amount of (very) game fish – yellow fin tuna, marlin – that come in close to shore during spring. Bermagui is also home to the Montreal Goldfields, the only goldmine in Australia (and one of only two in the world) that’s right by the sea.

Tall trees and bush conceal the once barren ground where thousands of gold diggers lived and prospered, and a boardwalk now spans the original shafts, showing visitors what life was like here in the 1880s. The area is also famous for the notorious Bermagui Mystery, in which five men disappeared in 1880, never to be seen again. At the time the story rivalled the trial of Ned Kelly for headlines, and to this day no-one knows what happened to the men.

Where? // 378km (5hrs) south of Sydney.

Did you know? // Bermagui isn’t just famous for fishing; it has a great literature history as well. Crime writer Arthur Upfield, best known for his character Detective Napoleon Bonaparte, based his 1939 novel The Mystery of Swordfish Reef on the town, and prolific US wild west author Zane Grey immortalised the area in a fishing book in 1937.

 

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