Merimbula & Sapphire Coast Travel Guide

Located just 3 hours from Canberra and around 6 or 7 hours from Sydney and Melbourne, Merimbula and the Sapphire Coast is the most southerly coastal region in New South Wales. Also known as the Bega Valley, the Sapphire Coast stretches from Wallaga Lake through to Wonboyn Lake just north of the border between NSW and Victoria. Offering a wide range of tourist attractions, Merimbula and the Sapphire Coast are known for their stunning lakes and waster-based leisure activities including swimming, surfing, scuba diving, fishing, canoeing, sailboarding, boating and cruises. Surrounded by hinterland, there are also plenty of forest treks and beautiful native flora. Bournda National Park surrounds Merimbula Lake and also offers a wide range of wildlife including wallabies and kangaroos.

Sapphire Coast Accommodation

Merimbula accommodation offers a style and price range to suit all travellers. A popular holiday destination, Merimbula and Sapphire Coast accommodation feature a wide range of options including motels, comfortable hotels, luxury resorts, B&Bs and even self-catering options. Conveniently close to popular local attractions, Merimbula and Sapphire Coast accommodation is also surrounded by a range of shopping and dining options and beautiful beaches.

Merimbula Holiday Packages

Merimbula and Sapphire Coast holiday packages are the cheapest way to plan and book your visit to this popular coastal holiday destination. Saving you both time and money when arranging all of your holiday needs, these Merimbula and Sapphire Coast holiday packages offer significant savings as well as the opportunity to combine all your travel needs in to one coordinated package. Choose an existing package or customise one to your own needs, combining everything from accommodation and car hire to meals, flights, tours, travel insurance and much more.


Sapphire Coast attractions revolve around the region's stunning natural environment. From beautiful bays and beaches to lakes and national parks, the picturesque coastal drives always lead to the next breathtaking spot. The most popular ways to spend your time are swimming, surfing, scuba diving, fishing, sailboarding, canoeing, boating and cruising the lake as well as discovering the rich flora and fauna of the hinterland bushwalks. Main Beach offers 6km of surf beach while the tree-lined beaches of Short Point and Tura Beach make for a relaxing spot for the day. Merimbula Lake, situated in Bournda National Park, is home to kangaroos, wallabies and a number of bird species while the nearby towns of Eden and Tathra offer plenty of hidden gems. Don't miss the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre, Mimosa Rocks National Park, Ben Boyd National Park and Whale Watching in Eden.

Getting To The Sapphire Coast

Getting to Merimbula and Sapphire Coast is easy, with the Princes Highway connecting from Sydney and Melbourne and the Monaro Highway connecting from Canberra. The drive from Sydney and Melbourne takes between 6 or 7 hours while the drive from Canberra takes just 3 hours via Cooma. The Sapphire Coast Drive and Tathra-Bermagui Road offer picturesque coastal routes as well as country and hinterland tracks that take in rolling green valleys and artisan food and wine. There are also regional flights from Melbourne and Sydney to Merimbula and a number of coach and rail services from Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne with CountryLink, VLine and Premier Motor Service. Getting To The Sapphire Coast