Located on the southernmost point of the New South Wales south coast, getting to Merimbula and Sapphire Coast is easy thanks to the number of major highways that connect the town with other major cities as well as regional flights that operate to Merimbula and a convenient range of rail and coach services that operate out of Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne.
Situated midway between Sydney and Melbourne, Merimbula and Sapphire Coast are roughly 6 to 7 hours' drive along the Princes Highway from both cities. Passing through Wollongong enroute from Sydney and through Lakes Entrance enroute from Melbourne, these scenic coastal and hinterland drives should be enjoyed at a leisurely pace, visiting the charming local towns they pass through as a way to see the sights and avoid driver fatigue.
If you're driving to Merimbula and Sapphire Coast from Canberra, the route along the Monaro Highway is a much more comfortable 3 hour drive. While this is the most direct route, it's certainly not the prettiest as it cuts a path further inland. If you've got a bit of extra time and would prefer a more scenic journey, take the Kings Highway to Batemans Bay and then follow the Princes Highway south. It will only add an extra hour onto the total length of your journey but the views will be worth it.
Merimbula has its own airport which services the Sapphire Coast and flights are available from Sydney and Melbourne daily with REX airlines. From the airport, there are shuttle services that will take you into town as well as taxis and car hire options for those who wish to have their own transport while staying on the Sapphire Coast. VLine, CountryLink and Premier Motor Service also offer regular coach and rail services from Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne to Merimbula and Sapphire Coast.