The Sapphire Coast. It’s the greater outdoors. This Autumn Winter discover a new passion, sample the best local produce from land and sea and explore nature in the most wonderful of ways.
Create memories that last forever
Put yourself in the picture with Dee Gees Photography! Winter light is perfect for photo shoots with that extra sparkle of magic. The best way to take home a piece of the Sapphire Coast is with you in it at your favourite location! A perfect memory or gift for families and couples. For more information about packages and inclusions, plus special autumn offers click here.
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Go camping at Ben Boyd or Bournda National Park
Camping – it’s the ideal antidote to modern life. Plan your next camping getaway and enjoy a special deal from NSW National Parks. Stay 3/Pay2 at Saltwater/Bitangabee campgrounds (Ben Boyd National Park) and Hobart Beach campground (Bournda National Park). This great offer is available until November 2019 so there’s no excuse not to find a free weekend. Follow the links for T&Cs and to book your campsite.
Life is an adventure, and there is no place better to explore than the magnificent wilderness coast.
During Summer Stand up Paddle Boards & kayaks are available for hire at Merimbula’s Spencer Park & Fishpen. We are open early so you can enjoy the best conditions on the lake.
The stunning sandy beaches and lakes at Tathra, Merimbula and Pambula provide the perfect environment to try stand up paddling or surfing. We also have a giant Stand Up Paddle Board, and modified kayaks for people with mobility issues.
Our long term success is based on a combination of friendly professional instructors, an effective teaching technique and the use of the latest technology & equipment.
Dine at Wheelers
No visit to the Sapphire Coast is complete without a visit to Wheelers. Beautiful local seafood is the hero of the ever changing menu but seafood lover or not, everyone will find something to delight their palate. Book in for lunch, dinner or take a seat at the brand new oyster bar and simply enjoy a drink and a plate of their famous oysters.
This Autumn, Wheeler’s are offering 10% off the total restaurant bill when you book online. Simply book via the website and mention OPTOUTSIDE in the booking notes. Offer excludes Long Table Lunch series.
Walk the Light to Light
The 31km Light to Light Walking Track from Boyd’s Tower to Green Cape Lightstation passes through spectacular coastal scenery.
At one end the five story sandstone Boyd’s Tower overlooks Twofold Bay, at the other the beam of Green Cape Lightstation sweeps the ocean from the long arm of its peninsular. The path carries you along unique bushland, rugged coastline, isolated beaches and past vestiges of European efforts to take the land and harvest the wild seas.
Along the way you can camp at Saltwater Creek and Bitangabee Bay, finishing with a stay at the Green Cape Lightstation and the creature comforts on offer there. Whales and shearwaters come in close here during their annual migration in spring and Green Cape is one of the best vantage points to see them.
The entire walk is 31 kilometres (one way) and takes three or four days.
Alternatively you can choose sections from numerous points along the way. A national park-use fee applies.
Access to both points are via Edrom Road, 18 kilometres south of Eden on the Princes Highway.
Captain Sponge’s Magical Oyster Tours
A boat tour & oyster tastings – is there anything better?
Discover the secrets of beautiful Pambula Lake on a 2 hour cruise aboard Captain Sponge’s oversized oyster punt.
Sample the world renowned Pambula Lake Sydney Rock oyster as fresh as can be – straight from the waters of the lake. Get a crash course in oyster husbandry and inspect the native Angasi species of oyster which are also grown on the farm.
The estuary is also the site of ancient Aboriginal middens and home to white bellied sea eagles who nest in gum trees right above the farm.
Private group charters by appointment. Minimum 6 persons, max 23.
Eastwood’s Deli & Cooking School
Kelly Eastwood, of Eastwood’s Deli & Cooking School and River Cottage fame is offering 10% off all classes at her Bermagui based cooking school during Autumn. Become an expert at sushi & dumplings, Easter treats or learn to bake your own bread from scratch. How delicious! To book, contact Eastwood’s directly and quote OPTOUTSIDE to receive the discount.
Bermagui Coastal Walks
Bermagui, a small coastal village at the northern end of the unspoilt Sapphire Coast, enjoys clear, crisp weather during autumn and winter. Ideal for stretching your legs, Bermagui’s coastal walks to the north and south are both easy to medium grade with several rest areas along the way. Follow the link here to get a local’s guide to these beautiful walking trails.
Green Cape Lighthouse
Green Cape is a wild, exposed peninsula jutting out into the Pacific where the cold current from the south meets the warmer northern current. It’s a perfect whale-watching site with extensive views both north and south. The area is rich in maritime history with many wrecks recorded in (aptly named) Disaster Bay. This southernmost stop on the Killer Whale Trail is the perfect location to begin or end the trail. If you are a keen walker, and would like to take the experience to the next level, there is a 2-day “Light to Light” walk from Ben Boyd Tower to Green Cape. Click here for more information
Access: Medium difficulty, 10+km of dirt road.
Lunch at Potoroo Palace
Visit Potoroo Palace and get up close to our kangaroos, emus, peacocks and ducks who roam the park freely and hand feed them with an Animal Feed Bag.
Just ten minutes from Merimbula this native animal sanctuary provides a rare opportunity to see a koala, wander among the kangaroos, touch a snake, stroll through the cooling mist of the walk-through aviary, go for a ride on the mini train or have lunch and really good coffee at the Blue Wren Café.
This autumn, get 10% off any lunchtime meal between 12 and 2pm (excluding drinks and desserts) when you mention OPTOUTSIDE. Offer excludes school holiday periods.
Discover Moon Bay
Moon Bay is a small, secluded sandy beach bordered by rocky outcrops, in Mimosa Rocks National Park.
Access is via a steep set of around 80 stairs or you can take a 20 minute nature walk from Tathra.
Explore the cove for the rusted stubs of mooring rings and grooves cut into the cliffs – the remains of the log slide and mooring site where timber and farm products were loaded onto barges for transfer to ships.
Be sure to take along a picnic to enjoy in the sun’s warm rays or under the shade of a tree. If you feel like a walk after lunch, try Wajurda Point walking track and visit Nelson’s Beach. Read about these gorgeous locations in Mimosa’s Coastal Quartet.
How Moon Bay got its name… The first white child born in the Bega Valley, Caroline Moon, was born here when her parents landed with a flock of sheep en route from Camden near Sydney, to Kameruka Estate inland at Candelo.
Moon Bay is not patrolled and has no amenities.
Nelson Lake Road, via Tathra-Bermagui Road, just north of Tathra.
Kiah Wilderness Tours
Nature at your own pace….Kiah Wilderness Tours offers small group kayak tours on the beautiful Towamba River, just south of Eden.
Morning Tour (3 – 4 hours)
An estuary that wanders through stunning forests and green pastures, the river winds its way to Twofold Bay. It is pristine and quiet, with an impressive diversity of both bird and marine life. Each sit-on-top kayak is kitted with a pair of binoculars so you can check out the wildlife up close along the way.
Tours are tailored for a maximum of six people, crafted to suit your experience and abilities and designed to allow you time to enjoy the wilderness. You can request time out for a swim, photography shoot, or to cast a lure. Morning or afternoon tea in the form of plunger coffee and freshly baked goodies is served on one of the many sandy beaches on the river’s edge.
No experience is necessary as the kayaks are designed for easy paddling. Guides are accredited through Australian Canoeing / Paddle NSW.
Visit Bermagui Blue Pool
The Bermagui Blue Pool is a spectacular ocean pool and a ‘must see’ for visitors to the Sapphire Coast. It’s been a favourite with the locals for many years and on a clear day the reflecting sapphire blue sky accounts for the name. A natural rock pool, it is washed with clean clear ocean water and is a wonderful swimming and snorkelling spot whilst the viewing platform offers magnificent coastal views and is the perfect spot for shore-based whale watching.
Country Style High Tea in Bemboka
The Scotch Oven Café in the beautiful rural township of Bemboka, is hosting a Mothers Day High Tea on Sunday May 12, 2019. Enjoy the day in this historic building that’s full of charm, as you indulge in delectable scones, fluffy sponges and treats piled high, all complimented with a delicious array of drinks.
They’ve got lots of delicious culinary events on this autumn so to book for the High Tea or to find out what else is on, visit their facebook page or give them a call.
Kick back with the kids at Mitchies Jetty
As the afternoon sun softens, time to grab a bottle of wine and some local fish and chips and head down to Mitchies Jetty, Merimbula. Enjoy, great views, simple food and some family time from the simple timber jetty that looks out over the lake and to the ocean beyond. Mitchies is a favourite with locals and visitors alike, with its sandy curved beach, pristine clear water and just short stroll to Ford park and lots of delicious cafes and eateries.