The deep blue ocean always sparkling in view is what gives this stretch of coast its name. The region is also famous for cheese, oysters and seafood. The Sapphire Coast is the midway point between Sydney and Melbourne and the least populated stretch of coastline on the Sydney to Melbourne Drive. It's easy to find a deserted beach here and the fishing is great.
Between Narooma and Cobargo, detour west, off the Princes Highway, on a loop road through the cute 19th century towns of Tilba Tilba and Central Tilba. The Bates Emporium has maps. Stroll through craft shops, antiques, and art galleries. Sample the local cheese, fudge, old-fashioned sweets and bakery. Enjoy tea at the Tea Shop or a beer at Dromedary Pub. Walk up the water tower for stunning views.
Tilba brie. Photo: quicksandfood
The Foxglove Spires gardens in Tilba. Photo: carrots4rabbits
Tea and scones in Tilba Tilba. Photo: natttehm
Stop here if you have time. It's a cute little town of historic timber buildings. You can pick up some used books at Well Thumbed Books, grab some excellent bread at Cobargo Bakery, and enjoy a cuppa in a train carriage at the Wattletown Junction Train Stop Cafe. These are all within easy stroll of each other.
Merimbula is a pretty town of tourists and retirees on a blue inlet.
The Merimbula NRMA holiday park sits on a headland.
Local oysters at Hicksons Wine Bar, Tathra.
Good morning, sunshine! Tathra. Photo: apathonwhichtotravel
Ben Boyd National Park protects a stunning stretch of coastline and wildlife habitat.
The Pinnacles Walk, Ben Boyd National Park. Photo: jenniferannxx
Ben Boyd National Park. Photo: jujeklose
Ben Boyd National Park. Photo: suella
The fishing town of Eden is perched on Twofold Bay. Once a whaling town, it is now a whale-watching town and there are several good whale lookouts from where you can spot them. The Eden Killer Whale Museum sounds a siren when whales are sighted.
View from the Sapphire Sun holiday park, Eden.
Drift, Eden, NSW. Photo: bhylandbhappy
Aslings Beach, Eden, NSW.
Mallacoota sits at the head of Mallacoota Inlet, amongst the wilderness of Croajingolong National Park. The region is famous for its serenity and the beauty of its diverse environments - forests, rivers, lakes and coastline. Wildlife in the area includes sea eagles, lyrebirds, azure kingfishers, blue wrens, goanas and water dragons.
Things to do in Mallacoota
Mallacoota Caravan Parks
The Mallacoota Foreshore Caravan Park is highly praised by reviewers and sits right on the inlet. It has full facilities such as hot showers, playground, camp kitchen and gas BBQs.
Mallacoota. Photo: Adam Smith Images
Betka Lagoon, Mallacoota. Photo: spiritlevelmallacoota
Campervan camping in Mallacoota. Photo: found in transit
Mallacoota. Photo: r_wethereyet
Croajingolong National park has some great walks and lots of wildlife, especially goannas. You'll feel like you've stepped back in time to the dinosaur era. The best way to experience it is to take a couple of walks - The Dunes Walk and at least one other.
Things to do
Camping in Croajingolong
Croajingolong National Park has three camping areas suitable for campervans. They all have non-flush toilets and shared picnic tables and fireplaces but no showers. During the summer holidays (Dec/Jan) and Easter holidays you will need to enter a ballot due to the campground popularity. Outside of these times, reservations are still essential.
Croajingolong sand dunes. Photo: dcdeitz
Croajingolong National Park sand dunes. Photo: jessrclay
Croajingolong National Park. Photo: ycaminha
Seals at Croajingalong National Park. Photo: Wild Ark & Kirstin Scholtz
The Sapphire Coast is part of our 14 Day Sydney to Melbourne drive. We give you a day-by-day itinerary listing the best places to camp in your campervan, including some free camping spots, the best walks and fun things to do.
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