Bermagui, on the Sapphire Coast (NSW), can be best described as a little piece of paradise. We recently booked four nights in Bermagui with no expectations – it was simply a good place on the map to break Melbourne to Sydney journey. It turned out to be a wonderful place for a family holiday. Here’s why.
For us a perfect summer holiday involves lots of beach time with the kids. There’s something about splashing in the water, building sandcastles and collecting seashells that makes everyone happy. I was really surprised by how many different places there were to swim in and around Bermagui, so no matter what the conditions were, we had somewhere to play. Our favourites were:
Bermagui Beach: a patrolled surf beach, directly opposite the main street, with lovely rock pools to explore. An enclosed playground just above the beach provides a great place to run around and dry off before jumping back in the car.
Bermagui River: as our girls are young and they don’t always want to play at a surf beach. At low tide the river offered sandy beaches and shallow water to play in.
The Blue Pool: located at the base of a steep cliff, this is without a doubt the most beautiful ocean pool I’ve ever seen. There’s a separate children’s wading pool at the southern end and the main pool is large enough to swim laps in. The water is clear and an abundance of fish along the rocky oceanside wall make it well worth bringing a snorkel and mask. Showers and toilets are located at the top of the steep staircase, next to the car park.
Cuttagee Beach and Lake: this unpatrolled surf beach is around a 10 minute drive south of Bermagui and is very popular with surfers. The lake, which drains into the ocean, is an absolute winner with families. Young children will always find a shallow and protected pocket to swim in, chase fish or watch hermit crabs scuttle past. Older children, and adults, can ride the rapids under the bridge created on the change of tide. At full tide the lake is a beautiful place to explore with a kayak or paddle board.