Welcome to Bermagui
The area's original inhabitants, the Djiringanj group of the Yuin people, have seen many changes since European settlers arrived in the 19th century. The land was turned to cattle farming and then hastily dug up during a three-year gold rush that began in 1880. North of town, bird-filled Wallaga Lake has been significant to Aboriginal people for millennia, as evidenced by numerous middens and cutting stones. Merriman Island in the middle of the lake is gazetted as an Aboriginal site of significance and is off-limits to visitors.