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Eight ways to rediscover the Sapphire Coast

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The Sapphire Coast might not sound familiar to you, but you’ve probably been there.

That’s because The Sapphire Coast is the region that stretches from Bermagui to Eden, encompassing many of the ‘south coast’ beauty spots Canberrans love.

From whale watching in Merimbula to catching a wave in Tathra, vintage shopping in Bermagui and hiking in the picturesque Mimosa Rocks National Park, there’s so much to experience, just three hours drive from Canberra along the Monaro Highway.

After a recent trip to Tathra and Merimbula, we’ve put together a guide that’s perfect for a quick weekend trip or a leisurely getaway.

EAT + DRINK

Merimbula Wharf Restaurant & Aquarium

Credit: David Rogers Photography.

Looking for epic experiences on your Sapphire Coast adventure? You’ll find it at Merimbula Wharf Restaurant & Aquarium.

From epic views from the floor-to-ceiling windows to the epic seafood platters that serve the freshest of the region’s catches to an after-meal stroll on the 1860s-era timber wharf—this is a venue that packs some serious wow-factor.

Credit: David Rogers Photography.

As a bonus, the wharf is a great place to watch for whales.

The Wharf, Lake Street, Merimbula | merimbulawharf.com.au | @merimbulawharfrestaurant

Blend Cafe and Providore

 

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Tathra’s Blend Providore is a mecca for foodies. On first impression, you’ll find a sunny cafe space with a brunch menu to suit every taste.

But step into their providore space next door and soak up the sweet, sweet views of their luxurious cheese fridge—complete with a giant cheese-and-wine matching board.

You’ll find everything you need for the world’s most epic cheeseboard or picnic—matched to perfection. There’s even a selection of local pottery on display.

Oh, and did we mention that Blend bakes their own sourdough? Day made.

37 Andy Poole Drive, Tathra | blendprovidore.com | @blendtathra

Wild Orchid Cafe

 

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Like a slice of Bali dropped into Tathra, Wild Orchid Cafe will fulfil all your green smoothie and avocado toast cravings.

With spacious indoor seating and a grassy area perfect for soaking up the sun out front, Wild Orchid has you covered for coffee, breakfast, lunch and snacks in between.

1/29 Andy Poole Drive, Tathra | wildorchidtathra.com | @wildorchidcafe

Tathra Hotel

Credit: David Rogers Photography.

A must-do for anyone visiting Tathra that takes full advantage of the epic views the headland provides, Tathra Hotel is a venue for all seasons and times of the day.

With an epic menu that encompasses everything from weekend brunch favourites to heart classic pub meals with a gourmet twist and moreish bar snacks (think spice dusted calamari and mushroom arancini), there’s a reason to stop by the Tathra Hotel at any time of day.

8-12 Bega Street, Tathra | tathrahotel.com.au | @tathrahotel

EXPLORE + EXPERIENCE

Whale watching with Merimbula Marina

Credit: David Rogers Photography courtesy of Merimbula Marina.

You just can’t go past one of the Sapphire Coast’s most iconic experiences—an up-close-and-personal encounter with the humpback whales that migrate close to the coast across the second half of each year.

These magnificent creatures are best seen by boat, and Merimbula Marina will help you get as close as possible—creating memories to last a lifetime.

With multiple tours each day on a spacious and weather-proof boat, you’re sure to have a whale of a time (sorry).

merimbulamarina.com

Sapphire Coast Guiding Company

Tathra Beach and Mogareeka. Credit: David Rogers Photography.

The Sapphire Coast is home to areas of pristine natural beauty—almost every town boasts walking and riding trails and plenty of ways to get back to nature.

However, if you’re not feeling confident in your skills or would prefer to leave the work to someone else, Sapphire Coast Guiding Company has your back.

Your enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides, Tess and Cam, are experienced guides with years of experience guiding tours, families and groups.

From all-inclusive tours where you’ll arrive to a camp where your tent is set up and dinner is on the fire to guided day hikes, Cam and Tess are a pleasure to spend time with, and are full of local knowledge about flora and fauna, hidden spots off the beaten trail, and bush medicine and tucker.

sapphirecoastguidingco.com.au 

Wadjura Lookout, Mimosa Rocks National Park. Credit: David Rogers Photography.

Bithry Inlet

 

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One of the most secluded and picturesque spots on the coast, Bithy Inlet is located at the mouth of Wapengo Lake, where white sands meet crystal clear lagoons.

Head here for a quiet few hours of secluded beach time, or take to one of the surrounding trails for a hike through lush Mimosa Rocks National Park.

To find the inlet, follow the Tathra-Bermagui Road from Merimbula or Tathra, and turn onto Haighs Road, around 12 kilometres north of Tathra. Continue past Middle Beach, and look for Bithry Inlet.

Bithry Inlet | sapphirecoast.com.au/point-of-interest/bithry-inlet

STAY

Tathra Beachside

Tathra Beachside is the ultimate home base for a trip to the Sapphire Coast, located a short 30-minute drive away from Bermagui, Merimbula and Pambula and a literal stone’s throw from Tathra Beach.

Boasting everything from powered campsites with ensuites to luxurious two-bedroom Beach Breeze Villa (pictured above) which features two spacious bedrooms with ensuites, a Nespresso Machine and full kitchen, a luxurious retreat-style bathroom with freestanding tub and a large furnished verandah with BBQ—perfect for soaking up the sun.

Tathra Wharf. Credit: David Rogers.

tathrabeachside.com.au

HerCanberra travelled courtesy of Sapphire Coast Tourism but their opinions remain their own. 

Feature image: Merimbula Beach by David Rogers.

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