The dictionary defines the word ‘adventure’ as taking part in an exciting, unusual or daring experience - we can challenge you no matter what your age or ability!
First pick your adventure playground – land, sea or air.
If water is your favourite environment, you are spoiled for choice. If you know what you’re doing and just need a boat ramp, click here for locations. If you are picking up a new skill – you can tick off surfing, ocean swimming, SUP, wave sailing (windsurfing), kiteboarding, canoeing, scuba diving, snorkelling and sailing on the Sapphire Coast. There are several wrecks covered in rust and coral, including the 135 metre Empire Gladstone which was wrecked on Haycock Point in Ben Boyd National Park in the 1950s. Head south another 20 kilometres (by road) to Eden to explore scuttled tugs, sea caves, and weedy sea dragons. There are many geological wonders too.
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.
By land, you can bushwalk, climb, abseil or explore by horse back or mountain bike – and for smaller adrenaline junkies, there is always action-aplenty at Merimbula’s Magic Mountain and it’s Tree Climb Challenge. The younger generation is also well catered for in terms of natural adventures – Potoroo Palace and its animal sanctuary, or National Parks and the Merimbula Aquarium offer a range of activities during the school holidays.
People watching and other adventurous activities include racing at the Sapphire Coast Turf Club and a regular program of life saving and swimming carnivals, wave sailing and surf boat races.
Canoeing, Kayaking & SUP
There's over 400 kilometres of estuarine foreshore and 150 beaches to explore! If you are bringing your own kayak or SUP, the best place to look for places to launch is our interactive map of boat ramps. There are 9 between Bermagui, and Wonboyn, all of which offer a sheltered place for kayakers to launch.See more
A chance to get up close and watch for Dolphins, Seals, Penguins and abundant wildlife and to see our natural heritage and local historic sites.See more
Guided & Supported Walks
Be guided on a nature adventure in whatever capacity you need.See more
Saddle your horse for an unforgettable experience on one of the coast or hinterland trail rides.See more
Experience a bird's eye view of the Sapphire Coast.See more
Kayak & canoe
There's over 400 kilometres of estuarine foreshore to explore by kayak. Be independent & bring your own to launch at a boat ramp or hire sit-on-top kayaks at Bermagui & Merimbula. Take an intimate group tour in Eden, or team up with experts each summer at Bournda & Tathra.See more
Challenge yourself on some of the best single tracks in the country, in a community that really loves this sport.See more
Snorkel & Dive
Discover the amazing sea life of the Sapphire Coast - including weedy sea dragons, cuttle fish, rays, seals and tropical visitors and dive on shipwrecks.See more
Stand Up Paddle
Surf and flat water paddles, the choice is yours at when you hire a Stand Up Paddle Board at Bermagui, Merimbula or Tathra. Prices start at $25 for hire, or you can book a tour, or even a one-on-one session with a local expert.See more
Learn to read and ride the waves, or hire a board and challenge yourself.See more
Wildlife Parks & Aquariums
Get up close and personal with a koala, a snake or a cuddly wombat, walk through amazing aviaries or explore the underwater world while you keep your feet dry.See more