Merimbula and Sapphire Coast

The beautiful Sapphire Coast 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. A jewel of the NSW far South Coast, it’s a scenic six-hour drive from both Sydney and Melbourne, and less than three-hours from Canberra.

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.

Try a full catered tour along the Light to Light walk with Light to Light Camps and experience 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 fascinating Eden Killer Whale Museum.

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.

Green Couple near the Cape Lighthouse on the Light to Light Walk, Sapphire Coast, South 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.

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.

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.

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