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SAPPHIRE COAST - SPARKLING JEWEL OF THE NSW SOUTH COAST
(August 23, 2002)

Taking it easy in the Sapphire Coast is not wishful thinking. It's the only way there is. The sparkling jewel on the New South Wales South Coast is rich in natural beauty and a perfect getaway for a short break, only 75 minutes by plane from Melbourne to Merimbula.

The magic of the Sapphire Coast starts from Bermagui in the north and stretches to the far southern New South Wales border, glistening with towns like Eden, Merimbula, Bega, Pambula, Tathra and Tanja.

Like its precious namesake, the Sapphire Coast is a jewel of natural beauty. With untouched golden beaches and sapphire blue waters, craggy inlets and hidden caves, vivid corals, sunken tugs and shipwrecks, tranquil rainforests, bushwalk trails and National Parks, the Sapphire Coast is a naturalist's heaven and photographer's paradise.

Eden, situated on Twofold Bay with Mount Imlay towering in the background, is rich in fishing and whaling history and a top spot to runaway to sea on a charter boat in search of whales, dolphins, fur seals, fairy penguins and pelagic birds. The area is also renowned for deep sea, game and reef fishing. Bermagui is famous for marlin, while historic Tathra Wharf is an idyllic spot to cast a line out and laze the day away peeling prawns. It's easy to get hooked on this fishing fairground.

Merimbula offers a touch of Mediterranean life and the lure of swimming, surfing, wave sailing, canoeing and diving with beautiful Short Point and Tura Beach nearby. Not far from Merimbula by 4WD are the picture-postcard Pinnacles - unique geological formations featuring red sandstone and white clay caps.

Beautiful rural Bega, set in lush rolling hinterland valleys with morning hazes of darkly forested mountains, is prime dairy country and long famous for Bega cheese. Nearby, Wadbilliga National Park offers canoe hire to meander down a nature course to remote pockets of bush, teaming with wildlife, while Mumbulla Falls features tranquil rock pools and natural waterslides. Bemboka, Ben Boyd, Bournda and Mimosa Rocks National Parks provide great walking and wilderness tracks and idyllic settings to unwind from it all.

The Sapphire Coast offers endless opportunities to cut the working week short and take a break to discover its many coastal and hinterland treasures.

For Short Breaks information to the Sapphire Coast contact 13 20 77 or www.visitnsw.com.au.

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