Australian Traveller magazines guide to the best cheap accommodation for the summer and Christmas holidays


Why do we rate it?
Most of the action is offshore: this quiet coastal town is just 20km from the continental shelf. Deep-sea fishing is the draw but we rate the laid-back vibe: hang out at the wharf and watch the catch come in.

Where is it?
378km south of Sydney in Bega Valley Shire; about a 5hr drive on the Princes Hwy. 250km from Canberra.

Where to stay
There are slim pickings at Bermagui’s beachside motels and apartments around Christmas; most book out months in advance. Holiday rentals are a better option. Julie Rutherford Real Estate looks after a range of properties that accommodate kids, pets and boats. Choose beach or bush settings. The waterfront property at 2 Lindo St comes complete with fish-gutting table, boat parking and a barbecue.

How much is it?
Lindo St sleeps eight for $2000 a week – $35.70 a night per person. Most properties sleeping 2-4 people start at $1000 a week.

Property manager Jane Goodridge suggests booking a small cottage if you’re after something last minute. “Last year we took bookings on Christmas Eve and still managed to squeeze people in for the holiday,” she says. Properties with boat access sell out fast, but 2 Lindo St was still available for Christmas week when we went to press. Hurry!

What to do
Bermagui is known for deep-sea fishing, particularly yellowfin tuna and marlin. Eat fish and chips on Fishermen’s Wharf. Snorkel in the Bruce Steer Pool. Wallaga Lake is great for watersports. The historic Montreal Goldfields are nearby.

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