Fishing in Merimbula and the Sapphire Coast

Teeming with fish, the sparkling Sapphire Coast is one of Australia’s best fishing destinations. A range of thrilling experiences are available, including game, reef and deep sea. You’ll find relaxing opportunities too, from beach and rock fishing to casting a line in estuaries and from wharves.

Fishing charters depart from harbours in this beautiful region on the far NSW South Coast. You can hire boats and other equipment. You’ll find boat ramps and bait shops, such as Bermagui Bait and Tackle in Bermagui, which is famous for game fishing in the deep blue waters for black marlin.

Bermagui Fishermans Wharf - Merimbula and Sapphire Coast - South Coast

The continental shelf is only 20 km offshore from Bermagui. Fishing tours depart from Bermagui Harbour, home to Bermagui Fishermen’s Wharf, where you’ll find seafood restaurants, a wine bar and gift shops. Bermagui is a little over five hours’ drive from Sydney and 3h 20min from Canberra.

Just north of Bermagui is Wallaga Lake, a popular coastal waterway for fishing and boating. South of Bermagui is Mimosa Rocks National Park, another great fishing spot. At the southern end of Mimosa Rocks is the charming town of Tathra, where you can fish from the heritage-listed Tathra Wharf.

Wallaga Lake - Merimbula and Sapphire Coast

More fishing charters depart from Merimbula, just south of Tathra. You can join Aussie Fish Estuary Adventures for guided fishing experiences in pristine estuaries, where you can catch flathead, bream, mulloway, whiting and other species. Nearby Pambula is enticing for estuary fishing, too.

The shimmering waters off Eden, a short drive south of Pambula, are perfect for game and reef fishing — Freedom Charters offers exhilarating tours. In the spectacular wilderness of Ben Boyd National Park, to the north and south of Eden, are wonderful bays, beaches and rock platforms.

NSW Swimming safety

Swimming safety information 

NSW has a wide range of wonderful swimming options including beaches, ocean pools, harbourside pools, lakes, rivers, and swimming holes at the bottom of waterfalls. However to ensure maximum safety and enjoyment, swimmers should follow this general advice:

Look for patrolled beaches (this is where lifesavers are on duty; you will see red and yellow flags that indicate this). You should always swim between the red and yellow flags as they mark the safest place to swim.

Never swim alone at night, or under the influence of alcohol, or directly after a meal.

Always check water depth, as rocks or trees could be submerged, and never run and dive into the water from a beach, riverbank or other surface.

Check for signs regarding advice on water conditions at your chosen swimming spot and at any natural swimming hole. Always proceed with caution as surfaces could be slippery and water conditions may not be immediately apparent; particularly if the area has recently experienced heavy rain or flooding.

Pay attention to the advice of the lifesavers and safety signs. Visit SharkSmart to understand any potential risks in the area you are swimming. 

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