Why do they call it the Sapphire Coast? Maybe the blue skies, warm blue waters of the far south coast of NSW provide the clue or, maybe, it's because this region that stretches all the way down to the Victorian border really is a jewel!
Pretty autumns and mild winters ensure that outdoor activities are always on the agenda and dotted along the coastline, town after town, you'll find pristine beaches, fishing and mountain bike riding, galleries, festivals, exhibitions, fabulous seafood and fine local produce and so much more to keep the whole family entertained on a Sapphire Coast adventure.
Date: March 2-9
The annual week-long Eden-based fishing competition is back this year with $35,000 in prizes for those who catch the biggest fish! Competitors from all over Australia join the Eden Amateur Fishing Club in this annual week of fishing and fun with the competition divided into four categories: open, ladies, boys and girls. Enter on March 1st or on any day throughout the competition and come and try your luck!
Date: March 2-11
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, a fire festival and a symposium on animals in sculpture at architect Philip Cox's Murrah property. The event attracts both established and emerging artists and provides an accessible and enjoyable cultural experience in the Far South Coast.
Date: March 8-10
Where: Club Sapphire, Merimbula
The Sapphire Coast Rock n’ Rodders is a fantastic weekend focusing on 50’s dancing, memorabilia and Hot rodding. The dance festival starts on Friday night and continues on Saturday with dance workshops and the gala dance on Saturday night with performers The Fender Benders, Richard King and the band Shadoogie. The Show & Shine hot rod and classic car display will be held on Sunday, with the dinner dance and competition held on the Sunday night. The festival is held over the long weekend to allow fellow Victorians and Canberrans to travel home on Monday’s public holiday.
Date: March 9
The Bermagui Seaside Fair is a multi-award winning community/tourism event that attracts thousands of people to the picturesque seaside town. A variety of activities include Blessing of the Fleet, a fancy dress street parade, arts and crafts exhibition, over 100 market and food stalls, kid's entertainment, novelty events, live music, sandcastle competition, pet pageant, a monster auction and a fireworks spectacular over Horseshoe Bay in the evening.
Date: 10 March
EAT Merimbula is the inaugural foodie providore event that is being held at Fishpen, overlooking the picturesque Merimbula Lake on Sunday 10 March. The fertile soil and clear waters of the Sapphire Coast have long been known to provide world class fresh produce, such as oysters, mussels and our world famous Bega Cheese. In the skilled hands of our local chefs, our region’s harvest will become an experience to be savoured. EAT Merimbula will provide premium plated local fare from up to 20 of our best chefs and food entrepreneurs. Think Kingfish Sushimi, gourmet pastries, giant paellas, mouth watering oysters – and plenty of surprises. Bring a picnic blanket and the family and come and enjoy this locavore’s paradise.
Date: April 13
The Candelo Village Festival is a vibrant festival set in picturesque Candelo, a little town in the rolling Bega Valley with a big musical heart. Expect a colourful community event like no other celebrating music, arts, local culture and the International Year of Water Cooperation with a stellar line up of artists including Mikelangelo and the Black Seeds who’ve played from the Sydney Opera House to Edinburgh Festival; Gleny Rae Virus and Her Tamworth Playboys; and local jazz hotshot Kade Brown.
For further information on the Sapphire Coast visit www.sapphirecoast.com.au