Keeping Your Cool On The NSW Sapphire Coast

23-Feb-2011

If the heat and humidity of summer is making you yearn for more temperate days, why not consider a break on the NSW Sapphire Coast?



Blue skies, sunshine and warm waters are the hallmarks of autumn on the far south coast of NSW; a chance to go fishing or mountain bike riding, check out galleries and festivals and exhibitions, match local wine and wonderful seafood and paddle at beaches where the only footprints are yours.

Check out the website (www.sapphirecoast.com.au) then hit the road, or book a flight to Merimbula, the town that services the region from Bermagui to the Victorian border. You're bound to find something that takes your fancy!

Sculptures On the Edge at BermaguiSculpture on the Edge
Date: March 4-13
Where: Bermagui
Web: www.sculpturebermagui.org.au
Email: info@sculpturebermagui.org.au

If you're a fan of Sydney's Sculpture by the Sea, then you should venture further south and check out Sculpture on the Edge. The annual exhibition features large sculptural pieces set into the magnificent coastal scenery as well as an indoor exhibition of smaller sculptures, children's workshops and a symposium on the changing face of sculpture.

Eden Amateur Fishing Competition
Date: March 5-12
Where: Eden
Web: www.edenfishingclub.org.au
Email: info@edenfishingclub.org.au

The annual week-long Eden-based fishing competition with $30,000 in prizes for those who catch the biggest fish! Competitors from all over Australia join in this annual week of fishing and fun with the competition divided into four categories: open, ladies, boys and girls. 

Sapphire Coast Rock n' Rollers Dance Festival
Date: March 11-13
Where: Merimbula
Web: www.sapphirecoastrockandroll.com.au
Email: lewis@sapphirecoastrockandroll.com.au

A fantastic weekend of R&R music, dancing and hot rods. The dance festival will include dance workshops and the main dance on the Saturday and the Show & Shine hot rod and classic car display on the Sunday. 

Bermagui Seaside Fair
Date: March 12
Where: Bermagui
Web: www.bermaguiseasidefair.com
Email: nativeinstinct@bordernet.com.au

An award-winning community event that includes the Blessing of the Fleet, street parade, kids entertainment, photographic and arts and crafts exhibitions, pet pageant, sandcastle competition, and market stalls. 

Candelo Village Festival
Date: March 19
Where: Candelo
Web: www.candelovillagefestival.org
Email: bettinarichter@bigpond.com

An innovative and energetic one-day event celebrating music, arts and local culture, with interactive displays, a lantern street parade and a diverse array of fun activities.

Tathra Mountain Bike Enduro
Date: March 26-27
Where: Tathra
Web: www.mountainbiking.com.au/tathraenduro
Email: info@tathrabeachbike.com.au

The inaugural Country Energy Tathra MTB Enduro is a mountain biking odyssey that captures the best of beaches, the forests and the mountains. The event offers a rare opportunity to race along the coastline, on a mix of forest roads, double track and secret stashes of single track deep in the heart of the coastal wilderness. 

To market, to market

You can find and enjoy a local market every weekend around the Sapphire Coast, and indulge in local produce, beautiful crafts and homewares.

Eden: first Saturday.
Candelo: first Sunday.
Old Bega Hospital Market: second Saturday.
Pambula: second Sunday.
Bega South Coast Producers' Farmers Market: third Friday.
Merimbula Seaside Market: third Sunday.
Cobargo: fourth Saturday.
Wyndham: fourth Sunday.
Nethercote Seasonal Produce Market: last Saturday.
Bermagui: last Sunday of the month.
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