Bega is the ‘capital’ of the NSW southern beaches region, but Bega is not on the beach. Bega is famous for its cheeses that are shipped all around the world, and at a minimum determines a visit. Bega itself is a busy industrious town, and the narrow streets really liven up the cbd. Bega has all essential services and is a busy and colourful place.

One claim is that place name Bega is derived from the local Aboriginal word meaning "big camping ground". Another claim is that it is a corruption of the Aboriginal word "Bika" meaning "beautiful".

William Tarlinton was the first European to explore the area on foot, arriving in 1829. He returned in the early 1830s and settled there, starting a cattle farm. Others who arrived in the area around the same time were the Imlay brothers, who also began farming there.

Notable local landmarks are Bega Court House is on the Register of the National Estate. The court house was built in 1881 and consists of rendered brick and iron roofs. There are quite a number of old buildings in Bega and visitors will hope the developers hammer is not too close.

The Catholic and Anglican Churches are quite something and pleasingly are always open. The United Church is also a 100 year old building. The Presbyterian is a modern building.

The hotels in Bega are all old and classic design NSW pubs; all 100 or near that date.

The Bega War Memorial is an archway design and this is a really formidable acknowledgement.

The Bega Museum is one block removed from the main street, and near the Anglican Church.

Bega is a great town and an extended stay is recommended to get the most out of a visit.

Heritage diary



Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
  Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course