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