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Gems Of The Sapphire Coast
sapphire coastThe Sapphire Coast of New South Wales is the most southerly section of the state's coast, and is dotted with coastal fishing towns and brilliant blue waters. This is a true haven for tourists as there is a stong focus on water activities, game fishing and famous cheeses. If you need a place to unwind, this is the ideal region for your relaxed campervan adventure.

This region enjoys a mild climate all throughout the year. In the off chance that the skies turn grey, you can head inland for a lazy drive around the countryside, or you can choose to wander through the local art galleries. With endless possibilities of beach, sea or bushland, there is always something to see and do.

Bermagui is one of the coast's most famous towns and is located right at the top of the coastline. There is no question that you will be drawn to this paradise if you love fishing, because the adjoining Wallaga Lake is a fantastic place to cast a line. The Bermagui-Wallaga Lake walk winds from here along headlands via stunning beaches back into town. If you are ready for some a fresh sea breeze and ample amounts of sunshine, this walk is perfect for you.

Driving further south, you will discover the Mimosa Rocks National Park, which is known for its pebbly beaches. One of it's attractions is the Cuttagee Lake, which is safe for swimming and a perfect picnic spot for the family. The kids can enjoy safe water activities, all while you sit back, relax and take in your pleasant surrounds.

Travelling inland, the coast's most rural town would have to be Bega, which is known for its cheese and dairy farming. The Bega Cheese Heritage Centre is a favourite stop, and the Bega Valley Lookout is absolutely captivating at sunset. This town seems like a picture perfect country valley, with farm animals grazing in green paddocks against the rolling hills.

Just outside of town you can visit the Brogo Dam, an ideal place to pull over for a picnic lunch and explore the natural habitat. This area is also home to the Mumbulla Creek Falls, which is known for its beautiful natural rock pools. Just like the rest of the coast, this area deserves to be explored at a slow pace, which will allow you to absorb it all in.

The seaside town of Tathra (known for its wharf and fishing industry) acts as a fantastic base to visit the Bournda National Park. Located via Scotts Bay, this pristine wilderness is one of the Sapphire Coast’s most precious hidden treasures. It covers a total of over 2000 hectares, stretching from Tathra to Merimbula, where you will find a great camping ground at Hobart Beach to base yourselves. With inlets, cliffs and beautiful views in every direction, it isa spectacular place to visit and keep coming back to.

Merimbula is another favourite holiday destination on the Sapphire Coast, with beautiful lakes and beaches drawing locals and tourists alike. It is known for its shopping, with the wharf a favourite with fishermen. The most popular place to relax is Main Beach which stretches for five kilometres along pristine coastline. Not far away is the quieter Pambula, which is often referred to as Merimbula’s twin town. This town encompasses a brilliant laid back atmosphere and is a great place to relax.

Located right at the southern end of the coast you will find Eden, which boasts one of the largest fishing fleets in New South Wales. Eden was once the whaling capital of Australia, so the Eden Killer Whale Museum is a must-see. the museum features displays of whaling boats, whale skeletons and lots of history that will keep you amused for hours. Eden Wharf is a wonderful place to watch the fishermen, catches being unloaded from heavy boats, and the sights and smells of this working town.

The last leg of the Sapphire Coast brings you to Ben Boyd National Park at Green Cape. This park is home to an endless array of picnic and camping spots, boasting a raw natural beauty. Located at the tip of this expanse, Green Cape gives you breathtaking views of the rugged coastline and sapphire ocean stretching across the horizon.

For some extra solitude, make sure you visit Womboyn Lake, which is known for its superb oysters, abundant fishing and vast stretches of wilderness. A caravan park, general store and handful of locals make for a small-town feel and you can be assured of some privacy to fish, sightsee or wander along the incredible beaches for as long as you please.

The Sapphire Coast is a rich, diverse Australian treasure that is often forgotten about in comparison to the Great Ocean Road, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Its natural attractions and beauty make it uniquely intriguing, so much so that you may never want to leave.

Christine Barton

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