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The Sapphire Coast From clear sapphire waters and endless golden beaches to lush green rainforests and valleys, the Sapphire Coast welcomes you. Listen to the murmur of a mountain stream or the call of a bellbird, the silence of the forest or the shy skittishness of a wallaby in the undergrowth. Hear the squeak of golden sand between your toes and the sound of surf rolling on forever. Watch dolphins play, pelicans and sea eagles soar, and whales breach and dive. Taste the salt in the wind from the ocean. Feel a physical and spiritual connection with the earth.
Koori history and culture, and explore the history of the pioneers. Or lose yourself in nature, in whatever way you choose. The Sapphire Coast is dotted with a myriad of quaint and picturesque townships, each varying in size and offering an individual charm. Thereâ€™s plenty to see and do in each so be sure to take advantage of whatâ€™s on offer. Whatever you come to do, however you want to play, you will take from the Sapphire Coast a rare gift: a lighter heart, a clearer mind, a refreshed spirit and a calmer soul. Know simply that this is your place, to do what you will, when you want, at speed or in stillness. Enjoy.
Explore artisan galleries, taste the freshest of produce from the land and the sea, sample local wine, study
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Bermagui, the most northern town of the Sapphire Coast, is located 18kms east of the Princes Highway.
Situated north of Bega on the Princes Highway, Cobargo combines the skills and craft of a working village with a genuinely historical past.
Although Bermagui is not a huge landmark in the commercial sense, it certainly has the location that must surely rate as the most enviable location for a fishing village in Australia. The keen angler can travel from Bermagui to the edge of the Continental Shelf in around twenty minutes. From here, the fishermen hunt big game fish which are either souvenired or tagged and returned for future generations. For more information on fishing, visit www.sapphirecoast.com.au and click on ‘Activities’ and then ‘Fishing’ in the drop down menu. Bermagui is full of surprises and secrets. It boasts a picturesque bay that is often the playground of visiting whales and their newly born offspring. During the months from September to November each year, whales that spawn young up north begin travelling back to the welcoming, cool waters of the Southern Ocean. For more information, call the Bermagui Visitor Information Centre on 6493 3054.
Cobargo's streetscape, featuring many turn of the century buildings filled with artistic flair, is what makes this town such an attraction for visitors and locals alike. Step back in time and stop for lunch in the tearooms and visit local craftspeople at work who will offer a range of unique goods from woodcrafts and local pottery to art and craft works. Experience a creative diversion too, as the Princes Highway winds along to Quaama where local arts can be further explored. For more information, call the Cobargo Tourist Information Centre on 6493 6110.
Brogo Just 19kms north of Bega lies the stunning Brogo Dam, which is contained within the Brogo wilderness area. The park protects rugged coastal escarpment and plateau areas surrounding the Wadbilliga, Tuross and Brogo Rivers. The Brogo Dam is situated in the southern region of the park and offers picnic facilities, a barbecue, toilet facilities and a ramp to launch a boat. Its still waters are suitable for canoeing and fresh water fishing. You can hire canoes to explore the dam and gain access to remote pockets of bushland to explore tranquil rainforest gullies and the rugged picturesque surrounds. Sheer cliffs overhang the water with rock orchids and ferns, while the surrounding bush harbours many native birds and animals. For more information, call the Bega Tourist Information Centre on 6491 7645.
Bemboka,'Village in a Valley', was originally settled as a halfway point between Bega and Cooma.
Heading inland from the coast is Bega, a town of sprawling pastures most famous for its dairy produce and internationally famous Bega Cheese.
The first main settlers arrived in Bemboka in 1871, and were mainly a dairying community with a large number of butter factories in the town. The town ran its own newspaper called the Bemboka Advocate and the Mumbulla Shire Council had its first offices in the town. A telegraph station was situated at Brown Mountain and received its first telegraph in September of 1885. A pioneer walk has been established in the Bemboka Park honouring the pioneers of the district. Today Bemboka is a quaint rural village with a backdrop of the Bemboka National Park towering over the township. Scenic views from Pipers Lookout have to be seen to be believed. The viewing platform and visitor information is an introduction to the wonders of the South East Forests National Park. Lyrebirds line the forest trails and wombats wander the lush rolling countryside. For more information, call the Bega Visitor Information Centre on 6491 7645.
A gateway to the Bega Valley and just a short distance from Mumbulla Creek Falls, Bega is the rural centre of the Sapphire Coast. Certainly a very different experience to towns on the coast, Bega is a great place to walk along the river, picnic and stay for awhile. Why not take the time to find out about Begaâ€™s history. The Bega Cheese Heritage Centre, located on Lagoon Street, is open daily 9am-5pm with samples of Bega Cheese to taste, while the Bega Pioneer Museum is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings. For more information, call the Bega Visitor Information Centre on 6491 7645.
SAPPHIRE COAST Tathra
Tathra is known for its art galleries, restaurants, surfing, diving and fishing.
Travelling inland along the valley of the Bega River, the road ambles through rich dairy and beef country, passing the historic pastoral estate of Kameruka, and arriving at the delightful little village of Candelo.
Tathra is set high on a bluff between the Mimosa Rocks National Park to the north and Bournda National Park to the south. There is a colony of fur seals on Montague Island and some seals can usually be seen at the historic Steamer Tathra Wharf. Fairy penguins and dolphins also have made the area a regular place to visit. Kianinny Bay is found at the north eastern end of Bournda National Park. A great place to take the whole family, the northern part of the bay includes picnic facilities and a lookout. The park is home to some grey kangaroos and red-necked wallabies. If you visit Tathra, take the time to visit the Wallagoot Lake, just the place to go sailing, fishing or canoeing. For more information, call the Bega Tourist Information Centre on 6491 7645.
Wyndham Established during the gold rush of the 1860s, Wyndham flourished with demand for timber in the first half of this century. Nestled between the escarpment of Mount Darragh on one side, and under the watchful eye of Jingera Rock on the other, the surrounding foothills and forests are an ornithological paradise with a wide diversity of animals and birdlife, luring horse riding enthusiasts, 4WD adventurers and bushwalkers. Only an hour and a half from the Australian snowfields, Wyndham is considered the gateway to the snow. A tour of the spectacular countryside through the Towamba Valley, Burragate, and Rocky Hall will give you the appetite to enjoy a light lunch or afternoon tea. You will find Big Jack Picnic Area on the Towamba River, a lovely spot for a short break before heading up the mountain through an old growth forest. For more information, call the Merimbula Visitor Information Centre on 1800 150 457.
With all its country charms, Candelo was established 150 years ago and retains the peaceful village image and atmosphere. On the first Sunday of every month the atmosphere is transformed by the many visitors who flock to the markets. This thriving market sees over 150 stall holders on the banks of the Candelo River and displays a wide variety of arts, craft, clothes, books and fresh produce. Take Myrtle Mountain Road which is a pleasant drive through undulating farmland, with the scenery changing dramatically with a steep drive up the mountain. Here you can take bushwalks through old growth forest areas, go boulder hopping or picnic by a creek. For more information, call the Bega Visitor Information Centre on 6491 7645.
SAPPHIRE COAST THINGS to
See and Do
There is so much to see and do along the Sapphire Coast. Explore national parks, beaches and coastal areas or discover the hinterland with its rolling valleys and lush countryside. Activities and adventures are simply abundant in this holiday paradise so be sure to take full advantage of them. AMUSEMENT PARKS Fun for the whole family with rides, games, fun activities and barbeque facilities available. Magic Mountain, Sapphire Coast Drive, Merimbula P: 6495 2299 W: www.magicmountain.net.au Top Fun, 99 Main Street, Merimbula P: 6495 3091 W: www.topfun.com.au
JOY FLIGHTS See the glorious expanse of the Sapphire Coast from a bird’s-eye view with a scenic joy flight. Flights start from $45 per person. Merimbula Air Services, Arthur Kaine Drive Merimbula. P: 6495 1074 W: www.mairserv.com.au
SCENIC DRIVES Experience the beauty and history of the Sapphire Coast through a scenic drive. Stop for a picnic, or walk and enjoy the beaches and surrounding bush land along the way. For more information on scenic drives, visit www.sapphirecoast.com.au and click on ‘Nature’ and then ‘Australia’s Coastal Wilderness Driver’.
SURFING Whether you want to learn the art of riding a wave or hire some surf gear, it’s all here. Coastlife Adventures, 1859 Sapphire Coast Drive Merimbula. Freecall: 1300 762 993 W: www.coastlife.com.au
CYCLING Get around on a bike and see the region from a different viewpoint. Tathra Beach & Bike, 31 Andy Poole Drive Tathra P: 6494 4357 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.tathrabeachbike.com.au
FISHING If you’re a keen fisherman, the Sapphire Coast boasts a number of prize fishing spots for game, reef, wide reef, deep sea and sports fishing. For more information, visit www.sapphirecoast.com.au and click on ‘Activities’ and then ‘Fishing’.
WHALE WATCHING Whale watching is one of the most wondrous experiences you can glean from the Sapphire Coast. The best time of the year to spot whales is September to late November. Cat Balou Cruises, Main Wharf, Eden P: 0427 962 027 Merimbula Marina, Main Jetty (Opp. Lakeview Hotel) Merimbula. P: 6495 1686
GOLF If you want to kick back and relax with a game of golf, check out one of these golf courses closest to you. Bermagui Country Club, Tuross Street, Bermagui. P: 6493 4340 Pambula-Merimbula Golf Club, 173 Arthur Kaine Drive, Merimbula. P: 6495 6154 W: www.merimbulagolf.com.au
BIRD WATCHING Whether you want to witness the spectacular bird life of the ocean, marshes or forests in the region, the Sapphire Coast will deliver. Far South Coast Birdwatchers Inc, Pambula P: 6495 7390 W: thebegavalley.org.au/birdwatchers.html
HORSE RIDING What better way to explore the Sapphire Coast than on horseback. Explore greener pastures or ride along a secluded beach with only the waves for company. Oaklands Trail Rides, Princes Highway, Pambula. P: 6495 7257 M: 0428 957 257
DINING There are plenty of sumptuous options for eating out along the Sapphire Coast. For a list of eateries in the region, please visit www.sapphirecoast.com.au and then click on ‘Local Produce’, then ‘Dining & Cafes’.
Merimbula Perhaps the best known of the seaside towns, Merimbula is the beating heart of the Sapphire Coast. Considered the jewel of the Sappire Coast, Merimbula attracts thousands of holiday makers each year, drawn to the beautiful scenery set off by the white beaches that lie between blue lakes and the unspoilt bushland and national parks. The coastline inspires activity. Swim, surf, kitesurf or dive. These amazing waters and sea life await to take you to another world of exploration. Take a charter boat on tour, to fish, dive or whale-watch in season. Merimbula is also renowned as a golfing mecca with the coastal greens of Tura Beach offering million dollar views, which should lift your game out of sight! Pambula-Merimbula boasts a 27-hole course not to be missed with each 9 holes having individual character, offering lush fairways and large subtle greens. Explore the Aquarium, the animal sanctuary at Potoroo Palace, catch a movie, take the kids bowling or spend a day at Magic Mountain. For more information, refer to page 4 of this guide or call the Merimbula Visitor Information Centre on 1800 150 457.
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Pambula Nestled between the wilderness of the coast and the tranquility of the nearby lakes, Pambula boasts a treasure trove of places to discover and explore. Apart from the natural beauty of the place, Pambula somehow seems to be the home of people who are genuinely hospitable. Walk down the main street for a coffee or bite to eat and you will be sure to chat to some friendly local who will tell you all about the weather, the dolphin pod seen that morning, or some other little information tidbit. Named after the Yuin word meaning â€˜two watersâ€™, Pambula has the best of both worlds: a majestic river and enticing estuary beach, and a tranquil lake. Dolphins are sometimes seen travelling up the Pambula River in search of squid and other food, while the remains of meals eaten by Aboriginal people 2,000 years ago can still be seen as shell middens on the shore. The village retains many of its wonderful old buildings and is known for its craft markets and boating, with people able to take to the water on the river or lake. Pambula Beach is bordered by the Ben Boyd National Park, just the place to stretch your legs and enjoy the local wilderness. For more information, call the Merimbula Visitor Information Centre on 1800 150 457.
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SAPPHIRE COAST AUSTRALIA’S coastal
Immerse yourself in the pristine wilderness of the Sapphire Coast. The Sapphire Coast is part of Australia’s Coastal Wilderness, which is one of Tourism Australia’s ‘National Landscapes’ - a very special ranking given to only 16 regions around the country because of its unique topography, cultural significance and environmental status. This area of the coast is the most accessible coastal wilderness in the whole of Australia.
BEN BOYD NATIONAL PARK If you have a predilection for swimming, picnicking and exploring idealic coastal settings, then visit Ben Boyd National Park. You can access the northern end of the park via Pambula Beach and Haycock Rd, 8kms north of Eden off the Princes Highway. Alternatively, access the southern end of the park via Edrom Road, 18kms south of Eden off the Princes Hwy. For information on camping please visit www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/ ben-boyd-national-park.
BOURNDA NATIONAL PARK Bournda National Park offers a range of pleasurable activities such as fishing, canoeing, sailing, waterskiing, surfing, swimming, bushwalking, birdwatching and picnicking. The park can be accessed from Tathra via the Sapphire Coast Drive in the north and south from Merrimbula. For information on camping please visit www.environment.nsw.gov.au/NationalParks.
MIMOSA ROCKS NATIONAL PARK Mimosa Rocks boasts pure lagoons, sea caves, and stunning beaches and views. Situtated only 22kms from Bega, you can swim, surf, snorkel and fish to your heart’s content. Access via Bermagui – Tathra Road may be impassable if in the event of heavy rain. Bring your own drinking water as this is not available onsite. For further information on camping please visit www.environment.nsw.gov.au/NationalParks.
MOUNT IMLAY Mount Imlay is the perfect place to explore remote bushland. The summit track is only 3kms long but takes around 3 hours to complete. Located 30kms south of Eden, a picnic area is available in the park; however, camping facilities are not available here. For more information, please visit www.sapphirecoast.com.au.
SAPPHIRE COAST Eden Once considered a site for Australia’s capital and set on the magnificent Twofold Bay, Eden is the third deepest natural harbour in the Southern Hemisphere. The township of Eden is nestled between Twofold Bay and Mount Imlay. In its early history the town relied heavily on the whaling industry to remain viable. In the present day, whales still play a major part of
Eden’s economy, with tourists visiting to see the spectacle of the humpback migration each September to November. Killer whales no longer regularly travel into Twofold Bay, but the bones of ‘Old Tom’ the leader of the killer whale pod is on display at the Eden Killer Whale Museum. Fishing charter boats regularly leave from Eden, as do diving vessels that head out on trips from Merimbula to Green Cape. Ben Boyd National Park is also nearby, with the historic Davidson Whaling Station, Greencape Lighthouse, Ben Boyd’s Tower and the Light to Light walk. For more information, call the Eden Gateway Visitor Information Centre on 1800 150 457.
Wonboyn Wonboyn Lake, 30kms south of Eden, is surrounded by pristine forests, unspoilt beaches and abundant animal and bird life. Renowned for its breathtaking beauty of water and wilderness, this is the perfect place for bushwalkers, birdwatchers and fishermen. In fact, Wonboyn has a reputation second to none for some of the finest lake, estuary, beach and land based game fishing on the coast. The lake itself winds a 10-kilometre course before it meets a fairly narrow channel into the sea at Disaster Bay. You can find a small yet secluded picnic area at both ends of Disaster Bay called Greenglades and Baycliff. These two locations are renowned for fishing and that elusive trout can be yours for the taking. The local store can provide bait and fishing supplies as well as a wealth of local kowledge on the most desirable fishing locations. Best discovered by boat as you enter the lake mouth, sandy shoals and channels open to rolling surf and untouched beaches where dingos, dolphins and deserted sand hills can all be discovered. For more information, call the Eden Gateway Visitor Information Centre on 1800 150 457.
SAPPHIRE COAST C A LE N DA R of
• George Bass Marathon (held biennially)
• Malibu Competition - Merimbula
• Pambula Annual Agricultural Show
• Candelo Show • Bermagui Blue Water Classic - Game Fishing • Tathra Wharf To Waves Event • Australia Day Celebrations
FEBRUARY • Bega Show • Cobargo Show • Far South Coast National Show • Cobargo Folk Festival
• Merimbula Jazz Festival • Bega Valley Car Rally • Ace Of Clubs Golf Tournament
JULY • No scheduled events
AUGUST • Merimbula Orchid Show
SEPTEMBER • SpringFest Bermagui
• Eden Amateur Fishing Competition
• Sculpture on the Edge, Bermagui
• Sapphire Coast Week Of Golf
• Sapphire Coast Rock ‘n Rodders
• Bermagui Seaside Fair • Big Boyz Toyz • EAT Merimbula
APRIL • Candelo Village Festival • Mountain Bike Enduro - Tathra • Four Winds Festival Bermagui (biennial, held in even years)
• Eden Whale Festival • Merimbula Classic - Kite Surfing Competition
DECEMBER • National Parks & Wildlife Services Discovery Summer Holiday Program • Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre Holiday Program • New Year’s Eve Spectacular – Merimbula
For more information on events, please visit www.sapphirecoast.com.au.
SAPPHIRE COAST ESSENTIAL services
POLICE STATIONS BEGA
167 Auckland St, Bega Ph: 6492 9999
Young St, Bermagui Ph: 6493 4244
129 Imlay St, Eden Ph: 6496 1444
27 Reid St, Merimbula CBD Ph: 6495 1366
1st Sunday of each month
Snowy Mountains Hwy, Tathra Ph: 6494 1911
Markets MAKE IT. BAKE IT. GROW IT. SEW IT. Sapphire Coast’s weekly local markets.
Every Saturday 9.00am - 1.00pm Princess Highway
BERMAGUI MARKET Last Sunday of each month 8:00am - 12:00pm Dickinson Park
MERRIMBULA SEASIDE MARKET 3rd Sunday of each month 8:00am – 12.30pm Ford Oval, Fishpen
PAMBULA MARKET 2nd Sunday of each month 8:00am - 1:00pm Sports Ground & Town Hall
PAMBULA LODGE CENTRE MARKET 2nd Sunday of each month 8:00am to 1:00pm Corner Toalla & Monaro Streets
SCPA FARMERS MARKET Every 2nd Friday 8:00am - 1:00pm Littleton Gardens, Bega
WYNDHAM VILLAGE 4th Sunday of each month 8:30am - 1:00pm Wyndham Township
Transport Services EDEN Eden Taxis
Ph: 6496 1180
BEGA Bega Taxi Service
Ph: 6492 2156
Bega Valley Coaches
Ph: 6492 5188
Coast Hire Cars
Ph: 6492 1544
MERIMBULA Merimbula Taxi Service
Ph: 6495 2103
Ph: 6495 6017
Hertz Car Rental
Ph: 1300 454 911
Curalo Medical Centre 60 Princes Hwy, Eden Ph: 6496 3322
Pambula Hospital Merimbola St, Pambula Ph: 6495 8200 Pambula Medical Centre 17 Quondola St, Pambula Ph: 6495 6688
Merimbula Medical Centre 77 Merimbula Dr, Merimbula Ph: 6495 1369 Sapphire Clinic 44 Merimbula Dr, Merimbula Ph: 6495 4700 Main Street Medical Centre Suite 6/93 Main St, Merimbula Ph: 6495 2555 Tura Beach Medical Centre 1 Golf Circuit, Tura Beach Ph: 6495 9211
Sapphire Coast Medical Practice 78 Bega St, Tathra Ph: 6494 1877
Sapphire Coast Medical Practice 24 Church St, Bega Ph: 6492 2555 Bega Valley Medical Practice 61 Carp St, Bega Ph: 6492 3333 Bega Canning Street Surgery 14 Canning St, Bega Ph: 6492 2922 Katungul Aboriginal Corporation Community & Medical Services 116 Gipps St, Bega Ph: 6492 0532
Bermagui Medical Centre 24 Bunga St, Bermagui Ph: 6493 4903
Cobargo Doctors 54 Princes Hwy, Cobargo Ph: 6493 6075
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