The Sapphire Coast is halfway between Melbourne and Sydney, on the far south coast of New South Wales. By car, it is only a 3 hour drive from Canberra or a 6-7 hour drive from either Melbourne or Sydney.
Getting here from Melbourne in January 2020
The Princes Hwy is currently closed in parts due to the NSW & East Gippsland fires. Which gives you a chance to go the other way round. Make the most of this diversion by spending some time in our cool capital – Canberra or stopping off at the mighty Murray river when you travel through the border cities of Albury Wodonga. Check out our map below and follow the link for more detail.
FROM CENTRAL NSW:
Various highways to Yass, then Barton Highway to Canberra, then the Monaro Highway to Cooma, then on the Snowy Mountains Highway to Bega/Bermagui/Tathra/Merimbula/Eden (Bega Valley Shire).
The Monaro Highway to Cooma, then on the Snowy Mountains Highway to Bega/Bermagui/Tathra/Merimbula/Eden (Bega Valley Shire).
Two options. Via the cool capital, Canberra or the Princes Highway A1 to Bega/Tathra/Bermagui/Merimbula/Eden (Bega Valley Shire).
Merimbula Airport offers flights to Sydney and Merimbula, with daily service by Regional Express. The airport has excellent facilities including a cafe, parking, car rental and taxi services.
NSW TrainLink, VLine and Premier Motor Service provide regular coach services from Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra and local bus services can get you around once you’re here.
Self drive and touring options abound with coastal drives along the Princes Highway, Sapphire Coast Drive and the Tathra-Bermagui Road or discover the hinterland and country delights of artisan trails, food and wine or rolling green valleys and country delights.