Road Trip Day 2 – Bermagui and Tilba!

Road Trip Day 2 – Bermagui and Tilba!

Prior to Ben and Alvina arriving, I was hit with a very persistent cold. I was in bed for 2 weeks, drugged up and resting, so I guess my body clock went back to normal.

I awoke at 6am and I couldn’t get back to sleep! Grrr! I reached into the fridge for my iced coffee only to find it FROZEN! LOL! Awake (too early) + no coffee = grumpy me!

But wait! We have already planned a wonderful day ahead so as the sun rose, the grumpiness faded with the darkness.

My top 3 destinations for a road trip in New South Wales are (in order): Narooma, Tilba and Bermagui! Our first stop of the day – Bermagui!

 

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A photo to start our day! #MingMingGreatEscape

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Wallaga Lake

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Wallaga Lake

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Me at Bermagui Point.

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Le bro testing the waters.

So why Bermagui?

I love visiting small rural towns. Bermagui is a coastal town south of NSW, in the Bega Valley Shire and has a population of around 1,300. It is also an amazing fishing spot! It is beautiful, idyllic and serene with very friendly locals and very fresh seafood.

Looking for a some brunch, we headed over to Bermagui Fisherman’s Wharf and stumbled upon a pleasant surprise!

 

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A TRAILER FILLED WITH BLUEFIN TUNA!! 😀

After my first introduction to Bluefin Tuna at Umi Sushi Express’ Official Opening, I knew straight away the treasure we just found. These jewels were bound for Sydney later that day and on a flight to Japan the very same night.

We were informed that all the Bluefin Tuna caught off Bermagui’s waters were all flown, for sale, to Japan! And all this while, I thought Bluefin Tunas were flown in from Japan! What a revelation!

 

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This baby weighed in at 125 kg!

We were told that the current rate for Bluefin Tuna is around AUD40 per KG! This baby is worth AUD5000! Woohoo!

Little did we know that back in 1933, Bermagui hit the world stage with a black marlin being caught near Montague Island and a big game anglers club was established hosting big game fishermen from around the world. The warm currents in Spring and Summer still bring marlin and yellowfin tuna close to the coast but the practice of tag and release is encouraged today. (link)

 

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Lunch!

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A dozen oysters – gone in 5 secs!

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Heart shaped Chicken Schnitzel!

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A Fisherman’s Basket for 2.

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Prawn Cutlets and Calamari.

Yes, it’s see food and seafood! What else would you have to eat along the south coast where seafood is at its freshest?

 

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Fishy fishy!!

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This is NOT a school of fish. It’s more like a nation of fish and they are all gathered under the moored boats at Bermagui Marina!

All we had to do was drop a line with bait straight down into the depths and in less than 5 secs, you’ll feel the nibbling of fish! It was so much fun! Unfortunately, it was an extremely sunny day, even for winter, and I was beginning to feel sunburnt! 😦

We sought shelter and a drink at the Bermagui Golf Club before heading to Tilba.

Tilba, why do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

 

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The most delicious Blue Cheese I’ve ever tasted.

ABC Cheese Factory produces specialty handmade cheese under the South Coast Cheese brand.

The ABC Cheese Factory in Central Tilba was in operation from September 1891 until 2006 and remains a local attraction. The boutique “Tilba Club” brand of blended cheese continues to be sold from a shopfront at the factory, although it is now produced in Melbourne. – wiki.

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Dromedary Hotel.

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Tilba Sweet Spot.

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Very old school!

 

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Childhood lollies.

 

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Mmmm! An amazing variety of lollies. They even have my favourite fizzy cola!

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Rows and rows of boiled lollies!

 

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Never seen this packaging before.

 

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My lolly loots! Do you remember Melody Pops?

I have fond memories of playing with Melody Pops and the advertisments! Whistling through a sweet. How fun is that! I do wonder where they obtain old school lollies from. Central Tilba and Tilba Tilba are 2 villages in Eurobodalla Shire and no where near a major city so… where would you get lollies that I have not seen in years? A mystery!

 

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Oh look, a Tardis! Doctor! Doctorrrrrrr!!

 

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A quaint shop selling semi-precious gems and spiritual items.

 

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Tea for two?

 

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Most of the shops here are actually residences too. Thus the quaint and homely appeal of the town. Everyone knows everyone. Tilba is so old school,  there’s even no mobile reception in either village! How frustrating!

Most of the shops here close early on Sundays and do not open on Mondays.

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The end to a really happy day out! 😀

 

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