It’s time to plan your trip to the Sapphire Coast. Tucked at the southernmost corner of NSW, this sparkling region is more accessible than you think.
Airports – Merimbula
Coastal route – Sydney to Bermagui via Wollongong and Batemans Bay, 380km/5hrs 20mins
Inland route – Sydney to Bermagui via Bowral and Goulburn, 450km/5hrs 20mins
We want to explore the Sapphire Coast – what’s the best time of the year to go there?
The Sapphire Coast’s temperate climate makes it a year-round destination. Summers are the time for swimming, surfing beaches and splashing around. The water stays warm right through autumn, and the cooler months are great for hiking or biking the area’s many national parks. Come between September and November to enjoy superb whale watching – there’s a reason this region is one of the most famous stops on the Humpback Highway.
Can I fly there?
Both Qantas and Rex Airlines offer flights from Sydney to Merimbula Airport. Direct flights take one hour and connecting flights (via Moruya) take 1hr 50min.
We want to take a road trip. How long will it take us to get there?
You can reach Bermagui, the northernmost town on the Sapphire Coast, in just over five hours non-stop, but we highly recommend taking your time and discovering some of the scenic stops along the way.
What is the best route to follow for a scenic drive to the Sapphire Coast from Sydney?
Located on Kiama’s main drag, Otis Deli has an outstanding Middle Eastern-inspired menu courtesy of owner Emily Herbert, who worked alongside acclaimed chef Yotam Ottolenghi in London. In Ulladulla, the menu at the harbourside Native Cafe includes chilli eggs and veggie bowls, along with Will & Co Coffee.
Any unmissable sights on the journey we might not know about?
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