Touring the Sapphire Coast with a local gives you a more immersive experience.
You can discover our oyster stories with a farmer, paddle pristine rivers, immerse yourself in the sea, explore farmlands on horseback and get close to the wildlife.
Captain Sponge’s Magical Oyster Tours
Discover the secrets of beautiful Pambula Lake, learn about oyster farming, the river estuary, geology and more aboard Sponge’s oversized oyster punt.
Sample the world renowned Pambula Lake Sydney Rock oyster as fresh as can be – straight from the waters of the lake. Learn about oyster farming in the area, its’ history, modern techniques and biology. Get a crash course in oyster husbandry and inspect the native Angasi species of oyster which are also grown on the farm.
Once the oysters are aboard then it is time to set sail downstream to the scenic meandering Pambula river where ancient Aboriginal middens dot the steep tree-studded banks whilst White bellied sea eagles circle overhead. Another downstream stop to see how the catching of oysters is done before heading back to the jetty.
Tours take approximately 1.5 hours.
Private group charters by appointment. Minimum 6 persons, max 23.
Cat Balou Cruises, Eden
Experience nature at its best when you take a cruise aboard the multi award winning vessel, Cat Balou at Eden, voted the number 1 Whale Watching destination in Australia!
Tours range from two hours to 3.5 hours, from discovering Twofold Bay to exploring the coastal wildnerness all the way to Green Cape Light House.
Whale watching cruises begin in mid September, continuing each morning until late November.
Owner operators since 1987, Ros and Gordon Butt are NSW’s most experienced whale watching operators and offer daily whale watching cruises from mid September until late November with a 99% success rate of seeing whales.
It is mainly Humpback whales seen on their southern migration but there is also a chance of seeing other species of whales along with dolphins, seals and a variety of seabirds. Cat Balou has a hydrophone onboard to enable passengers to listen to whales singing. Throughout the year Cat Balou also offer a Twofold Bay Cruise which highlights the history, industries and natural beauty of this whaling port plus a good chance of seeing dolphins & seals.
Cat Balou is a 15mt catamaran with optimum viewing and inside seating for all passengers in case of inclement weather. A live, informative commentary is given on all cruises. All cruises depart from Snug Cove, Eden which has direct ocean access with no sand bar crossings.
Cat Balou Cruises has a boatload of awards, including the South Coast Tourism Hall of Fame and Ecotourism Winner and is consistently recognised for excellence by Trip Advisor.
Bookings are essential.
Bike Betty Girls Weekend, Tathra
Bike Betty is a fun, inspirational girls weekend away, mountain biking the smooth flowing ‘Bundadung’ Tathra Trails and staying in beachside accommodation. Your hosts are the experienced and friendly crew of Tathra Beach & Bike.
Tathra is the perfect setting to revive the spirit, get confident on your bike, be present with yoga, and maybe add a SUP or a surf in and catch up with friends. All you need is the desire to get better on your bike and the will to escape.
Bike Betty is delivered by certified instructors who are passionate and experienced local girls enthusiastic to take you to new levels both on your bike and in your yoga practice. Weekends can be tailored to your group.
Package includes 2 nights accommodation, 2.5 day mountain bike skills sessions, 2 yoga sessions and some meals. Cost $450.
Light 2 Light Coastal Walks
Light to Light Coastal Walks offers guided and self-guided walks, and shuttle transfers, to the iconic 30 kilometre Light to Light Walk in Ben Boyd National Park.
This 3 day walk will immerse you in the rich history, heritage, culture and natural beauty of our magnificent section of coastline.
From rugged cliff tops, to open coastal heath and woodlands the diverse terrain is filled with wildlife and steeped in indigenous culture along with the reminders of early European settlement.
Walks are classed as easy-to-moderate, with 3-6 hours casual walking each day. There’s no rush, and plenty of time for rest and photo stops along the way.
Arrive at camp early to mid afternoon, or your heritage accommodation at Green Cape Lightstation, where you will be greeted by our driver/cook, with cool drinks and snacks.
Montreal Goldfield, Bermagui
Montreal Goldfield’s story of gold, unsolved mystery and intrigue is unique.
The goldfield is located approximately 7km north of spectacular Bermagui on the far south coast of NSW and is a rare coastal alluvial goldfield, first mined in 1880.
Guided tours by local historians reveal the mysteries and fascinating anecdotes of times gone by. Follow boardwalks through the beautiful native forest, re-grown since the days of the gold-rush moonscape. Peer down the vertical mine shafts, try your hand at water divining. Time has brought back to life a forest of tree ferns, eucalypts and orchids, inhabited by sugar gliders, possums, lizards and diverse bird life.
The gold formed in igneous rocks in the hinterland over 30 million years ago, and as these ancient rocks were eroded by high levels of rainfall, traces of gold washed down rivers to accumulate in riverbed gravel. These ancient gravels were exposed by coastal erosion, to be discovered and mined some 30 million years after they originally formed.
Tours run daily at 2pm, or by appointment, and take about 1 1/4 hours. On Open Days, feast on old-time damper and tea.
$7.50 per person, children $5 and families $25.
Time: approx. 1¼ hours
Group bookings by appointment.
Close encounters at Potoroo Palace Native Animal Sanctuary
At Potoroo Palace we love introducing you to our family—and they get excited about it, too!
You can meet Australia’s native dog, the Dingo and learn just how different they are from domesticated dogs. Cuddle a koala, play with a wombat, laugh with a Kookaburra, feed a Potoroo and more.
Combine your close encounter with a stroll around the park where you can see koalas, wander among the free roaming kangaroos, emus, peacocks and ducks (and feed them if you wish), stroll through the cooling mist of the walk-through aviary, go for a ride on the mini train or have lunch and really good coffee at the Blue Wren Café.
Potoroo Palace is 10 minutes drive from Merimbula, and is a not-for-profit sanctuary for both animals and people, grown over the years by a team of passionate staff and volunteers.
Australias Coastal Wilderness Adventures
Australia’s Coastal Wilderness Adventures provide safe, enjoyable and insightful marine experiences for you. We operate on the stunning Far South Coast within close proximity to Eden, Pambula, Merimbula, Tathra and Bermagui.
Ocean to Plate (Wet or Dry) Collect your very own mussels, abalone, crayfish & sea urchins and celebrate with an unforgettable seafood smorgasbord including local oysters, prawns and cheese platter and wine. You can choose to stay dry watch us do the work too!
Snorkel: Immerse yourself in stunning marine nature with ACWA’s experienced local guides.
Ben Boyd National Park Explorer: Explore this stunning coastal park and finish with a snorkel at a secret bay.
Bitangabee Bay Bounty Bitangabee Bay is an underwater wonderland, explore & harvest a seafood feast.
Prawn in the summer months: See interesting nocturnal marine wildlife and collect a feed of premium Australian seafood.
Wolumla Horse Riding Adventures
Be it an overnight trail ride or a riding lesson in the round yard, you will get a 360 degree view of the Bega Valley when you climb in the saddle at Wolumla Horse Riding Adventures.
The ranch is located in the middle of the beautiful Bega Valley between the picturesque village of Candelo and the old gold mining village of Wolumla.
There is a wide range of riding activities including:
- Tailored lessons for children and adults.
- Saddle day camps for kids aged 6 and up (10am to 3pm).
- Pony rides for the littlies under 6.
- Trail rides for 1.5, 2 hours or 5 hours.
- Overnight camp outs and scheduled trips to the Snowy Mountains where you can spot brumbies.
- Jackaroo and Jillaroo School, holiday programs.
- Camping trips to Kosciosko National Park.
Sapphire Coast Golf Package
This 5 night Golf Package includes:
• 3 Nights Twin Share Deluxe Cabin Accommodation at Big 4 Wallaga Lake Holiday Park, home of the new Camel Rock Brewery.
• 2 Nights Twin Share Deluxe Cabin Accommodation at Eden Gateway Holiday Park.
• 18 holes of golf, cart hire and a free drink at Bermagui Golf Club, Narooma Golf Club, Merimbula Golf Club and Eden Gardens Country Club.
• Daily transfers to the course.
*$599 Twin Share. Not available school holidays or public holidays – available until 30th November 2018
Oaklands Trail Rides
Explore Oaklands Farm on horseback with an experienced and supportive guide. All levels of horsemanship are welcome, even if you’ve never ridden before, but you must be over 8 years of age.
Oakland’s trail rides last for 1.5 hours, and bookings are essential. Please phone 6495 7257 to book or enquire about group discounts.
Cost: $60 per person. Group discounts available.
Younger children aged between 2 and 7 years can still have an experience in the saddle. Short, led rides are available for $5. No bookings necessary, tickets are available at the garden centre.
NB: The animal nursery may be closed on weekdays during school terms. Please phone ahead and ask about opening hours to avoid disappointment.
Ocean Adventure with Merimbula Marina
A 2 hour cruise along the coast with an onboard barbecue lunch. Spot Bottlenosed and Common Dolphins, Australian Fur Seals and a variety of birdlife. This tour operates from December to May.
From mid August through to late November large numbers of humpback whales travel past Merimbula. They can be seen lateral lunge feeding, one of the few places in the world where humpbacks can be observed doing this.
Gang Gang Tours
Gang Gang Tours offer intimate small group touring, departing from the nation’s capital, Canberra.
Scheduled tours are designed to best suit ‘the not so young, and the not so old’ who like to be active on tour, try new things, eat good food, and sleep in a comfy bed in their own room at night. You can design the tour to suit you, by selecting any combination of our optional activities.
We can also design a customised tour to suit your time frame and interests. Our private tours are perfect for families and friends, corporate, and sport specific holidays.
Gang Gang offers a variety of outdoor activities including bushwalking, mountain biking, kayaking, and SUPing, as well as fabulous sightseeing, local knowledge and cuisine.
Each tour has a maximum of 10 passengers to ensure that your holiday experience is a personal and memorable one.
Life is an adventure, and there is no place better to explore than the magnificent wilderness coast.
The stunning sandy beaches at Tathra, Merimbula and Pambula provide the perfect environment to try stand up paddling or surfing. We also have a giant Stand Up Paddle board, and modified kayaks for people with mobility issues. Come explore with us on a one of our sea or river kayak tours, or (for a fun family day out) the walk and raft day is always a winner.
Our long term success is based on a combination of friendly professional instructors, an effective teaching technique and the use of the latest technology equipment.
Book your next adventure online now, or call our office to learn more.
Merimbula Stand Up Paddle Lessons & Tours
Feel inspired as you glide across the crystal-clear waters of the far south coast with ease.
Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of our waterways with breathtaking mountain backdrops or cruise the exquisite coastline and absorb life’s most inspirational offers!
Steve is a fully qualified ASI stand up paddle instructor focused on providing a relaxed and safe environment for you to enjoy. Bring the family along, it’s an uplifting experience you can enjoy together!
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced paddler, solo or in a group, there’s a class tailored to your needs.
We launch from two locations on Merimbula Lake depending on conditions, and SMS directions prior to your tour.
Sapphire Coast Day Tour
The Sapphire Coast Day Tour is an inclusive family friendly day tour.
Discover how wild killer whales and men formed a hunting partnership at the Eden Killer Whale Museum and explore the port’s top scenic spots in the morning. Learn why our Sydney Rock Oysters are so famous and taste them for yourself before a gourmet lunch at Wheelers Seafood Restaurant. Afterwards, settle in for a beer tasting and cheese platter at Longstocking Brewery before browsing the gallery and barn at Oaklands Barn.
Tours depart from Merimbula and Pambula each Tuesday and Thursday.
$110 Adult ($99.00 Concession)
$58 Child 14 years and under.
$315 Family (2 adults and 2 children)
Kiah Wilderness Tours
Nature at your own pace….Kiah Wilderness Tours offers small group kayak tours on the beautiful Towamba River, just south of Eden.
Morning Tour (3 – 4 hours)
Lunch Tour (3 – 4 hours)
Afternoon Tour (2 hours)
Full Day Tour (4 – 5 hours)
An estuary that wanders through stunning forests and green pastures, the river winds its way to Twofold Bay. It is pristine and quiet, with an impressive diversity of both bird and marine life. Each sit-on-top kayak is kitted with a pair of binoculars so you can check out the wildlife up close along the way.
Tours are tailored for a maximum of six people, crafted to suit your experience and abilities and designed to allow you time to enjoy the wilderness. You can request time out for a swim, photography shoot, or to cast a lure. Morning or afternoon tea in the form of plunger coffee and freshly baked goodies is served on one of the many sandy beaches on the river’s edge.
No experience is necessary as the kayaks are designed for easy paddling. Guides are accredited through Australian Canoeing / Paddle NSW.
Light to Light Camps
Walk the wilderness coast with the support of Light to Light Camps.
The iconic 2 night/3 day Light to Light Track follows some of Southeast Australia’s most spectacular coastline.
Located in Ben Boyd National Park in Australia’s Coastal Wilderness region, the 31 kilometre track passes rock dating back over 400 million years, a marine environment with incomparable diversity, coastal heath and forests of Banksia and Ti-tree.
Ancient Aboriginal shell middens on the shores showcase a resource-rich ocean. The stories of an incredible and long-lasting relationship between whalers and Killer Whales adds to the mystery and wonder of this place.
This place is very special. Explore it at your own pace without the burden of tents, food and water, and be spoiled at the end of the day with delicious dinners, a hot shower and luxurious camp beds, sleeping bags, sheets and towels.
We’ve got you covered.
Green Cape Lighthouse Tours
Climb to the top of Green Cape Light House with a keeper and take in the panoramic views of a spectacular and rugged coast. The one hour tour will also teach you about the solitary lives of the light keepers, the troubled building process and the great need to light the seas in the time of steam travel and even today.
It represents an monumental chapter in Sapphire Coast’s maritime history, and remains a commanding icon in the spectacular Green Cape peninsular in Ben Boyd National Park, Australia’s second most eastern point. Built in 1883, the lighthouse is Australia’s second tallest, and the first made with concrete cast. The light was replaced by solar tower in 1998, but is still lit on special anniversaries.
The light house and surrounding lands are a fantastic whale-watching spot in spring, and popular for picnics, rock fishing and spear fishing all-year round.
Tours are available in summer and Easter school holidays or by appointment. Tours are free for guests staying at the keeper’s cottages, see availability and rates.
Cost $10 per adult, $25 family.
02 6495 5000
Snorkel with Marine Discovery Guides
Snorkelling with a guide is a deeply immersive way to explore our amazing coastline. The Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre hosts two hour guided snorkel tours at Eden’s Snug Cove and Merimbula Lake.
The experience is wonderful for people who want an introduction to snorkelling, to improve your skills, and learn about sea creatures who call the Sapphire Coast home.
Tours are suitable for children aged 12 and above, and cost $100 for groups of 1 to 3 people, or $25 per person for groups of four and more. Tours include snorkel, mask and fin hire with wetsuits available in some sizes.
To enquire, please contact the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre. Tours are flexible, but times are subject to tides and weather conditions.
Wheelers Seafood Restaurant & Oysters Farm
Merimbula is famous for its oysters, and Wheeler’s story dates back to the early 1900s.
Wheelers Oyster Tour takes you inside the operation where you can learn about this fascinating delicacy and see how dramatically farming methods have changed over the last 100 years. The tour concludes with a tasting at Wheelers Restaurant.
Tours are held daily at 11am, Monday to Saturday, no bookings required.
Adults $12.50 | Children Aged 10 – 16 $8 | Children under 10 free.
Tours begin at 11am from Monday to Saturday.
Eden Killer Whale Museum
Old Tom the Killer Whale, was the most boisterous of the killer whales who hunted baleen whales with the Davidson family in the 1800s. At times Old Tom and the pod numbered up to 36, many of which were known by name to the whalers. Previous to settlement, the orcas had special relationship with the local Yuin people and it was through this connection that they bonded with the whalers, whose crews often included Yuin men.
The museum has commanding views over the bay, whale watching platform, bookshop. It also showcases maritime and timber history along with regular travelling exhibitions.
A visit here is not complete with some time spent on the vast sun-drenched deck which overlooks Twofold Bay. It’s a great place to watch whales from and if you spot one the staff will sound a loud siren that lets the whole town know there is a whale to be seen from shore. The museum shop also houses a great collection of local and regional literature and gifts.
Monday to Saturday: 9.15am to 3.45pm
Sunday: 11.15am to 3.45pm.
Extended trading hours over the Christmas holiday period. Closed Christmas Day.
Children (5 to 15 years) $2.50
Children (under 5 years) free
Tours can be arranged for large or small groups. Please contact the museum on (02) 6494 2094 or visit the booking page to enquire.
Discovery Tours with National Parks Rangers
Nature experiences is what we do best!
There are dozens of walks, talks and tours held over Summer and Easter holidays each year. You can snorkel our unspoilt waters, explore by boat and canoe, and meet lots of feathered, finned and scaly locals.
Gain a fantastic insight into unexpected delights of our national parks with Discovery Rangers, and discover out natural, cultural and historic heritage.
Prices range from $10 to $55 per person, with discounts for families with more than two children.
For more information please call or visit the Merimbula National Parks and Wildlife office on 02 6495 000. Opening hours are 8.30am-4:30pm, Monday to Friday.
02 6495 5000
On the water: Fishing tours
Headland Fishing Charters
Going fishing with Headland Charters is a real adventure for young and old, if you have never fished before or you are a pro, we will take good care of you.
You’ll be fishing on the best boat in town with personal service guaranteed. Jadele II, in full maritime survey for 12 passengers and 2 crew. Available for share charters or exclusive hire. Reef, game, shark, king fishing and whale watching (in season). Also scenic coastal cruises.
On-board toilet. BYO food and drink. No fishing licence is required. All fishing gear and bait supplied and all fish are cleaned for you. Personal service guaranteed
Merimbula Marina operates multiple cruises each day during September to November. We are a family owned and operated business and believe in responsible and respectful whale watching practices. We have a deep love of the ocean and all its amazing creatures and enjoy sharing this with our passengers.
We have been operating our vessel True Blue from Merimbula for over 10 years. She is a 16 metre Super Sea Cat with three unobstructed 360 degree viewing decks to whale watch from. She has both indoor and outdoor seating and onboard toilets. Live and informative whale commentary and morning or afternoon tea is provided. You are also likely to see other whales like Southern Rights, Minkes, Bryde’s, Blue and Orcas and marine life like dolphins, sea turtles, Australian Fur Seals, a bounty of sea birds and more from the boat.
Launched in May 2015 “Sensational” is the Sapphire Coast’s newest and fastest whale watching experience! She is a fast, economical eco-RIB. With real 360 degree water level viewing this vessel allows you to get up close and personal with the whales!
Check out our daily photos and whale reports on our facebook page www.facebook.com/Merimbulamarina. Like our page and download photos taken from your cruise for free!
Reel Affair Fishing Charters
Reel Affair is a superbly crafted 38ft mariner with wide decks, lounge, kitchen and bathroom facilities on board. Specialising in GAME, DEEP SEA, REEF and KING fishing you will receive expert service and an unforgettable day of fishing.
Your charter fare includes all bait & tackle, quality overhead & spinning reels & rods, professional game reels & stand up & chair rods, tea/coffee/light snack and your fish cleaned and packed. Book now for a day to remember!
1800 233 247
Fishpen Charters Merimbula
Departing from Merimbula’s iconic Mitchie’s Jetty and offering the ultimate fishing adventure. We cater for the novice to the experienced fisher, specialising in reef and fun-filled family trips. Broadbill is a fully-surveyed stable vessel with experienced and friendly skippers. Your catch is cleaned and ready for the pan! Your enjoyment and safety is our priority, therefore, we DO NOT fish in rough weather. During Sept/Oct/Nov the annual migration of the mighty humpback whales takes place just off the coast of Merimbula, an encounter with these truly awesome creatures is an experience that will not be easily forgotten on board Broadbill. Trips depart from Mitchies Jetty on Fishpen Road.
Rathlin II Fishing Charters
Game, Deep Sea & Reef Fishing. Rathlin II is a luxuriously appointed 41ft Steber with twin diesel and the latest technology in fish finding and navigation equipment. Locally owned and operated with a skipper that has 25 years international commercial fishing experience. Charter Fare includes: Bait & Tackle, Quality overhead and spinning reels and rods, professional quality game reels, both stand-up and chair rods, tea & coffee, snacks fish are cleaned, no fishing licence required.
Narooma Tours and Charter Fish Narooma offer fully catered trips ranging from 2 to 9 hours wether fishing, diving, snorkelling, whale watching, Montague Island Guided Tours, Lighthouse Tours, Evening Penguin tours or a mix of all our options.
Playstation is a 9.8 metre purpose built fishing and tour boat, with toilet and cooking facilities.
Narooma Tours and Charter Fish Narooma uses the latest top quality gear available from our fishing tackle, lures to electronics.
Head Hunter Charters – Game Fish Merimbula
The Head Hunter was designed from the ground up to tackle big game fish, boasting fast cruise speeds and all the creature comforts of home to ensure you have the trip of a lie time! Based in Merimbula, with expeditions from Ulladulla to Eden and most ports in-between. your fishing experience with their personal touch. Head Hunter Charters love nothing more than chasing Marlin and Tuna and invite you to join them on the ultimate adventure! Half Day, Full Day. Live Aboard, Tournament & Packages available. Specialising in Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin, Bluefin, Albacore & Broadbill – all tackle provided