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.
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.