2 SAPPHIRECOAST - WINTER 2024 Ready for your winter escape? Cover photo: Couple relaxing at Tathra Wharf. Photo: Destination NSW Photo this page: Women heading out for a morning swim at Tathra Beach,Tathra. Photo: Destination NSW Acknowledgement of Country We acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of the lands on which we work, and pay our respects to indigenous elders past, present and emerging. Even in winter, the NSW Sapphire Coast is a holidayers' paradise, with countless sightseeing gems awaiting your discovery. In this winter 2024 edition of the quarterly Sapphire Coast feature, we start at the southern end of the Sapphire Coast, in the historic port of Eden, and meander our way up the coast, to Bermagui (with a few inland detours along the way). One of the advantages of holidaying on the Sapphire Coast in the traditional 'off-season' is that the weather is still relatively mild in this part of the world, there are fewer travellers, and many accommodation providers offer great-value 'winter deals' that can help stretch your holiday dollar a lot further (keep your eye out for a few of these in this edition!). And if you're on the Sapphire Coast in the latter part of winter, you might also get to see some of the estimated 40,000 humpback whales that pass by the coast between August and November on their annual southern migration. To help you get the most from your winter Sapphire Coast adventures, we've included maps and details of many of the Coast's key attractions – with an array of dining and accommodation options, as well as fun seasonal events, such as Merimbula's colourful WinterSun Festival, the 2024 Merimbula Jazz Festival, and a program of fabulous live-music events at Four Winds, Bermagui. If you need additional advice or resources during your travels, it's a great idea to stop by the Visitor Information Centres, located in most major towns. We have included the locations and contact details for these centres on Page 27, and on the same page you'll also find a handy list of Sapphire Coast markets, which are always brimming with local colour, and well worth a visit. We hope you enjoy this winter edition, and we wish you safe and happy travels on your visit to the beautiful Sapphire Coast. Enjoy! Sapphire Advertising in this seasonal Sapphire Coast feature really works! To find out more, call Christine Julier on (03) 51502345 or email Would you like more people to visit your Sapphire Coast business?

SAPPHIRE COAST - WINTER 2024 3 Compared to most parts of Victoria, the NSW Sapphire Coast offers a milder winter climate, making it an ideal place for a coastal escape in the cooler months. Winter on the Sapphire Coast is generally warmer and more settled than further south, and there's so much to see and do that the only 'winter blues' you'll be experiencing are bright azure skies, pristine blue-gum forests and sparkling turquoise seas! The adjacent map shows the extent of the Sapphire Coast, which stretches from Wonboyn and Eden in the south, to Bermagui and Cobargo in the north, taking in numerous coastal and inland towns, national parks, forests and nature reserves along the way. There's a lot to take in, so to help you gain an understanding of the Coast's key towns and attractions, here's a quick overview (in the same south-to-north order we've followed in this edition)... Eden The history of Eden is steeped in the tradition of the sea. It is famed for its abundant supply of fresh seafood. The deep sea port offers bay cruising, fishing charters and diving year round. The story of Eden's whaling heritage is told at the fascinating Eden Killer Whale Museum. Eden is also a launching pad for scenic drives into the Mt Imlay and Beowa National Parks (formerly known as the Ben Boyd National Park). Just south of Eden is Wonboyn, which is renowned for its fine lake, beach and game-based fishing. Pambula and Merimbula The colourful coastal areas of Pambula and Merimbula offer amazing beaches, spectacular hinterlands, fabulous shopping and countless leisure opportunities in close proximity. The towns have plenty to offer,from swimming,surfing, sailing, diving and fishing, to bushwalking, camping, birdwatching and just plain 'gettingaway-from-it-all' in the nearby national parks. In Pambula, you can learn about local indigenous history on a cruise along the Pambula River, chill out on pristine beaches, walk through a diverse natural wetlands area, wander country markets, or explore the historical Pambula village, which offers an array of arts, crafts and shopping opportunities. In Merimbula, you can explore the aquarium in the old wharf building, stroll along a scenic lakeside boardwalk, hit the beach, or enjoy a variety of local restaurants, cafés and other attractions. It's also renowned as a golfer's paradise, with five scenic courses within an hour's drive. Bega and Candelo Best known for its dairy products, Bega is the commercial and business centre of the Sapphire Coast. It is surrounded by lovely, rolling green pasture land. Popular attractions include the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre, and the region's numerous local wineries. Southwest of Bega is Candelo, a charming, historic small town that holds a country market on the first Sunday of every month, full of local produce and country atmosphere. Tathra Set in unspoilt surrounds, Tathra has a wonderful three-kilometre surf beach, adored by surfers and sightseers alike. The Tathra Wharf is a National Trust classified building, a popular fishing spot and also houses an historic Maritime Museum. Dive sites and snorkelling in and around Tathra are spectacular, with striking coral and underwater caves. The coastal lagoons, rugged coastlines and secluded beaches of Bournda and Mimosa Rocks National Parks provide accessible coastal wilderness for exploring. Bermagui Located at the northern end of the Sapphire Coast, Bermagui is a small coastal town surrounded by secluded surf beaches, estuaries,wetlands, coastal lagoons and national parks,but it is probably best known as a launching pad for deep sea diving and game fishing. It's also a place to enjoy fine fresh seafood. For those who love saltwater swimming, but without waves, Bermagui's ocean-side Blue Pool is also a major drawcard. Cobargo Inland from Bermagui is the historic town of Cobargo, which features a streetscape of glorious old 19th-Century buildings. Here you can stop for lunch in the tea rooms, and visit talented artists and artisans working on their crafts in wood, pottery, paint and leather. Nearby, set among green pastures, rolling hills and the towering eucalyptus, is Brogo Dam, where you can take a leisurely paddle in a canoe or kayak, or fish for bass. Get set for a fun and fabulous coastal adventure Pictured clockwise from top: Pulpit Rock in Beowa National Park, Green Cape. Pambula River, Pambula. Aragunnu Walking Track, Mimosa Rocks National Park. 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4 EDEN - SAPPHIRE COAST - WINTER 2024 Scenic trails, ancient tales and majestic whales The coastal town of Eden is steeped in the tradition of the sea, and is famed for its abundant supply of fresh seafood.The deep sea port offers bay cruising, fishing charters and diving all year round. Visitors can enjoy the thrill of a good catch at the many great fishing spots in the local lakes, rivers and on the beaches and – of course – out to sea. Drive through history All sorts of water sports, including swimming, surfing, sailing and diving can be enjoyed in the Eden area. If you have access to a car or motorbike, it's certainly worth taking the self-drive Killer Whale Trail, an intriguing trip into the past to a time when, sadly, whales were hunted almost to extinction for their oil. The trail includes a mustsee stop at Davidson Whaling Station, the longest-operating, shore-based whaling station in Australia and the last of its type to close down. Killer Whale Museum While it's not the whale season in Eden until August, you can definitely get your 'whale fix' at the Eden Killer Whale Museum. The museum has been in operation for almost 80 years and provides a fascinating journey into the area's whaling, timber and fishing heritage. It also features the real-life skeleton (and the amazing story) of the region's most famous killer whale 'Old Tom'. This large museum has recently undergone a major extension to its galleries and storage areas, including the installation of a lift servicing the three floor levels of the building, and the addition of 96-square metres of space to each of the public exhibition areas. More than 55,000 people visit this fascinating museum every year. To find out more about the museum, including the latest news and exhibitions, visit Whale Dreaming Trail Eden has an ancient indigenous history dating back many thousands of years. One way to gain an insight into this history is on the Whale Dreaming Trail – an accessible 600-metre walk through native gardens in Eden, that begins at the bottom of Imlay Street (near the cafés and restaurants of Snug Cove) – and leads to a lookout over Turemulerrer (Twofold Bay), the coastal gateway to the Bundian Way. With specially designed signage, you will learn about the ancient relationship between the traditional First Nations people, the Katungal, and the beowas (killer whales) that predates European history by thousands of years. After returning from the lookout, you can continue walking up towards the other end of Imlay Street and on to the Eden Killer Whale Museum. The trail is accessible from either end. So much to discover Along with exploring Eden's Snug Cove – a sheltered harbour, resplendent with fishing vessels and cruise boats – while you're in Eden, it's worth taking time to visit Eden's George Bass Park, a lovely scenic spot to relax, with a number of barbecue areas and walkways to help you enjoy a spectacular vista of rugged cliffs and rolling surf. Find out more To learn more, head to the Eden Welcome Centre and Art Space at Snug Cove – it's a treasure trove of maps, guides, gifts and friendly local staff, which make it well worth a visit. You can also find out more about Eden and surrounds, including whale-watching cruises (due to commence around August) at The skeleton of a killer whale called ‘Old Tom’ is one of the star attractions at the Eden Killer Whale Museum. Photo: Destination NSW The Eden Welcome Centre and Art Space at Snug Cove is an ideal place to gather information about the local area. Photo: Destination NSW Scan here for full detailed map NETHERCOTE RD PRINCES HWY PRINCES HWY PRINCES HWY BOYD ST MITCHELL ST MITCHELL ST IMLAY ST ALBERT TERRACE IMLAY ST BARCLAY ST IMLAY ST PRINCES HWY PRINCES HWY ASLINGS BEACH RD ASLINGS BEACH RD CALLE CALLE ST CALLE CALLE ST BASS ST COCORA ST CATTLE BAY RD BUNGO ST WEST ST WEST ST WIRRIGA ST PHILLIPS ST IDA RODD DRIVE LAKE CURALO QUARANTINE BAY WEECOON COVE CALLE CALLE BAY COCORA BEACH CATTLE BAY SNUG COVE YALLUMGO COVE ASLINGS BEACH TWOFOLD BAY BEOWA NATIONAL PARK GEORGE BASS PARK MARTHA KIRBY PARK ROTARY PARK ROTARACT PARK NETHERCOTE TO PAMBULA & MERIMBULA TO EAST GIPPSLAND TO NULLICA STATE FOREST EDEN Welcome to

SAPPHIRECOAST - WINTER 2024 - EDEN 5 Something for everyone at this beachside holiday park Beautiful Boydtown Beach is just a stone’s throw from the holiday park. With almost a kilometre of pristine beach frontage, Boydtown Beach Holiday Park is an ideal place for an Eden beachside getaway. Surrounded by natural bushland on the edge of Twofold Bay, this park offers a variety of accomodation styles – from camping, to a 'tiny house' – and an excellent range of facilities and outdoor activities for singles, couples or the whole family. The adjacent Boydtown Beach – after which the holiday park is named – has a lovely, gentle gradient and little to no waves, making it perfect for lots of water sports, including stand-up paddle boarding, snorkelling, kite surfing, beach fishing, and kayaking. The area is also known for its fabulous nature walks, pristine beaches, and an array of local produce and seafood. Powered and unpowered sites The park consists of extra-large powered and unpowered tent, camper and caravan sites, a modern indoor camp kitchen (fully-equipped with stove cooktops, oven, microwaves, toasters, kettles and TV), an outdoor rustic camp kitchen, new and refurbished amenities blocks – designed with disability access, family bathroom/ washing facilities, cricket/football field, pedal go-carts, a mini farm that your kids will love (featuring an array of friendly animals, including mini goats, Alpacas and cattle), and a scenic perimeter path, which is ideal for a leisurely stroll, morning exercise or bike riding. The unpowered-site area is large and relatively unstructured, which gives you the freedom to choose your own site, as close to (or as far apart from) your neighbours as you desire, while still putting you within easy reach of an amenities block and camp kitchen. There's also a centrally located barbecue area, with barbecues, seating and sinks. The large powered sites are spacious, and located close to all amenities. Pet-friendly Boydtown Beach Holiday Park is pet-friendly in its powered and unpowered sites, but some conditions and seasonal block-out periods apply. So, be sure to register your interest in bringing your pooch at the time of booking. Tiny Home The park also offers accommodation in its new Tiny Home, which is a compact split-level studio, featuring a queen and double bed in the upper level, accessible by both steps and a wall ladder. The Tiny Home sleeps up to four people, and includes a lounge and dining area, galley kitchen with microwave, dishwasher, gas oven, stove top, combined shower/ toilet area, and air-conditioning. Please note that guests of the Tiny Home must be aged 12 years and over, due to ladder access to the sleeping area. Seahorse Inn Boydtown Beach Holiday Park is located next door to the historic Seahorse Inn, Bar and Brasserie, where you can enjoy fresh local seafood accompanied by fine wines from many regions of Australia. Here you can enjoy a cool ale, delicious snack, barista coffee or Devonshire tea anytime during the day in air-conditioned comfort, or on the patio overlooking the bay. Just a two-minute walk away from the hotel is Seahorse Villas, which offers a choice of modern two or three-bedroom self-contained villa accommodation. Something for everyone Close to the holiday park there is a historic walk to some church ruins, or you can explore one of the many scenic trails in the area. So whether you just want to kick-back, get active, or a bit of both, Boydtown Beach Holiday Park has something special for everyone. Boydtown Beach Holiday Park is located at 87 Boydtown Park Rd, Eden. To book or find out more, call (02) 6496 4705 or visit the website The well-appointed and spacious indoor camp kitchen at Boydtown Beach Holiday Park. A thrilling destination for mountain bike riders Opened in 2023, the Gravity Eden Mountain Bike Park in Nullica State Forest provides a thrilling destination for riders of all skill levels. Featuring a network of 58 kilometres of mountain bike trails, Gravity Eden has proven to be a big hit with MTB enthusiasts, who have been making the most of the Park's many standout features, including: • A significant elevation of 300 metres, offers an excellent gravity-riding experience, traversing a diverse array of terrain, from lush valleys and picturesque creeks, to exposed ridges and rock shelves. In fact, you can choose to ride from 'summit to sea' – all the way from the deep wilds of Nullica Forest to the shores of Twofold Bay. • Trails suitable for riders of various skill levels, from technical challenges, to smooth pedal-ins along scenic trails. • A dedicated Skills Park, located at the trailhead, featuring a pump track and dirt jump park. The Park's premium asphalt pump track is suitable for all types of riders and ages looking to develop their mountain biking skills, including cornering, weighting and unweighting the bike, jumping and building momentum. It is recommended that beginner riders build their skills on the pump track before hitting the trails. The Skills Park also features solar lights for those keen to keep cutting laps after dark! The Gravity Eden trailhead and car-park is located in Nullica State Forest, accessed along Storey Avenue off the Princes Highway, Eden. To find out more about the Gravity Eden Mountain Bike Park, go to the Gravity Eden website at Gravity Eden’s trails offer an excellent gravity-riding experience, traversing a diverse array of terrain. Photo: Flow MTB/Gravity Eden Gravity Eden’s Skills Park, located at the trailhead, is suitable for all types of riders and ages looking to develop their mountain biking skills. Photo: Flow MTB/Gravity Eden EN23370 Tiny Home, powered & unpowered sites (02) 6496 4705 | 1 Boydtown Park Road, Eden

6 EDEN - SAPPHIRECOAST - WINTER 2024 Wonderful walks to enjoy around Eden There are walks for everyone in and around Eden – from a light stroll along the flat Lake Curalo Boardwalk, to the more strenuous 30-kilometre-long 'Light to Light' walk in Beowa (formerly Ben Boyd) National Park. Here are some of the many local walks to enjoy... Bundian Way Story Trail Eden features the first section of the Bundian Way – a 350-kilometre Aboriginal pathway that extends from the sea at Twofold Bay to Mount Kosciuszko. The two-kilometre Story Trail walk is located between Cocora Beach (via Ida Rodd Drive) and Quarantine Bay, winding around two headlands, with numerous viewing decks affording sweeping coastal views of Twofold Bay and beyond. Eden Heritage Walk The Eden Heritage Walk is an easy, scenic walk through town and around Twofold Bay, on which you'll discover a lot about the history of Eden. Along the way, you'll see the work of early pioneers, and learn about the town's convict past, historic buildings and sites of past tragedy. You'll also get to take-in the area's natural beauty. Around the town and Twofold Bay, you'll be impressed by the natural beauty as you walk in the footsteps of both the original Indigenous inhabitants and the European settlers. Lake Curalo Boardwalk Lake Curalo Boardwalk is an easy, flat walk that meanders around the lake's shoreline, through swamp melaleuca forest, across salt marsh and over the shallow water. It has various places to pause and reflect on the beautiful scenery and abundant native birdlife. The east end of the boardwalk provides access to Aslings Beach or the Maritime Heritage Walk – where the footpath has been etched with depictions of Eden's historical links with the sea. Mt Imlay Summit Track Starting at Burrawang picnic area, this challenging walk takes you through dry eucalypt forest and grassy woodlands to the summit of Mount Imlay. The track climbs steeply, rising 600 metres, with the summit rewarding your effort with sweeping views to the coast. In fact, on a clear day, you can see all the way to Mallacoota in Victoria, and Narooma to the north. It's also an excellent birdwatching spot, where you might spot yellow-tailed black cockatoos flying overhead, or hear the distinctive call of lyrebirds deep in the forest. Beowa National Park (North) In the northern part of Beowa National Park is the Pinnacles loop track, an easy 30-minute walk with two lookouts overlooking spectacular cliffs and beaches. Beowa National Park (South) If you are pretty fit and have a taste for adventure, the southern part of Beowa National Park offers the 30-kilometre-long 'Light to Light' walk, which follows the coastline between the historic Boyd's Tower and Green Cape Lighthouse. The trail features ever-changing scenery, from heathland, forest, tea-tree groves, banksia woodlands and sheltered coves, to towering red rock platforms. There are camping sites along the way at Saltwater Creek and Bittangabee Bay. Find out more For maps, information and advice on walking in and around Eden, visit the Eden Welcome Centre on the waterfront in Snug Cove, or visit the parks website at Pictured clockwise from top: Serene reflections at Lake Curalo. The Mt Imlay Summit Track rewards walkers with magnificent views. Couple enjoying the lookout at Pinnacles, Beowa NP (North). An aerial view of Saltwater Creek at Green Cape, Beowa NP (South). Walkers heading towards Green Cape Lighthouse, Beowa NP (South). Photos Destination NSW Bairnsdale Advertiser 65 Macleod Street, Bairnsdale Lakes Post 505 Esplanade, Lakes Entrance Snowy River Mail 122 Nicholson Street, Orbost Order your holiday photos anywhere in 3 easy steps Visit Upload and select your photos. Pick up at your local office.

SAPPHIRECOAST - WINTER 2024 - EDEN 7 Operating from Eden Harbour on the South Coast of NSW, Freedom Charters offers a wide range of charter trips, tours and packages that are sure to make your trip to the Sapphire Coast even more rewarding and enjoyable. Freedom Charters’ trips include great-value reef, game and sports fishing, and marine wildlife tours, as well as shared and private charters, and accommodation packages. Christine Cattanach, who has been running Freedom Charters with her partner Mark for more than five years, said every trip aims to provide passengers with a “wonderful experience on the water”. “We offer a range of trips to suit everybody, and our friendly, patient and experienced crew is sure to make your day fun and memorable,” Christine said. “Nothing is too much trouble, and we can tailor any trip or package to meet the needs and desires of individual passengers and groups of up to 12 people.” Abundant fishing opportunities Operating out of Eden Harbour provides the safe and comfortable Freedom Charters’ vessel with easy access to the open ocean and the many nearby reefs, which provide an abundance of great fishing opportunities. “Whether you’re an experienced hand, or new to fishing, our captain (Mark, a keen and experienced fisherman) and crew members are happy to pass on local fishing tips and knowledge,” Christine explained. “They’ll provide you with quality equipment, bait and tackle for the trip, and a complimentary morning tea. “Children are welcome, no fishing licence is required, and we’ll even scale and clean your fish for you!” Marine wildlife tours Freedom Charters’ marine-wildlife tours take in spectacular local marine life, and Christine said that right now is an excellent time to see a variety of fascinating marine life, including seals, dolphins and fairy penguins. Sea eagles are also often seen on these tours, as are some of Eden’s most famous historical landmarks, including Boyd’s Tower. For more information on Freedom Charters’ trips, packages and prices, visit the website at or check out the reviews on Facebook and Tripadvisor. A fishing trip with Freedom Charters is fun for people of all ages. Get out on the water for fishing and more Regular passenger, Alan, displaying a fabulous snapper he caught on one of his many successful fishing trips with Freedom Charters. Eden has a rich history, starting with the original First Nations inhabitants, through to the arrival and settlement of Europeans, many of whom went on to become whalers, sealers, fishermen, timber cutters or pastoralists. Along the way, a fascinating history was created. Here is a snapshot of just some of the key people, stories and events that helped shape the town we enjoy today… 1. Killer whales worked in partnership with the original inhabitants The original inhabitants of the Twofold Bay area were the Thaua people, who were part of the Yuin Nation. According to online news service, The Conversation, for generations the Thaua people worked with killer whales to hunt large whales in Twofold Bay, in “a partnership has no parallel anywhere in the world”. In an article published by The Conversation in October last year, killer whales would herd their giant prey (baleen whales) into shallower waters where hunters could spear them. Humans would get the meat, but the killer whales wanted a specific delicacy – the tongue. The article stated: “After colonists dispossessed the Thaua, Europeans began capitalising on this longstanding partnership. From around 1844, commercial whalers worked with employed Thaua and killer whales to hunt these giants.The pods of killer whales would find a prized baleen whale, herd it closer to shore and signal the local whalers by slapping their tails on the water.” You can discover more about this unique partnership at Eden’s Killer Whale Museum. 2. Bass makes a name (or two) for himself British naval surgeon and explorer George Bass named Twofold Bay for its two bights as he passed through in 1798, taking shelter in the bay he named Snug Cove. Twofold Bay provided a safe haven for merchant vessels sailing to and from Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) across Bass Strait. 3. A whale of a time The whaling industry in Eden commenced with the arrival of Thomas Raine, who established the first whaling station on mainland Australia at Snug Cove in 1828. Whaling continued in Eden until 1930 — the longest continuous shore-based whaling industry in the world. 4. Let’s hear it for the Boyd In 1842, Benjamin Boyd arrived in Eden, quickly becoming a major pastoralist and whaling entrepreneur. He established Boydtown, hoping that it would become a major port to rival Sydney and Melbourne. Seven years later, his plans collapsed when he was declared bankrupt, and left the colony in disgrace. However, Boyd left his mark on the region, with Boyd’s Tower, Boydtown and the Seahorse Inn all reminders of his important influence. 5. Naming a paradise A government surveyor mapping the site for the township in 1843, named it after the then Secretary of the Colonies, George Eden, Earl of Auckland. By the time of federation in 1901, Eden was even cited as a potential capital of Australia. Sources:, Five fascinating facts about the rich history of Eden Boyd’s Tower in Eden was commissioned by businessman Benjamin Boyd in the mid 1880s, when he was pushing for Boydtown to become a major port to rival Sydney and Melbourne. 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8 PAMBULA - SAPPHIRE COAST - WINTER 2024 Why Pambula is a paradise for beach and nature lovers Because the township of Pambula is close to estuaries, lakes, national parks and the ocean, it's an ideal holiday location for beach and nature lovers. Pamboola Wetlands One 'must visit' location for nature lovers is Panboola – a remarkable natural heritage conservation site and sanctuary, located in the heart of Pambula. Situated just a stone's throw from the historic bull-nosed verandas and tree-lined streets of the township, you'll find 77 hectares of tended and protected freshwater billabongs, salt marsh and grassy plains brimming with birdlife. According to tourist body, Visit NSW, the wetlands sanctuary is the focus of long- running rehabilitation project to protect and restore this important flood plain for education and recreation – and it's thriving. There is a system of walking and cycling tracks, viewing platforms, tables, seats and information panels. The wetlands includes the former Pambula racecourse, and it shares a southwestern border with Beowa (formerly Ben Boyd) National Park and other important coastal wetlands. Places to explore Other wonderful things to explore in the Pambula area include the riverbank and coastal woodlands on the Pambula River Walking Track in Beowa National Park – a gentle trail along the riverbank. Accessible from Coraki Drive, Pambula Beach, it's a relaxing stroll, ideal for families and nature-lovers keen to take in the Park's unspoilt natural beauty. The track starts at the mouth of Pambula River and then meanders through coastal woodland to a lookout with scenic views across Severs Beach and Pambula River. Information signs dotted along the way highlight the area's rich cultural history.Bring your binoculars for a chance to see a wide variety of birdlife, including sea eagles, and you may even spot dolphins or stingrays in the crystal clear waters of the Pambula River. Across the river from the walking track is Severs Beach, also in Beowa National Park. Accessed by skirting around Pambula Lake, here you can stroll on a boardwalk past 3,500-year-old Aboriginal middens. Goodenia Rainforest Nature Walk For a short but beautiful walk in ancient rain- forest, head inland to the Goodenia Rainforest in the South East Forest National Park, where you can discover a magnificent stand of cool temperate rainforest that is unique in this part of NSW. The 1.2 kilometre (40-minutes return) nature walk Goodenia Rainforest Nature Walk has an excellent track for walking with children, which leads down into a lush gully of ferns, dense lilly pilly, vines, moss-covered rocks and the native birdsong of lyrebirds, eastern whipbirds, fan-tailed cuckoos and satin bowerbirds. The walk starts at Goodenia Rainforest picnic area, which has picnic tables, non-flush toilets and free gas/electric barbecues. So, if you have time before or after the walk, you could stop for a picnic or barbecue lunch. Pambula Lake Pambula Lake offers excellent kayaking and fishing, and there are boat launching facilities and plenty of parking right next to the oyster sheds. Both the boat ramp and the oyster sheds (where you can enjoy freshly-shucked Sydney Rock Oysters by the lake, or take them home) are located on Broadwater Road, eight kilometres south of Pambula. A young family looking out across Pambula’s magnificent main front beach. A ‘must visit’ location for nature lovers is Panboola – a remarkable, 77-hectare natural heritage conservation site and sanctuary. Beautiful Severs Beach in Beowa National Park, near Pambula. Photo: Amanda Cutlack/DPIE This serene fern gully is part of the ancient Goodenia Rainforest in the South East Forest National Park, inland from Pambula. BALD HILLS RD BULLARA ST PAMBULA BEACH RD PRINCES HWY PRINCES HWY PRINCES HWY PRINCES HWY ARTHUR KAINE DRIVE ARTHUR KAINE DRIVE QUONDOLA ST Scan here for full detailed map Distance from Melbourne: 573km Distance from Canberra: 245km Population: 1027 approx. Amenities: Bakery, seafood sales, holiday accommodation and crafts PAMBULA Welcome to MERIMBULA TO EDEN TO BEGA TO MERIMBULA LAKE (TOP LAKE) PAMBULA LAKE TASMAN SEA MERIMBULA BAY BROADWATER PAMBULA BEACH BEN BOYD NATIONAL PARK

SAPPHIRECOAST - WINTER 2024 - PAMBULA 9 The Wheeler’s takeaway shop offers fresh seafood, delicious fish and chips, deluxe providore items and a range of unique gifts. A visit to the Sapphire Coast would not be complete without experiencing the finest oysters, freshest seafood and fabulous service at Wheeler’s Seafood Restaurant. Nestled within tropical grounds and providing distant views of Merimbula Lake, Wheeler’s has its own oyster farm and restaurant, enabling visitors to follow the oyster journey from lake to plate. With a heritage of growing Sydney rock oysters in Merimbula that stretches back to the 1900s, Wheeler’s has become a local icon. Owner, Jacqui Smith – who spent her childhood on a sheep farm in East Gippsland – now calls Merimbula home, and is delighted to welcome people to her beautiful establishment and offer the best experience possible. In the restaurant, you can enjoy quality oysters with contemporary hot or cold toppings (or perfectly natural for the purist). It also features an exquisite a-la-carté menu, highlighting delicious local seafood, including the ever-popular seafood platter. Alfresco Oyster Bar The alfresco Oyster Bar is the perfect location to relax on a sunny day. Here you can sip bubbles, enjoy a dozen of the freshest oysters, and watch the world go by. Those sensitive to gluten will be spoilt for choice, with a range of delicious options spanning the a-la-carté and takeaway menus. The Wheeler’s takeaway shop is open daily, and offers fresh seafood, delicious fish and chips, deluxe providore items and a range of unique gifts. And if it’s coffee you’re after, you’ll find a range of yummy drinks as well as homemade melting moments, cakes and tarts, available all day every day. To find out more, visit A ‘must-visit’ seafood experience on the Sapphire Coast At Wheeler’s, you can sip bubbles, enjoy a dozen of the freshest oysters, and watch the world go by. At Wheeler’s you can enjoy the freshest local seafood and a glass of wine in a tropical garden setting. Your destination for the finest oysters & distinctive Sapphire Coast dining Seafood Restaurant Lunch & Dinner Takeaway Shop & Café 10am - 6pm | 7 days Oyster Bar 12pm til late 162 Arthur Kaine Drive, Pambula (02) 6495 8420 Visit for bookings and details EN20819

10 PAMBULA - MERIMBULA - SAPPHIRECOAST - WINTER 2024 A gem of a course on the beautiful Sapphire Coast Set among natural bushland, between two popular Sapphire Coast tourist towns, Pambula Merimbula Golf Club is a high standard, 27-hole championship course, where visitors are always welcome. Located on Arthur Kaine Drive in Merimbula, the well-established and lovingly curated course is relatively flat and easy to walk, making it ideal for golfers of all levels and abilities. And because each of the nine holes has its own individual character, you can play a variety of courses and conditions, lengths and challenges, all at the one location. Challenging and memorable The first nine at Pambula Merimbula is the shortest of the 27, and includes some memorable holes, while the final nine is the longest and considered the most challenging. For instance, the 182-metre 27th hole is a long par 3 that requires a minimum 60-metre tee shot to clear a small lake in front of the tee. A large tree covers the front right-half side of a green that slopes front to back, with a greenside bunker that can't be seen from the tee. With trees and shrubs guarding the left side of hole, scoring a par here is considered an excellent result! A quality golfing experience Depending on the combination of holes played, the course varies from 5780 metres (par 71),to 6214 metres (par 73).The greens are large and subtle, presenting a real test of judgement for line and speed. Fairways are lush and well maintained. This is a quality golfing experience that will bring you back for more. Members and green-fee players can enjoy the excellent practice facilities, including a driving range, practice nets, chipping green and a large practice putting green. Electric carts are available for hire - complete with GPS, rain covers and eskies. Competition golf is available most days, with social golf available every day. The club is now utilising MiClub software, and visitors can book social games and carts online via the club's website (but you'll need to call the course pro shop to book into a competition). Pro shop and lessons The Pambula Merimbula Golf Club pro shop, staffed by long-term professional Glen Warne, is open every day from 7am, and has an extensive range of products for sale. Glen is also available for lessons. Food and refreshments 'The 28th Bar/Coffee Bar' provides members and guests with a welcoming indoor and outdoor alfresco space, with extensive panoramic views of the course and beyond. Here members and visitors can enjoy a cool drink and snack after a round of golf, or you can simply drop-in for a coffee as you walk or cycle between Pambula and Merimbula. Find out more To book a game or find out more about the Club, visit Natural beauty abounds at Pambula Merimbula Golf Course. • Visitors always welcome • Social golf 7 days a week • Easy walk or take an electric cart • Pro shop open from 7am 7 days a week 27 HOLE CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF COURSE Arthur Kaine Dr, Merimbula 2548 Pro Shop – 02 6495 6280 Clubhouse – 02 6495 6154 E: W:

SAPPHIRECOAST - WINTER 2024 - MERIMBULA 11 Serenity and seclusion await at beautiful Tura Beach To the north of Merimbula, along Sapphire Coast Drive, you'll discover Tura Beach. This lovely section of the Sapphire Coast has a residential area, a shopping centre with a large supermarket, a renowned golf course, and – best of all – some beautiful sandy beaches that tend to be relatively quiet, even during peak periods.The beautiful stretch of sand and sea at the 'main beach' of Tura Beach is easily accessible via a 100-metre path from the large car park off Surf Circle. It is popular for dog walking (it's an off-leash beach), beach fishing, strolling, swimming and relaxing. This entry point sees you almost in the middle of the beach, with Short Point at the southern end. Dolphin Cove and North Tura Beach Dolphin Cove and North Tura Beach offer stunning coastal scenery and access to Bournda National Park. North Tura Beach stretches from Dolphin Cove in the south, to Bournda Island in the north. The Dolphin Cove viewing platform provides spectacular views and – as the name suggests – the possibility of spotting a passing pod of dolphins. Access to Dolphin Cove is via stairs. The beach at Dolphin Cove is not patrolled, and there are no toilets or facilities, but it is delightfully secluded, breathtakingly beautiful, and well worth seeking out. Other scenic short walks in this area include the Sandy Creek Loop Track (see below), and a beach walk to Short Point or Bournda Island. Sandy Creek Loop Track The Sandy Creek Loop Track is a moderately challenging hiking trail that will keep you interested all the way round. The track, which is six-kilometres long and takes between two to three hours to complete (return), passes through various natural habitats, such as dry forests, she-oak thickets, pockets of rainforest, and an avenue of paperbarks that fringe the picturesque Bournda Lagoon. The loop takes in the coastline, Sandy Beach Creek and Bournda Lake so, if you like having a dip, it's a good idea to pack bathers and a towel.There are lots of bird-watching opportunities, including the chance to see (and hear) raucous glossy-black and yellow-tailed black cockatoos. Graceful sea eagles can often be seen hunting along the coastline.You might also spot some of the local native fauna, which includes swamp wallabies, kangaroos and water dragons. Tura Headland The vibrant red rock of Tura Headland is particularly spectacular, with Tura Beach to the south, and Dolphin Cove and North Tura Beach to the north. You can access the headland and walking tracks from the car-park just off Headland Drive. The main Headland walking track follows a scenic 1.8-kilometre return trail through a magical Melaleuca archway – and along the clifftops – leading to three elevated viewing platforms and a final rocky lookout point. The lookout offers epic panoramic views all the way to Short Point to the south, and Bournda Island to the north. Tura Headland is home to a number of threatened species including long-nosed potoroos and eastern pygmy possums. The vibrant red Devonian rock of Tura Headland is a significant geological feature of the Sapphire Coast. The rock is approximately 350 million years old and marks a significant evolution in life. It is representative of the world's first forests, which caused a leap in oxygen levels, producing rust-coloured iron oxide that stained the sediments of ancient riverbeds. Tura Headland is also regarded as a top spot for rock fishing, and there are also some wonderful rock pools to explore. Clockwise from top: The spectacular red rock of Tura Headland. Dolphin Cove and North Tura Beach, Merimbula. A rockpool at Tura Headland. A magical Melaleuca archway on the walk to the Headland. Tura’s magnificent main beach. Photos: Visit Merimbula/Visit NSW

12 MERIMBULA - SAPPHIRE COAST - WINTER 2024 An enchanting seaside town with lots to offer Merimbula is an enchanting seaside town on the sparkling Sapphire Coast that offers rugged ocean beaches and tranquil coastal lakes. Whether relaxing, swimming, surfing, boating, walking, dining, or just soaking up the seaside scenery, Merimbula has so much on offer. There’s also a wildlife sanctuary, aquarium, theme park, golf course, scenic wharf, a number of cruise and tour operators, and some of the best fresh seafood you’ll ever try. Winter is an excellent time to visit, with generally lower accommodation rates, calm sunny days, crisp nights and a relaxed pace, thanks to the departure of the summer-holiday crowds. Another big bonus of visiting in winter is that whales usually start appearing offshore from Merimbula, with the season getting into full swing by August. You might be able to spot whales from shore, or you could book a trip with a professional local whale-watching charter operator. Merimbula Boardwalk One popular highlight, close to town, is the Merimbula Boardwalk. Punctuated with seats and jetties, the boardwalk runs around the lake shore near Market Street, guiding you through mangrove forests, under gum trees and past oyster farms. About 3.4 kilometres return, the boardwalk will take around 1.5 hours to complete (but of course you don’t have to walk it all!). If you’d like to base yourself within easy reach of the boardwalk – and all the other wonderful things that Merimbula has to offer – there are some excellent places to stay close by. See pages 14-18 of this edition for details of some excellent Merimbula accommodation options. Family enjoying a day at Bar Beach, Merimbula. Photo: Destination NSW The Merimbula Boardwalk runs around the lake shore, guiding you through mangrove forests, under gum trees and past oyster farms. Scenic views of Merimbula Bay and Boggy Creek from Bar Beach, Merimbula. Photo: Destination NSW THE BACK LAKE MERIMBULA LAKE (TOP LAKE) MERIMBULA LAKE TASMAN SEA BAR BEACH ARTHUR KAINE DRIVE ARTHUR KAINE DRIVE PRINCES HWY PRINCES HWY PRINCES HWY MERIMBULA DRIVE MERIMBULA DRIVE MARKET ST MAIN ST MAIN ST SAPPHIRE COAST DRIVE BEACH ST LAKE ST LAKE ST PAMBULA TO PAMBULA & EDEN TO TATHRA TO BEGA TO SPENCER PARK MAIN BEACH RECREATION RESERVE BOLLER PARK BERRAMBOOL MIRADOR BOURNDA NATURE RESERVE YURRAMIE STATE FOREST Scan here for full detailed map SHORT POINT LONG POINT MAIN BEACH MIDDLE BEACH MERIMBULA Welcome to

SAPPHIRE COAST - WINTER 2024 - MERIMBULA 13 The Festival has a family lakeside lantern walk, which is always a big hit with the kids. From banjos to tubas, this year’s Jazz Festival will be jam-packed with fabulous music. A soulful jazz trio performing at the 2023 Festival. A big-band getting into the swing of things at last year’s Merimbula Jazz Festival. Action-packed WinterSun Festival returns Merimbula’s vibrant WinterSun Festival will return to the seaside town on the long weekend of 8-9 June 2024. Now in its fourth year, WinterSun is an annual celebration of delicious local food, brews, music, outdoor adventure, swimming and hiking. This year’s WinterSun will include: • An all-ages ‘Pups on SUPS’ event (from 9am Saturday at Mitchies Jetty) with some great prizes up for grabs for the best-dressed paddle- boarding ‘peeps and pups’ • A bunch of fun and serious beach running and swimming events, including the Saturday morning 1.2-kilometre ‘Jetty to Jetty’ lakeswim event, and Sunday’s ‘Wharf to Wharf Challenge’ – a 27-kilometre trail event for hikers and competitive trail runners, starting at Tathra Wharf and traversing beaches, paths and wild tracks all the way to Merimbula Wharf. • Coffee and pastries from Mitchies Espresso Bar, bacon-and-egg rolls from Marine Rescue, and puppuccinos for your fur babies too! • From midday on Saturday, the centre of town will come alive with live music, and the best of local eats and drinks, as Market Street is transformed into StreetFest! For more information and a full schedule of WinterSun events and activities, go to The 42nd Merimbula Jazz Festival will be held at various venues across Merimbula from the 7-10 June 2024. Established in 1981, the Merimbula Jazz Festival is now the longest-running jazz festival in Australia, giving jazz lovers the chance to see, hear and socialise with talented jazz musicians from right across Australia. Performance venues for this year’s Festival will include Twyford Hall, The Lakeview Hotel, Merimbula RSL Club and Club Sapphire Merimbula, and there’ll also be buskers bringing jazz music to Merimbula’s streets. Festival Committee President, Denise Dion, said that along with a feature-packed program of performances, this year’s festival will also include two vocal workshops that encourage anyone to have a go at singing and performing. “If you’ve ever thought how wonderful it might be to sing as part of a gospel choir or in front of a big band, this is the chance you have been waiting for, and beginners are welcome,” Denise said. “Each workshop comes with the opportunity to perform with a large vocal group as part of the festival program.” The Festival also incorporates a family lakeside lantern walk, a Jazz Hatters’ Party, a Jazz Quest talent competition, and many other events and activities. For a full Merimbula Jazz Festival program, ticket information, workshop bookings and more, go to the festival website at Merimbula Jazz Festival all set to swing The ‘Pups on SUPs’ event offers great prizes for the best-dressed ‘peeps and pups’. Runners on last year’s 27-kilometre ‘Wharf to Wharf Challenge’ trail running/walking event. Participants in last year’s1.2-kilometre ‘Jetty to Jetty’ lake-swim event. Each year, hundreds of locals and visitors turn out for WinterSun events. Live music in the streets at Merimbula’s WinterSun festival.

14 MERIMBULA - SAPPHIRECOAST - WINTER 2024 Ready for a winter beachside escape? Beach Cabins Merimbula is nestled in lush green grounds and bushland, and offers a variety of accommodation to suit most requirements and budgets. Beach views and whale spotting Located two kilometres out of town, on one of Merimbula's elevated headlands, Beach Cabins is just 200 metres from Short Point Beach, which can be seen from much of the site. In recent years, whales have been spotted passing by on their southern migration as early as mid-July, so when staying here, it's worth keeping a lookout on the ocean. Self-contained The comfortable, self-contained and pet-friendly accommodation at Beach Cabins ranges from studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom cabins, right through to a three-bedroom cottage that can comfortably sleep six. There are extensive lawns, which are ideal for kicking a ball with the kids, who will also appreciate the on-site playgrounds, which feature swings, a flying fox, climbing equipment and a slide. There's also a badminton/volleyball court and a solar-heated pool to keep all ages well occupied. Prime location There are a number of boat-launching ramps nearby, and a choice of beaches for those who love a swim or surf any time of year. There are also several golf courses just an easy drive away, and Beach Cabins offers guests a range of special golf packages. Special winter offer! From now until the end of August (excluding school holidays) Beach Cabins Merimbula is offering a number of three-night 'Winter Warmer' accommodation and upgrade specials that represent excellent value for money. See the ad below left for details. To book or find out more, call Beach Cabins Merimbula on (02) 6495 1216 or visit the website at Beach Cabins Merimbula is set on an elevated headland with views of Short Point Beach, meaning you might spot migrating whales from around July onwards. Some of the unique pentagonal-shaped two-bedroom cabins at Beach Cabins Merimbula. The three-bedroom cottage provides bright and spacious, self-contained accommodation. The Perfect Winter Escape! Unique, Self-catering, Pet Friendly Cabins! 3NightWinterWarmerOffer Parksetting Studio (Sleeps 2) $370 for 3 nights Parksetting 2 Bedroom Cabin (Sleeps 5) $450 for 3 nights Parksetting 3 Bedroom Cabin (Sleeps 6) $540 for 3 nights Upgrade to a Beachfront Cabin for an additional $30 per night Don’t forget that we are PET FRIENDLY too! Valid between May and August 2024, excluding long weekends, school and public holidays.

SAPPHIRECOAST - WINTER 2024 - MERIMBULA 15 Reimagining the great Australian motel The classic Aussie roadside motel from the '60s and '70s is making a renaissance, and Hillcrest Merimbula is one fine example of such a rebirth. In completely renovating the iconic motel, owner, Caspar Tresidder, has been careful to retain the nostalgic charm of countless sun-kissed holidays of yesteryear, while adding layers of 21st Century fun, luxury and sophistication. Deliciously local Hillcrest’s bright new dining room is styled as a modern nod to iconic mid-century Australian hospitality dining, with banquette seating, custom joinery and eye-catching upholstery, as well as friendly, uniformed staff. Over winter, Hillcrest will be offering locally-sourced gourmet goodies as part of a daily guest breakfast that’s available for take-away, featuring buttery oven-baked croissants, wholesome toasted muesli (mixed with Tilba yoghurt), freshly-squeezed orange juice, and All Press filtered coffee. Local Produce In an ongoing commitment to "keeping it hyper-local", owner Caspar is currently talking to numerous other Sapphire Coast food providers, with a view to sourcing, showcasing and serving delights such as renowned cheddar cheese from Bega and ham from Malua Bay. This is all part of Hillcrest's ever-evolving food and beverage offer which, in the near future, is expected to be rolled-out into an allday, oysterbar-style snack and dining concept. Hillcrest's local-supplier focus further extends to the contents of each room's mini-bar, where guests will find crafted beers from Humpback Brewery in nearby Tathra, Capital Brewing Co in the ACT, and Longstocking Brewery in Pambula. Minibar raiders will also unearth some fabulous, local regional wines. Honesty Bar Another fun recent addition at Hillcrest is a guest-focussed 'honesty bar' system, where guests can serve-up their own drinks – from house-batch Negroni with slices of orange, to locally-distilled North of Eden Oyster Shell Gin – to enjoy in their room, by the pool or in other shared areas at the motel. Spectacular rooms…with a view Making the most of its hilltop location overlooking Merimbula, each of the 30 newly updated rooms at Hillcrest takes-in spectacular coastline views. For the full '70s experience, check into a Sunrise Room or Lookout Deluxe Room – picture original wood cabinetry, exposed brick and built-in headboards combined with new spacious and deliciously comfortable king beds, crisp white linens, plush MicroCloud bedding, designer hair and skincare products and organic Mayde Tea. The motel's 16 Exhale Rooms have received a grander overhaul, with light and airy contemporary interiors featuring custom poured-concrete banquettes, crisp white linens, textured throws and native floral arrangements. The white walls are the perfect canvas for the feature art by Melbourne abstract painter Adela Kusur, while floor-toceiling windows and private balconies connect you to the coastline. Sweeping views A new one-bedroom apartment was recently added to the inventory and is the perfect choice for guests wanting more space or wishing to self-cater. The apartment features a fully-equipped kitchen with Smeg appliances and breakfast bar. A gas-lift window opens up to the private balcony, providing sweeping views of Merimbula and the Sapphire Coast. Crown jewel Set amid two hectares of beautifully manicured gardens, the crown jewel is undoubtedly the refurbished pool area and sun deck, complemented by a newly-added gazebo, creative kids play area and a fire pit for toasting marshmallows. Be sure to pack your tennis whites, as the motel has its very own reclaimed tennis court on site, which was unearthed during the renovations and has been fully restored to its former glory. For more information and bookings, visit the Hillcrest website at GROUP TRAVEL DEALS! Whether it's a group of friends, golf buddies, adventure seekers, foodies, or work colleagues, Hillcrest Motel Merimbula has you covered. Book direct for great-value group deals, extensive local advice, and personalised support with itinerary curation and bookings.To find out more, call 0438 238 135 or email Merimbula’s beautifully reimagined Hillcrest Motel combines the essence of sun-kissed Australian holidays of yesteryear, with stylish, modernist sophistication.