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Merimbula & Sapphire Coast

  • Camping on the Sapphire Coast
  • Bermagui harbour with Mt Gulaga


Light to Light Walk in Ben Boyd National Park

Explore Ben Boyd National Park's spectacular 31 kilometre Light to Light Walk that hugs the coastline between Boyds Tower and Green Cape Lightstation. Enjoy ever-changing views from heathland to forest and towering red-rock platforms. With so many seafront vantage points, you can spot seals, seabirds and whales. The walk can be completed over two to three days or in shorter half day sections.

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Merimbula and Sapphire Coast

The Sapphire Coast is a spectacular coastal wilderness of picturesque villages, beautiful beaches, calms lakes, and rolling national parks,€“ all accessible by coastal drives and walking tracks. If you're travelling with little ones don't let the rugged beauty put you off. This is a great place for families.  

The largest town in the region is Merimbula. Set on Merimbula Lake, the town is ideal for a relaxing holiday swimming, boating or taking a lake cruise. There are also opportuities to scuba diving, sailboard, canoe and fishing. 

Tathra and Merimbula provide some fine family beaches, with the Merimbula Bar sandbank creating ideal shelter. 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 the ideal spot to learn to surf.

Tura Beach borders Bournda National Park which has lakes as well as beautiful beaches. Fur seals and fairy penguins from the colony at Montague Island often frequent the waters, and it’s also a top surf beach.

Famous for its whale watching activity between ... , enjoy fantastic vantage points and headland views above the the cliffs of Mimosa Rocks National Park and the dramatic shores of Ben Boyd National Park. You can also go deep-sea fishing off Bermagui.

Head into the hinterland to try award-winning cheeses at Bega, explore stunning national parks and beaches at Tathra, sample the famous local oysters at the historic river village of Pambula. Experience the rich Aboriginal cultural heritage around Wallaga Lake.



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  • Local Produce & Seafood

    The pristine waters of the Sapphire Coast have been producing award-winning oysters forever. Oysters from the Sapphire Coast are an exquisite blend of creaminess, sweetness and saltiness. You can taste them from Bermagui to Tathra, Merimbula, Pambula and Wonboyn.

  • 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.

  • Whale Watching in Eden

    Superb coastal lookouts and photographic opportunities can be found along the coastline of this stunning national park. Highlights include Aragunnu, Picnic Point, Middle Beach and Wajurda Point, each offering expansive views along the coast, with long beaches, cliffs and dramatic headlands.

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 south. 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.

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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.
  • 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.

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