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02 SAPPHIRE COAST - AUTUMN SAPPHIRE COAST Whether you’re looking for relaxation, adventure, fun or excitement, the Sapphire Coast offers something for everyone. Immerse yourself and experience our natural theme park of untouched coastlines,pristine beaches and waterways; sparkling seas, leafy National Parks and amazing marine wildlife. Forget the daily grind and escape to the Sapphire Coast and enjoy a slower pace of life and wide variety of recreational activities on offer. With somuch diversity to choose fromyou really are spoilt for choice.Touring up the coast will take in the coastal towns of Eden, Pambula, Merimbula, Tathra and Bermagui. The southern gateway of the Sapphire Coast starts with the spectacular port of Eden, surrounded by the Ben Boyd National Park, undergoing major rehovations. The history of Eden is steeped in the tradition of the sea, famed for its abundant supply of fresh seafood. The deep sea port offers bay cruising, fishing charters and diving year round and fresh mussels can be purchased straight off the boats as they come into port. The history of Eden’s heritage in the whaling industry has been captured and recreated at the Eden KillerWhale Museum, which is undergoing major renovations. WhileTwofold Bay offers a close up opportunitywith these amazingmarinewildlife each year as thewhalesmake their annual migration to and fromthe Antartic along the southern coastline during springtime. Just beyond Eden hidden away among the tranquility is Wonboyn,which is noted for its fine lake, beach and game-based fishing. The next town along the coast is the heritage village of Pambula and the beautiful Pambula Beach. The village of Pambula is nestled between the waters of Pambula and Merimbula Lake with the name Pambula derived from a Yuin Aboriginal word meaning ‘two waters’. Learn about local indigenous history on a river cruise as you travel upstream to where Aboriginal history dates back over 2000 years or wander around the country markets and olde-world buildings which house a variety of arts,crafts and shopping options – all adding to the unique personality and appeal of this area. Magical Merimbula is known as the heart of the Sapphire Coast and is surrounded by golden beaches andNational Parks.The coastline,beaches and squeaky clean sand inspires water activities of all kinds. Swim, surf, sailboard, kite-surf or dive these amazing clear blue waters, or take a charter boat to tour, fish, dive, dolphin or whale watch (when in season). Experience and explore the Aquarium in the old wharf building and enjoy the variety of local restaurants, cosmopolitan cafes and attractions on offer. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the town on its own or as a central base to discover more of the Sapphire Coast. Merimbula is also renowned as a golfingmecca and a golfer’s paradisewith five different courses in one great location. The Tura Beach greens offer million dollar views and the Pambula-Merimbula Golf Course boasts a 27-hole course. Also located throughout the Sapphire Coast are the Eden Sports & Recreation Club, Bega and Bermagui Country Clubs - so you really are spoilt for choice with five 18-hole courses within one hour’s drive fromMerimbula. Further along the coast is Tathra which is set in unspoilt surrounds.The TathraWharf is a National Trust classified building, a popular fishing spot and also houses the historic Maritime Museum. Dive sites and snorkelling in and around Tathra are spectacular with striking coral and underwater caves. The mighty Tasman is home to fur seals and fairy penguins while the coastal lagoons, rugged coastlines and secluded beaches of Bournda and Mimosa National Parks provide accessible coastal wilderness for exploring. Beyond Tathra is the arts, food and wine trail through Tanja and the serenity of Wapengo Lake. At the top end of the Sapphire Coast is Bermagui with Mount Dromedary watching over the harbour.The fishing paradise of Bermagui wasmade famous by American novelist and avid game fisherman Zane Grey in the 1930s but is more recently known for the filming of The ManWho Sued God starring Billy Connolly.Warm coastal currents and sweeping reefs Welcome to theWildernessWonderland provide ideal conditions for fishing or diving while the sheltered beaches compliment wetlands and coastal lagoons.Take a charter boat deep sea fishing to experience themighty marlin and chase a yellow fin tuna or dine on an array of fresh seafood delights. Inland from Bermagui is the working town of Cobargo with a genuine historic past. Its streetscape features many turn of the century buildings, filled with artists working on their crafts. Step back in time, stop for lunch in the tea-rooms and visit local craftspeople at work who will offer a range of unique woodcrafts, local pottery, leather, art and craft works. Continue the creative vein by following the Princes Highway through to Quaama where local arts are on offer and boutique wines are available for tastings. Set among green pastures, rolling hills and the towering eucalyptus is the tranquillity of the Brogo Dam, full of bass waiting to be caught or ideal for a leisurely canoe, while the country centre of Sapphire Coast is Bega, with its prime dairy countryside home to the internationally famous Bega Cheese. The Bega Heritage Centre is set among the history of cheese making and the lifestyle remains unobtrusive as the rural way of life, where local cheese and produce is celebrated. South-west of Bega is Candelo,which still retains its rustic charmof yesteryear and provides a colourful country market on the first Sunday of every month full of local produce and country atmosphere. While the far west holds the small town of Bemboka with the bold backdrop of the Bemboka National Park.The views fromPiper’s Lookout on a clear day among the rainforest trails are breathtaking and spectacular. The coastal wilderness,golden beaches, sparkling bluewaters and rural countryside are all waiting here for you to discover. The temperate climate and warmer weather, local and regional produce, including our fresh and famous seafood, and wide variety of experiences and attractions can offer something for everyone. The Far South Coast of NSW is only a scenic three-hour drive from the centre of East Gippsland. With such a diversity of relaxation and recreational activities on offer, the Sapphire Coast offers value for money with a variety of holiday packages and affordable accommodation available.The Sapphire Coast is wonderful holiday destination for your escape to come and enjoy.
SAPPHIRE COAST - AUTUMN - EDEN 03 RED POINT TASMAN SEA TASMAN SEA TWOFOLD BAY LENNARDS ISLAND TURA BEACH MOWARRY POINT GREEN CAPE BITTANGABEE BAY SALTWATER BAY WONBOYN BEACH DISASTER BAY THE PINNACLES TURA HEAD BARONDA HEAD PICNIC POINT MURRAH HEAD NELSON BEACH WAJURDA POINT NORTH HEAD TURINGAL HEAD PRINCES HWY PRINCES HWY D MT DARRAGH RD BACK CREEK RD NETHERCOTE RD PRINCES HWY MYRTLE MOUNTAI N RD CANDELO RD PRINCES HWY PRINCES HWY PRINCES HWY SAPPHIRE COAST RD CANDELO WOLUMLA RD MOGILLA RD BEGA TATHRA RD NTAINS HWY SNOWY MOUNTAINS HWY PRINCES HWY PRINCES HWY PRINCES HWY PRINCES HWY TATHRA BERMAGUI R D TATHRA BERMAGUI RD WALLAGA LAKE RD KAMERUKA RD MERIMBULA NORTH BEGA BERMAGUI CANDELO COBARGO WALLAGA LAKE WYNDHAM WOLUMLA TOWAMBA NETHERCOTE BOYDTOWN WONBOYN LAKE MT IMLAY NATIONAL PARK NULLICA STATE FOREST TOWAMBA STATE FOREST EAST BOYD STATE FOREST NADGEE STATE FOREST GNUPA STATE FOREST YURAMMIE STATE FOREST MUMBULLA STATE FOREST MURRAH STATE FOREST MIMOSA ROCKS NATIONAL PARK BIAMANGA STATE FOREST WADBILLIGA NATIONAL PARK BERMAGUI STATE FOREST WANDELLA STATE FOREST BOURNDA NATURE RESERVE EDEN PAMBULA BEN BOYD NATIONAL PARK BOURNDA NATIONAL PARK Scan here for full detailed maps EDEN PAMBULA MERIMBULA BEGA BERMAGUI EAST GIPPSLAND TO 18kms 25kms 19kms 7 kms 44kms The Bundian Way is a pathway from the sea to the mountains. A 365 kilometre pathway of shared Aboriginal and European history that leads through a remarkable variety of bush landscapes, across plains and mountain ranges, between Turemulerrer (Twofold Bay) and Targangal (Mount Kosciuszko), the highest point on the Australian mainland. The Bundian Way is an ancient pathway for Aboriginal people from Yuin, Ngarigo, Jaitmathang, Bidawal Country that provided safe passage between the coast and the high country. Travel along the pathway allowed different tribal groups to gather on the shores of Turemulerrer (Twofold Bay) during the spring whale migration and ceremonial places near Targangal (Mount Kosciuszko) for the Bogong gatherings in summer. Aboriginal people were early guides to the colonial surveyors and settlers. Travelling stockmen went on to use the Bundian Way when moving stock to fresh pastures, and today’s visitors can see many examples of two cultures using the one trail to access food, shelter and community. Scarred trees and early examples of Aboriginal crop cultivation dot the track, and bimbola shells, an Aboriginal salt water food, turn up many miles from the sea. Travellers may also see trees marked by colonial explorers, stockmen’s trails, huts and homestead ruins. Today the Bundian Way is sometimes an established trail, sometimes a minor country road, and also a rough track through wilderness woodlands or tall forests. But always it is there. Always the Bundian Way, waiting to safely show people a route between the sea and the mountains. In 2013 the NSW Government officially recognised the Bundian Way’s cultural, historical and wilderness significance with a Heritage listing. The Bundian Way is currently in development to become a connected walking track, but is not open for walkers yet. To get a taste of the Bundian Way, you are invited to experience the Whale Dreaming Trail and Story Trail in Eden and the Bundian Way Art Gallery in Delegate which are proudly presented by Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council. If you turn into Quarantine Bay, Eden you’ll see sign boards explaining the story, a viewing platform and a path to wander along this beautiful coastline. Fromthesea tomountains
04 SAPPHIRE COAST - AUTUMN - EDEN It’s no wonder this charming seaside town was namedEden– it truly is a sliceof paradise. Set on the shores of Twofold Bay, Eden is surrounded by National Parks and pristine beaches. With themany national parks, forest drives,bush walks, picturesque views, fascinating history and temperate climate, Eden can be enjoyed all year round. Make sure you visit Boyd’s Tower, Seahorse Inn at Boydtown, the naval wharf, chip mill, mussel farms, Eden’s fishing fleet and on most trips you will see dolphins and seals. Visit the famous “Killer Whale Museum” and discover the history of Eden and its colourful past. The working port of Snug Cove Wharf is a drawcard for visitors with trawlers regularly bringing home the day’s catch for relay to the markets while scenic cruises are always a superb option. Further past the wharf is the Rotary Lookout with panoramic views over Twofold Bay. Take a wander along the boardwalk at Lake Curalo,which is a great location for birdwatching, then go across the road to Aslings beach and follow theMaritime HeritageWalk,which depicts the maritime history of Eden. To the north of Eden stroll through amazing forest, woodland, heath and a moist gully to the Pinnacles, an erosion formation of colourful gravels and clays creating a spectacular sight. For the energetic, experience the thrill of reef or game fishing on board a fishing charter vessel, have a round of golf or enjoy the many water sports. A walk for the adventurous, the Light to Light walking track runs fromBen BoydTower toGreen Cape Lighthouse andpasses through spectacular coastal scenery. Thewalk can take 3-4 days or you can do small sections of it. Treat yourself to a scenic flight and take in the natural beauty of this remote part of the world. At the end of the day you can enjoy a relaxing dinner at one of the many restaurants or join in the local entertainment at the club and hotels. Eden has a large range of accommodation, from motels, bed and breakfasts, caravan parks, hotels and backpackers. Somany choices inEden EDEN
SAPPHIRE COAST - AUTUMN - EDEN 05 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 CURAIO WEECOON COVE CALLE CALLE BAY COCORA BEACH CATTLE BAY SNUG COVE YALLUMGO COVE ASLINGS BEACH TWOFOLD BAY NULLICA STATE FOREST BEN BOYD NATIONAL PARK GEORGE BASS PARK MARTHA KIRBY PARK ROTARY PARK ROTARACT PARK NETHERCOTE TO PAMBULA & MERIMBULA TO EAST GIPPSLAND TO EDEN Welcome to The Eden Visitor Information Centre was the winner of the judge’s “TourismStar Award” at the New South Wales Tourism Awards. This new accolade was added to the awards list to acknowledge tremendous resilience and innovation during a period of immense challenges, and winners were selected from the large list of finalists from all categories. “We feel so honoured to have been selected for this very special award,” centre manager, Clair Mudaliar, said. “The judge’s were obviously impressed with what we managed to achieve even through bushfires, floods and covid.” Throughout the 18-month time period that the awards took in, the Eden Visitor Information Centre achieved a number of objectives. Some of these included moving to a new location within the iconic Eden Welcome Centre, rebranding, diversifying operations, overhauling their complete retail offering to include mainly local products and all the while striving to be innovative with their support to local businesses and the community. Volunteers and staff celebrated at a COVID-safe event held at the centre last night while streaming the awards ceremony and there weren’t any cheers louder throughout the evening than those from Eden when the win was announced. In her acceptance speech Clair thanked all the volunteers, the volunteer board of management, and staff all of whom are integral to the running of the centre, and a special mention was given to Bob Sykes (assistant manager) for his knowledge and vision. In a time when Visitor Information Centre’s are being closed down in surrounding shires, the Eden Visitor Information Centre continues to prove the worth of Information Centre’s and their value to the tourism economy – leading the way with innovative ways to sustain their non-profit operations. “We feel so proud to be acknowledged in this way, this award means the world to us as we really feel like a David and Goliath situation going up against major business and council run centres, so it’s a massive achievement for our little non-profit, volunteer staffed, centre to be able to take home a win at a state level,” Clair said. The Eden Visitor Information Centre is operated by not-for-profit entity EdenTourism Inc., and the centre (now located at the Eden Wharf ) is open seven days a week, 363 days a year. They support local tourism businesses, provide advice and guidance to visitors, market Eden as a destination through their own website and social media channels, and work on projects (such as new town entry signage) to support the local tourism industry. Visitor centre’sgoldstar
06 SAPPHIRE COAST - AUTUMN - EDEN More than 160 applications of interest have been taken for Core Asset Development’s (CAD) multimillion dollar planned residential and hotel development,The Sapphire Of Eden. CAD has recently opened an on-site sales office in the recently closed Eden Fishermen’s Club. The company has lodged a development application for the proposed complex which will boast one, two and three-bedroom plus study apartments priced at more than $600,000, as well as a hotel. The opening of the sales office follows CAD appointing international operator, Radisson Hotels, under its specialist brand, Radisson Individuals, to manage the five-star 78-room luxury hotel and function centre to be built in one of the four towers, to be called Sapphire of Eden Hotel - An Individuals By Radisson. “The hotel and apartments will provide a superb lifestyle option and have been designed by noted architects, Altis Architecture, and its principal,Mr Andrew O’Connell, taking in the 360 degree vistas,” a CAD spokesperson said. The precinct will feature a heated pool, gym and barbecue areas with completion of the project expected in late 2022. A spokesperson for CAD said the development was expected to re-shape and revitalise Eden as a major regional centre at the Fishermen’s Club site on Chandos and Imlay Streets, Eden. “This will bring millions of dollars into the Eden economy,” the spokesperson said. CAD appointed Century 21 Projects Australasia as its sales agent for the apartments,who is manning the sales office on the site seven days a week to answer inquiries. “We are delighted with the very strong, early interest among apartments buyers, and over 15 per cent of the project was sold on release in the first week with strong continuing volumes,” CAD managing director, Mark Toma, said. “The majority of buyers are coming from the Sapphire Coast and looking for a luxury residence to downsize or invest in a luxury residence.” Mr Toma said the sales response comes as NSW’s South Coast is benefitting from significant government infrastructure and a surge in tourism as COVID restrictions ease. ASapphireSTUNNER
SAPPHIRE COAST - AUTUMN - EDEN 07 Display suite open by appointment only COVID rules apply! Once in a lifetime opportunity to the region. The images are conceptual only and are licensed and copyrighted to Core Assets Developments Pty Ltd. Any use of these images without authority are not permitted. Images cannot be relied apon and are purely marketing information. PRE SALES NOW OPEN RESERVE YOUR SLICE OF EDEN BEFORE PUBLIC SALES LAUNCH NOW SET FOR 16THOF OCTOBER. LUXURY APARTMENTS & PENTHOUSES WITH WATERFRONT VIEWS APARTMENTS ADJACENT RADISSON BY INDIVIDUALS 5 STAR RESORT 217 Imlay St Eden 1300 333 688 thesapphireofeden.com.au SECURE Y UR OWN SLICE OF EDEN LUXURY THOUSES WITH AYERFRONT VIEWS APARTMENTS DJACENT TO RA ISSO INDIVIDUALS 5 ST R RESORT M516987
08 SAPPHIRE COAST - AUTUMN - EDEN M516988 A year round destination, Eden offers so much to see and do. If you really want to take in all its beauty you can’t go past Cat Balou Cruises. Even in the whale ‘off season’ several options enable you to see this spectacular coast, seabirds and ocean wildlife. With years of experience the Cat Balou crew will make any of the selected outings memorable: the Coastal Wilderness Cruise; the Twofold Bay Discovery Cruise; the Twofold Bay Highlights Cruise. On most trips passengers get to see dolphins, seals and a great variety of sea birds, including something very special, the majestic albatross. Cat Balou is a stable 16-metre catamaran licensed to carry 72 passengers. As numbers may have limits this year, make an early booking and everyone will have plenty of room to move about safely. Passengers have a choice of sitting inside, on the upper deck, or in the large bow area, providing excellent viewing and photo opportunities. A live commentary is provided throughout the cruise and passenger interaction is encouraged. Unlike most of the other ports in the area, there is direct ocean access from the port of Eden, with no sand bars to cross so passengers are not required to wear life jackets. Complimentary light refreshments are served on all cruises, and of course bookings are essential at the moment to manage the number of passengers. The ‘WOW’ factor Cruise in comfort on the Cat Balou.
SAPPHIRE COAST - AUTUMN - PAMBULA 09 If you’re looking for a quiet coastal town with a great surf beach and central to the delights of the Sapphire Coast, then the twin towns of Pambula and Pambula Beach should be at the top of your list. For thousands of years the Pambula River floodplain was a source of food and materials for the Thaua people of the Yuin nation. The name Pambula derived from Yuin Aboriginal word meaning ‘two waters’. Europeans first explored the region during George Bass’ 1797 southern voyage. As he sought shelter from inclement weather he travelled up the Pambula River, noting in his diary the beauty of the area. Settlement did not begin until the 1830s with the original township being built on the southern banks of the Pambula River. Severe flooding three decades later meant the town had to be relocated to its present site on higher ground. Some graves still remain at the original site. Timber, maize, wattlebark, dairying and oyster farming formed the basis of the local economy in the late 19th century, but gold was discovered on the banks of the Yowaka River in 1888, and by 1891, 11 mining companies had begun operation at the Mount Gahan site Pambula’s historic past is very much evident today with beautifully restored and maintained historic buildings and farmhouses. One of these buildings is the former home of Syms Covington, who assisted naturalist Charles Darwin on the second voyage of The Beagle in the 1830s. Captain John Lloyd constructed The Grange at South Pambula on his 1844 land grant. Lloyd was active in rescuing victims of Pambula’s 1851 flood. The windows of The Grange were barred due to tensions with the local Aboriginal people, though not all early settlers were as anxious in their relationships with the indigenous people. Other restored colonial buildings include The Retreat (1850s), the Court House (1860) and St Peters Catholic Church (1867). To explore the area’s history further river cruises are available where the visitor can learn about the local indigenous people, travelling upstream to where Aboriginal history dates back over 2000 years. Today Pambula has a rich mixture of businesses, including galleries, cafés, restaurants, gift shops and hotels. Five minutes east of Pambula village is Pambula Beach, nestled between the ocean, the mouth of Pambula River, and Ben Boyd National Park. A sealed bike and walking track connects Pambula with Pambula Beach, a distance of about two kilometres. There are also walking tracks and viewing platforms. Pambula Beach has an excellent swimming beach patrolled by the Pambula Surf Life Saving Club during peak periods, the dog friendly Middle Beach, and the beautiful Pambula River mouth. Boat launching facilities on the Pambula Lake give easy access to the lake and beach. Take a very pleasant stroll along the Pambula River walking track that gently meanders along the Pambula riverbank. Offering charming river views, it passes through coastal woodland to a lookout with views across pretty Severs Beach and the river. Ideal for families and nature-lovers keen to take in the unspoilt natural beauty of Ben Boyd National Park, the track starts at the mouth of Pambula River with views of Haycock Point. Informative signs along the track highlight the area’s rich cultural history. Sit quietly with a pair of binoculars and watch for a wide variety of local birdlife including sea eagles.Train your viewers on the water and you may even spot dolphins or stingrays in the crystal clear river waters. With their estuary, beaches, ocean and lake, all in close proximity, Pambula and Pambula Beach are ideal family holiday destinations. Perfect Pambula If you need a break from endless beaches, fantastic fishing and wonderful national parks there isone special place in Pambula a stone’s throw away from Merimbula Lake that offers the quintessential oyster experience. This is not to bemissed. Nestledonone stunning coastal property is the marriage of Wheeler’s Oyster Farm and Wheeler’s Seafood Restaurant which offers visitors the opportunity to follow the oyster journey from lake to plate. Standing on the rise near the farm’s main shed you can see the oyster leases in the distance laid out in the pristine waters of Merimbula Lake. If you’re looking for local produce you won’t get muchmore local. Oyster farming has played an important role in Merimbula’s economy since settlement. Oyster farming is Australia’s oldest form of aquaculture. After years of innovation and working with nature to finally achieve an efficient farming process, Wheeler’s Oyster Farmnowboasts a state of the art processing facility. They have established their position as a leader in aquaculture, education and ecotourism in the region. Owner of Wheeler’s Seafood Restaurant, Jacqui Smith, grew up on a sheep farm in Riverslea, Gippsland, attended school in Maffra but made the Sapphire Coast her home and loves it. She actually wrote her thesis on oyster farming, and it was only by coincidence that she met HughWheeler and took the reins of abusiness so closely alignedwithher passion for the marine environment. “The partnership between the oyster farmandour teamhere at the restaurant and take-away shop is really a special one,” she said. Top off your experience by dining in Wheeler’s SeafoodRestaurantwhere you can eat these quality oysters with contemporary hot or cold toppings or perfectly natural for the purists. The restaurant,openWednesday to Sunday, offers an a la cartemenu featuring a range of delicious seafood from the area but also Wheeler’s has a take-away shop, fresh seafood vendor and gift shop. So whether it’s delicious fish and chips on the beach, something for the barbeque, or a perfect dinner for a special occasion,you can find it atWheeler’s. Restaurant bookings canbemade online or by contactingWheeler’s directly. Totally fresh - food,air andocean Wheeler’s is a name synonymous with fresh seafood, local produce and fine dining on the Sapphire Coast.Wheeler’s Seafood Restaurant owner, Jacqui Smith, has brought her personal touch to the historic business. Seafood Restaurant Lunch & Dinner | Wed - Sun Takeaway Shop and Café 10am til 6pm | 7 days Oyster Bar 12 til late, most days M517043
10 SAPPHIRE COAST - AUTUMN - MERIMBULA Merimbula is arguably the holiday resort of the Sapphire Coast. Situated on the coast between Tathra and Pambula, Merimbula welcomes many thousands of tourists throughout the year. The town’s population of about 4000 swells significantly during holiday periods as tourists flock to experience what the locals enjoy every day. The township is situated around the beautiful coastal waterways of Merimbula, Top and Back Lakes.These clean tidal lakes,with their changing parade of blues each day, and the many water sports that can be enjoyed make Merimbula’s waterways a major attraction for visitors. 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 boardsurfers. Other beaches around Merimbula include Main Surf, Bar and Middle beaches. Some offer barbecue facilities, change-rooms and toilets. Just about any water sport you could desire is available around Merimbula. Fishing fans are well catered for with boat hire, ramps and other facilities. One of the most popular fishing spots is the Merimbula wharf, which provides deep sea fishing without the need of a boat. FORESTS, PARKS AND COUNTRY TOWNS The visitor to Merimbula is not confined only to beach and water activities. Only a short drive from the town will take you to the beautiful Bournda National Park,while 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 artisans and craft work), Kameruka and Wyndham, each steeped in pioneeering history. SHOPPING AND EATING Shopping in Merimbula is a tourist’s delight withmany specialty shops with unique crafts and souvenirs as well as a good range of food and fashion outlets. Likewise eating out in Merimbula never gets boring with a range of cuisines and eateries to suit all tastes. Seafood is of course, high on the menu. ACCOMMODATION AND ENTERTAINMENT Accommodation is widely available in unit complexes, motels and caravan parks. Also nearby are cabin developments that give you the peace and beauty of the Australian bush while still being within close distance to 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 great views of Merimbula’s scenic beauty. Entertainment abounds in Merimbula and all ages will find plenty to do here. The kids can enjoy the Magic Mountain complex with activities such as waterslides, a mountain slide, forest maze, pools, a roller coaster ride, playground and picnic areas. In town the kids will find a great cinema, amusement centre and other attractions. Adults are also well catered for with a number of licensed clubs which offer 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. Jewel in thecoast’s crown MERIMBULA
SAPPHIRE COAST - AUTUMN - MERIMBULA 11 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 Merimbula’s Visitor Information Centre has moved to the centre of the town. (PS) Merimbula's fully accredited Visitor Information Centre is now right in the heart of town at 7/29Market Street. It is a brand new facility brimming with helpful hints,maps, tourist guides and souvenirs. If you haven’t been to Merimbula for a while, the original smaller site for the information centre near thewater’s edge has nowclosed and the new, light and bright location is a must visit. Youwill find a full range of information services for local sightseeing and activities, including surf fishing,walks and tours. Merimbula has a huge range of accommodation to suit all budgets. It is a year-rounddestination for families, fishermen and thosewho love exploring. Merimbula Visitor Information Centre’s hours of operation: Closed Monday; Tuesday to Saturday: 10am-4pm; Sunday: 10am-2pm. All the information in theheart of town
12 SAPPHIRE COAST - AUTUMN - MERIMBULA % $%& %$% #&# $& % #&! " $%&! &# " %#&#!& %" % %& $ & ! "! & &" & & &$ & & & ! """ ! " ! The Picture Show Man Cinema has been family owned and operated for more than 20 years, bringing movies from across the world to the Merimbula area. The Picture Show Man team works with the community to screen films and hold events that are important to them, from locally made films to charity events for community groups. “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,” managing director, Jesse Tankard, said. “We also have an extensive range of treats from our candy bar which range from fresh made popcorn, delicious self-made choc tops and a plethora of other lollies you can enjoy on your own or with others. “We screen a large variety of films so there is always something to watch, whether you’re wanting a romantic tearjerker, a high-octane action flick or a thought-provoking drama. “We’ve also got the kids covered for when they need a break from the beach (or you need a break from the kids), with the latest selection of children’s movies from around the world.” So next time you are in Merimbula be sure to catch up on the latest films at The Picture Show Man Cinema and head in to see the friendly staff who are always ready to help with any of your movie going needs. Information on current films can be found on The Picture Show Man website. “We look forward to seeing you at the movies,” Jesse said. FilmfunatThePictureShowMan Merimbula’s The Picture Show Man Cinema. (PS) After a year like no other, the EAT Festival will return in 2022 to celebrate the best of the Sapphire Coast food scene. Over three days from March 10-13, locals and visitors will be invited to 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. EAT Merimbula will headline the long weekend on Sunday, March 13, going back to where it all began, nine years ago on the shores of Merimbula Lake. EAT Merimbula expands every year and 2022 is no exception. Old favourites will rub shoulders with new creatives, the Longstocking bar will pump out the brews and the famous Sapphire Coast Wilderness Oysters tent will serve their signature shuckings. Following the success of 2021, several of the sell out EAT on Tour satellite events are back on board to help the festival deliver a huge long weekend, and all with a slight twist on last year. Pividori’s in Tathra will host a dedicated oyster event, the Wheelers Long Table will return as will TOAST Pambula and North of Eden’s Gin collab, Cat Balou’s sell out Sunset Cruise, and Shucking School at Broadwater Oysters. Organisers are also excited to welcome Millford Acres to the EAT family. So stay tuned to the official website for dates, details and how to book. (Photo: David Rogers Photography, courtesy Sapphire Coast Destination Marketing) onEATFestival Feast
SAPPHIRE COAST - WINTER - MERIMBULA 13 POTOROO PALACE NATIVE ANIMAL EDUCATION SANCTUARY Phone: (02) 6494 9225 Office: (02) 6494 9053 2372 Princes Hwy, Yellow Pinch Merimbula E: email@example.com www.potoroopalace.com ' " % % % ! & ! ! ' ( " ' ' $ ! # ! ' ( % Where littlecreaturesdo roam Just 10 minutes fromMerimbula and nestled in the beautiful BegaValley you’ll find Potoroo Palace and its fascinating sanctuary. Open from 9am till 4pm everyday (except Christmas Day), you can meet koalas, kangaroos, echidnas, emus and more. You can even touch a snake then stroll through the cooling mist of a walk-through aviary, go for a ride on the mini train and have lunch and really good coffee at the BlueWren Café. Barbecues are also available. A not-for-profit organisation passionate about caring for the earth, the staff at Potoroo Palace are dedicated to improving the habitats and wellbeing of the native animals in their care while promoting public awareness of their plight in the wild. Educating the community about the importance of the conservation of unique Australian native animals and plants. Ask about Potoroo Palace Keeper Talks which are a complimentary and an optional part of the entry into this fantastic sanctuary. For a little extra on your ticket price Animal Encounter tours can provide a more closeup experience. It’s best to make enquiries before your visit if you wish to have this special and memorable option.
14 SAPPHIRE COAST - AUTUMN - MERIMBULA Specialising in package deals to suit your needs. See our website or contact us for more information. #,%(!/' ,%0# #,%(!/' $ **& *)'%)# 111 - ++$%,#1 .#,-(*.*,%)) "*( / (02) 6495 3408 | www.merimbulawaterview.com Luxury • 1-3 bedroom fully appointed apartments & penthouses • Large solar pool amongst lush gardens • Full panoramic views & onlymetres from the beach Whether relaxing,surfing inyour extrawarmwetsuit,boating,walking or finding foodie delights Merimbula has somuch on offer. A great place to start exploring is at the Fishpen which overlooks pristine waters and working oyster leases. An easy and leisurely walk into town provides access to all the shops for whatever youmay seek. The Fishpen area was so named because the local fishermen in the 1930s used tonet salmonoff theMerimbula Beach.The fishwere penned inside the lake, close to the causeway and were then transported to Sydney. No matter where you stay in Merimbula, you’re bound to get a friendly welcome with hints and tips fromyour hosts who all want tomake your visit pleasant andmemorable. SAPPHIREWATERSMOTOR INN Close to the centre of town, SapphireWaters Motor Inn is only a short walk from the beach for swimming, surfing, diving and exploring. Each of the 29 spacious and comfortable rooms are cheerily decorated and well furnished to ensure that you settle in to a leisurelymood to enjoy amost relaxing holiday in Merimbula. The rooms are serviced daily by diligent and approachable staff members who are always happy to accommodate your needs. Take a room with a balcony and you’ll enjoy stunning views of the coast. Aplace tostay andalsoplay SapphireWaters Motor Inn, which boosts stunning executive suites, has a great location close to town. Its easy to unwind and relax at Merimbula’s Waterview Luxury and Penthouse Apartments, a fresh, modern complex situated at the towns most sought after location on the popular Fishpen peninsula. WithMerimbula’s famousMain Beach just aminute away you’ll hear and smell the surf when you alight from your car. Set between ocean and lake it provides the ultimate in luxury holiday accommodation. The apartments feature lounge anddining areas that are tastefully decorated in a modern style. They are light, spacious and comfortable and feature full-length panoramicwindows opening out toprivate balconies or patios,providing superb views. The space and elegance of the luxury top floor penthouses are second to none. They’re big (around 25 squares) and feature unparalleled viewswith truly gracious living areas, quality fittings, extra large private balconies with sun lounges, and an abundance of space and privacy. The gourmet kitchen is fully equipped with a dishwasher, microwave, ceramic cook top, fan-forced oven and all the crockery and utensils necessary to ensure your candlelight dinner is a great success. The Waterview Luxury and Penthouse Apartments is the perfect base to explore the beautiful Sapphire Coast with its magnificent coastal andmountain national parks and the peace and solitude of almost endless beaches. Arts, crafts, restaurants, wineries, clubs, sport, fishing - it’s all there for you on your doorstep.Merimbula’s shops,boutiques and an abundance of superb restaurants are a pleasant stroll across the scenic causeway. If you’re feeling energetic,the local walking / and cycling track starts adjacent to the apartments, or you may enjoy the tranquil beauty of the Merimbula Lake Boardwalk. Evenwith all this available to you,youmay simply want to stay on site and relax with the family inour solar heated saltwater pool. The pool is located up on the first floor mezzanine area adjacent to the fantastically large entertainment area. Paved in quality slate, it provides a new dimension in outdoor living, featuring tables with sun umbrellas and patio heaters for the cooler autumnal days. Complimentary twinbarbecues ensure it’s the perfect place to unwind on a sunny afternoon. Why not use the Waterview Luxury and Penthouse Apartments as your base when you next visit Merimbula and do it in true style. Relax incomfort close to it all Feel the warmth by the pool at Waterview Luxury Apartments.
SAPPHIRE COAST - AUTUMN - TATHRA 15 MARKET DAYS First Sunday of the Month 8.30am – 12.30pm | Candelo Market, Candelo Township Every Thursday of the Month 4pm – 6pm | Bermagui Growers Market, Bermagui Country Club Every Friday of the Month 8am – 1pm | Bega Produce Market, Littleton Gardens, Bega Second Sunday of the Month 8am – 1pm | Pambula Village Market, Pambula Soccer Grounds Third Saturday of the Month 8m – 1pm | Eden Community Market, Eden Uniting Church Community Garden Third Sunday of the Month 8am – noon | Merimbula Seaside Market, Ford Oval Mermbula Fourth Sunday of the Month 8.30am – 1pm | Wyndham Village Market,Wyndham Hall Third Saturday (January, April, July, October) 9am – noon | Flourish Market Pambula, Grounds of Covingtons, Pambula Fourth Saturday (January, April, July, October) 8am – noon | Nethercote Produce Market, Nethercote Hall Tathra is surrounded by the natural beauty of both Mimosa Rocks National Park to the north, and Bournda National Park to the south, with pristine beaches, coastal lagoons and lakes. Tathra’s local history is full of tales of gold, with hundreds of prospectors flooding into the area in the 1850s. While the boom proved short lived, the prospectors have left behind a goldmine of trails. Loggers also plied their trade in the early to mid 1900s in the nearby forests, teams of men and beasts inadvertently creating a modern mountain biker’s dream. A legacy of these pioneers is a labyrinth of trails ripe for riding. Now, many kilometres of purpose built trails have been added to the historic tracks, built by the local mountain bike club members who are always happy to show visitors around and encourage them to enter the races and events organised by the club. The Tathra trails are graded with beginner paths conveniently located closest to the Mountain Bike Park and Country Club. As a rider’s skill level increases they can test their fitness and proficiency up trails sporting intriguing names such as ‘Evil Tom’, ‘Soft Sally’ and ‘Kingy’s Climb’. There are trails offering plenty of climbing and stunning beach views while others are fun and undulating with challenging sections such as ‘Humpty Dumpty’ and the ‘Creek Run’. Besides climbs and sweeping descents, all trails include obstacles such as log rollovers, gully drops and rocks to test riders’ mettle. As well as a stunning coastal single trail, Tathra also offers hundreds of kilometres of coastal fire roads and national parks, which can be easily reached by bike from the Tathra township. National park trails running south include Boulder Bay, White Rock and Games Bay, while to the north, cyclists can access Ford’s Farm, Moon Bay and Nelson’s Beach in the Mimosa Rocks National Park. Now a popular fishing spot for locals and tourists, the Tathra Wharf was built over 150 years ago, when coastal shipping took off with the establishment of the Illawarra and South Coast Steam Navigation Company in 1858. The site on which the wharf stands is a small promontory that gives extended views up and down the coast, particularly to the north. The headland above the wharf is largely parkland and provides more spectacular views further south down the coast. With its deep water and spectacular scenery the water around the wharf is not just a top fishing spot for tourists and locals. Diving and snorkeling in the area are also popular. Launch a boat at Mogareeka Inlet and fish for flathead in the Bega River, or head for the Pacific Ocean for some great deep sea fishing with direct access via the boat launching facilities at Kianinny Bay. Head down to the beach and watch surfers ply the waves or standup paddle boarders in the morning, or have a go yourself. Surroundedby MotherNature’s absolutebest Tathra’s historic wharf is more than 150 years old.
16 SAPPHIRE COAST - AUTUMN - TATHRA TATHRA BEACH e c o c a m p (02) 6494 4773 tathraecocamp.com.au WAKE UP IN NATURE CABIN4 t GLAMPIN( t CARAVANNIN( t CAMPING TATHRA A true beauty and ‘rise from the ashes’ story. After being ravaged by fire in the 2018 bushfires and a careful period of rejuvenation and rebuilding, the Tathra Beach Eco Camp has been lovingly brought back from disaster to offer guests a uniquely natural and immersive camping destination. Surrounded by national park and pristine beach,Tathra Beach Eco Camp (formerly the Tathra Motor Village) provides the opportunity for guests to unwind in natural surrounds and also immerse in a range of adventure activities. Whether it’s the bush tucker garden, or dedicated kangaroo zone, the owners totally respect this environment and encourage guests to come and enjoy it.You can become part of it on your unique holiday. Special presentations called ‘Yarn time’ are held at the cultural area with Gary (a proud Yuin man) which is a real hit with our guests.You will learn about bush tucker, traditional medicine and why Tathra and this cultural site is so significant to the traditional custodians of this land and the waters we are blessed to share. Come and experience a stay in nature like no place you’ve been before. There is a range of impressive accommodation options to suit your taste. Nestled in beautiful bushland adjacent to Tathra Beach, this park has something for beachcombers and bush lovers alike. Spacious powered and unpowered camp and caravan sites are available, along with truly special ‘Bell Bird’ and ‘Driftwood’ glamping tents for those that like the creature comforts whilst being out among nature. You can also enjoy the beautifully styled cabins which offer couples, families and nature seekers a luxe base to take in the surrounds and explore Tathra. The Puggle Play Ground is just a great way for children to be active on holidays. With mountain biking and bush walking, relaxing on the sand or body surfing, this beach location provides a wide range of things to do for all our guests. It’s an environment for adults and children to do so many activities together. Total immersion, relaxation and enjoyment. Fromtheashes - auniqueplace tostay
SAPPHIRE COAST - AUTUMN - TATHRA 17 TATHRA RD TATHRA RD BEGA ST THOMPSONS DRIVE THOMPSONS DRIVE TATHRA BERMAGUI RD ANDY POOLE DRIVE TATHRA ST WHARF ST TATHRA FOREST LAWRENCE PARK TATHRA POINT MOGAREEKA INLET TASMAN SEA TATHRA Welcome to RIVER BEGA RIVER Scan here for full detailed map Situated just over the dunes from the spectacular sands of Tathra Beach, Tathra Beachside’s many accommodationoptionswill suit all sized families ina comfortable andmemorable location. Options include camping and caravan sites, with and without en suite, retro vans, surf villas, safari tents, pet friendly cottages and a great trio of funky studio surf shacks that can become a suite of three rooms for a large family or group of small families if needed. The sparkling pool is a great place to relax by, do some exercise in and the kids will have a ball on the giant jumping pillow as well as an awesome playground with three slides, jumping logs, climbing frames, tunnels and muchmore right next to the Beach Barn camp kitchen. You can’tmiss the Big SplashWaterpark for the kids,open all year round for heaps of watery entertainment. The location is just perfect as there is 500metres of beach front where you can enjoy all those activities that come with a seaside holiday. And a short walk from Tathra Beachside is Tathra’s famous skate park, suitable for all ages and heaps of fun for any type of wheels. Tathra is a happy little community with that oldfashioned laid back attitude, but a cosmopolitan style all its own. It has great cafes and restaurants, fascinating galleries and specialty shops, and two busy clubs within walking distance from the park. GET SET FORMAY FromMay 3-10 the annual Rockabilly Retro Rally is on for a week of movies, music, awesome cars and a chance to relive a great era. Dance to The Rockabilly Rebels and sing along with Frankie J &WilburWild.Dress up in your retro best! Events like Rockwiz will be heaps of fun. There’ll be fashions and food to get you in the mood. Visit Tathra Beachside’s website for booking and event details.Follow themon Facebook to keep abreast of all the excitement and activity going on at this gorgeous seaside park that offers fun for the entire family. Throughout any holiday season Tathra Beachside will make sure that you and all the family have the perfect opportunity to meet up with new friends in the park, or touch base with old ones. When you book in, they’ll tell you all about inhouse events and also local events nearby. TathraBeachside is set to ‘ROCK’...abilly &2!.+ ) % * 7) , "52 7) ,$ o 4(% (//0 3 o 4(% -!'.% 4/ 3 4(% 2/#+!" ) , ,9 2% " % , 3 o -/ * / '2 ) : : ,9 !$!-3 o /. 4(% 02/7, o 4/.9 -/.!2/ $2 ) 6% ) . -/6 ) % 3 2/#+7) : 6 ) .4!'% &!3( ) /. 0!2!$% 3(/7 . 3( ) .% -/2% R D T H - A Y Y FFF * C C 7A 1 4 27B 8 3 4 * 2>< * D
18 SAPPHIRE COAST - AUTUMN - BERMAGUI Offshore fishing bonanza At its closest point to the mainland the Australian continental shelf is just 20 kilometres off the coast of Bermagui. Essentially thismeans exceptional deep-sea fishing in close proximity to the shore, in particular yellow fin and black marlin. Nestled around a safe, all-weather harbour dating from the 1830s,Bermagui has its own commercial fishing fleet to reap the bounty of abundant seafood. The Bermagui Fisherman’s Co-op, which has been in operation since 1946, still offers fresh fish and prawns daily. After three years of planning and 10months of building the impressive Bermagui Wharf was officially opened in December 2009. The locally sourced spotted-gum columns that dominate the building are a reflection of the surrounding forests from whence they came.They also remind us of the classic wharf structures found in traditional fishing villages such as Bermagui. The wharf complex features 10 local businesses, all under the one roof, including the Bermagui Fishermen’s CoOperative, two restaurants, a fish and chip take away, fresh seafood, cafe, gift and retail shops, a wine bar and real estate office, all with Bermagui Harbour views. While its deep-sea fishing is amajor draw card,with charter boats operating deep-sea dive and game fishing trips, reef, rock,beach and estuary fishing are also very popular around the town. Close to Bermagui,Wallaga Lake is the largest coastal lake in southernNSWand is popular for swimming, fishing,sailing, boating,water skiing and prawning (in season) and is home to the Umbarra (black duck). It is an area of outstanding natural beauty with special significance for theYuin-Monaro Aboriginal people. Amere seven-kilometre diversion off the highwaywill lead you to this tranquil havenwheremore than 200 species of birds have been identified. In Gulaga National Park Mount Dromedary dominates, overlooking Bermagui’s secluded surf beaches, estuaries, wetlands and coastal lagoons.Serious walkers can tackle the mountain,with spectacular views of the coast andMontague Island from the summit. Choose frommany picnic spots including Camel Rock, the Spotted GumForest Area,Michael Lerner Lookout,Cuttagee Lake and the Bermagui River Park. Beares Beach, Moreheads Beach, Haywards Beach and Cuttagee Beach are popular with surfers looking to catch a wave. Blue Pool is a large ocean rock pool located in Scenic Drive. It offers a different swimming experience and is a great spot for snorkeling. The Blue Pool is a large saltwater pool which and is a natural attraction not to be missed. A great variety of accommodation is available in and around Bermagui for all budgets to enjoy the beauty of the area. Bermagui