Located 225km south east of Canberra, Bega is a town in New South Wales that lies 421km south of Sydney, and 613km north east of Melbourne with a population of 4,141 people. Bega is most well known for its cheese industry, producing more than 40,000 tonnes of cheese and dairy products each year. Situated in the Sapphire Coast region of NSW, Bega is surrounded by picturesque rainforests, pastures, national parks, and beaches. 


In Bega, the summers are warm and partly cloudy and the winters are cold and mostly clear. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 7°C to 25°C and is rarely below 4°C or above 31°C.

Things to do

If you want to delve deeper into the history of the town, head to Bega Pioneers Museum, housed in a building from the mid-1800s, to peruse over 200 photographs of early pioneers, a horse-drawn ambulance and a large militaria collection from the world wars.

Bega is also know for the SECCA (South East Centre for Contemporary Art). It’s a first-class exhibition space and curates thought-provoking collections. The biennial Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize attracts famous artists from across the country and honours the memory of the gallery’s eponymous patron. Check out the events calendar for exhibitions and touring shows at the gallery. 


Bega has six schools, including catholic and non-denominational private and public primary and secondary schools.