Cool Escapades

Winter is a special time to visit - and not just for the discounted rates!  The bustle of summer is set aside for calm sunny days, crisp nights and a slower pace that has a magic all of it's own.

The perfect time to get out into nature and experience the raw beauty of the Sapphire Coast on foot, bike or by car - without the summer holiday crowds.

Here's our must-do-and-see list of cooler things!

Local Walks

  We are surrounded by stunning and unique National Parks with trails short and long, suitable for all fitness levels. The cooler months are ideal for enjoying some of our longer walks without getting all hot and bothered!


South of Eden is the "Light to Light" a 30km one-way walk gaining national recognition. The Light to Light is particularly spectacular during the winter months with whale spotting a possible added bonus.


You'll also find some lovely shorter walks closer to town which present a great opportunity to explore some of the natural hidden nooks and crannies that are right on our doorstep.

Live Music

Just because it's off-peak, doesn't mean the entertainment stops on the Sapphire Coast!  You'll find a wide variety of gigs to suit all musical tastes from a Sunday sesh with a local guitarist through to concert performances at the amazing 'Four Winds'.

At 1pm on the first Wednesday and Saturday of the month, you can enjoy a free outdoor concert at "Music on the Square" - right outside the Merimbula Visitor Information Centre in the centre of town.

View the South Coast gig guide and what's on at some of our regular live music venues via the buttons below or browse our What's On Calendar for markets and other events.


Calling all twitchers!  Bird watching and bird photography are rapidly gaining in popularity as people are discovering the joys of connecting with nature and the benefits of a relaxing hobby that is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

Whale Watching

The huge winter bonus that everyone on the Sapphire Coast loves.  Whales start appearing in May and the season gets into full swing in August. Spot whales from shore as you explore the headland, or for a day you'll never forget, book a trip with a professional whale watching charter and don't forget the camera!

Eating & Drinking!

Need we say more?  Winter is a great time to enjoy the warming fare of the season - and our local favourite hot topped oysters.  Added bonus - it's not swimwear season!  We have a great selection of eateries on the Sapphire Coast, so what better way to spend the day on a taste test. Plenty of options just in Merimbula or take a drive to one of our nearby towns and discover more of the Sapphire Coast.

Alternatively, head to one of the local markets to pick up some fresh seasonal produce from one of our many local producers and enjoy a delicious feast of your own creation!