Local Produce and Seafood
The shoreline of the Sapphire Coast is a memorable place to sample seafood, with everything from award-winning oysters to fresh line-caught fish on offer. In addition to being blessed with some of the best seafood in the world, the area is renowned for its artisan cheeses, premium beef, elegant wines and acclaimed restaurants.
Tathra Oysters are particularly prized. You can taste freshly shucked oysters is at Broadwater Oysters and Wheeler’s Oyster Farm near Pambula. You can also join Captain Sponge’s Magical Oyster Tours and learn about oyster farming, while shucking and slurping beautifully briny oysters along the way.
One of the best places to eat fish and chips on the Sapphire Coast has to be Bermagui Fishermen’s Wharf. Foodies can also find restaurants serving locally caught seafood, atmospheric wine bars and a local growers market held in the warmer months. You can source your own dinner by joining a local fishing charter.
Taste the local terroir at Mimosa Wines and Rusty Fig wines, which are available at restaurants and bars along the coast. Lovers of dairy can discover why Bega is on the world cheese map at the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre in the verdant Bega Valley. And don't miss the annual Eat Merimbula festival in March.
The seaside town of Tathra is home to the heritage-listed Tathra Hotel, a pub that opened in 1888 and pays respect to the best local produce on its modern Australian menu. You can also try your luck throwing a line in at the heritage-listed Tathra Wharf, which is one of the most popular fishing spots in the area.
Bring a picnic hamper and pack it with award-winning products from Eden Smokehouse, fresh Twofold Bay mussels from Snug Cove, and local farm produce from Sprout Eden grocer and cafe. For a catch-and-eat fishing tour, Bermagui Bait and Tackle can arrange everything from game fishing off Montague Island to a half-day reef fishing trip.