Why Live at Wapengo Lake?
Wapengo Lake is located off the Tathra-Bermagui Road in the Mimosa Rocks National Park. Mimosa Rocks National Park had modest beginnings in 1973, when 628 hectares of coast between Picnic Point and Bunga Head were gazetted. The area has grown since then, with land added to the park from a number of sources. Some was purchased under the Coastal Lands Protection Scheme, some was former Crown reserve, and other areas were donated by the late Sir Roy Grounds, the late Ken Myer and his wife Yasuko Myer, and by Professor David Yencken, who later became President of the Australian Conservation Foundation. The upper catchment of Nelson Lagoon, which makes up the south-west part of the park, was formerly part of the Tanja West State Forest. It was added in April 1982 after a long history of management for timber production. Several other areas of the park were also formerly state forest. The Bega-Tathra Conservation Society was one local group who lobbied for many years to have much of the park declared. The Aboriginal Yuin people ranged widely through this district and lived a lifestyle heavily dependent on coastal resources; shellfish featured prominently in their diet, although the hinterland would also have been used as a source of fruit, roots and meat. It is difficult to determine with any certainty how many Aborigines were in the district at the time of first settlement. The region around and including Mimosa Rock National Park began to be settled by non- Indigenous people in the 1840s. It is suggested that at that time, the land was particularly suited to cattle farming being mostly covered with kangaroo grass in fairly open country
Real Estate and Design
Many of the houses in this area are traditional farm houses in a rural setting. The location offers peace, serenity and untouched natural bushland. The newer houses are designed to complement the natural surroundings by using timbers and rustic materials. The area remains largely rural, although coastal lifestyle blocks have become more available. Rural properties tend to have established homesteads with a strong colonial influence whereas lifestyle blocks can vary between modern contemporary brick and tile housing or houses built for sustainable living; sometimes from alternative materials such as mud brick.
The closest shopping area is located at Tathra Beach. Larger shopping centres are at Bega and Bermagui.
Sports and Fitness
There are opportunities for fishing, swimming, surfing, snorkelling, walking, birdwatching or just sight-seeing. There are a number of good fishing spots along the beaches and rocks but don’t forget- if you\'re going fishing you\'ll need a fishing licence. You can cycle on many of Mimosa National Park’s trails and roads. However, cycling is not permitted on walking tracks. There are many surfing opportunities along the far south coast, but if you like to get away from the more populated spots, there are several quiet places along this area’s coastline. The north end of Middle Beach is often popular, depending on the conditions. Coastlife Adventures is a private outdoor education company operating on the pristine south coast of NSW. They develop and implement outdoor education programs.
Distance from Cities and Transportation
Wapengo Lake is 40 kms or 35 minutes from Bega, 20 kms or 20 minutes from Tathra, 6 hours from Sydney and 7 hours from Melbourne. Some bus services to Bega and Eden are provided and full services are provided for school children. Interstate and local bus services provide daily services to Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra from Bega. The nearest airport is located at Merimbula which has daily flights in and out of Melbourne and Sydney.
The area contains the Mimosa Rocks National Park, famous for its high conservation values and a number of Aboriginal sites. The jagged coastline is enjoyed by surfers, fishermen, snorkelers, birdwatchers, bushwalkers and explorers. Natural volcanic rock sculptures appear everywhere among the rugged coastal headlands, cliffs and rock stacks. A number of endangered fauna species are found within the park. These include the sooty owl and golden tipped bat. The brown pigeon is found at the southern limit of its distribution. Mimosa Rocks is accessed via the Tathra-Bermagui Road with the access roads turning off to the coastal camping and picnic areas. Road conditions should be checked at local National Parks offices or at the local visitor information centres, especially after wet weather.
Restaurants and Cafes
Tathra is located a 5km drive away and offers some brilliant cafes and restaurants.
Mimosa Wines lies at Murrah; midway between the coastal townships of Bermagui and Tathra, not far from the Wapengo lake locality. In November 2008, Mimosa opened the Dry Stone restaurant which has been specifically designed to cater for the regions growing needs. The architecturally designed building includes large alfresco dining areas, a la carte restaurant and a cellar door. Combine this with spectacular mountain views, great food and wine, Mimosa is a destination not to be missed.
Schools, Education and Institutions
Primary aged school children attend the Tathra Public Primary School or the private Catholic, Montessori or Rudolph Steiner schools in Bega. Secondary school aged students attend the Bega High School, the South Coast Anglican College in Bega or the Lumen Christi Catholic College in Pambula Beach. Full bus services are provided to all colleges.