The Outback, Broken Hill. Credit: Maxime Coquard;Destination NSW
View of New England. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
Kiama, South Coast. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
Local Produce & Seafood
Australia's Oyster Coast
The beautiful waters of the Sapphire Coast are well-known for their award-winning oysters. Why? This is the place where two great ocean systems - one from Antarctica, the other from the Equator - converge and mix with the waterways flowing to the coast. Oysters from the Sapphire Coast are an exquisite blend of creaminess, sweetness and saltiness and you can taste them from Bermagui, Tathra and onto Pambula.
Local Produce & Seafood in Merimbula and the Sapphire Coast
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 for discerning visitors. 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.
Award-winning oysters have long been synonymous with this unique area and you can taste them at any number of locations - at the wharf and oyster shed, at markets, in cafes and restaurants. Try freshly-shucked Sydney rock oysters from Tathra Oysters, who lead the way with more than 130 awards since the early 90s. Sample Broadwater Oysters' fresh catch lakeside, then join a Magical Oyster Tour of Pambula Lake. Enjoy a great seafood dinner at Wheeler's Oyster Farm and Restaurant where you can also join a tour to learn about oyster farming practices.
Australia's Coastal Wilderness Adventures also offer insightful local tours which shed light into the region's premium local seafood. Go prawning at night, or join an ocean to plate experience harvesting mussels, abalone, crayfish and urchins, before feasting on your catch in a sumptuous seafood smorgasbord.
Markets are plentiful in the region, offering the chance to stock up on local produce in the one location. Check out the Pambula, Merimubula Seaside and Bermagui markets held on the second, third and last last Sunday of each month, respectively. At the Eden Smokehouse, you'll find artisan smoked seafoods such as Atlantic salmon, mussels and ocean trout. Nearby, shop for more local produce at the Sprout Eden grocer and cafe.
Stay in a century-old farmhouse at Stony Creek Farm B&B in Bega where cooked breakfasts are made from fresh products straight from the farm and region. Visit the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre where you can sample various cheese varities and see how diarying shaped the culture of the Bega Valley. Pair your cheese purchases with a bottle of Mimosa Wine, one of the standouts in the Sapphire Coast's burgeoning wine scene.