Sapphire Coast

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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