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September 11, 2019 by Max Old

September

Whale Watching Season

1st September- 30th November

The Sapphire Coast has been named Australia’s premier whale watching destination by Australian Geographic and spring is the best time to see these majestic creatures as they nurse and rest on their annual migration to Antarctica, often with their calves in tow.  If you haven’t ticked whale watching off your bucket list, why not make this year the one you do.  Book a whale watching boat tour or get out amongst the unspoilt wilderness and visit the shore based whale watching hot spots along our spectacular coastline.

The Eden Caravan Muster

14th September- 22nd September

The Eden Caravan Muster is an annual event held in Eden, on the beautiful Sapphire Coast.  In 2019, it will be held from the 14th – 22nd September.

The town has put together a huge series of events to welcome all “musterers” and there’s 8 days of food, wine, entertainment and adventure on offer.

5 Caravan Parks are coming together to showcase Eden and the Sapphire Coast all week long with plenty of planned entertainment and activities, including tag along events with National Parks, an open air cinema and a dedicated Caravan, Camping and Boating Expo!

Bega to Tathra Community Bike Ride 2019

22nd September

In conjunction with NSW Bike Week, the Bega to Tathra Safe Ride will take place on Sunday 22nd September.  This fun, community event is in it’s thirdyear and in 2019 will be raising funds for local schools.

The 22km ride will leave from Bega Cheese Heritage Centre at 8.30am on Sunday September 22 and finish at the Tathra Hotel.  Traffic management will be in place to ensure that all riders will be able to enjoy the route in safety.   Book tickets via trybooking.com and registration is from 7.15am on the day at the Heritage Centre.

October

ReBoot in Bermagui this Spring

5th – 6th October

A weekend to run, refresh, relax and renew in beautiful Bermagui this spring.

For locals and visitors, ReBoot in Bermagui is two days of active participation in a variety of activities in Bermagui’s beautiful coastal environment.

ReActivate Program
Saturday 5th October

Camel to Club Fun Run — 7km

No Hills Fun Run / Walk – 5 km
Tilba Road to Town Fun Run — 5.4km
Horizon Bank Kids Fun Run — 2kms, for primary school kids only

Sunday 6th October
Bermagui Breakfast — Bermagui Surf Club, from 8.00am to 11.00am
Point to Point Swim Race — Horseshoe Bay, 9.00am
Swim Run Swim — Horseshoe Bay, 9.15am

ReEnergise Program
Something for everyone
Saturday 5th  & Sunday 6th October
Program includes Tug-o-War Challenge, boot camp, yoga, Tai Chi, pilates, stand up paddle boarding (SUP), barefoot bowls, Ambrose golf competition, golf croquet, badminton, croquet … and more. For the kids, as well as the fun run, there’s Oops! The Clown, hula hoop fun competition, skate, scoot  & BMX competition.  Online bookings essential for most events, go to rebootinbermagui.com.au

Sapphire Coast Week of Golf

19th – 27th October

The Week of Golf in October has been held for more than 35 years and is now an iconic amateur golfing event in Australia.

Held annually in the third week of October, the Week of Golf is widely regarded as one of the best tournaments for golfers. Visitors come from every state of Australia and several from overseas countries.

The event should be on every golfer’s calendar, with approximately 800 golfers playing a variety of competitions in a tremendously friendly, carnival atmosphere. The festivities include a 9 day tournament for both men and women, featuring the Men’s Annual Open Tournament played over 36 holes on the last weekend.

November

Eden Whale Festival

1st – 3rd November

It’s an oceanic migration like no other, and Eden has been an important part of it for centuries.

Celebrate the Humpback Highway with sightings from sea and shore, performances, exhibitions and music, and feast on local produce while whales play in Twofold Bay.

Held in and around the port, the festival embraces our maritime and bush heritage and celebrates with a huge party and fireworks on the Saturday night.

It’s the most unique whale watching experience the nation has to offer, and one that Australian Geographic ranked number one for whale watching destinations in Australia in 2014.

The whales can be seen in large numbers in the town’s stunning Twofold Bay, whether you are in a boat or on shore with a picnic of local produce.

The Merimbula Classic

21st – 24th November

The Merimbula Classic is a SUP-Kite-Windsurf event like no other.   Its a 4 day celebration of wave sailing, SUP surfing and kite surfing in the wind and waves of The Sapphire Coast.  There’s no heats, no judging tent and certainly no coloured rashies. Just a long weekend of paddling, hanging out and having a good time.

Watch current and past world and Australian champions mix it with the locals on the beach and check out all the latest gear at Ford Oval, which lies just behind the dunes.

This year’s event will be the 39th, making it the longest event of its kind in the world.

Band Together Music Festival 

30th November

On November 30th the Bega Valley community will gather in Wolumla for Band Together 2019, a festival of music, food, family and community and a follow up to the inaugral concert that supported  families affected by the 2018 bushfire in Tathra and surrounds.

The 2019 line up will feature 20 artists across three stages including Mark Seymour and the Undertow, Bachelor Girl, Killing Heidi, Mental As Anything, Jack Biilmann, Melanie Horsnell, The Figmentz, Matt Glass and the Loose Cannons, as well as Arc Supergroup which features members of Powderfinger, Spiderbait, You Am I and Jet.

December

Australian Bowls Championships 2019

2nd – 5th December

The Australian Championships, one of the country’s premier bowling events, will again be held at Club Sapphire, Merimbula this December.  The tournament will run over four days, from December 2nd to 5th and will showcase some fabulous bowls action at this world class venue.

Why not stay on in town for a few days after the event and explore the bowling on offer, here on the Sapphire Coast.   From companionable beachside greens at Tathra to world class covered rinks at Merimbula, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

George Bass Marathon

29th December – 4th January

This is the longest, toughest surfboat race in the world!

Teams and single ski paddlers undergo a gruelling seven days on the open ocean, covering 190km’s of the coastline between Batemans Bay & Eden and contending with variable and wild surf conditions to launch and land their boats. They are elite athletes, skilled lifeguards and adventurers at heart.

The very first Bass was run in 1975 and was the brainchild of Bega Newspaper editor Curly Annabel who wanted to trace the journey of early explorer Surgeon Commander George Bass in 1797.

Surgeon Commander Bass with a crew of 6-navel oarsman rowed a longboat not unlike surf’s original double-ended clinker from Port Phillip down the NSW coast and around the southern end on Victoria mapping the coastline as they went. Annabel was at first thought mad and received no support, until then NSW State Secretary and Cronulla boat sweep, the legendary Nick Dixon, took up the cause and the rest, as they say, is history.

January

Tathra Wharf to Waves

 18th – 19th January

Each year over 400 people jump into the crystal blue waters from the historic Tathra Wharf and swim to the beach to celebrate Wharf to Waves.

The swim claims centre stage of a weekend of fun and fitness in Tathra, which includes a 2km Beach Fun Run and a Bega to the Beach 30km Mountain Bike Ride.

The weekend culminates with volunteers, competitors, sponsors and friends sitting back on the deck while taking in the stunning vista of Tathra Beach.

There will be lots of rides and games to keep the children amused too!

Blue Water Classic

25th – 27th January

Head to the NSW Sapphire Coast for the annual Bermagui Blue Water Classic game fishing tournament over the long weekend in January. A NSW Game Fishing Sanctioned Tournament, competitors who sign up for the tournament will also be chasing other fish such as shark, kingfish and tuna, in the waters north or south of Bermagui.

With a number of tournament trophies and prizes on offer, there really is something for everyone. The prize list is extensive with various categories in the tag and release sections as well as the capture. Prize categories include marlin, other game fish such as yellow fin tuna and shark, junior and lady angler categories, most meritorious, as well as a small fry section and a lucky angler prize.

February

Cobargo Folk Festival

28th February, 2020 – Sunday 1st March

2020 will see in the 25th annual Cobargo Folk Festival.

This three day event is widely described as the best little folk festival in the country. Over 200 performers and thousands of fans from all over Australia converge on the picturesque village of Cobargo to celebrate and share a love of music & performance.

Camping and amenities are provided for ticket holders and kids are well catered for with a range of musical activities, stories and craft.

March

Bemboka Show

8th March

The Bemboka Show is held every year at the Bemboka Showgrounds on the second Sunday in March.
Exhibiting in the historic main pavilion will be local fruit and vegetables, farm produce, country cooking, flower arrangements, plus a range of the arts and crafts including photography and quilting. In front of the main pavilion you’ll find the cheese pavilion and a range of other stalls promoting and selling local foods and crafts, plus plants and herbs. Get helpful information and tips from community groups and visiting experts on growing local produce and managing your property, no matter how small.

Cattle and poultry exhibits are also a feature of the Bemboka Show and in the main arena a broad range of show jumping and other equestrian events can be seen.

There is always plenty of entertainment, competitions such as wood chopping and dog jumping, old cars and historic farm machinery displays, plus a range of children’s games and activities.

Come along and join in the friendly atmosphere, enjoy good food and much more that all together makes a great country show in a great setting.

EAT Merimbula

8th March

10am – 2pm Fishpen

EAT Merimbula is a premium foodie providore event held on the foreshore of Fishpen Merimbula, overlooking pristine waters and working oyster leases.

The event features local chefs and restaurateurs gathering in a market style setting to create bespoke dishes featuring local produce. The dishes are presented in entrée sizes and prices capped at $8 per dish.

In 2019, local offerings included tempters like steamed pork bao buns, slow cooked brisket, craft beer & local wine, oyster harvested only metres away, Eden Mussel pies, 12 hr fermented artisan donuts and much much more…

The event will enter it’s eighth year in 2020, with growing demand from visitors seeing more and more vendors participating each year. A road closure will be in place this year providing a refreshed layout and more elbow-room for guests.

The event is free to enter.