Today you'll visit Kameruka Estate, one of the first European settlements in the Bega Valley dating back to 1834. Its founders, the Tooth family of brewing fame, set about developing a community from scratch, modelled on an English style estate but covering tens of thousands of acres.
Many of the first European settlers in the valley came specifically to work on Kameruka and since the 1850s, there have been dozens of families who have lived and worked there. The massive agricultural estate had been built as a comunity comprising its own small village, supporting the many share farming families who worked the estate's extensive dairying, grazing, and cropping enterprises.
Today Kameruka is a working sheep and cattle station, among other things. While here you'll see the farm's resident sheep dog round up a mob of the property's sheep before watching a sheep shearing demonstration in the original shearing shed. During your day you'll also visit the Holy Trinity Church, established in 1869 to support the Estate's community. From here you can see the cemetery across the paddock and the war memorial dedicated to the local people who died in the World Wars. You will also see Doolin's Stone, built in 1908, it was the first monument in NSW to commemorate an Aboriginal person. Tom Doolin was Kameruka's Huntsman and Master of the Hounds and was instrumental in the property's success in its early years.
Enjoy a morning tea and a chat with the estate owner and historian, Barry Moffitt, to talk about the property's interesting past before your return back to your ship.