Where to visit on the Sapphire Coast

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We love the beach, especially when it is relatively unspoilt. Just mention the NSW south coast between Eden and Narooma and the praise begins. Testing the theory, RoyalAuto shot out a Facebook post asking for feedback on top spots to visit between these two coastal towns. The answers came in like waves on one of the glorious local beaches.

“Anywhere you stop along the way is fantastic,” Rosemary Reddick said. Toni Psaros went further: “It’s the best part of the country.”

Here is a selection of spots shared on Facebook and a few more thrown in from RA staffers.


Although this little town on Twofold Bay, just south of Eden, is slightly outside our parameters, many travellers insisted on recommending it. The main attractions: the 19th-century Seahorse Inn, Davidson Whaling Station and Boyd’s Tower, Ben Boyd National Park (whale watching from now until November when thousands of humpbacks head to Antarctica) and Green Cape Lighthouse overlooking the wild Tasman Sea.

Eden is still a fishing village. Watch the boats come in and choose your next feast fresh from the nets. Our Facebookers suggest a walk on the esplanade or fishing from the naval jetty, which is just south of Eden and only accessible when navy ships aren’t in port. They also recommend the Eden Killer Whale Museum. Best beaches are Aslings, the Nullica River mouth and the remote Wonboyn, south of Boydtown.

This coastal village south of Merimbula retains a magnificent 1880s heritage. Admirers mentioned the peaceful lake, a feed of rock oysters and the idyllic river mouth. “And you see lots of kangaroos at dusk around here,” reports Tony Ormond..

The Merimbula Boardwalk on the north shore of the Top Lake is the start of a stunning 3.5km round trip. Potoroo Palace and the small theme park Magic Mountain are recommended for families. North Tura beach is ideal for walkers. And get fabulous local produce from the seafood supplier in Alice St.

This village has the only remaining freight wharf on the east coast and is great for fishing. Divers and snorkellers can swim near the fur seals and fairy penguins. Dolphins are a common sight. If you don’t want to get wet or sandy, watch whales from the deck of the Tathra Hotel in Bega St. The bakery in town also had a few mentions. For something secluded, head to the beach at Mimosa Rocks National Park. Excellent camping too.

Bega Cheese factory rated highly with Facebook respondents and Mumbulla Falls Creek, a special place of the Yuin, was described as “awesome.” Wayne Brown said: “The swimming hole is great with a naturally made waterslide and a 5m-high cliff jump. Always check the water before you jump or slide off. Great for the whole family.”

Cuttagee Beach
This beach is just south of Bermagui, on Tathra-Bermagui Rd. The shallow water of its lake is perfect for young children. It is also good for prawning (the season begins in October).  Near the bridge, a bush walk to Cuttagee’s northern headland provides stunning sea views and access to Baragoot Beach.

Bermagui is described as peaceful and some say its Fishermen’s Wharf serves the best fish and chips in the region.  Carved into the rock, the sea pool (originally called the  Blue Hole) is beautiful. The farmers market and the Cream Patisserie also score mentions.

Mystery Bay
Surrounded by national park, this secluded nook has a primitive camping ground and several beautiful beaches. There are rock pools and caves at Billy’s Beach.

On the Princes Hwy west of Bermagui, Cobargo has “some lovely shops to wander around”. The period buildings house crafts people who sell while they work.

Central Tilba and Tilba Tilba
The villages in the Tilba region rest under an extinct volcano, Gulaga (Mt Dromedary). Recommendations include the pub, the ABC cheese factory and the Tilba Sweet Spot lolly shop.

This township is near the beaches that stretch from Dalmeny to Mystery Bay. Surfing, fishing and rock climbing are popular. There is lots of good food available. Take a cruise on Wagonga Inlet on the Wagonga Princess, a 100-year-old electric ferry.

Montague Island
On Montague Island, which is off Narooma, the Nature Reserve features a lighthouse and keeper’s quarters. Scuba-dive with the grey nurse sharks, see the state’s largest colony of fur seals or help out with the penguin research.

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Great spring road trip

Distance (and travel times) to Eden from:

  • Mildura: 990km, 11 hours
  • Melbourne: 550km, 6.5 hours
  • Warrnambool: 805km, 10 hours
  • Bairnsdale: 270km, 3 hours