|Bermagui to Eden: The Sapphire Coast|
Extending to the Victorian border, this unspoilt coast is one of the state’s gems. The beaches and forested inland are delightful, the fishing is superb, and there are some charming old towns to explore.
After leaving Narooma call in at the historic village of Central Tilba. Dominated by Mount Dromedary, this entire settlement is National Trust classified, full of art and craft galleries, and with the tempting wares of the ABC Cheese Factory to sample.
You can then either follow the Princes Highway inland to Bega (see below), or take the Sapphire Coast Drive along the coastline. This road leads to the boating and fishing village of Wallaga Lake and then Bermagui, the home of big-game fishing for yellowfin tuna and marlin. Explore the beaches and volcanic formations of Mimosa Rocks National Park before arriving into Tathra. This fishing centre has good beaches and, naturally, great fishing - from the old wharf you’re likely to catch trevally, tuna, snapper and kingfish.
From here, drive to Bega, the ‘Cheese Capital of NSW’, on the Princes Highway, where you can visit the Bega Cheese Factory. Further south, the popular resort town of Merimbula, famous for its oysters and game fishing, has an aquarium and a wildlife park in addition to its beaches and crystal-clear waters. At nearby Pambula, another important fishing town, oyster farming tours are an unusual attraction.
Eden, the last major centre before the border, was founded as a whaling station in the early 1800s - the Eden Killer Whale Museum and old Davidson Whaling Station are reminders of this era. You can also explore Ben Boyd National Park and the historic Boydtown site. South of town lie Green Cape and its lighthouse and, finally, Cape Howe and Victoria.
Where to Stay
Time required: 2-3 days are recommended