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Beautifully Uncivilised - Merimbula  and the pristine Sapphire Coast 

Beautifully uncivilised is an apt tag for this natural wonderland, much of its ecosystems is classified by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve. Charming coastal villages Bermagui, Tathra, Eden and Pambula showcase an unspoilt paradise with crystal beaches surrounded by some of Australia's best national parks. 

Oysters and muscles are irresistible. The Merimbula Boardwalk is extra special as is the five kilometre main beach and renowned Tura Beach. Soak up the rollicking history of Australia's whaling days at Eden's whaling museum and the historic village of Ben Boyd, once a centre for this lucrative trade full of myths and amazing stories.

Eden has a rich maritime heritage going way back which you can see and feel in the town while beautiful Tathra has its massive historical timber wharf which now features an atmospheric café. The area includes 83 beaches - see if you can visit them all!
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National Parks

Why explore one when you can explore them all!

Sapphire Coast National Parks offers a wild unspoilt coastline, fringed by forests and mountains that are home to diverse flora and fauna. Expand your love of nature in a coastal adventure. Bushwalkers are spoilt for choice, kayakers see a rare and rich marine environment and campers can embrace it all. 

Visit Mimosa Rocks National Park that hugs the coast for 20km, hiding secluded spots such as Bithry Inlet, Moon Bay and Nelson Beach. Bournda National Park is a birdwatcher’s and wildlife lover’s paradise including the epic and sacred Wallagoot Lake and the freshwater Bondi Lake. The South East Forests National Park is home to all that a wilderness can offer such as tall forests, vivid rock formations, old sea caves, tumbling streams, escarpments, panoramic views. While Ben Boyd National Park, offers up a rich history of the region’s shore-based whaling operations.

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Boyds Tower

Where your efforts are always rewarded with a view

Set deep in a gnarled tea tree forest in Ben Boyd National Park is the imposing Boyds Tower, built of sandstone in the 1840’s.

A gentle walking track leads up to the tower and there are two side trips with lookouts offering glorious views of the encompassing coastline.

Nearby you can visit two lookouts with superb views, one over the ocean and the other over Twofold Bay. If you’re lucky you can sometimes see whales performing ocean acrobatics in the Bay during whale watching season.

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Adventure Fun

Adventure galore, as hard (or soft) as you like

If water is your favourite environment, then you are spoiled for choice on the Sapphire Coast. Whether it is surfing, ocean swimming, stand up paddle boarding (SUP), wave sailing (windsurfing), kiteboarding, canoeing, scuba diving, snorkeling or sailing-the Sapphire Coast has you covered for adventure activities.

For those who like to get up close and personal with the denizens of the deep, a kayak tour is a must, but if you prefer a gentler experience, there are craft for hire in the still waters of Brogo Dam.

If you like going further afield, boat hire is a relatively simple affair at all of the major ports. Head into the wild blue yonder with a scenic flight by plane or helicopter, or learn to fly or skydive, all from Merimbula Airport.

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Sapphire Coast Oyster Trail

As fresh as you can get!

They say oysters are one of the most otorious aphrodisiacs, boasting a reputation for generating love and fertility.

So, why not take a day (or two) to sample some of Sapphire Coast’s finest oysters and explore five of NSW most pristine estuaries on an Oyster Trail. Experience oysters at farm gates, restaurants and out on the water with the farmer. Each estuary imbues subtle differences in taste, unique blends of salt and fresh water, tidal flow and aquatic plants.

You never know what could come from a little visit to the Sapphire Coast estuaries.

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Green Cape Lighthouse

Everyone loves a lighthouse

The historic Green Cape Lighthouse has shone over disaster bay for more than 130 years. Located in the far southern section of Ben Boyd National Park, it remains the southernmost lighthouse in New South Wales. 

For those wanting to spend a night being swept up in the romance of history, overnight accommodation is available at the lighthouse. Two restored heritage light keepers’ cottages sit perched on the edge of the headland where you can sit by the open fireplace and ponder the mysteries of times gone by.

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Eden Killer Whale Museum

Have a whale of a time

The Eden Killer Whale Museum is the perfect place to start your journey on the Killer Whale Trail.

The most famous killer whale was Old Tom, his skeleton, along with plenty of eye opening whaling memorabilia, displays and interactive stories are on exhibition at the museum.

You’ll find the museum overlooking the Pacific Ocean. In the migrating season, whales may be seen from the various vantage points so make sure you keep a look out when you’re there.

Don't forget a visit to Davidson Whaling Station located at Kiah Inlet in Twofold Bay where you can peer into the lives of 19th century whalers.

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Light to Light Walk

If I could walk 500 miles

The Light to Light Walking Track from Boyd’s Tower to Green Cape Light station passes through spectacular coastal scenery, dramatic red cliffs and coastal heath. It is dotted with Aboriginal heritage as well as remnants of European efforts to take this isolated coast and harvest the wild seas.

The entire walk takes three-four days, or you may choose sections for single day walks from numerous points along the way. Whales tend to come in close here during their annual migration in spring and Green Cape is one of the best vantage points.

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Merimbula Wharf Aquarium

Explore the great blue deep on dry land

From sharks to shrimps, octopus to tropical fish, Merimbula Wharf Aquarium is a must see!

It’s all on display in a living theatre of the deep with 27 tanks and a 70,000 litre Oceanarium full of large ocean fish and sharks. Fish feeding also produces lots of action and is a great time to visit. 

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Sapphire Sleep Spots

The beach is never far away

Looking for a spot to sleep along the Sapphire Coast? You're spoilt for choice!

From apartments and townhouses, to bed and breakfasts, cabins, cottages, caravan parks, camp sites and holidays houses, you'll find a place to stay to fit with your style and budget.

To search and book other accommodation along the Sapphire Coast including Merimbula, Bega, Eden and Tathra, visit Sapphire Coast Tourism's website.

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