Touring the Sapphire Coast with a local gives you a more immersive experience, and they know all the best places to go!
Take an immersive journey through our coastal wilderness, discover how our produce reaches the plate, learn to harvest it for yourself and get close to the wildlife.
Eden Killer Whale Museum
The Eden Killer Whale Museum has told Eden’s stories for over 80 years and is home to one of the only orca skeletons in the world, that of Old Tom, Eden’s famous killer whale.
He and his pod formed a hunting partnership with men that lasted for over 100 years. At times during the 1800s there were up to 36 killer whales in Eden, many of which were known by name. 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 and bookshop. It also showcases maritime and timber history along with regular travelling exhibitions.\
If you spot a whale in spring, staff will sound a siren that lets the whole town know!
Opening hours Monday to Saturday: 9.15am to 3.45pm; Sunday: 11.15am to 3.45pm (extended hours during holiday periods).
Entry $2.50 to $10
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!
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, a ride on the mini train or have lunch 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.
Sapphire Coast Golf Package
Enjoy the beauty of the Sapphire Coast and 4 of the most picturesque golf courses on the NSW South Coast.
This 5 night Golf Package includes 18 holes of golf at Bermagui, Narooma, Merimbula and Eden with delux accommodation Big 4 Wallaga Lake Holiday Park, home of the new Camel Rock Brewery and Eden Gateway Holiday Park.
Enjoy extras like free transfers, inclusive cart hire and a free drink for each round!
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, and continue each morning until late November.
Owner operators since 1987, Ros and Gordon Butt are NSW’s most experienced whale watching operators and offer a guaranteed sightings, backed by a 100% success rate of seeing whales in 2017.
Cat Balou is a 15mt catamaran with optimal viewing decks and inside seating for all passengers. All cruises depart from Snug Cove, Eden which has direct ocean access. Bookings are essential.
Southland Fish Supplies Factory Tour
Southland Fish Supplies unloads approximately 1900 tonnes of fish a year from local and visiting fishing vessels. The professional fish processing team at Southlands fillet approximately 200 tonnes of value added product a year.
You can also visit the Southlands Fish Shop shop in Imlay Street.
Visit Southlands Tuesday to Friday between 9:30 and 11:30 am to learn more about modern fish processing and watch the experts at work.
Board the luxury, all terrain touring vehicle and discover the best of the Sapphire Coast in these day tours.
Your hosts Paul and Liz and Pincini have been escorting guests to amazing destinations for over 30 years and have developed these day trips with a local’s insight. Tours range from $45 for the Pambula Merimbula Explorer, to $110 for the Green Cape Explorer.
Pambula Lake Explorer Join Captain Sponge’s Magical Oyster Tours on Pambula Lake, with morning tea at Haycock Point and explore the Pinnacles.
Green Cape Explorer Discover the highlights of Ben Boyd National Park, with morning tea and a picnic lunch before a stop at the Seahorse Inn, the centerpiece of Boydd’s empire.
Gourmet Farmer Explorer Explore Tilba Village and Bermagui while you sample wines, cheeses, oysters and beautiful scenery.
Pambula Merimbula Explorer Tour local beaches and historical points of interest, with a visit to Merimbula Aquarium & Wharf Restaurant.
Light to Light Camps
Light to Light Camps provide fully-supported hikes along southeast Australia’s most spectacular coastline, the 31 kilometre Light to Light Walk.
All you need to carry is a day pack and enjoy the track. Explore this special place 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.
Located in Ben Boyd National Park in Australia’s Coastal Wilderness region, the 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.
Light 2 Light Coastal Walks
Light 2 Light Coastal Walks will help you discover one of Australia’s most iconic multi-day walks in style and comfort.
The 3 day walk is classed as easy-to-moderate, with 3-6 hours casual walking in each day. There’s no rush, and plenty of time for rest and photo stops along the way. From rugged cliff tops, to open coastal heath and woodlands, the diverse terrain of Ben Boyd National Park is filled with wildlife and steeped in Indigenous culture and the reminders of early European settlement.
Tours include guided and unguided walks with national park camping or stays at Green Cape Light Station; and a transport service.
Captain Sponge’s Magical Oyster Tours
Discover the secrets of beautiful Pambula Lake on a 2 hour cruise 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. Get a crash course in oyster husbandry and inspect the native Angasi species of oyster which are also grown on the farm.
The estuary is also the site of ancient Aboriginal middens and home to white bellied sea eagles who nest in gum trees right above the farm.
Private group charters by appointment. Minimum 6 persons, max 23.
Gang Gang Tours
Gang Gang Tours offer intimate small group touring, departing from Canberra.
Choose from variety of outdoor activities including bushwalking, mountain biking, kayaking, and SUPing, as well as fabulous sightseeing, local knowledge and cuisine.
Try new things, eat good food, and sleep in a comfy bed in your own room at night.
Each tour has a maximum of 10 passengers to ensure that your holiday experience is a personal and memorable one.
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)
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.
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.
Visit the website to learn more about tailored lessons, overnight camps locally and at Kosciosko National Park, trail rides, holiday programs and schools for all ages.
Bike Betty Girls Weekend, Tathra
Bike Betty is a girls weekend away to Tathra, exploring the smooth flowing ‘Bundadung’ Mountain Bike trails, practising yoga and staying in beachside accommodation.
It’s the perfect setting to revive the spirit and catch up with friends.
Bike Betty is delivered by certified instructors who are passionate and experienced local girls who want to take you to new levels both on your bike and in your yoga practice.
Package includes 2 nights accommodation, 2.5 day mountain bike skills sessions, 2 yoga sessions and some meals. Cost $450.
Ocean Adventure with Merimbula Marina
See dolphins in the wild, explore the coast in a jet boat or join the whale’s southern migration in spring with Merimbula Marina.
Discovery Tour is 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.
Guaranteed Whale Watching begins in mid to late August and continues to late November. It’s one of the few places in the world where humpbacks can be observed feeding during their southern migration.
Green Cape Lighthouse Tours
Climb to the top of Green Cape Light House with a keeper and take in the panoramic views of Australia’s second most eastern point.
Built in 1883, the lighthouse is Australia’s second tallest, and the first to be 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.
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 for the Keeper’s Cottages or Telegraph Station Bunkhouse.
Cost $10 per adult, $25 family.
02 6495 5000
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. 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).
Oaklands Pony Rides
Oaklands Barn has a small herd of gentle ponies and horses to introduce your child to the joys of riding.
The 5 minute rides are guided by an experienced member of the team, and are suitable for children ages 2 and over.
No bookings are required.
Oaklands Barn also includes Oaklands Cafe, Longstocking Brewery, gallery, nursery & pet supplies centre and event centre.
Snorkel with Marine Discovery Guides
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, cost $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.
Montreal Goldfield, Bermagui
Discover Montreal Goldfield’s story of gold, unsolved murder mystery and intrigue.
The goldfield is a rare coastal alluvial goldfield, located 7km north of Bermagui. It was first mined in 1880, and soon grew to include schools, shops and more.
Guided tours with local historians meander among the trees and mine shafts while Open Days include morning tea with damper, and dress-ups for the children.
Tours run daily at 2pm, or by appointment for larger groups.
Cost: $7.50 per person, children $5 and families $25.
Life is an adventure, and there is no place better to explore than the magnificent wilderness coast.
During Summer Stand up Paddle Boards & kayaks are available for hire at Merimbula’s Spencer Park & Fishpen. We are open early so you can enjoy the best conditions on the lake.
The stunning sandy beaches and lakes 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.
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.
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.
Discovery Tours with National Parks Rangers
Rangers host dozens of walks, talks and tours during the holidays. You can snorkel our unspoilt waters, explore by boat and canoe, and meet lots of feathered, finned and scaly locals.
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 to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.
02 6495 5000
On The Perch Bird Park
At On The Perch, you can get close to a variety of native and exotic birds from Australia, Africa and the Asia/Pacific, some will even land on you and eat from your hand.
There are have five exhibits (including three large walk-in aviaries), a ‘Chicken Run’ where you can meet our resident chickens. Entry is free to Brood Cafe which serves Wild Rye’s coffee and treats and milkshakes and children’s playground and giant chess board. Park patrons are welcome to bring a picnic.
On the Perch Bird Park is wheelchair friendly, however, there are some undulating and gravelled areas across the grounds. An award winning organisation with a focus on avian education, conservation and rehabilitation.
Meet the keeper at 11am & 1pm, be a keeper for a day (bookings required), or enquire about the school holiday programs.
Merimbula Stand Up Paddle Lessons & Tours
Glide across crystal-clear waters with ease when you paddle with Merimbula Stand Up Paddle Lessons & Tours.
Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Merimbula Lake and coast and absorb life’s most inspirational offers!
Steve is a fully qualified instructor who can provide a relaxed and safe environment for you to enjoy. Bring the family along, it’s an uplifting experience you can enjoy together!
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
Fish Finders Australia
Fishing is a fun, stress-relieving activity that can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities. Our goal at Fish Finders Australia is to provide the best marine and fishing educational programs to children and adults of all ages. Our programs offer the opportunity for participants to discover the ‘essence of fishing and the environment’. It is fun, it is interactive and above all, it is entertaining!
Fish Finders Australia provide services such as Kids Fishing Birthday Parties, Junior Fishing Club, Private Individual, Family or Group fishing lessons for beginners through to advanced…and so much more! All equipment is provided!
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.
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
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.
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!