Bermagui, New South Wales
New South Wales
The Blue Pool at Bermagui
|LGA(s)||Bega Valley Shire|
It is said that 12 mile offshore from Bermagui the continental shelf is at its closest point to the mainland and hence there is good fishing. Anglers may catch, or tag and release; (NSW DPI Game Fish Tagging programme. 2013), Marlin, and Tuna such as Yellowfin, Bluefin, and Albacore, which are sought after 'game fish'.
A 1910 article, 'Bermagui - In a Strange Sunset', published by Henry Lawson in The Bulletin describes a steamer journey from Bermagui to Sydney. Lawson was probably travelling with the Illawarra Steam Navigation Company.
In 1880, the Government geologist, Lamont Young, and four others disappeared while on a boat trip from Bermagui. Their boat was found near Mystery Bay, which is about 15 kilometres north of Bermagui, midway between Bermagui and Narooma, near Tilba. The bay received its name because of the disappearance.
Zane Grey, the well-known big-game fisherman of the 1930s and author of Westerns, wrote of his experiences there. He was patron of the Bermagui Sport Fishing Association for 1936/37 and anchored his yacht, the "Avalon" in Horseshoe Bay. He returned briefly for a visit in 1939.
In 1943, the Japanese submarine I-21 sank the iron ore carrier SS Iron Knight off the coast of Bermagui. Local fisherman had tangled their nets on the wreck deep below the surface in 125 metres of water, but did not know the ship lay there until a team of divers confirmed its existence on 4 June 2006. On 29 July 2006 relatives and descendants of the ships crew came to Bermagui for a memorial and commemorative service.
Literature and movies
Zane Grey filmed part of his movie White Death (1936) and wrote the storyline for Rangler River (1936) while camped at Bermagui. His book of his game fishing adventures here An American Angler in Australia was published in 1937. He also worked on his epic Australian Western novel Wildness Trek while in Bermagui, which was not published until after his death in 1944.
During the 1940s and 1950s the detective writer Arthur Upfield lived in the town and made it the setting for one of his novels, "The Mystery of Swordfish Reef", published in 1943.
Outdoor scenes from the film The Man Who Sued God (2001) starring Billy Connolly were shot in Bermagui. There are scenes of the Bermagui Boat Harbour, the main street, and surrounding beaches. Many locals are in the movie, and the classic boat is a local charter fishing boat. Bermagui locals thoroughly enjoyed Billy Connolly's visit .
In January 2005, the Leader of the Opposition, Mark Latham and his family retreated here from the media and decided to resign as ALP leader and from Parliament, writing in The Latham Diaries that "God has given us Bermagui, let's enjoy it".
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- Yourguide, Narooma site[dead link], news article from Wednesday 9 August 2006.
- Filming Locations for The Man Who Sued God, IMDb. Retrieved W13 January 2006.
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- Information about Bermagui
- Sapphire Coast tourism site article on Bermagui[dead link]
- Morningside's TravelSouth visitors guide article on Bermagui
- tag and release; NSW DPI Game Fish Tagging pragramme. http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/recreational/saltwater/gamefish-tagging
- Grey, Zane (1937). An American Angler in Australia. The Derrydale Press (Now part of the Rowman & Littlefield Group). ISBN 978-1-56416-204-5.
- Derrydale Press[dead link]