Sapphire Coast Beaches


This stunning coastline has sparkling beaches and bays, lakes and national parks, all accessible via excellent walking tracks and coastal drives. You'll find beaches just perfect for surfing, swimming and walks. The main coastal towns of the Sapphire Coast include Bermagui, Tathra, Merimbula and Eden.

  • Snorkelling at Tathra Beach
  • Bermagui Beach

Sapphire Coast and Merimbula beaches

Light to Light Walk in Ben Boyd National Park

The Sapphire Coast region is renowned for a pristine marine environment and beautiful beaches, many surrounded by rocky crags and headlands, with rockpools and sheltered bays. Some beaches are best explored on foot. These include the cliffs, sea caves and rock stacks in Mimosa Rocks National Park and the dramatic and wild coastline of Ben Boyd National Park.

Merimbula is the largest of the region’s towns. It's a popular holiday spot with five great beaches to explore. You can learn to surf at Middle Beach, just north of the headland, and Merimbula Main Beach and Short Point are also ideal surf beaches. The sandbank known as Merimbula Bar creates a fine shelter for families to swim and snorkel at Merimbula Bar Beach. Spencer Park Beach is shallow, waveless and perfect for kids.

Tathra boasts a great family beach along with a wide surf beach and a historic wharf, perfect for fishing. Fur seals and fairy penguins from the colony at Montague Island often frequent the waters.

The whale watching hub of Eden is home to the pretty Barmouth Beach, edged with bushland, the sheltered Bittangabee Bay, and Aslings Beach, a favourite with families.

In Bermagui you find Cuttagee Beach and Lake, great for swimming and fishing. There’s also a nudist beach and a beautiful ocean bath, Blue Pool. and in the oyster haven of Pambula you’ll find Severs Beach, a picturesque inlet just south of the town, and Pambula Beach, which runs north to meet Merimbula Main Beach.

Enjoy NSW beaches by following these safety tips

Surf Life Saving

Always swim between the red and yellow flag; surf lifesavers have identified this area as the safest spot to swim in the water. It's also a good idea to always swim with a friend.

Pay attention to the advice of the lifesavers and safety signs. Visit SharkSmart to understand any potential risks in the area you are swimming. You are always welcome to ask lifeguards for more safety advice. If you find yourself needing help in the water, stay calm and attract attention.

Check conditions before you go. You can also find patrolled beaches by visiting

  1. Armands Beach

    Armands Beach

    If swimming and sunbathing in the nude is your preference, Armands Beach was declared legally clothes optional by Bega Valley Shire Council in November 1993.From Bermagui, drive south 9.5...

  2. Aslings Beach

    Aslings Beach

    Aslings Beach is central to the town of Eden, and flanks the northern part of Twofold Bay. Whales (October-November) and dolphins are often seen right along the shoreline, either feeding or sheltering in the Bay. A...

  3. Barmouth Beach

    Barmouth Beach

    Barmouth Beach is an easily accessible beach at the Pambula rivermouth, with opportunities for swimming, birdwatching, canoeing, fishing and family picnics.George Bass first landed at Barmouth Beach on 18...

  4. Bay Cliff Walking Track

    Bay Cliff Walking Track

    On the Bay Cliff walking track, you’ll follow the edge of Wonboyn Lake where you can see pelicans and waterbirds feeding, with shell middens around the shore. Then head through the forest to secluded Wonboyn Beach....

  5. Bermagui Seaside Fair

    Saturday 11 March 2017, Bermagui

    The Bermagui Seaside Fair, held annually on the second Saturday in March, is a free fun-filled day of entertainment and activities for everyone.This multi-award winning community and tourism event attracts...

    11 Mar

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