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We have an inkling that some Aussies may think that Batemans Bay is the Far South Coast of NSW. Well, do we have something to show you?! The really good stuff doesn’t start until you get south of Tilba, to the wildly wonderful and unspoilt Sapphire Coast! Come with us to our coastal backyard paradise to experience the best of the Sapphire Coast during the peak of whale watching season on this 5 day, 4 night small group tour.

 

Day 1 – Canberra to Tathra – L,D

This morning we cruise over to the coast for lunch at Mossy on Pacific at Mossy Point. We then have a stop in the colourful, characterful village of Central Tilba that sits beneath Gulaga (mother mountain) for some cheese, ice cream and eclectic crafty gift shops. Step back in time with the village’s perfectly preserved old world colonial era buildings, nestled amongst forever green rolling hills.

four seniors outside an ice cream shop holding ice cream cones

Yum!

It’s then on to our lovely beachside accommodation in Tathra. Bordered by Mimosa Rocks National Park to the north and Bournda National Park to the south, Tathra is a relaxed coastal haven known for its award-winning Sydney Rock Oysters, and the iconic Tathra Steamer Wharf.

walkway with holiday apartments, pool and gardens

Tathra Beach House Apartments

Tonight we have a private, catered, two course dinner at our accommodation.

Stay at Tathra Beach House Apartments, 57 Andy Poole Dr Tathra, P: 02 6499 9900

 

Day 2 – Tathra, Pambula, Merimbula – B,L

This morning we head south to Pambula Lake for “Captain Sponge’s Magical Oyster Tour” (don’t worry, you don’t have to eat oysters if you don’t want to!). Captain Sponge, or his trusty sidekick Scotty will guide us on this very informative and beautifully serene tour where we learn about the local history, geography, and oyster farming industry.

several senior ladies sitting in a punt on a lake with male skipper in front

Captain Sponge’s Magical Oyster Tour

We then head to Merimbula Wharf for a guided tour of the aquarium, followed by a delicious two course lunch at the Wharf Restaurant. The views from the wharf are magnificent, and there’s a very good chance that we will see whales and dolphins close by. After lunch we will head back to Tathra Headland for a short bushwalk for those that are keen. Dinner is at Tathra Hotel, also on Tathra Headland (yes, more spectacular views and whale spotting!).

wharf and buildings with red rock below, headland behind, and ocean all around

Merimbula Wharf Aquarium and Restaurant

Stay at Tathra Beach House Apartments, 57 Andy Poole Dr Tathra, P: 02 6499 9900

 

Day 3 – Tathra, Eden, Green Cape – B,D

This morning we head to the seaside hamlet of Eden, bound to the north and south by Beowa National Park and set in magnificent Twofold Bay – the third deepest natural harbour in the Southern Hemisphere. This historical town is famous for its intriguing whale history and the tale of the wild killer whales who hunted with the Yuin people, and later with European settlers. Eden is known as one of the most premier whale watching locations in Australia and each spring, thousands of humpbacks visit Eden on their way home to Antarctica.

We will visit the Eden Killer Whale Museum – originally built to house the skeleton of an orca known as Old Tom. While spotlighting the plight of killer whales in these waters, this museum has grown into a shrine to Eden’s marine life and maritime history. We will then take a scenic drive around Eden town for some whale spotting, have a leisurely stroll downhill to Aislings Beach, and then enjoy lunch in town and a cruise around the shops.

the skeleton of a killer whale on display in a museum

The skeleton of Old Tom

It’s then off to the ridiculously spectacular Green Cape Lightstation in Beowa national Park for a private guided tour with one of the National Park Rangers. The southernmost lighthouse in NSW, Green Cape Lighthouse also entered record books when it was built in 1883 as Australia’s first concrete lighthouse tower. If you feel up to it, you can climb all the way to the top to enjoy panoramic views over the ominously named Disaster Bay.

late nineteenth century lighthouse and living quarters on headland with ocean behind

Green Cape Lighthouse, Green Cape

Dinner is on our way back to Tathra at the historic Seahorse Inn.

Stay at Tathra Beach House Apartments, 57 Andy Poole Dr Tathra, P: 02 6499 9900

 

Day 4 – Tathra, Bermagui, Mimosa Rocks National Park – B

This morning we head north along the beautiful coast road through Mimosa Rocks National Park to Bermagui for our whale watching tour with Sapphire Coastal Adventures. From September to November, the Sapphire Coast is one of the world’s best locations to view the epic Humpback Whale’s annual southern migration from the Great Barrier Reef to Antarctica. You often don’t have to travel far off the coast to be up close and personal with whales feeding, and to see mothers teaching their calves how to breach and tail flop!

breaching humpback whale

This is what it’s all about!
Image: Sapphire Coastal Adventures

After our tour, we will have lunch in Bermagui – the small, vibrant seaside town that hugs the edges of its spectacular harbour under the shadow of Mt Gulaga and known for its breathtaking scenery. After lunch we will enjoy a couple of Gang Gang surprises (!) on our way back to Tathra. Dinner is at Drift Tathra.

Stay at Tathra Beach House Apartments, 57 Andy Poole Dr Tathra, P: 02 6499 9900

 

Day 5 – Tathra to Canberra – B,L

Today we say goodbye to the beautiful, unspolit and wonderfully wild Sapphire Coast and make our way home to Canberra via Cooma. We will have a guided tour (hopefully by one of the inmates) of the extremely fascinating State Correctional Museum at Cooma Gaol, and lunch at the always fabulous Lott Cafe. There may be one or two final little Gang Gang surprises before we head home (!?)

several senior ladies standing in front of a sign that reads; 'crime through time'

They nearly didn’t let us take them home!

 

Tour departs Canberra Monday 16 September 2024

Inclusions:
Pick up from your door in the Canberra region
All transport
All accommodation
All activities as above
Meals as indicated above
Two fabulous tour guides and lots of fun and laughs!

Not included:
2 lunches, 2 dinners
Coffee and/or cake at morning tea stops
Alcohol

Cost: 
$2750 per person double or twin share
Single supplement = $380

 

PLEASE NOTE:
This tour requires a minimum of 8 guests to run.
This tour involves walking (sometimes over uneven surfaces) and stairs at some locations.
This tour also involves travel in watercraft. You are welcome to opt out of these activities if you wish, but there will be no refund available for individual activities.

All accommodation has level access. Most rooms have walk-in showers, but 4 of the rooms have a shower with a hob as shown below. Please let us know if you prefer a room with walk-in shower.

The shower in four of the rooms at Tathra Beach House Apartments

 

Booking with us is confirmation that you have read our Terms and Conditions HERE.

For a downloadable printable pdf version of the itinerary, please click HERE.

 

Thank you for your interest in our tour, and please do not hesitate in contacting us should you have any questions at all, including how to book your seat/s.

We look forward to having you on board soon!

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