Bega trip planner

Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free

Itinerary Planner
+ Add destination
2 adults
Adults
- +
Teens
- +
Kids
- +
Close

Bega

(3.3/5 based on 260+ reviews for 2 attractions)
Things to do: museums, nature
Bega is a town in the south-east of New South Wales, Australia in the Bega Valley Shire. It is the economic centre for the Bega Valley.Place nameOne claim is that place name Bega is derived from the local Aboriginal word meaning "big camping ground". Another claim is that it is a corruption of the Aboriginal word "Bika" meaning "beautiful".History and descriptionThe Bega region was used by the Yuin-Monaro tribal grouping of Aborigines for thousands of years before Europeans arrived in the area. The first European to come near the area was George Bass, who explored the coastline in 1797 as part of his broader explorations of the Australian coast. William Tarlinton was the first European to explore the area on foot, arriving in 1829. He returned in the early 1830s and settled there, starting a cattle farm. Others who arrived in the area around the same time were the Imlay brothers, who also began farming there. Their name has since been preserved in the form of Mount Imlay National Park. Live cattle were transported to Sydney for a time, to be supplemented by tallow and hides in the early 1840s. Beef and dairy farming were carried on in the area through the 1840s, and many towns were surveyed in the 1850s.The town of Bega itself was laid out and gazetted in 1851. Located to the north of its present location, repeated flooding later resulted in its relocation to the higher ground south of the river. Dairy farming expanded in the region quickly throughout the 1860s, overtaking cattle farming as the predominant industry. In 1858, Tathra was used as a port for the transport of products to Sydney, and the Illawarra Steam Company was established. In 1860, Tathra Wharf was constructed, which allowed for the further growth and expansion of the dairy industry.
Add Bega and other destinations to your itinerary using our Australia tour planner, and learn about what to see, what to do, and where to stay.
Source
Create a full itinerary — for free!

Plan your trip to Bega

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Bega

Browse hundreds of hotels and read guest reviews on the world's leading online travel agency website.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor

Extend your holiday

Visit top cities near Bega:
Museums, historic sites, sightseeing
Visit for: 3 daysStart a plan »
Fun & games, zoos & aquariums, wildlife areas
Visit for: 3 daysStart a plan »
Fun & games, zoos & aquariums, adventure
Visit for: 3 daysStart a plan »
Zoos & aquariums, theme parks, museums
Visit for: 2 daysStart a plan »
Nature, breweries, outdoors
Visit for: 2 daysStart a plan »

Recently planned trips to New South Wales

7 days in Australia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Australia BY A USER FROM HUNGARY May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Goulburn BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in Australia BY A USER FROM NORWAY July, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Australia, Queenstown & Wellington BY A USER FROM CANADA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 18 days in Sydney BY A USER FROM BAHAMAS April, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 59 days in United States, South Pacific & Asia BY A USER FROM DENMARK January, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 58 days in United States, South Pacific & Asia BY A USER FROM DENMARK January, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 12 days in Australia BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 54 days in Middle East, Asia, South Pacific & United States BY A USER FROM IRELAND February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Australia BY A USER FROM CANADA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Australia BY A USER FROM ISRAEL March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans

Inspirock Trip Planner in the News