Merimbula and Sapphire Coast

Fire Emergency Information

Strong winds and high temperatures have led to bushfires in some areas of New South Wales with emergency warnings issued for areas in the NSW Sapphire Coast.
Those planning to visit any of these areas should check the latest information and advice on the NSW Rural Fire Service website before they travel, and ensure if they are already staying in a bushfire-affected region to follow directions from the RFS. Updates are also available on and


Merimbula Beach - South Coast

About Merimbula and The 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 the best destinations in Australia for whale watching.

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.

On Australia’s Oyster Coast, the food and wine experiences are delightful. 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.

Green Cape from the air - Eden - Merimbula and Sapphire Coast

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.

The Light to Light walk is a marvellous experience, 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, browse gorgeous arts and crafts in Cobargo. There are 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 from Sydney and Melbourne 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. 

Things to do and places to stay

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  1. Winners are Grinners! Art Exhibition

    Wednesday 07 March 2018 to Tuesday 20 March 2018 , Glen Innes

    Aboriginal artists over the age of 50 years have combined works of pottery, textiles, painting sculpture, drawing, wood, photography wool or metal. There will be a Gala opening on April 7 at 4pm, with free entry and refreshments. It wil…

    07 Mar - 20 Mar
  2. John Butler Trio

    Tuesday 20 March 2018 , Albury Wodonga

    One of their most exuberant live acts, John Butler Trio announce more dates to their regional tour along with news of their long awaited seventh studio album and they're coming to Albury. Summer concert events for John Butler Trio fans alr…

    20 Mar
  3. Chromophilia

    Wednesday 21 March 2018 to Sunday 29 July 2018 , Wollongong

    Chromophilia is a riot of colour. From leafy greens, luscious yellows, bright oranges, moody blues and all colours of the rainbow - the collection comes alive in a display connecting objects by colour across a range of media and collecting …

    21 Mar - 29 Jul
  4. Arakoon bushcare group

    Wednesday 21 March 2018 to Wednesday 11 July 2018 , South West Rocks

    The fragile coastal dune system of Arakoon National Park, near South West Rocks and Kempsey, is under threat from invasive weeds such as bitou bush. Volunteer for two hours of weeding each week to help eradicate invasive weeds and restore n…

    21 Mar - 11 Jul