Merimbula and Sapphire Coast

The beautiful Sapphire Coast sparkles with stunning beaches, spectacular wilderness, great fishing, exhilarating bushwalks, delicious oysters, tasty cheeses, and charming towns and villages. This jewel on the far NSW  South Coast is also one of Australia’s best whale watching destinations, Twofold Bay.

From Bermagui in the north to Eden in the south, you’ll find a great variety of things to do and see. Fishing is popular, with many game, reef and deep-sea fishing tours. Unwind and relax on splendid sandy beaches and enjoy swimming, snorkelling, surfing and kayaking in crystal-clear waters.

Merimbula Beach - South Coast

On Australia’s Oyster Coast, the food and wine experiences are delectable. Enjoy wine tasting at Mimosa Wines, relish locally caught seafood at restaurants including the popular Wheelers Seafood Restaurant, savour freshly shucked oysters in Pambula, and taste award-winning cheeses in Bega.

Tathra Beach, near Tathra’s heritage-listed wharf and Merimbula Main Beach are popular family beaches. You can learn to surf with Coastlife Adventures. For secluded beaches and breathtaking views, explore Mimosa Rocks National Park, Bournda National Park and Ben Boyd National Park.

Man enjoying a relaxing day fishing off Tathra Wharf.

Mimosa Rocks is a stunning sanctuary for koalas, swamp wallabies and long-nosed potoroos, to name just a few of the many native animals that call the Sapphire Coast home. There are many more enchanting nature and parks experiences, such as the Goodenia Rainforest walking track.

The Light to Light walk is a marvellous adventure, with magnificent lookouts, fascinating heritage and beachside camping. Whale watching is popular from headlands in national parks and from vantage points around Twofold Bay in Eden, home to the intriguing Eden Killer Whale Museum.

In the pretty countryside, admire touring exhibitions in the Bega Regional Art Gallery and browse artisan crafts in Cobargo. You’ll find plenty of places to stay on the Sapphire Coast, a scenic road trip from Sydney and Melbourne and a few hours’ drive from Canberra. You can also fly to Merimbula Airport and rent a car.

Merimbula Airport

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.

Free Spirit Airlines operate between Melbourne and Merimbula on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. They also operate a shuttle service between Merimbula Airport and Bega, Narooma, Batemans Bay and Moruya. 

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  1. Baldnhurr - A Lasting Impression

    Sunday 24 June 2018 to Saturday 08 September 2018 , Bega

    In a remote corner of Arnhem Land sits Yirrkala Print Space, where, for over twenty years, the ancient craft of printmaking has not only survived, but prospered. A celebratory exhibition of this print space, Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impress…

    24 Jun - 08 Sep
  2. Bermagui Fishermen's Wharf Growers Market

    Thursday 28 June 2018 to Thursday 27 June 2019 , Bermagui

    The Bermagui Fishermen’s Wharf Growers Market is held each Thursday afternoon from 2pm alongside Bermagui Harbour. This local growers and producers market has a spectacular location and is set in the heart of the NSW Sapphire Coast's rich …

    28 Jun - 27 Jun