Merimbula & Sapphire Coast


Light to Light Walk in Ben Boyd National Park

Explore Ben Boyd National Park's spectacular 31km Light to Light Walk between Boyds Tower and Green Cape Lightstation. The beautiful views encompass verges of heathland and forest to towering red-rock escarpments, providing ample vantage points to spot seals, seabirds and, from May to November, migrating whales. 

  • Light to Light Walk, South Coast
  • Whale watching, Merimbula and Sapphire Coast

Merimbula and Sapphire Coast

The Sapphire Coast is a spectacular coastline of inviting villages, beautiful beaches and rolling national parks,€“ all accessible by coastal drives and walking tracks. 

Enjoy this unspoilt region at your pace. Go deep-sea fishing off Bermagui, whale watch at the former whaling town of Eden, try award-winning cheeses at Bega, explore stunning national parks and beaches at Tathra, taste fresh local oysters at the historic river village of Pambula or experience the rich Aboriginal cultural heritage around Wallaga Lake.

Tathra and Merimbula provide some fine family beaches, with the Merimbula Bar sandbank creating shelter from the ocean swell. Along this stretch, Merimbula Main Beach and Short Point are ideal surf beaches with some of the best views of the Sapphire Coast. Middle Beach, just north of the headland, is meanwhile a good destination for those learning to surf. Tura Beach borders Bournda National Park, which has lakes as well as beautiful beaches.

Light to Light Walk, Merimbula & Sapphire Coast

Take some time to do the beautiful Light to Light Walk along this stunning piece of coastline. Famous for its whale watching activity between May and November, enjoy fantastic vantage points and headland views from the cliffs of Mimosa Rocks National Park and around the dramatic shores of Ben Boyd National Park near Eden.

Experience the incredible phenomenon of the whale on a half or full day boat tour along the coast, possibly alongside a humpback or rare blue whale. You might also catch a glimpse of other sealife on these tours such as dolphins, seals, and penguins.
  • Tathra Oysters, Tathra

    Local Produce & Seafood

    The beautiful waters of the NSW Sapphire Coast have been producing award-winning oysters for generations. Oysters from this region are highly-acclaimed, and are an exquisite blend of creaminess, sweetness and saltiness. You can enjoy them from Bermagui to Tathra, Merimbula and Pambula to Wonboyn.

  • Ben Boyd National Park, Merimbula

    Nature and Parks

    Discover the coastal wilderness of the Sapphire Coast in the region's spectacular national parks such as Ben Boyd National Park, Bournda National Park, and Mimosa Rocks National Park. Enjoy ever-changing views through heathland, forest, and red-rock platforms on the coastal Light to Light Walk.

  • Freedom Charters, Eden

    Whale Watching in Eden

    Superb lookouts and photographic opportunities can be found between May and November along the coastline of Ben Boyd National Park. Highlights include Aragunnu, Picnic Point, Middle Beach and Wajurda Point, with expansive views along the coast for spotting humpback whales and southern right whales.

Fly into Merimbula Airport

Merimbula Airport is located 2 km from Merimbula’s town centre. Use the taxi services available at the terminal to make the short trip north. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

Regional Express operates daily direct flights to and from Sydney and Melbourne, in addition to weekly direct flights to and from Moruya. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney or Melbourne to travel into Merimbula.

The Sapphire Coast, NSW. Taste the local produce and seafood.

The Sapphire Coast has long been renowned for its beef, dairy produce and sublime oysters, but now the region is emerging as a major food and wine destination with plenty of delicious options. You'll find the unspoilt natural beauty of this region is more than matched by the flavour and quality of produce from mussels and prawns, to wine and cheese, olives and chillies, and more. Explore the unspoilt Sapphire Coast today!

From pristine beaches to the awe-inspiring Australian outback, New South Wales (NSW) is one of the most unique places in the world. NSW holidays are the ideal way to explore the State and enjoy stunning stretches of coastline, great bushwalks in beautiful national parks, and outstanding dining experiences in spectacular locations.

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Local areas

  • Bega Bega is the rural centre of the Sapphire Coast and the gateway to the lush Bega Valley. This historic town has a proud tradition of cheese making.
  • Bermagui Bermagui is a colourful port, famous for its deep-sea fishing. It’s on the estuary of the Bermagui River, close to national parks.
  • Cobargo Explore the heritage village of Cobargo on the countryside of the Sapphire Coast
  • Eden Eden is a historic whaling town, ideal for a whale-watching tour. It’s built around a promontory that juts into Twofold Bay.
  • Merimbula The town's main assets are water sports of all types, including fishing, swimming, boating, lake cruises, scuba diving, sailboarding and canoeing.
  • Pambula Pambula is a historic village in majestic rural surroundings. The town is at the mouth of the Pambula River among forests and lakes.
  • Tathra Tathra is a small coastal township clustered around a historic sea wharf, a popular fishing platform and the only one of its kind remaining on the east coast of Australia.