10 reasons to visit us this Spring

Spring on the Australian Sapphire Coast is a magical time of year. The temperate climate is perfect for exploring our unique coastal wilderness and welcoming those big beautiful creatures of the sea, whales! Here’s just ten of our family friendly and adventurer experiences in this beautiful part of southern New South Wales.

Humpback calf Merimbula. Photo courtesy of Wayne Reynolds

WHALE WATCHING

The Sapphire Coast has been named Australia’s premier whale watching destination by Australian Geographic and Spring is the best time to see these majestic creatures as they nurse and rest on their annual migrate to Antarctic.

If you haven’t ticked whale watching off your bucket list yet, why not book a whale watching boat tour here or visit any of the shore based whale watching hot spots along our spectacular coastline. More about our whales and whale watching here.

Light to Light Walk

LIGHT TO LIGHT COASTAL WALK – soon to be the first purpose-built hut to hut walk in a NSW National Park

Stretching along 31km of breathtakingly beautiful coastal wilderness – this journey will change you.
You’ll start your life-changing adventure north from Boyd’s Tower passing through spectacular coastal scenery and finish south at Green Cape Lightstation, steeped in history and one of the best places to whale watch. The path carries you along unique bushland, rugged coastline and isolated beaches where you may not see another soul but you will spot plenty of wildlife like lyrebirds, wallabies and goannas. Go it alone and set up camp at Saltwater Creek, stunning Bitangabee Bay or book a tour here

Mountain Biking Tathra Photo Courtesy of Sarah Chenhall

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Wild bushland? Expert track masters? Adrenaline filled adventures? Tick, tick and tick.  With kilometres of expertly sculptured tracks through beautiful bushland, plus two parks to tests your riding skills and a growing number of annual events and casual weekend rides, the Sapphire Coast has become a mecca for mountain biking. The spring climate is perfect for hitting the trails! Bring your own gear or let the crew at Tathra Beach and Bike kit you out with everything you need!

ReBoot Bermagui

REBOOT INTO SPRING AT BERMAGUI

Feeling a bit jaded? Need a break? Head to Bermagui ‘s beautiful coast for the 5th annual ReBoot in Bermagui on 29th and 30th September. Saturday starts with fun runs – Bridge to Beach Kids Run (1km), Camel to Club (7km) and Tilba to Town (5.4km). Then get your friends and family together and enter the teams Tug-o-War challenge. The ReEnergise Program offers Tai Chi, yoga, pilates, boot camp, standup paddle (SUP) boarding, guided bike rides and nature walk and more. Kids can enjoy Tug-o-War, Skate & Scoot comp, hula-hooping, Oops! The Clown and more. At Bermagui Surf Club on Sunday there’s 2 ocean swims and a healthy breakfast served 8am to 11am which is free if you registered for the fun runs, swim, guided paddling and nature walk. Bermagui Country Club has its car boot sale and free activities plus live music in the evening. Many businesses have ReBoot specials and entertainment, so be active in the morning and relax and unwind in the evenings.  View the full program here 

VISIT CANDELO – OUR SUDDENLY FAMOUS MARKET TOWN

Breathtaking pastoral views, a vibrant local community and interesting artisan food are just some of the reasons to visit our “suddenly famous” market town, just a short drive inland from the Coast.  Set on the banks of the Candelo River and with a population of just 300, you’ll be surprised by the local fare and busy events calendar. On the first Sunday of each month the town hosts one of the region’s oldest markets and there are regular music festivals, open recordings and performances at the historical town hall and St Peter’s Church. The restored Candelo General Store is open daily for breakfast and lunch, with dinner on  Friday nights. It also has a little shop that will delight people who love to cook.

Frank Yamma. Photo Courtesy of South East Arts

GIIYONG FESTIVAL

On Saturday 22 September 2018 the Giiyong Festival will take place at Jigamy, just north of Eden.  Our region’s first multi art form festival celebrates traditional and contemporary Aboriginal culture through dance, art, music, film, theatre, food, sport, workshops and cultural tours. Some of the most exciting Aboriginal performers in Australia will take the stage at Giiyong Festival, including powerful headline acts No Fixed Address and Baker Boy. The program is being updated daily as more acts are being added to the bill.  Entry to the Festival is FREE!!!!  Click here for more info.

Snug Cove Eden. Photo Courtesy of Jenny Robb

SAPPHIRE COAST SKY GAZING

The Sapphire Coast is an amazing place to sky gaze, be it dusk or dawn. Spot whales at dawn from Bermagui’s Blue Pool or enjoy magnificent Spring sunsets from Merimbula’s boardwalk, situated directly over the lake.  Our location, far from the big cities makes it easy to enjoy the night sky in all it’s glory. Head to one of our beaches with a blanket and your loved ones and marvel at the stars.

GUIDED NATURE & ADVENTURE TOURS

Our famers, fishermen and other local guides know all the best places, and the best times of day for adventures.Kayaking, horse riding, hiking, mountain biking, oyster tours, wildlife encounters and even
seafood harvesting and cooking are all on offer at this time of the year. Browse our tours here.

YOUR PETS NEED A BEACH BREAK TOO

We know pets are part of the family!  Pets are welcome at parks and beaches in every town, a broad range of accommodation and many of our cafes. Try Bermagui’s two pet friendly beaches or Merimbula’s Main Beach and Short Point headland for off-leash fun (and a spot of whale watching).  Within a 5 kilometre drive of Merimbula, Pambula’s Lion’s Park Beach has an excellent bbq & picnic area and is a great place to let Fido off for a run.  Away from the coast, there’s places on the Bega River that are also off-leash and beautiful.

Mimosa Rocks National Park. Photo courtesy Richard Green

MIMOSA ROCKS NATIONAL PARK

There’s a magical coastal quartet to be discovered at Mimosa Rocks National Park.
Nelson’s Lagoon & Beach, Moon Bay and Wajurda Point are so close to each other you can visit them all in around an hour, and they are just up the road from Tathra. Each offers a different nature experience, be it an elevated lookout on a rugged headland, an exposed surf beach, a sheltered lagoon or a small hidden bay. Pack a picnic, explore these magical places and you’ll feel like you’re the first to discover them.  Plan your Mimosa escape here.

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