The Bega Vallery Regional Gallery holds a collection of approx. 120 works of both histroic and contemporary significance. Artists include: Albert Nanatjira, Hilda Rix Nicholas and local artists Kathy Boland and Peter Dunne The Gallery is a member of The Regional Galleries Association of NSW with a permanent collection of high standard developed from locally based artists, supplemented by works on loan.
The Coast Road from Tathra to Bermagui is one of the most spectacular drives on the Far South Coast. Spotted gum forests surrounding unspoilt bays and beaches in Mimosa Rocks National Park. Original timber bridges crossing rivers, creeks and estuaries. Award winning oysters growing in pristine lagoons. Rolling green hills with a backdrop of densely wooded mountains. For all these reasons, the area has attracted many creative people. Since the Tathra to Bermagui Coast Road was sealed, some unique, quality art and fine food venues have opened, adding further inspiration to this beautiful coastal drive and making it a compelling experience.
The Pioneers' Museum is situated in an old Hotel, built in 1858-9, with many rooms and outside exhibition areas, containing every aspect of early Bega - industries, military, machinery, transport, household effects and family histories. A collection of over 200 framed photographs of pioneers is one of the largest in New South Wales. A horse drawn ambulance in the back yard, built in Bega, was converted into a hawkers van and supplied goods to outlying families. There is also a large collection of military objects from the Boer War, World War One and World War Two.
The Oyster Pot sells Sydney Rock Oysters from the pure pristine waters of Wapengo Lake. The oysters are shucked on a daily basis to ensure their taste and freshness is at its best. Tasting and opening tips are always on offer. The pristine waters of the Sapphire Coast create oysters that win hearts and awards. From Bermagui to Tathra, Merimbula, Pambula and Wonboyn, you'll find a subtle difference in each harvest. Take a taste-test tour and savour the flavours.
A diversity of water environments, salt and freshwater lakes, an attractive lagoon and creek and a magnificent coastline, along with an extensive network of walking tracks make a great variety of activities possible. Tura, Bournda and Wallagoot beaches are popular for swimming, surfing and beach fishing. The shallows of Wallagoot Lake offer safe swimming. Sailing, power boating and water skiing are all catered for on the lake and visitors are invited to use the launching ramp at the Wallagoot lake boat club area, for which the club charges a launching fee. Bushwalkers, wildlife watchers and photographers may enjoy the park's many walking tracks to scenic points such as Bournda Island and Bournda Lagoon. Camping is also available at Hobart Beach, camp fees AUD10 per adult, AUD5 per child, per night.
At the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre experience and enjoy good old fashioned country hospitality. The Bega Cheese Heritage Centre is a faithful reconstruction of one of the first buildings on the Co-Op site (1899). The museum offers visitors the chance to see how dairying has shaped the culture of the Bega Valley. At the Centre you can taste different varieties of Bega cheese and purchase from their wide selection of Bega cheese as well as other local and Australian cheese. There is also a wide range of gifts and souvenirs. The coffee shop offers a selection of homemade meals and cakes. You can also enjoy a milkshake or ice cream on the veranda overlooking the neighbouring pastures.