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Sapphire Coast's Scenic Villages
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Discover Merimbula, Pambula and Eden, picturesque villages known for their natural beauty, historical landmarks and unspoiled settings that have long inspired artists.
This hidden pocket of Australia’s epic coastline is where you can reconnect with and share your love of nature. Immerse yourself in the local villages of Pambula, Merimbula and Eden all lapped by pristine waters that produce some of Australia’s best seafood.
Merimbula's magic begins with a glimpse of the beaches, brilliant beneath the bright sunshine. Merimbula has always been a beautiful place of sheltered waters and seafood feasts. On this tour you’ll learn more about the local award winning oysters - The Yuin People were the first to harvest and share oysters, fish and more, with middens dating back thousands of years, still visible on the lake’s edge. Enjoy a stop and photo opportunity at Short Point where an easy walking track takes you out to the headland for spectacular views.
Stop in Pambula, a coastal village big in history; its peaceful lakes and idyllic river mouth are a far cry from the hustle and bustle following the discovery of gold near the township in the 1880s. Pambula shopfronts give a nod to that era, with bull-nose verandahs, a town clock and a general lack of tall neon signs. You’ll have nearly 1-hour of free time here to browse the main street where you’ll discover a pleasing amount of specialty shops, such as an artisan bakery and coffee roasters, winery, whole foods, local art, vintage collectables, boutiques and eco-focused retail with a flair for the local.
Head back to Eden, set in the magnificent Twofold Bay – the third deepest natural harbor in the southern hemisphere. Eden was home to shore-based whaling stations and Old Tom, the legendary killer whale whose story can be discovered at the Eden Killer Whale Museum. You’ll see the pristine Aslings Beach, a fishermen’s favorite and often home to migrating whales who are nursing their young before heading south. Move on to Quarantine Bay – peaceful and ringing with bell bird calls. There is always something to watch on the water here as the bay is home to a four lane boat ramp, Quarantine Bay Yacht Club, and the Eden Amateur Fishermen’s Club.
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Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
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