If fishing is your caper, Bermagui should be right at the top of your preferred NSW destinations. This small port on the far South Coast was discovered by American western novelist and fishing enthusiast Zane Grey in the 1930s and anglers from around the world have been chasing both marlin and in-shore varieties on this part of the coast ever since. The fleet of big game chasing craft operate out of Bermagui from December to June.
First-timers, however, will quickly appreciate that there is much more to Bermagui than the challenge of fishing - golden beaches, idyllic Wallaga Lake, secluded bays and bushwalks and spectacular mountain views and scenery.
Montague Island, where the marlin fly, lies just 23km off the coast, and Cobargo, a largely unspoiled craft village, is 19km to the west of town.
The prime surfing and board-riding beaches are Beares Beach to the south of town, and Moorheads and Haywards to the north. Sheltered Horseshoe Bay is a favourite for families with young children.