Merimbula and 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 Australia’s best whale watching destinations, Twofold Bay.

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.

The Light to Light walk is a marvellous adventure, 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 .

On Australia’s Oyster Coast, the food and wine experiences are delectable. Enjoy wine tasting at Mimosa Wines, relish locally caught seafood at restaurants including the popular Wheelers Seafood Restaurant, savour freshly shucked oysters in Pambula with Captain Sponge's Magical Oyster Tours.

Green Couple near the Cape Lighthouse on the Light to Light Walk, Sapphire Coast, South Coast

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.

Mimosa Rocks is a stunning sanctuary for koalas, swamp wallabies and long-nosed potoroos, to name just a few of the many native animals that call the Sapphire Coast home. There are many more enchanting nature and parks experiences, such as the Goodenia Rainforest walking track.

In the pretty countryside, admire touring exhibitions in the Bega Regional Art Gallery and browse artisan crafts in Cobargo. You’ll find 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 to Merimbula Airport and rent a car.

Merimbula Airport

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.

Things to do and places to stay

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  1. My Aus: Why I Love Living Where I Do Exhibition

    Wednesday 12 December 2018 to Thursday 03 January 2019 , Cobargo

    Cobargo Creators presents its annual exhibition of members and other artists’ works, this year it is titled My Aus: Why I Love Living Where I Do. Use your imagination and talent to explore this year’s theme and show what you love about…

    12 Dec - 03 Jan
  2. Bermagui Fishermen's Wharf Growers Market

    Thursday 13 December 2018 to Thursday 27 June 2019 , Bermagui

    The Bermagui Fishermen’s Wharf Growers Market is held each Thursday afternoon from 2pm alongside Bermagui Harbour. This local growers and producers market has a spectacular location and is set in the heart of the NSW Sapphire Coast's rich…

    13 Dec - 27 Jun
  3. Through the Garden of Eden

    Friday 14 December 2018 to Wednesday 06 February 2019 , Eden

    Let them guide you on a unique underwater journey through Twofold Bay, using boats and underwater drones or remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). Undersea ROV has been exploring and filming throughout the bay, unlocking underwater secrets…

    14 Dec - 06 Feb
  4. South / East Interference Volume Two

    Saturday 15 December 2018 to Saturday 09 February 2019 , Bega

    Ramesh Mario Nithyendran | Jumaadi | Chayni Henry | Val Wens | Gunyabi Ganambarr The second edition of South/East Interference brings together a diverse group of mid career artists working around themes of personal identity and…

    15 Dec - 09 Feb
  5. Christmas Folk

    Saturday 15 December 2018 , Bermagui

    A warm and eclectic Christmas folk experience in the enchanting Windsong Pavilion, bringing together Scandinavian, Celtic, English, Georgian, French and Australian traditions. Featuring: Kate Burke (vocals/fiddle) James Crabb (classical…

    15 Dec