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Published October 11th 2020
Discover pockets of paradise and hidden gems
With endless stretch of coastline, a road trip from Sydney to the Sapphire Coast of New South Wales makes for a bucket list experience that will leave you with breathless. With its halcyon coastline teemed with lush bush-scapes and local eats that will awaken the senses; it is the ultimate coastal getaway!
Explore un-crowded coves both on land and sea, indulge your taste buds with the freshest seafood fare, discover ancient rainforest that meets stunning beaches, learn about the regions rich history and heritage, or enjoy action-packed adventure activities.
With so many things to do, see, explore and discover, a road trip from Sydney to the Sapphire Coastal will undoubtedly have something for everyone.
There are endless stops along the way with each stop offering something for everyone including hiking, bushwalking, paddling experiences (canoeing, kayaking, SUP), mountain biking, road cycling, surfing, snorkelling and diving, forest drives, remote camping, museums and galleries, National Parks experiences, and more.
The Sapphire Coast's towns are known for being nestled between the Pacific Ocean coastline and a series of National Parks, State Parks and breathtaking wilderness areas.
Enjoying an afternoon of scenic driving in Narooma
It takes you on the B65 then on the M1. This route passes several places of interest, making it the perfect way to stretch the legs before hitting the road again or lovely overnight stays to immerse in the coastal culture of the east coast.
Jervis Bay and surrounds. Attractions include breathtaking white-sand beaches, lookouts, coastal and bushwalks, water-based activities, Booderee National Park, camping, whale watching and dolphin cruises, tours, and more.
Ulladulla and surrounds. Attractions include Lake Conjola, Mollymook, Bannisters Point Walking Track, Narrawallee Creek, Warden Head Reserve & Lighthouse, Bogey Hole Mollymook, beachside golf courses, Gondwana Coast Fossil Walk, Burrill Lake, Dolphin Point, and more.
Batemans Bay and surrounds. Attractions include many water-based activities, houseboat hire, Clyde River, Clyde River National Park, Cullendalla Mangrove Reserve, bushwalks, marina walks, lookouts, Birdland Animal Park, Mogo Wildlife Zoo, and more.
Eurobodalla National Park- you will find an array of stunning lookouts, bushwalks, birdwatching opportunities, wildlife spotting, beaches, rainforest, campgrounds, picnic areas, and more.
Narooma and surrounds. Attractions include Australia Rock, lookouts, beaches, tourist drives, Box Cutting Rainforest Walk, Wagonga Inlet, Montague Island, Mill Bay Boardwalk, Glasshouse Rocks, and more.
Bermagui and surrounds. Attractions include Horse Head Rock, Bermagui Blue Pool, Wallaga Lake, beaches, water-based activities, lookouts, Tilba Tilba, nearby National Parks, and more.
Bega and surrounds. Attractions include Bega Cheese Heritage Centre, Kiss Lagoon, Mimosa Rocks National Park, Doctor George Mountain Road scenic drive, Bega River, Bega Pioneers Museum, Bega Valley Regional Gallery, Horse Shoe Lagoon, Wallagot Lake, Bournda National Park, and more.
Merimbula and surrounds. Attractions include Merimbula Mangrove Boardwalk, Merimbula Lake, Magic Mountain, beaches, water-based activities, rivers, lakes and inlets, whale watching and dolphin watching cruises, nearby National Parks, Potoroo Park Animal Sanctuary, On the Perch Bird Park, art trails, and more.
Eden and surrounds. Attractions include Ben Boyd National Park, Eden Killer Whale Museum, numerous lookouts and whale watching vantage points, Eden Wharf, beaches, Twofold Bay, lagoons and creeks, Bell Bird Creek Nature Reserve, and more.
The Sapphire Coast is indubitably one of the most beautiful regions in New South Wales, and a road trip to the Sapphire Coast will not disappoint!
Where to Stay:
There are several accommodation options along the route including boutique stays, farm stays, holiday parks, camping including remote and beach camping, hotels, motels & apartments, hostels and budget stays, retreats and resorts, holiday house stays and more.
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