The rugged coastline of southern New South Wales, known as the Sapphire Coast, is popular for its golden beaches, lakes, estuaries, deep sea and big game fishing as well as an overload of natural beauty.
The peaceful town of Bermagui nestles around a safe, all-weather harbour. Bermagui could be called a sleepy little town it has a population of 1200 and no traffic lights! The continental shelf is just 20 kilometres off-shore, so deep-sea fishing is excellent, in particular yellowfin tuna and black marlin. It also offers good surfing, water sports and bushwalking in national parks.
Close to Bermagui is Wallaga Lake, one of the state's largest coastal lakes and a place of special significance to the Dyirringany Aboriginal people.
The port was established in the 1830s for dairy farming. A fishing industry developed then as well.
Bimbimbi House, which was built in 1945, is one of Bermagui's original homesteads, sitting on a hill above the Bermagui River. It has been operating as a B&B for around eight years and offers privacy, comfort, style, peace and stunning views in all directions.
The rambling gardens were inspired by Edna Walling, regarded as Australia's foremost landscape designer.
Much of the property is spotted gum forest. Sheep, goats, ducks and chooks wander around.
Bimbimbi's Riverview Suite has two large bedrooms, one queen and one double plus single bed. The kitchen is fully equipped, the large bathroom has a bath and shower, there are two toilets, a lounge room and laundry.
The Garden Room is spacious and airy with large windows looking onto the garden and river. It has its own bathroom.
Violet Cottage has a truly rural feel. Once a tacking shed, it is now a comfortable one-bedroom unit with kitchen. It has a lounge room, bathroom and heating.
All accommodation has television, books and magazines, electric blankets and a hearty country breakfast provided using their own fresh eggs, homemade jam and preserves and brewed coffee.
Bermagui featured in the movie The Man Who Sued God and its star, Billy Connolly, chose to stay at Bimbimbi House.
There is plenty to do in the area. Mt Dromedary and Camel Rock Beach, Foxglove Spires Garden and Nursery, Mimosa Rocks National Park and a couple of very good wineries are worth visiting. There are also some excellent Sapphire Coast eco-tours.
The village has pastry and gelato shops, cafés and coffee lounges, lots of restaurants and a fisherman's co-op. Many offer takeaway food. Markets are held in Dickinson Park on the last Sunday of every month.