When the heat of the summer has gone, autumn and winter bring golden opportunities for all sorts of adventures – and the NSW Sapphire Coast is the perfect place to have them.
This beautiful region of the NSW far South Coast includes towns such as Bermagui, Tathra, Merimbula and Eden, as well as Cobargo, Bemboka and Nethercote..
There are always plenty of school holiday activities in the area and the water is still warm enough for swimming! The Sapphire Coast’s Easter ‘Feast of Beasts’ features some great activities that will allow kids – and their parents – to find out more about critters with fur, feathers and fins. Children who like to get up close and personal with the wild, weird and wonderful will love these activities.
NSW National Parks & Wildlife Services Discovery
The NSW NPWS Discovery activities run from April 3-18 with the program including snorkelling, canoeing, a boat trip across Eden’s Twofold Bay to tour the Davidson Whaling Station, and snakes alive!
Bookings are essential and full details are available from the NPWS offices at Merimbula and Bombala or on the website
Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre at Eden
The Centre offers Rocky Shore Ramble, a 90-minute guided tour of the local rock platforms with a marine biologist pointing out what lurks along the water’s edge.
Rocky Shore Ramble is priced at $10 for adults, $5 for children and $25 for families. It is run with a minimum of four participants and bookings are essential.
The Centre also has a range of creative activity sessions for children, such as Marine Fossil Fun (make your own!), Slimy Sand, Sea Foam Art and Seaweed Bath Jelly. Each session costs $5, is available for children aged five and up, and the child gets to take their creation home.
Bookings for all activities are essential. For more details, phone (02) 6496 1699 or check the website
Aside from the holiday activities, there is plenty more to see and do, including learning about the marine science work the Centre is involved in, and feeding the resident sea creatures. During the fish feeding sessions, not only will visitors learn about the various creatures at the Centre – what they are and what they eat – but the children also get a chance to help with the feeding.
Bookings are essential. For more details, phone (02) 6496 1699 or visit the website
Cat Balou at Eden
This whale specialist will be running its popular two-hour Twofold Bay Discovery Cruises during the holidays. Visitors will learn about Eden’s fascinating whaling history and – fingers crossed – the dolphins and seals will be co-operative!
More information is available on the website
Pop in to Potoroo Palace
Ten minutes north of Merimbula is the Potoroo Palace Native Animal Education Sanctuary where you can see koalas, kangaroos, dingoes, flying foxes and potoroos close up.
This not-for-profit organisation is passionate about caring for wildlife and aims to use the rescued and rehabilitated animals in its care to promote awareness of their plight in the wild and educate visitors to the sanctuary about the importance of conserving Australia’s unique animals..
Open seven days, from 10am to 4pm with animal talks by the keepers at 11am and 2pm. A family pass (two adults, two children) is $47.50. Potoroo Palace is located at 2372 Prince Highway, Yellowpinch; (02) 6494 9053. Visit the website for more information.
Getting to the NSW Sapphire Coast
Located on the far south coast of NSW, the Sapphire Coast is three hours’ drive from Canberra via Cooma or a six/seven-hour drive from either Melbourne or Sydney. There are also regular daily flights from Melbourne or Sydney via REX Airlines into Merimbula, and regular inter-city bus services.
More information on the area, and accommodation details and bookings, call toll-free on 1800 150 457 or visit the Sapphire Coast