Merimbula & Sapphire Coast


From excellent fishing and whale watching to gorgeous beaches, spectacular natural scenery and prized oysters, the sparkling Sapphire Coast of NSW is the perfect escape. On the Light to Light walk in Ben Boyd National Park, enjoy breathtaking views, fascinating heritage and beachside camping.

  • Whale breaching at Boyds tower, South Coast
  • Light to Light walk, Ben Boyd National Park, South Coast

Discover 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.

Merimbula Beach, South Coast

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.

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.

Green Cape Lightstation Cottage, 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.

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. 
The Sapphire Coast, NSW. Taste the local produce and seafood.

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. 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. Explore the unspoilt Sapphire Coast today!

From pristine beaches to the awe-inspiring Australian outback, New South Wales (NSW) is one of the most unique places in the world. NSW holidays are the ideal way to explore the State and enjoy stunning stretches of coastline, great bushwalks in beautiful national parks, and outstanding dining experiences in spectacular locations.

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Local areas

  • Bega Bega is the rural centre of the Sapphire Coast and the gateway to the lush Bega Valley. This historic town has a proud tradition of cheese making.
  • Bermagui Bermagui is a colourful port, famous for its deep-sea fishing. It’s on the estuary of the Bermagui River, close to national parks.
  • Cobargo Explore the heritage village of Cobargo on the countryside of the Sapphire Coast
  • Eden Eden is a historic whaling town, ideal for a whale-watching tour. It’s built around a promontory that juts into Twofold Bay.
  • Merimbula The town's main assets are water sports of all types, including fishing, swimming, boating, lake cruises, scuba diving, sailboarding and canoeing.
  • Pambula Pambula is a historic village in majestic rural surroundings. The town is at the mouth of the Pambula River among forests and lakes.
  • Tathra Tathra is a small coastal township clustered around a historic sea wharf, a popular fishing platform and the only one of its kind remaining on the east coast of Australia.