Bredasdorp, also known as the main economic and service hub of Cape Agulhas, was named after its founding father, Michiel van Breda, who was the first mayor of Cape Town. It lies on the northern edge of the Agulhas Plain, about 160 kilometres south-east of Cape Town and 35 kilometres north of Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa.
Tourist attractions of Bredasdorp include the Heuningberg Nature Reserve, many historical churches and various art galleries and craft shops. Bredasdorp is also home to the Shipwreck Museum which tells the stories of the 150 shipwrecks along the nearby Agulhas Reef. It is the only museum of its kind in the southern hemisphere