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Bega Valley Shire


Bega Valley Shire (also known as the Sapphire Coast) is located at the south-eastern extremity of coastal New South Wales. The Shire encompasses a total land area of over 6,000 square kilometres and is predominantly rural, with many townships and villages. Bega is the Shire's nominated regional centre, supported by the larger urban centre Merimbula, smaller towns of Eden and Bermagui and the villages of Bemboka, Candelo, Cobargo, Pambula, Pambula Beach, Tathra, Tura Beach, Wolumla and Wyndham. Land is used predominantly for conservation and timber production. The next biggest land use is agriculture, particularly dairy farming, with fishing, oyster harvesting, tourism and retail also being important industries. The Shire's population has grown steadily over the past few decades, particularly in the towns and villages.

The key employment sectors are retail, tourism, manufacturing, agriculture, health and education. The major regional centre is Bega, supported by the larger urban centre of Merimbula, the smaller towns of Eden and Bermagui, and the villages of Bemboka, Candelo, Cobargo, Pambula, Pambula Beach, Tathra, Tura Beach, Wolumla and Wyndham. Tourism is an important industry, particularly in townships along the coast. The main industrial areas are located in North Bega, Eden and South Pambula, with a port at Eden. The main agricultural industry is dairy farming, with some fishing and oyster harvesting. Bega Valley features two public hospitals (Bega District and Pambula District) and two tertiary institutional campuses at Bega (TAFE NSW - Illawarra Institute and the University of Wollongong).

Land use
Land use Water: 0.1% Residential: 1.5% Parkland: 66.7% Industrial: 0.1% Hospital/Medical: 0.0% Education: 0.0% Commercial: 0.1% Agricultural: 31.5%

NOTE: The land use shown in the map is derived from ABS Mesh Block categories. Mesh Blocks broadly identify land use and are not designed to provide definitive land use. It is purely an indicator of the main planned land use for a Mesh Blocks. For more information please refer to ABS Mesh Block categories.

Transportation Networks

  • Princes Highway
  • Snowy Mountains Highway
  • Merimbula Airport
  • Port of Eden


  • Canberra CBD 220km
  • Melbourne CBD 600km
  • Sydney CBD 420km

Major Industrial Precincts

  • North Bega
  • Eden (off the Princes Hwy
  • South Pambula