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 like a local by following these simple beach safety tips

Surf Life Saving

Always swim between the red and yellow flags. 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.

Make sure you read any safety signs at the beach and 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 and find a patrolled beach 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...

  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...

  3. Coastlife Adventures

    Coastlife Adventures

    Coastlife Adventures organises and facilitates exciting school camp programs and multi-day expeditions on Australia's Wilderness Coast between Tathra and Pambula. The company also operates a busy...

  4. Cuttagee Beach and Lake

    Cuttagee Beach and Lake

    Just seven kilometres south of Bermagui along the Tathra-Bermagui Road, lies Cuttagee Beach and Lake. The beach is popular for surfing, swimming and fishing. The lake, straddled by one of the...

  5. Tathra Wharf to Waves Weekend

    Monday 16 January to Tuesday 17 January 2017, Tathra

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    Each year over 400 people jump into the crystal blue water of Tathra from the historic Tathra Wharf and swim to the beach in the Tathra...

    16 Jan -17Jan
  6. 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...

    11 Mar

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