Sapphire Coast


2 SAPPHIRECOAST - AUTUMN 2024 Front cover: Couple camping at Mimosa Rocks beach, near Tathra. Photo: Destination NSW Photo this page: Local fishing boats docked at Bermagui Fishermen’s Wharf, Bermagui. Photo: Destination NSW Coast into autumn With pristine beaches, rugged mountains, lush green pastures, breathtaking coastline and thriving seaside towns, the NSW Sapphire Coast is a holidayers' paradise, with countless sightseeing gems awaiting your discovery. In this autumn edition of the quarterly Sapphire Coast Feature, we start at the southern end of the Sapphire Coast, in the historic port of Eden, and meander our way all the way up the coast all the way up the coast, to Bermagui (with a few inland detours along the way). To help you make the most of your Sapphire Coast adventures, we've included maps and details of many of the Coast's key attractions – with an array of dining and accommodation options, as well as seasonal events, including the Bermagui Sculpture Festival, a special Four Winds live-music event (also in Bermagui), the Sapphire Coast EAT Festival, and the forthcoming Merimbula Jazz Festival. If you need additional advice or resources during your travels, it's a great idea to stop by the Visitor Information Centres, located in most major towns. We have included the locations and contact details for these centres on Page 27 of this feature, and on the same page you'll also find a handy list of Sapphire Coast markets, which are always brimming with local colour, and well worth a visit. We hope you enjoy this autumn edition, and we wish you safe and happy travels on your visit to the beautiful Sapphire Coast. Enjoy! Advertising in this seasonal Sapphire Coast feature really works! To find out more, call Christine Julier on (03) 51502345 or email Would you like more people to visit your Sapphire Coast business?

SAPPHIRE COAST - AUTUMN 2024 3 Colour your world on the vibrant Sapphire Coast If you enjoy adding some colour to your life, you’re sure to enjoy the vibrant Sapphire Coast. From azure waters, golden sands, and verdant forests, to Indigenous ocres and colourful townships filled with interesting characters, a journey through the south coast of NSW will pique your curiosity and brighten your world. With so much to see and do, it pays to plan ahead, and this Sapphire Coast feature is designed to help you do just that. The adjacent map shows the extent of the Sapphire Coast region, which stretches from Wonboyn in the south to Bermagui in the north, encompassing numerous coastal and inland towns, national parks, forests and nature reserves. There’s a lot to take in, so to help you gain an understanding of the Coast’s key towns and attractions, here’s a quick overview (in the same south-to-north order we’ve followed in this edition)... Eden The history of Eden is steeped in the tradition of the sea. It is famed for its large commercial fishing fleet and abundant local supply of delicious fresh seafood. The deep sea port offers bay cruising, fishing charters and diving year round. The story of Eden’s whaling heritage is told at the fascinating Eden Killer Whale Museum. Along with an abundance of things to see and do in and around the township, Eden is also a launching pad for scenic drives (and wonderful walks) into and around the Mt Imlay and Beowa National Parks. Pambula and Merimbula Flanked by the Beowa National Park and Bournda Nature Reserve, colourful coastal areas of Pambula and Merimbula are famed for their magnificent natural scenery, relaxed seaside villages and wonderful, fresh seafood. They offer amazing beaches, spectacular hinterlands, fabulous shopping and countless leisure opportunities in close proximity. The towns have plenty to offer, from swimming, surfing, sailing, diving and fishing, to bushwalking, camping, birdwatching and just plain ‘getting-away-from-it-all’ in the nearby national parks. In Pambula, you can learn about local indigenous history on a cruise along the Pambula River, chill out on pristine beaches, wander country markets, or explore the historical Pambula village, which offers arts, crafts and shopping options. In Merimbula, you can explore the aquarium in the old wharf building and enjoy a variety of local restaurants, cafés and attractions. It’s also renowned as a golfer’s paradise, with five scenic courses within an hour’s drive (including the beautiful Pambula Merimbula Golf Course, featured on Page 10 of this edition). Bega and Candelo Best known for its dairy products, Bega is the commercial and business centre of the Sapphire Coast. It is surrounded by lovely, rolling green pasture land. Popular attractions include the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre (featured on page 21 of this issue), and the region’s numerous local wineries. Southwest of Bega is Candelo, a charming, historic small town that holds a colourful country market on the first Sunday of every month, full of local produce and country atmosphere. We’re pretty sure you’ll enjoy the colourful display of autumn leaves that adorn the areas’ historic townships at this time of year. Tathra Tathra is a coastal gem, set in unspoilt surrounds, with a laid-back beach culture and astonishing beaches. Its wonderful three-kilometre surf beach is adored by surfers and sightseers alike. The Tathra Wharf is a National Trust classified building, a popular fishing spot, and also houses a historic Maritime Museum. Dive sites and snorkelling in and around Tathra are spectacular, with striking coral and underwater caves. The coastal lagoons, rugged coastlines and secluded beaches of nearby Bournda and Mimosa Rocks National Parks provide accessible coastal wilderness for exploring. Bermagui Located at the northern end of the Sapphire Coast, Bermagui is a small coastal town surrounded by secluded surf beaches, estuaries, wetlands, coastal lagoons and national parks, but it is probably best known as a launching pad for deep-sea diving and game fishing. It’s also a place to enjoy fine fresh seafood. For those who love saltwater swimming, but without waves, Bermagui’s natural, ocean-side Blue Pool is also a major drawcard. Cobargo Inland from Bermagui is the historic town of Cobargo, which features a streetscape of glorious old 19th-Century buildings. Here you can stop and marvel at the talents of local craftspeople and artists selling a range of unique hand-crafted items, from woodcraft and pottery, to leather and artworks. Nearby, set among lush green pastures, gentle hills and towering eucalyptus, is Brogo Dam, where you can take a leisurely paddle in a canoe or kayak, or fish for bass. Top: This holidaying couple enjoyed their time relaxing at Gillards Campground at Mimosa Rocks National Park,Tanja, north of Tathra. Photo: Destination NSW Above left: NSW Kids playing on the beach at Tathra, with the town’s colourful wharf in the distance. Above right: Rainbow lorikeets are a regular sight along the Sapphire Coast. 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4 EDEN - SAPPHIRE COAST - AUTUMN 2024 Want spectacular scenery? Walk this way There are walks for everyone in and around Eden — from a light stroll along the flat Lake Curalo Boardwalk, to the more strenuous 30-kilometre-long ‘Light to Light’ walk in Beowa (formerly Ben Boyd) National Park. Here are some of the many local walks to enjoy... Bundian Way Story Trail Eden features the first section of the Bundian Way – a 350-kilometre Aboriginal pathway that extends from the sea at Twofold Bay to Mount Kosciuszko. The two-kilometre Story Trail walk is located between Cocora Beach (via Ida Rodd Drive) and Quarantine Bay, winding around two headlands, with numerous viewing decks affording sweeping coastal views of Twofold Bay and beyond. Eden Heritage Walk The Eden Heritage Walk is an easy, scenic walk through town and around Twofold Bay, on which you’ll discover a lot about the history of Eden. Along the way, you’ll see the work of early pioneers, and learn about the town’s convict past, historic buildings and sites of past tragedy. You’ll also get to takein the area’s natural beauty. Around the town and Twofold Bay, you’ll be impressed by the natural beauty as you walk in the footsteps of both the original Indigenous inhabitants and the European settlers. Lake Curalo Boardwalk Lake Curalo Boardwalk is an easy, flat walk that meanders around the lake’s shoreline, through swamp melaleuca forest, across salt marsh and over the shallow water. It has various places to pause and reflect on the beautiful scenery and abundant native birdlife. The east end of the boardwalk provides access to Aslings Beach or the Maritime Heritage Walk – where the footpath has been etched with depictions of Eden’s historical links with the sea. Mt Imlay Summit Track Starting at Burrawang picnic area, this challenging walk takes you through dry eucalypt forest and grassy woodlands to the summit of Mount Imlay. The track climbs steeply, rising 600 metres, with the summit rewarding your effort with sweeping views to the coast. In fact, on a clear day, you can see all the way to Mallacoota in Victoria, and Narooma to the north. It’s also an excellent birdwatching spot, where you might spot yellow-tailed black cockatoos flying overhead, or hear the distinctive call of lyrebirds deep in the forest. Beowa National Park (North) In the northern part of Beowa National Park is the Pinnacles loop track, an easy 30-minute walk with two lookouts overlooking spectacular cliffs and beaches. Beowa National Park (South) If you are pretty fit and have a taste for adventure, the southern part of Beowa National Park offers the 30-kilometre-long ‘Light to Light’ walk, which follows the coastline between the historic Boyd’s Tower and Green Cape Lighthouse. The trail features ever-changing scenery, from heathland, forest, tea-tree groves, banksia woodlands and sheltered coves, to towering red rock platforms. There are camping sites along the way at Saltwater Creek and Bittangabee Bay. To find out more For maps, information and advice on walking in and around Eden, visit the Eden Welcome Centre on the waterfront in Snug Cove, or visit the parks website at Couple enjoying a day section of the scenic and challenging multi-day Light to Light Walk in Beowa National Park (South). Photo: Destination NSW An aerial view of Saltwater Creek at Green Cape in Beowa National Park (South) a remote location with a camping site for adventurous hikers. Photo: Destination NSW In the northern part of Beowa National Park is the Pinnacles loop track, an easy 30-minute walk with two lookouts to view spectacular cliffs and beaches. Photo: Destination NSW On the Lake Curalo Boardwalk there are various places to pause and reflect on the beautiful scenery and abundant native birdlife. The Mt Imlay Summit Track rewards walkers with magnificent views. Photo: Visit NSW Scan here for full detailed map NETHERCOTE RD PRINCES HWY PRINCES HWY PRINCES HWY BOYD ST MITCHELL ST MITCHELL ST IMLAY ST ALBERT TERRACE IMLAY ST BARCLAY ST IMLAY ST PRINCES HWY PRINCES HWY ASLINGS BEACH RD ASLINGS BEACH RD CALLE CALLE ST CALLE CALLE ST BASS ST COCORA ST CATTLE BAY RD BUNGO ST WEST ST WEST ST WIRRIGA ST PHILLIPS ST IDA RODD DRIVE LAKE CURALO QUARANTINE BAY WEECOON COVE CALLE CALLE BAY COCORA BEACH CATTLE BAY SNUG COVE YALLUMGO COVE ASLINGS BEACH TWOFOLD BAY BEOWA NATIONAL PARK GEORGE BASS PARK MARTHA KIRBY PARK ROTARY PARK ROTARACT PARK NETHERCOTE TO PAMBULA & MERIMBULA TO EAST GIPPSLAND TO NULLICA STATE FOREST EDEN Welcome to

SAPPHIRECOAST - AUTUMN 2024 - EDEN 5 Mountain bike park a big hit with riders The Gravity Eden Mountain Bike Park has recently opened in Nullica State Forest, providing a thrilling destination for riders of all skill levels. Featuring a network of 58 kilometres of mountain bike trails, Gravity Eden has proven to be a big hit with MTB enthusiasts, who have been making the most of the Park’s many standout features, including: •A significant elevation of 300 metres, promising an excellent gravity-riding experience, traversing a diverse array of terrain, from lush valleys and picturesque creeks, to exposed ridges and rock shelves. • Trails suitable for riders of various skill levels, from technical challenges, to smooth pedal-ins along scenic trails. • A dedicated Skills Park, located at the trailhead, featuring a pump track and dirt jump park. The Park’s premium asphalt pump track is suitable for all types of riders and ages looking to develop their mountain biking skills, including cornering, weighting and unweighting the bike, jumping and building momentum. It is recommended that beginner riders build their skills on the pump track before hitting the trails. The Skills Park also features solar lights for those keen to keep cutting laps after dark! The Gravity Eden trailhead and car-park is located in Nullica State Forest, accessed along Storey Avenue off the Princes Highway, Eden. To find out more about the Gravity Eden Mountain Bike Park, go to the Gravity Eden website at A dedicated Skills Park, located at the trailhead, features a premium asphalt pump track that’s suitable for all types of riders looking to develop their mountain biking skills. Photo: Flow MTB/Gravity Eden The recently opened Gravity Eden Mountain Bike Park in Nullica State Forest features 58-kilometres of mountain bike trails. Photo: Flow MTB/Gravity Eden Get out on the water for fishing and more Operating from Eden Harbour on the South Coast of NSW, Freedom Charters offers a wide range of charter trips, tours and packages that are sure to make your trip to the Sapphire Coast even more rewarding and enjoyable. Freedom Charters’ trips include great-value reef, game and sports fishing, and marine wildlife tours, as well as shared and private charters, and accommodation packages. Christine Cattanach, who has been running Freedom Charters with her partner Mark for more than five years, said every trip aims to provide passengers with a “wonderful experience on the water”. “We offer a range of trips to suit everybody, and our friendly, patient and experienced crew is sure to make your day fun and memorable,” Christine said. “Nothing is too much trouble, and we can tailor any trip or package to meet the needs and desires of individual passengers and groups of up to 12 people.” Abundant fishing opportunities Operating out of Eden Harbour provides the safe and comfortable Freedom Charters’ vessel with easy access to the open ocean and the many nearby reefs, which provide an abundance of great fishing opportunities. “Whether you’re an experienced hand, or new to fishing, our captain (Mark, a keen and experienced fisherman) and crew members are happy to pass on local fishing tips and knowledge,” Christine explained. “They’ll provide you with quality equipment, bait and tackle for the trip, and a complimentary morning tea. “Children are welcome, no fishing licence is required, and we’ll even scale and clean your fish for you!” Marine wildlife tours Freedom Charters’ marine-wildlife tours take in spectacular local marine life, and Christine said that right now is an excellent time to see a variety of fascinating marine life, including seals, dolphins and fairy penguins. Sea eagles are also often seen on these tours, as are some of Eden’s most famous historical landmarks, including Boyd’s Tower. For more information on Freedom Charters’ trips, packages and prices, visit the website at or check out the reviews on Facebook and Tripadvisor. A fishing trip with Freedom Charters is fun for people of all ages. Regular passenger, Alan, displaying a fabulous snapper he caught on one of his many successful fishing trips with Freedom Charters. • Charter Fishing • Pleasure Cruises • Toilet on board OWNER OPERATED g uises board ER ATED

6 EDEN - SAPPHIRECOAST - AUTUMN 2024 Something for everyone at this beachside holiday park With just under a kilometre of pristine beach frontage, Boydtown Beach Holiday Park is an ideal place for an Eden beachside getaway. Surrounded by natural bushland on the edge of Twofold Bay, this park offers a variety of accomodation styles – from camping to a 'tiny house' – and an excellent range of facilities and outdoor activities for singles, couples or the whole family. The adjacent Boydtown Beach – after which the holiday park is named – has a lovely, gentle gradient and little to no waves, making it perfect for lots of water sports, including stand-up paddle boarding, snorkelling, kite surfing, beach fishing, and kayaking. The area is also known for its fabulous nature walks, pristine beaches, and an array of local produce and seafood. Powered and unpowered sites The park consists of extra-large powered and unpowered tent, camper and caravan sites, a modern indoor camp kitchen (fully-equipped with stove cooktops, oven, microwaves, toasters, kettles and TV), an outdoor rustic camp kitchen, new and refurbished amenities blocks – designed with disability access, family bathroom/washing facilities, cricket/football field, pedal gocarts, a mini farm that your kids will love (featuring an array of friendly animals, including mini goats, Alpacas and cattle), and a scenic perimeter path, which is ideal for a leisurely stroll, morning exercise or bike riding. The unpowered-site area is large and relatively unstructured, which gives you the freedom to choose your own site, as close to (or as far apart from) your neighbours as you desire, while still putting you within easy reach of an amenities block and camp kitchen. There's also a centrally located barbecue area, with barbecues, seating and sinks. The large powered sites are spacious, and located close to all amenities. Pet-friendly Boydtown Beach Holiday Park is pet-friendly in its powered and unpowered sites, but some conditions and seasonal block-out periods apply. So, be sure to register your interest in bringing your pooch at the time of booking. Tiny Home The park also offers accommodation in its new Tiny Home, which is a compact split-level studio, featuring a queen and double bed in the upper level, accessible by both steps and a wall ladder. The Tiny Home sleeps up to four people, and includes a lounge and dining area, galley kitchen with microwave, dishwasher, gas oven, stove top, combined shower/ toilet area, and air-conditioning. Please note that guests of the Tiny Home must be aged 12 years and over, due to ladder access to the sleeping area. Seahorse Inn Boydtown Beach Holiday Park is located next door to the historic Seahorse Inn, Bar and Brasserie, where you can enjoy fresh local seafood accompanied by fine wines from many regions of Australia. Here you can enjoy a cool ale, delicious snack, barista coffee or Devonshire tea anytime during the day in air-conditioned comfort, or on the patio overlooking the bay. Just a two-minute walk away from the hotel is Seahorse Villas, which offers a choice of modern two or three-bedroom self-contained villa accommodation. Something for everyone Close to the holiday park there is a historic walk to some church ruins, or you can explore one of the many scenic trails in the area. So whether you just want to kick-back, get active, or a bit of both, Boydtown Beach Holiday Park has something special for everyone. Boydtown Beach Holiday Park is located at 87 Boydtown Park Rd, Eden. To book or find out more, call (02) 6496 4705 or visit the website Autumn getaway deals! During autumn, Boydtown Beach Holiday Park is offering some special accommodation deals. See the park’s website for details. Beautiful Boydtown Beach is just a stone’s throw from the holiday park. The well-appointed and spacious indoor camp kitchen at Boydtown Beach Holiday Park. Extra clean and colourfully coastal After a major facelift, the newly refurbished, upsized and reopened Coast Motel in Eden is now a super-clean, colourful, coastal-style motel that's perfect for all kinds of guests, from couples and families, to travelling trades and business people. Once known as the Centretown Motel, the renovated Coast Motel features new bathrooms, walls, floors, bedding, furniture and an exciting new modernist paint job (think bright and fun, pastel colours). It offers a number of triple and double occupancy rooms, as well as a three-bedroom apartment. And because it's centrally located in the heart of Eden, when you stay at Coast Motel, you'll be just a short walk from the beach, as well as popular Eden tourist attractions, restaurants, cafés and supermarkets. Friendly motel manager, Hanna Marshall, is big on customer service and says she and her team like to make "every stay a memorable one". Coast Motel is located at 167 Imlay St, Eden. To book or find out more, call 0474 694 322, email or visit The colourful exterior of the fully refurbished Coast Motel. A bright and beachy triple room at Coast Motel. EN21395 Tiny Home, powered & unpowered sites (02) 6496 4705 | 1 Boydtown Park Road, Eden

SAPPHIRE COAST - AUTUMN 2024 - EDEN 7 Refurbished hotel brings grand style to Eden Considered an iconic, heritage landmark in Eden, the magnificent 119 year-old Hotel Australasia has reopened following a multi-million-dollar renovation and expansion. Known to locals as the 'Grand Old Lady', the hotel at Imlay Street has returned to being a magnificent place for locals and tourists to gather, eat, be entertained, and stay in luxury accommodation. Superbly appointed The fully refurbished five-star Hotel Australasia now features eight superbly appointed rooms for couples and solo travellers, providing a base in the heart of Eden from which they can explore the beautiful Sapphire Coast. There's also a new bistro called 'Pikes', serving an array of mouthwatering dishes for lunches and dinners, featuring famous local produce from land and sea, including the freshest, locally caught seafood, all prepared under the watchful eye of highly-rated, award-winning head chef, Luke Wakefield.The hotel's heritage bar, now called 'The John Hines Bar', has been fully renovated and expanded to cater for small and large groups. Sapphire Coast icon Recently announced as a state-significant site – and heritage listed by the National Trust – the five-star boutique hotel has returned to being an important community amenity for Eden and the wider Sapphire Coast community. Mark Toma, one of the hotel directors, says he and his team are "excited" to have reopened this "Sapphire Coast icon". "We are proud to open the hotel again, and welcome locals and tourists, especially as cruise ships have now returned to the newly renovated port in Eden," Mark says. "The renovated and expanded hotel is now providing the region with a much-needed shot in the arm, generating local jobs and tourism growth." To book or find out more about Hotel Australasia, visit The magnificent 119 year-old Hotel Australasia has recently undergone a multi-milliondollar renovation and expansion. The fully refurbished five-star Hotel Australasia now features eight superbly appointed rooms for couples and solo travellers. NOW OPEN IN EDEN A LITTLE FANCY BUT SALT OF THE EARTH Visit @hotelaustralasia on socials Eden’s new boutique hotel is now open along the sparkling Sapphire Coast. With a five-star stay and bistro-pub, it’s sure to provide an extraordinary experience for holidayers and locals alike.

8 PAMBULA - SAPPHIRE COAST - AUTUMN 2024 Lovers of nature will find paradise in Pambula The village of Pambula is nestled between the waters of Pambula and Merimbula Lake, with the name Pambula derived from a local Yuin Aboriginal word meaning "two waters". The close proximity of Pambula's township, estuary, beaches, ocean and lake, make it an ideal holiday location for water lovers. One way to learn about the area's local indigenous history is to take a river cruise upstream to where First Nations history dates back many thousands of years. A historic village Pambula itself has an intimate main street, lined with colonial buildings. The town has a range of shops including galleries and craft outlets. Restaurants and other eateries offer enticing snacks and meals, and the town also has two modern motels and a licensed hotel. Many of the town's buildings also have historical significance. One of the best examples of these beautiful restored buildings is The Grange, located just south of Pambula, which was formerly the mansion of a local sea captain. Pamboola Wetlands One 'must visit' location for nature lovers is Panboola – a remarkable natural heritage conservation site and sanctuary, located in the heart of Pambula. A stone's throw from the bull-nosed verandas and tree-lined streets of the township, you'll find 77 hectares of tended and protected freshwater billabongs, salt marsh and grassy plains brimming with birdlife. According to tourist body, Visit NSW, the wetlands are the focus of a long-running rehabilitation project to protect and restore this important flood plain for education and recreation – and it's thriving. There is a system of walking and cycling tracks, viewing platforms, tables, seats and information panels. The wetlands includes the former Pambula racecourse, and it shares a southwestern border with Beowa (formerly Ben Boyd) National Park and other important coastal wetlands. Places to explore Other wonderful things to explore in the Pambula area include the riverbank and coastal woodlands on the Pambula River Walking Track in Beowa National Park – a gentle trail along the river bank, providing lovely views across the river to Severs Beach. At Severs Beach, also in Beowa National Park, you can stroll on a boardwalk past 3,500-year-old Aboriginal middens. For a short but beautiful walk in ancient rainforest, head inland to the Goodenia Rainforest in the South East Forest National Park. This serene fern gully is part of the ancient Goodenia Rainforest in the South East Forest National Park, inland from Pambula. A young family looking out across Pambula’s magnificent main front beach. A ‘must visit’ location for nature lovers is Panboola – a remarkable, 77-hectare natural heritage conservation site and sanctuary, just a stone’s throw from town. Beautiful Severs Beach in Beowa National Park. Photo: Amanda Cutlack/DPIE BALD HILLS RD BULLARA ST PAMBULA BEACH RD PRINCES HWY PRINCES HWY PRINCES HWY PRINCES HWY ARTHUR KAINE DRIVE ARTHUR KAINE DRIVE QUONDOLA ST Scan here for full detailed map Distance from Melbourne: 573km Distance from Canberra: 245km Population: 1027 approx. Amenities: Bakery, seafood sales, holiday accommodation and crafts PAMBULA Welcome to MERIMBULA TO EDEN TO BEGA TO MERIMBULA LAKE (TOP LAKE) PAMBULA LAKE TASMAN SEA MERIMBULA BAY BROADWATER PAMBULA BEACH BEN BOYD NATIONAL PARK

SAPPHIRECOAST - AUTUMN 2024 - PAMBULA 9 The Wheeler’s takeaway shop offers fresh seafood, delicious fish and chips, deluxe providore items and a range of unique gifts. A visit to the Sapphire Coast would not be complete without experiencing the finest oysters, freshest seafood and fabulous service at Wheeler’s Seafood Restaurant. Nestled within tropical grounds and providing distant views of Merimbula Lake, Wheeler’s has its own oyster farm and restaurant, enabling visitors to follow the oyster journey from lake to plate. With a heritage of growing Sydney rock oysters in Merimbula that stretches back to the 1900s, Wheeler’s has become a local icon. Owner, Jacqui Smith – who spent her childhood on a sheep farm in East Gippsland – now calls Merimbula home, and is delighted to welcome people to her beautiful establishment and offer the best experience possible. In the restaurant, you can enjoy quality oysters with contemporary hot or cold toppings (or perfectly natural for the purist). It also features an exquisite a-la-carté menu, highlighting a range of delicious seafood from the area, including the ever-popular seafood platter. The alfresco Oyster Bar is the perfect location to relax on a sunny day. Here you can sip bubbles, enjoy a dozen of the freshest oysters, and watch the world go by. Those sensitive to gluten will be spoilt for choice, with a range of delicious options spanning the a-la-carté and takeaway menus. The Wheeler’s takeaway shop is open daily, and offers fresh seafood, delicious fish and chips, deluxe providore items and a range of unique gifts. And if it’s coffee you’re after, you’ll find a range of yummy drinks as well as homemade melting moments, cakes and tarts, available all day every day. To find out more, visit A ‘must-visit’ seafood experience on the Sapphire Coast At Wheeler’s, you can sip bubbles, enjoy a dozen of the freshest oysters, and watch the world go by. At Wheeler’s you can enjoy the freshest local seafood and a glass of wine in a tropical garden setting. Your destination for the finest oysters & distinctive Sapphire Coast dining Seafood Restaurant Lunch & Dinner Takeaway Shop & Café 10am - 6pm | 7 days Oyster Bar 12pm til late 162 Arthur Kaine Drive, Pambula (02) 6495 8420 Visit for bookings and details EN20819

10 PAMBULA - MERIMBULA - SAPPHIRECOAST - AUTUMN 2024 A gem of a course on the beautiful Sapphire Coast Set among natural bushland, between two popular Sapphire Coast tourist towns, Pambula Merimbula Golf Club is a high standard, 27-hole championship course, where visitors are always welcome. Located on Arthur Kaine Drive in Merimbula, the well-established and lovingly curated course is relatively flat and easy to walk, making it ideal for golfers of all levels and abilities. And because each of the nine holes has its own individual character, you can play a variety of courses and conditions, lengths and challenges, all at the one location. Challenging and memorable The first nine at Pambula Merimbula is the shortest of the 27, and includes some memorable holes, while the final nine is the longest and considered the most challenging. For instance, the 182-metre 27th hole is a long par 3 that requires a minimum 60-metre tee shot to clear a small lake in front of the tee. A large tree covers the front right-half side of a green that slopes front to back, with a greenside bunker that can't be seen from the tee. With trees and shrubs guarding the left side of hole, scoring a par here is considered an excellent result! A quality golfing experience Depending on the combination of holes played, the course varies from 5780 metres (par 71),to 6214 metres (par 73).The greens are large and subtle, presenting a real test of judgement for line and speed. Fairways are lush and well maintained. This is a quality golfing experience that will bring you back for more. Members and green-fee players can enjoy the excellent practice facilities, including a driving range, practice nets, chipping green and a large practice putting green. Electric carts are available for hire - complete with GPS, rain covers and eskies. Competition golf is available most days, with social golf available every day. The club is now utilising MiClub software, and visitors can book social games and carts online via the club's website (but you'll need to call the course pro shop to book into a competition). Pro shop and lessons The Pambula Merimbula Golf Club pro shop, staffed by long-term professional Glen Warne, is open every day from 7am, and has an extensive range of products for sale. Glen is also available for lessons. Food and refreshments 'The 28th Bar/Coffee Bar' provides members and guests with a welcoming indoor and outdoor alfresco space, with extensive panoramic views of the course and beyond. Here members and visitors can enjoy a cool drink and snack after a round of golf, or you can simply drop-in for a coffee as you walk or cycle between Pambula and Merimbula. Find out more To book a game or find out more about the Club, visit Natural beauty abounds at Pambula Merimbula Golf Course. • Visitors always welcome • Social golf 7 days a week • Easy walk or take an electric cart • Pro shop open from 7am 7 days a week 27 HOLE CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF COURSE Arthur Kaine Dr, Merimbula 2548 Pro Shop – 02 6495 6280 Clubhouse – 02 6495 6154 E: W:

SAPPHIRECOAST - AUTUMN 2024 - MERIMBULA 11 Get set to sample the region’s best cuisine EAT Merimbula, part of the annual, four-day Sapphire Coast EAT Festival, will be happening at the Fishpen, on the foreshore of Merimbula Lake, on Sunday 10th March 2024 from 10am-2pm, celebrating the chefs, cooks and produce of the Sapphire Coast.There will be lots of Sapphire Coast stallholders offering an array of paddock-to-plate and tide-to table-experiences that give locals and visitors the chance to try the delicious fresh seafood and produce, finely-crafted wines and brews, and chef-prepared delights that make the region's cuisine so special. You'll also have the opportunity to cheeron six local chefs, food producers and foodie legends as they compete in the second annual Oyster and Spoon Race – a hilarious event comprising three laps, six pairs of waders, 18 oysters (if none get dropped) and a local Federal MP firing the starting gun! Make sure you're there at 1pm to see the second annual running of this fun race! Long Table Lunch On Saturday, 9 March, Pambula's famous seafood restaurant, Wheelers, will be running a multi-course Long Table Lunch on the deck at the restaurant, presented by chef Brad Enright and host Jacqueline Smith. The menu for the 2024 Wheelers Long Table Lunch is bursting with the best of local seafood and produce. Over the seven courses, you’ll get to sample Jervis Bay Mussels, oysters from both Merimbula and Pambula lakes, Narooma yellowfin tuna tartare, Narooma lobster, a whole-roasted blue eye, and much more! Other events across the four days of the 2024 EAT Festival include a 'small batch' dinner, a family fish 'n' chip fest, oyster-shucking workshops, a progressive dinner and much more. To learn more about all the EAT Festival events taking place in the region across the four days of the festival, go to EAT Merimbula, part of the annual, four-day Sapphire Coast EAT Festival, gives locals and visitors an opportunity to enjoy an array of local fresh produce and chef-prepared delights. Photos: Sapphire Coast Eat Festival MERIMBULA EAT FESTIVAL 7 - 10 March 2024 EAT Merimbula Sunday 10 March. Indulge in a series of paddock to plate and tide to table experiences that celebrate the food, the heritage and the pristine natural wilderness of the Sapphire Coast. Plus partner events all weekend including: TOAST Small Batch Dinner, Merimbula Wharf Chefs Experience, Wheelers Long Table Lunch, EAT Eden Progressive Dinner, South Coast Ale Trail HopFest, Broadwater Oyster Shucking School, Mimosa Wines degustation dinner, Tidal Merimbula seafood extravaganza & more! EN21299

12 MERIMBULA - SAPPHIRE COAST - AUTUMN 2024 Make life-long memories in magnificent Merimbula Situated on the coast between Tathra and Pambula, Merimbula welcomes many thousands of tourists every year, who all leave with wonderful life-long memories of this very special place. Merimbula's pristine beaches and tidal lakes make it a popular place for enjoying all kinds of water-based activities, from fishing, surfing and kayaking, to wakeboarding and water skiing. Visitors to the region also have the opportunity to enjoy lush forests, quaint country towns, magnificent fresh seafood, entertainment and shopping. The town also offers lots of opportunities for walkers and cyclists, thanks to an array of established trails, waterside boardwalks and jetties. The 3.5-kilometre Merimbula Boardwalk, for example, meanders around the lake shore and through mangrove forests, under eucalyptus canopies and past pristine oyster farms. The boardwalk takes around an hour and a half to complete (at a leisurely walking pace) and is famous for its wonderful sunset views. Beaches and fishing There are many beaches to be enjoyed around Merimbula. Gentle beaches suitable for small children are found around the lake foreshores, while great surfing beaches outside the lake areas offer a variety of waves for board and body surfers. The beach at Short Point is particularly popular with boardriders. Other beaches around Merimbula include Main Surf, Bar and Middle beaches. Some are patrolled during holiday times, and some offer barbecue facilities, change-rooms and toilets. Fishing fans are well catered for with boat hire, ramps and other facilities. One popular fishing spot is the Merimbula wharf, which provides deep-sea fishing without the need for a boat. Forests, parks and country towns Just a short drive from the town, you will find the beautiful Bournda National Park, which offers fabulous bushwalking and scenery. Interesting excursions to the hinterland can be made for bush and nature walks through ancient forests in the foothills of the South Coast Range. You will also come across small country towns such as Candelo (famous for its skilled artisans and craft work), Kameruka and Wyndham, each steeped in fascinating pioneer history. Shopping and eating Shopping in Merimbula is a tourist's delight, with a wide variety of specialty shops offering everything from art, crafts, souvenirs and fashion, to footwear, sports gear, lollies, books and jewellery. Likewise, eating out in Merimbula never gets boring, with the township boasting a variety of restaurants, cafés and takeaway food shops, to suit all tastes. Fresh local seafood is, of course, high on the menu! Accomodation and entertainment Accommodation is widely available in unit complexes, motels and caravan parks. There are also cabin developments nearby that provide guests with the opportunity to enjoy the peace and beauty of the Australian bush, while remaining close to Merimbula's beaches, lakes and the centre of town. You can choose to stay right on the beach or lake, or book into one of the inviting motels on the higher side of town, which offer fabulous views of Merimbula's scenic beauty. Entertainment abounds in Merimbula, and all ages will find plenty to do here. In town, you will find a fun amusement centre, a twin cinema and other attractions for the kids, but of course the best way to keep them occupied on a sunny day, is on the beaches. Adults are also well catered for with a number of licensed clubs – including the popular Club Sapphire – offering entertainment, pokies and great eateries. Other ways to keep busy during your stay include the aquarium, a family leisure farm, winery, and lake, river or sea cruises. Family enjoying a fun and memorable day at beautiful Bar Beach, Merimbula. Photo: Destination NSW Kids having fun at the beach The scenic lakeside Merimbula boardwalk. THE BACK LAKE MERIMBULA LAKE (TOP LAKE) MERIMBULA LAKE TASMAN SEA BAR BEACH ARTHUR KAINE DRIVE ARTHUR KAINE DRIVE PRINCES HWY PRINCES HWY PRINCES HWY MERIMBULA DRIVE MERIMBULA DRIVE MARKET ST MAIN ST MAIN ST SAPPHIRE COAST DRIVE BEACH ST LAKE ST LAKE ST PAMBULA TO PAMBULA & EDEN TO TATHRA TO BEGA TO SPENCER PARK MAIN BEACH RECREATION RESERVE BOLLER PARK BERRAMBOOL MIRADOR BOURNDA NATURE RESERVE YURRAMIE STATE FOREST Scan here for full detailed map SHORT POINT LONG POINT MAIN BEACH MIDDLE BEACH MERIMBULA Welcome to

SAPPHIRE COAST - AUTUMN 2024 - MERIMBULA 13 There’s lots to enjoy at Club Sapphire this autumn! Club Sapphire is one of Merimbula’s premier entertainment, dining, social, and community venues. With a range of restaurants, a bowls centre, gymnasium, and versatile function facilities, it’s an ideal place for everything from a family meal, a few ends of lawn bowls, or a cocktail with friends, to a corporate event, or a night of live music. It also has a courtesy bus for guests, running well into the night. The club has an array of fabulous food options, fun activities, and entertainment lined-up for locals and visitors throughout autumn, including: Live shows • Beatles Magic and Sixties Invasion - Friday 19th April • Get set to take a trip down memory lane! This tribute show will feature hits from many of the Sixties’ hottest artists. Doors open 7.30pm, show starts 8.30pm. 18+. • London Calling – Friday 26th April If you are a fan of British artists like Queen, Led Zeppelin, or Rod Stewart, you don’t want to miss this fabulous live tribute show. Doors open at 7.30pm, show starts 8.30pm. 18+. • Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier - Saturday 4th May Doors open 7pm, show starts 8pm. 18+. Barefoot Bowls A relaxed, family-friendly activity, Barefoot Bowls is available at the club every day, subject to green availability, and is just $16 per adult, $10.50 per child and $42 for a family, including basic tuition. Book at Pacific Bistro Open daily, Club Sapphire’s Pacific Bistro offers excellent club dining. Lunch is served from 12 noon, and dinner starts at 5.30 pm. With a diverse menu, there’s something to satisfy every palate. Bookings are not required for lunch, but are recommended for dinner. Kitty’s Bar and Restaurant Kitty’s Bar and Restaurant, inspired by the inaugural Lady President of the Merimbula Imlay Women’s Bowling Club, Kitty Travers, is where sophistication meets relaxation. Open from Wednesday to Sunday, Kitty’s offers modern Asian cuisine and a delightful range of cocktails. Kids are welcome Wednesday and Thursday evenings, however it is an 18+ venue from Friday to Sunday. Check website for DJ and live music in the Kitty’s Courtyard. Seaside Health Club The Seaside Health Club at Club Sapphire offers a “holistic approach to wellbeing”, with The sophisticated dining room at Kitty’s Bar and Restaurant. an extensive range of training equipment, and a team of qualified fitness instructors on hand “to help guide you on a journey to better health”. And if you’re only in Merimbula for a short time, Seaside Health Club offers a variety of short-term membership options. The gym is accessible 24/7 for both long-term and short-term members. To book or find out more about Club Sapphire’s eateries, bars, facilities, as well as forthcoming activities and events, go to Club Sapphire is one of Merimbula’s premier entertainment, dining, social, and community venues. Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier will be performing live at Club Sapphire on Saturday 4th May. Live tribute show ‘London Calling’ is set to rock Club Sapphire on Friday, 26 April, will feature fabulous renditions of famed British artists like Queen, Led Zeppelin, and Rod Stewart. DON’T MISS OUT Download the Club Sapphire app today! Also access your membership benefits • Events • Entertainment • Promotions

14 MERIMBULA  SAPPHIRECOAST  AUTUMN 2024 Beach Cabins Merimbula is nestled in lush green grounds and bushland, and offers a variety of relaxing and comfortable accommodation to suit most requirements and budgets. Beach views Located two kilometres out of town, on one of Merimbula's elevated headlands, Beach Cabins is just 200 metres from Short Point Beach, which can be seen from much of the site. Self-contained The comfortable, self-contained and pet-friendly accommodation at Beach Cabins ranges from studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom cabins, right through to a three-bedroom cottage that can comfortably sleep six. There are extensive lawns, which are ideal for kicking a ball with the kids, who will also appreciate the on-site playgrounds, which feature swings, a flying fox, climbing equipment and a slide.There's also a badminton/volleyball court and a solar-heated pool to keep all ages well occupied. Prime location There are a number of boat-launching ramps nearby, and a choice of excellent beaches for those who love a swim or surf any time of year. And if you enjoy getting out on the fairways, there are several golf courses just an easy drive away, and Beach Cabins offers guests a range of special golf packages. To book a stay at Beach Cabins or find out more, visit Ready for a relaxing beachside escape? Some of the unique pentagonal-shaped two-bedroom cabins at Beach Cabins Merimbula. Beach Cabins Merimbula is set on an elevated headland with views of Short Point Beach. The three-bedroom cottage provides bright and spacious, self-contained accommodation. Unique Self-Catering Cabins The Perfect Golfing Base Studio Cabins’ 2 & 3 Bedroom Cabins Linen & Towels Included Free ASK ABOUT OUR GOLF PACKAGES

SAPPHIRECOAST - AUTUMN 2024 - MERIMBULA 15 Reimagining the great Australian motel The classic Aussie roadside motel from the '60s and '70s is making a renaissance, and Hillcrest Merimbula is one fine example of such a rebirth. In completely renovating the iconic motel, owner, Caspar Tresidder, has been careful to retain the nostalgic charm of countless sun-kissed holidays of yesteryear, while adding layers of 21st Century fun, luxury and sophistication. Deliciously local Recent updates at Hillcrest include a bright new dining room, styled as a modern nod to iconic mid-century Australian hospitality dining, with features such as banquette seating, custom joinery and eye-catching upholstery. Here, friendly, uniformed staff offer fine locally-sourced gourmet goodies as part of a daily continental guest breakfast featuring crusty sourdough, buttery croissants and wholesome muesli (mixed with Tilba yoghurt) all supplied by famed Bermagui bakery, Honorbread. Local Produce In an ongoing commitment to "keeping it hyper-local", owner Caspar is currently talking to numerous other Sapphire Coast food providers, with a view to sourcing, showcasing and serving delights such as renowned cheddar cheese from Bega and ham from Malua Bay. This is all part of Hillcrest's ever-evolving food and beverage offer which, in the near future, is expected to be rolled-out into an allday, oysterbar-style snack and dining concept. Hillcrest's local-supplier focus further extends to the contents of each room's mini-bar, where guests will find crafted beers from Humpback Brewery in nearby Tathra, Capital Brewing Co in the ACT, and Longstocking Brewery in Pambula. Minibar raiders will also unearth some fabulous, local regional wines. Honesty Bar Another fun recent addition at Hillcrest is a guest-focussed 'honesty bar' system, where guests can serve-up their own drinks – from house-batch Negroni with slices of orange, to locally-distilled North of Eden Oyster Shell Gin – to enjoy in their room, by the pool or in other shared areas at the motel. Spectacular rooms…with a view Making the most of its hilltop location overlooking Merimbula, each of the 30 newly updated rooms at Hillcrest takes-in spectacular coastline views. For the full '70s experience, check into a Sunrise Room or Lookout Deluxe Room – picture original wood cabinetry, exposed brick and built-in headboards combined with new spacious and deliciously comfortable king beds, crisp white linens, plush MicroCloud bedding, designer hair and skincare products and organic Mayde Tea. The motel's 16 Exhale Rooms have received a grander overhaul, with light and airy contemporary interiors featuring custom poured-concrete banquettes, crisp white linens, textured throws and native floral arrangements. The white walls are the perfect canvas for the feature art by Melbourne abstract painter Adela Kusur, while floor-toceiling windows and private balconies connect you to the coastline. Sweeping views A new one-bedroom apartment was recently added to the inventory and is the perfect choice for guests wanting more space or wishing to self-cater. The apartment features a fully-equipped kitchen with Smeg appliances and breakfast bar. A gas-lift window opens up to the private balcony, providing sweeping views of Merimbula and the Sapphire Coast. Crown jewel Set amid two hectares of beautifully manicured gardens, the crown jewel is undoubtedly the refurbished pool area and sun deck, complemented by a newly-added gazebo, creative kids play area and a fire pit for toasting marshmallows. Be sure to pack your tennis whites, as the motel has its very own reclaimed tennis court on site, which was unearthed during the renovations and has been fully restored to its former glory. For more information and bookings, visit the Hillcrest website at GROUP TRAVEL DEALS! Whether it's a group of friends, golf buddies, adventure seekers, foodies, or work colleagues, Hillcrest Motel Merimbula has you covered. Book direct for great-value group deals, extensive local advice, and personalised support with itinerary curation and bookings.To find out more, call 0438 238 135 or email Merimbula’s beautifully reimagined Hillcrest Motel combines the essence of sun-kissed Australian holidays of yesteryear, with stylish, modernist sophistication.

16 MERIMBULA - SAPPHIRECOAST - AUTUMN 2024 Catch a‘big screen’movie in Merimbula Family owned and operated for more than 20 years, The Picture Show Man Twin Cinema in Merimbula is the place to go for big-screen movies and the full 'candy bar, choctop and popcorn' experience. Managing Director, Jesse Tankard, said that catching a movie is a great idea for kids who need a break from the beach, and parents who need a break from the kids! "We believe there is nothing quite like going to the movies, where you get to sit in air-conditioned comfort and enjoy the big-screen experience," Jesse said. The cinema screens a wide range of genres, from animated kids' flicks, romantic tearjerkers, and rollicking comedies, to high-octane action movies and thought-provoking dramas. To find out what's showing while you're on the Sapphire Coast, just visit the cinema's website at Merimbula’s The Picture Show Man Twin Cinema. Find sand, sea and seclusion at Tura Beach To the north of Merimbula, along Sapphire Coast Drive, you'll discover Tura Beach. This lovely section of the Sapphire Coast has a residential area, a shopping centre with a large supermarket, a renowned golf course, and – best of all – some beautiful sandy beaches that tend to be relatively quiet, even during peak periods. The beautiful stretch of sand and sea at the 'main beach' of Tura Beach is easily accessible via a 100-metre path from the large car park off Surf Circle. It is popular for dog walking (it's an off-leash beach), beach fishing, strolling, swimming and relaxing. This entry point sees you almost in the middle of the beach, with Short Point at the southern end. Dolphin Cove and North Tura Beach Dolphin Cove and North Tura Beach offer stunning coastal scenery and access to Bournda National Park. North Tura Beach stretches from Dolphin Cove in the south, to Bournda Island in the north.The Dolphin Cove viewing platform provides spectacular views and – as the name suggests – the possibility of spotting a passing pod of dolphins. Access to Dolphin Cove is via stairs.The beach at Dolphin Cove is not patrolled, and there are no toilets or facilities, but it is magnificently secluded, breathtakingly beautiful, and well worth seeking out. Other scenic shorts walks in this area include the Sandy Creek Loop Track (see below), and a beach walk to Short Point or Bournda Island. Sandy Creek Loop Track The Sandy Creek Loop Track is a moderately challenging hiking trail that will keep you interested all the way round. The track, which is six-kilometres long and takes between two to three hours to complete (return), passes through various natural habitats, such as dry forests, she-oak thickets, pockets of rainforest, and an avenue of paperbarks that fringe the picturesque Bournda Lagoon. The loop takes in the coastline, Sandy Beach Creek and Bournda Lake so, if you like having a dip, it's a good idea to pack bathers and a towel. There are lots of bird-watching opportunities, including the chance to see (and hear) raucous glossy-black and yellow-tailed black cockatoos. Graceful sea eagles can often be seen hunting along the coastline. You might also spot some of the local wildlife, which includes swamp wallabies, kangaroos and water dragon Tura Headland The vibrant red rock of Tura Headland is particularly spectacular, with Tura Beach to the south, and Dolphin Cove and North Tura Beach to the north. You can access the headland and walking tracks from the car-park just off Headland Drive. The main Headland walking track follows a scenic 1.8-kilometre return trail through a magical Melaleuca archway – and along the clifftops – leading to three elevated viewing platforms and a final rocky lookout point. The lookout offers epic panoramic views all the way to Short Point to the south, and Bournda Island to the north.Tura Headland is home to a number of threatened species including long-nosed potoroos and eastern pygmy possums. The vibrant red Devonian rock of Tura Headland is a significant geological feature of the Sapphire Coast. The rock is approximately 350 million years old and marks a significant evolution in life. It is representative of the world's first forests, which caused a leap in oxygen levels, producing rust-coloured iron oxide that stained the sediments of ancient riverbeds. Tura Headland is also regarded as a great spot for rock fishing, and there are also some wonderful rock pools to explore. Dolphin Cove and North Tura Beach, Merimbula. Photo: Visit NSW Clockwise from above left: A rockpool at Tura Headland. The spectacular red rock of Tura Headland. A magical Melaleuca archway on the walk to the Headland. Tura’s magnificent main beach. 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