Pambula is a coastal village big in history, its peaceful lakes and idyllic river mouth are a far cry from the hustle and bustle following the discovery of gold near the township in the 1880s. Shop-fronts give a nod to that era, with bull-nose verandahs, a town clock and a general lack of tall neon signs.
Browsing the main street you’ll discover specialty shops, such as an artisan bakery and coffee roasters, winery, whole foods, wood sculpture gallery, local art and picture framing, vintage collectables, boutiques and eco-focused retail with a flair for the local. For those who look toward nature, the southern end of the main street, Panboola Wetlands offers a tranquil nature experience that is popular for birdwatching and photography. Pambula Village covers all bases for holiday makers young and old. Make it a destination today.
You will be spoilt for choice by pristine waters and the natural beauty of the quiet and sometimes secluded beaches, lakes, pools and other unique coastal landscapes in and around Bermagui.
Families and children love the seasonally patrolled Horseshoe Bay Beach, the rocks at either end provide great exploring and snorkelling and sometimes meeting with a local seal.
However, as the season changes and days become shorter, there is still plenty to see on a day trip around the area and Bermagui has it all to showcase for visitors. Moorheads Beach and Haywards Beach set out a long lazy stretch of coast north of Bermagui to Camel Rock. The old road leading into Bermagui follows Moorheads Beach and makes the perfect backdrop for a leisurely walk with plenty to see along the way especially for the keen photographer, bird watcher or nature lover. Camel Rock Surf Beach is just one of many wonderful photographic and picnic spots throughout the area.
The renowned Blue Pool is an iconic rock pool at the base of the cliff on Pacific Drive. This natural rock pool is a multi-award winning attraction and independently rated number six out of eight of the best ocean rock pools in the world.
Not only is it the perfect spot for a picnic and one of the best spots to enjoy your fish and chips during the whale watching season, it also has full amenities including wheelchair access so that everyone is catered for while enjoying spectacular views up and down the coastline and views to Montague Island.
Surfers don’t miss out with Beares Beach only a short stroll south of the Blue Pool. If man’s best friend is travelling with you, then they are welcome off leash at part of this beach.
Another favourite for local surfers to gather is Cuttagee Beach along with the lake which provides safe and shallow waters for children to play.
There is much to explore. Find your own special place, enjoy a day trip today in and around Bermagui.
Eden is perched on the edge of magnificent Twofold Bay which is the third deepest natural harbour in the southern hemisphere. Eden is very popular for fishing and known worldwide for the migrating whales. The Eden Whale Festival, held annually is a celebration to highlight the southern migration of the humpback whale. This year the Festival will be held from Friday the 1st until Sunday the 3rd of November.
More recently Eden has stepped onto the world stage with the Cruise Ships visiting the Port. Visitors not just locally but from all over the globe are entering the harbour from the water and discovering this secret of the Sapphire Coast.
Along with the natural beauty and the sapphire blue waters Eden also has its own unique shops to peruse in your own time. There’s every opportunity to purchase something a little bit special to take home to remind you of the time you spent in this stunning location.
Bega is the urban heart of the Sapphire Coast. It offers a variety of shopping options; everything from a large shopping centre, accommodating all the popular national stores, to the very unique locally owned businesses, giving their own individual flair instore.
Bega has many historical buildings sprinkled throughout the streets; it is worth taking the time to drive around for a closer look. The outskirts are dotted with lagoons that are rich in bird life. You can settle in on the banks of the Bega River, Kisses Lagoon or Glebe Park. There’s picnic tables under the shade of the oaks, poplars and weeping willows.
Beyond the main hub, Bega is wrapped in lush dairy country, like a blanket with a backdrop of mountains. Over the years Bega has built its reputation around the quality of the dairy farms and is the home of Bega Cheese.
A visit to the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre is a must for dairy lovers and history enthusiasts.
As well as being a hub for visitor information for Bega and the region, you can taste the entire Bega Cheese range, along with fudge, milkshakes and more made from Bega milk. The cafe is a lovely spot for a country lunch while the story of local dairy farming is told through photographs, film and the upstairs museum.
Also on the must see list when visiting are the many art galleries, the principal being The Bega Valley Regional Gallery. There are several others throughout the Valley to be explored with an array of arts and crafts available. Items like pottery, paintings and some magnificent wood work displays the local talent.
So there really is no time to waste, make Bega a destination when visiting the Sapphire Coast.
Merimbula with its great climate, pristine beaches and abundant natural beauty is an ideal location for a day trip, a holiday, or a sea change. Start your holiday off with an early morning walk to the Merimbula Short Point headland. Sunrise is just before 6am, so get moving and see the world wake up; it’s a golden experience that will shape your day. An alternative is the Merimbula Boardwalk which will take you on a journey around the ever-changing lake, over the water and mangrove beds, under eucalypt canopies and past Merimbula’s famous Sydney Rock Oyster farms. Take advantage of the many picturesque trails in and around the Merimbula area for bike riding. The whole family can ride safely on the bike path out to Pambula across to Pambula Beach, or in and around Panboola. Just another way to make the most of the beauty of Merimbula and surrounds. However, if shopping and restaurants are more your thing, you won’t be disappointed with lots of gorgeous little stores tucked away, along with cafes, bars and eateries to keep you fully satisfied.
Some of the highlights on the annual events calendar are, EAT Merimbula, the annual locavore festival, Merimbula Jazz Festival, the Malibu Surf Comp and the Merimbula Classic – Wave Sailing and Kite Boarding Comp. Make sure you visit Merimbula on your holiday to the Sapphire Coast.