The jewel-named Sapphire Coast is one of New South Wales’ true hidden wonders. Often thought of as the wilderness coast, it’s easy to see why. This is a place of pristine beaches, rugged sea cliffs and lush, wild forests.
Sitting as far as you can be from Sydney and from Melbourne is just one of the reasons you should break your journey here. This intriguing region stretches between Bermagui and Eden and is rewardingly untouched and delightfully uncrowded.
Fill your days with active adventures on mountain bike trails and following hiking trails where the forest runs wild, and the water runs clear. Pick up a paddle and kayak the gentle waterways or find an uncrowded beach and surf the perfect break. If you’re travelling between September and November, then you’re also in the right spot for some of the finest whale watching in the country.
Delve deeper into the region’s history. From the old whaling town of Eden, which sits proudly on the ‘Humpback Highway’ where you’ll hear tales of how the local Yuin people hunted with wild killer whales to the Bega Pioneer Museum and the Montreal Goldfield.
- Famed for its oysters, which grow in the pristine estuaries you can taste to your hearts content in the local eating places or head for an ‘oyster farm gate’.
- With an ever-changing world of culture and heritage at your fingertips dive into the colourful world of local artists, galleries, and studios.
- Tee-off on one of the five golf courses all within a one-hour drive of Merimbula.
- Explore the Mimosa Rocks National Park, a sanctuary for koala’s and swamp wallabies to name just two of the native wildlife that makes its home here.
- Food lovers should head to the Bermagui Farmers Market and Bega for its world-famous cheese.
- Spend time in Ben Boyd National Park, home to a rich indigenous history along with beautiful coastal panoramas.
- Kick back on one of the beautiful beaches. You’ll find crystal clear waters, squeaky soft sand and is highly likely that you’ll spot more dolphins than people.