If Jervis Bay is the leading vacation hub on South Coast of New South Wales, then the Sapphire coastline is its last. That is not because the region is any less appealing, but perhaps the isolation and somewhat raw and nature and lesser developed tourist infrastructure make it less visited. In fact, this can be taken advantage of – no crowds, lower prices and still so much to do!
Bermagui consists of two small towns situated on opposite sides of a protected inlet. It is from here that a fishing fleet operates, and it is also a place for big game fishing expeditions. This territory teams with wildlife and sea life.
Gulaga and Montague Island Reserves are home to blue penguins and fur seals, Wallanga Lake is perfect for summer camping and bushwalking. Horse Head Rock and Blue Pool – a large natural swimming pool at the base of dramatic rocky cliffs, are great tips for photographers.
Famed for its cheese, this small town is all about dairy produce. Cheese factory tours and farm visits are the highlights for every visitor. Besides, there is a stunning Mimosa Rocks National Park characteristic of coastal volcanic rock formations and bird spotting.
Biamanga National Park and South East Forest are other forested reserves full of wildlife and nice walks. The nearby Tathra is a popular beach spot for the locals.
Situated at the mouth of the Merimbula River, this is a large seaside resort which has kept its beaches insulated from commercial development by making the foreshore a public park.
The town`s closed-in estuary is ideal for swimming and water sports while its long stretch of beaches is popular with surfers, scuba divers and deep-sea fishermen. Boggy Creek, Merimbula Lake, Bar Beach and Merimbula Boardwalk should not be skipped if visiting the town.
Already the name of this town speaks for itself. Situated on Twofold Bay, Eden is the last fishing village before reaching Victoria and a popular summer holiday spot.
Nadgee Nature Reserve and the Disaster Bay are marvellous wilderness areas on ocean frontage, and whale watching is available between September and November if travelling in summer visit the Eden Killer Whale Museum to learn more about these ocean giants.
Driving further south towards Victoria, the Sapphire Coast overlaps with the Croajingolong National Park in Gippsland, that is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and a paradise for all nature and outdoor lovers as well as scuba divers.
ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCES ON THE SAPPHIRE COAST
WHEN TO TRAVEL
The best time to visit the South Coast of NSW is late summer and autumn (Feb-May) when the temperatures are still pleasant, and the high season is over.
HOW TO GET THERE
The Sapphire Coast is reachable within 7 hours drive from Sydney, 7 hours drive from Melbourne and 3 hours drive from Canberra.
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