Sapphire Coast

Travel Guide
Merimbula showing a bay or harbour, a sandy beach and waves

Find several secluded beaches, scenic lakes and intriguing seaside towns amid awe-inspiring national parks on this diverse coastal strip in southern New South Wales.

Discover water gleaming like a jewel on the Sapphire Coast, New South Wales’ most southerly coastal region. Stretching along the seaside of Bega Valley, the Sapphire Coast is a treasure trove of stunning beaches, sheltered bays, intriguing rock formations and beautiful bushland reserves. Drive along the scenic coast and hike a network of rewarding walking tracks or simply laze on the beach and enjoy a picnic of the region’s cheeses.

Explore the Sapphire Coast’s charming seaside villages. Learn about local Aboriginal cultural heritage at Wallaga Lake or try fishing at Bermagui and Wonboyn Lake. The large country town of Bega has a rich dairying history. Investigate the region’s award-winning cheeses at the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre.

Tathra, by the sea, is bordered by the magnificent Mimosa Rocks National Park and the Bournda National Park. See eerie caves and rock formations along this strip of coast and visit the town’s historic steamer sea wharf.

Pambula and Merimbula are laid-back settings for enjoying picturesque beaches backed by the beautiful Southeast Forest National Park. Surf at Merimbula’s Main Beach or wander amid banksias and tea trees at Short Point and Tura Beach. Merimbula River and Merimbula Lake are great for watersports. Look for golden bell frogs while walking around the Panboola Wetlands in Pambula.

Discover Eden’s whaling history and spot the remarkable creatures migrating across the bay in winter. South of Eden, find Ben Boyd National Park, the location for the magnificent Light to Light Walk. This 31-kilometre (19-mile) hike traverses the quiet beaches, heathland, stunning red-rock formations and coastal forests between two lighthouses.

The Sapphire Coast is approximately a 3-hour drive from Canberra and under 7 hours from Sydney and Melbourne. The coast’s regional airport is located in Merimbula. Local buses and regional trains connect the Sapphire Coast to major centres in Victoria and New South Wales. Drive along the Sapphire Coast, the Princes Highway or the Tathra-Bermagui Road to experience the region’s scenery, heritage, food and wine.

Where to stay in Sapphire Coast

Twofold Bay Motor Inn
Twofold Bay Motor Inn
4 out of 5
The price is HK$625 per night from 1 Dec to 1 Dec
Situated near the beach, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Eden Killer Whale Museum, Aslings Beach and Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre. Eden Wharf ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (311 reviews)
"great location great ocean view"

Reviewed on 15 Nov 2021

Twofold Bay Motor Inn
Tween Waters Holiday Park Merimbula
Tween Waters Holiday Park Merimbula
3.5 out of 5
3-5 Dunns Lane, Merimbula, NSW
The price is HK$941 per night from 28 Nov to 28 Nov
Located by the ocean, this family-friendly holiday park is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Main Beach Recreation Reserve.
3.9/5 Very Good! (107 reviews)
"Cute cabin, comfortable bed, well-equipped kitchen and walking distance to the beach."

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2021

Tween Waters Holiday Park Merimbula
Coast Resort Merimbula
Coast Resort Merimbula
4.5 out of 5
The price is HK$2,069 per night from 7 Dec to 7 Dec
Situated near the airport, this luxury apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Main Beach Recreation Reserve and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Pambula Beach. Spencer ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (287 reviews)
"OK unit overall. Needs a paint desperately . That is an understatement. We were in no 22. Watch out for the floor levels to the bathrooms. They are toe killers. Lighting very dull, portable heaters downstairs are a bit of a joke but overall livable."

Reviewed on 8 Jul 2021

Coast Resort Merimbula
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Seashells Apartments Merimbula
Seashells Apartments Merimbula
3.5 out of 5
The price is HK$1,164 per night from 28 Nov to 28 Nov
Situated in Merimbula, this beach apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Main Beach Recreation Reserve and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Pambula Beach. Merimbula Marina ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (199 reviews)
"Great tidy apartment."

Reviewed on 7 Nov 2021

Seashells Apartments Merimbula
Coast Resort Merimbula
Coast Resort Merimbula
4.5 out of 5
The price is HK$2,069 per night from 7 Dec to 7 Dec
Situated near the airport, this luxury apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Main Beach Recreation Reserve and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Pambula Beach. Spencer ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (287 reviews)
"OK unit overall. Needs a paint desperately . That is an understatement. We were in no 22. Watch out for the floor levels to the bathrooms. They are toe killers. Lighting very dull, portable heaters downstairs are a bit of a joke but overall livable."

Reviewed on 8 Jul 2021

Coast Resort Merimbula
BIG4 Moruya Heads Easts Dolphin Beach Holiday Park
BIG4 Moruya Heads Easts Dolphin Beach Holiday Park
2 out of 5
Offering direct access to the beach, this Moruya Heads campsite is steps away from Eurobodalla National Park and Moruya Heads Beach. Pedro Beach is 1 mi (1.7 ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (106 reviews)
"Nice quiet location near the beach"

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2021

BIG4 Moruya Heads Easts Dolphin Beach Holiday Park
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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