The beaches of the Sapphire Coast come in all shapes and sizes, but all are naturally beautiful, with crystal-clear water, soft squeaky sand and pretty bushland. Whether you want to surf, read, body surf, kayak or stand-up paddleboard – or dip your toes in a sparkling ocean pool - there is a perfect spot for it.
Bermagui is on the northern edge of the Sapphire Coast, and while it is famous for game fishing, it has some glorious beaches including pretty Horseshoe Bay. Close to Bermagui is Cuttagee Beach and Lake, great for swimming, surfing and fishing. One of the Sapphire Coast’s iconic timber bridges straddles the pretty lake. Make sure to stop and swim at the stunning Blue Pool.
Between Bermagui and Tathra, there are a couple of spectacular spots for families in Mimosa Rocks National Park, including idyllic Bithry Inlet, Moon Bay and Nelson Lagoon.
The delightful village of Tathra is part of Australia’s Oyster Coast. Unwind on gorgeous Tathra Beach, go for a snorkel at Kianinny Bay where you might see stingrays, or take a short drive south to Merimbula, which is necklaced by five pretty beaches. Merimbula’s Bar Beach is always beautiful and the little kiosk is a gem.
You can take a surf or kayak lesson with Coastlife Adventures or try stand-up paddleboarding. Keen snorkellers and divers can discover the coastal marine life while on an underwater adventure on the Sapphire Coast. Under the Tathra Wharf is a great spot.
Many beaches are regularly patrolled by lifesavers, but always check the Beachsafe website for daily updates and information.
Tathra Wharf and Tathra Headland Walk, Tathra - Credit: David Rogers
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