Sapphire Coast

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The Sapphire Coast is the marketing/ tourist name for the Bega Valley Shire region in South East, New South Wales, Australia and stretches from Bermagui in the North to the Victorian border in the South.

The Sapphire Coast is known for its clean beaches, clear water and great quality of life. The area is very popular with retirees and seachangers.

The Sapphire Coast is halfway between Melbourne and Sydney, on the far south coast of New South Wales. By car, it is only a 3 hour drive from Canberra via Cooma or a 6-7 hour drive from either Melbourne or Sydney.

The Merimbula airport offers flights to Sydney and Merimbula, with daily service by Regional Express. Free Spirit Airlines also offers a service to Melbourne. The airport has excellent facilities including a cafe, parking, car rental and taxi services.

CountryLink, VLine and Premier Motor Service provide regular coach services from Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, local bus services can get you around once you’re here, or there are numerous car rental companies to rent a car and explore the wonders of the Sapphire Coast.

Self drive and touring options abound with coastal drives along the Princes Highway, Sapphire Coast Drive and the Tathra-Bermagui Road or discover the hinterland and country delights of artisan trails, food and wine or rolling green valleys and country delights.


The temperate climate of the Sapphire Coast region is ideal for enjoying our nature and outdoors all year round. Spring and autumn are great times out be outdoors for adventures and the whales are passing by in late winter and spring, between June and November.

The average max. temperature sits around 24°C in summer while temperatures range between 16°C in summer and 7°C during winter.