Merimbula and Sapphire Coast
The beautiful Sapphire Coast is a jewel of the NSW far South Coast. It sparkles with stunning beaches, spectacular wilderness, great fishing, exhilarating bushwalks, delicious oysters, charming towns, and one of Australia’s best whale watching destinations, Twofold Bay.
Things to do
Stretching from Bermagui in the north to Eden in the south, you’ll find a great variety of things to do and see. Unwind and relax on splendid sandy beaches and enjoy swimming, snorkelling, surfing and kayaking in crystal-clear waters. Fishing is popular, with many game, reef and deep-sea fishing tours.
In the pretty countryside, admire touring exhibitions in the Bega Regional Art Gallery and browse artisan crafts in Cobargo. There is excellent whale watching in winter from headlands in national parks and from vantage points around Twofold Bay in Eden, home to the fascinating Eden Killer Whale Museum.
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.
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.
Eat and drink
Savour freshly shucked oysters in Pambula with Captain Sponge's Magical Oyster Tours or visit a working oyster shed and buy oysters fresh from the farmer with Broadwater Oysters. You can also take a tour to see how oysters are harvested, processed and presented on your plate with Wheeler's Oyster Tours.
Pick up fresh local produce at the Bermagui Growers Market, held by the water every Thursday afternoon during the warmer months. Head to Bega to try its world-famous cheese and to the Eden Smokehouse for gourmet salmon, trout and bacon. Sit down at the Bermagui Fishermen’s Wharf for just-caught fish and chips.
Getting there and where to stay
The Sapphire Coast is a scenic six-hour drive from both Sydney and Melbourne, and less than three hours from Canberra. You can also fly to Merimbula Airport and rent a car to explore the area. Places to stay include holiday parks and camprgrounds, hotels, holiday houses, historic cottages, B&Bs and country pubs.