Bega has always been a town that draws people in, the lush farming paddocks that surround the town create a feeling of independence and prosperity.
Only 7 hours from Melbourne, 5 and a half hours from Sydney, and 3 hours from Canberra, Bega is ideally situated with access to three capital cities.
The name Bega comes from an Aboriginal word meaning ‘big campground’ and for thousands of years the river that cuts through the town has been a meeting place for the people of the Yuin Nation.
Bega’s name that is known around the world for cheese, a source of great pride for the district and the band of innovative local farmers that have built this multi-million dollar business, a company that now owns ‘Vegemite’. Bega is a working town and as such has a job to do as the regional centre of the shire. The CBD is a base of local, state and federal government agencies as well as the Bega Valley Regional Gallery, the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre, and large department store retailers like Target and Big W. Bega has a charming mix of residential properties offering a range of lifestyle options for those wanting to live close to town of on the fringes in a more rural or bushland setting.
New modern subdivisions combined with a sturdy, historic stock of housing creates an appealing choice for the buyer, and with median property prices at $314,500 Bega is an ideal lifestyle choice. Residents are reassured by the $190 million state-of-the-art South East Regional Hospital on the edge of the Bega CBD, providing a wide range of critical and specialist services. This includes: an expanded emergency department, expanded intensive care/critical care service, additional medical and surgical beds, a dedicated rehabilitation service, dedicated palliative care beds, an expanded mental health service, expanded medical oncology unit, expanded renal dialysis unit, upgraded maternity and neonatal unit, upgraded paediatric unit, primary and community health care, and a NSW Ambulance Service base.
Bega Valley parents and carers are also spoilt for choice when it comes to education. This country community has all the government and non-government choices of a metropolitan area, but generally speaking without the price tag. This rural – coastal environment enlivens and child’s education, and mixed with a dynamic local arts community, Bega Valley children get a unique experience. Schools include Bega Valley Public School, Bega High School, Mumbulla School for Rudolf Steiner Education, St Patrick’s Primary School, Thomas More Christian Montessori School, Sapphire Coast Anglican College and Lumen Christi Catholic College. In later years the University of Wollongong – Bega Campus boasts an increasing variety of subjects, and just announced – a new state of the art purpose built TAFE campus for Bega.