Sapphire Coast Arts and Culture
The Sapphire Coast is an area rich in arts, with dozens of small galleries, and a thriving art scene. Here is just a few which are worth a visit.
Ivy Hill Gallery features the work of significant contemporary artists, both emerging and established, many of whom live and work in the region.
Narek Galleries exhibit excellence in contemporary Australian ceramics, glass, textiles, wood and metal on the far south coast of NSW Australia.
Anna Warren is predominantly a marine artist based in Eden on the Far south coast of New South Wales. Her journeys along local waterways, through deserts, or into the mountains, provide inspiration for her paintings.
Spiral Gallery Co-Operative Limited is an artist run space that aims to promote and support contemporary and innovative art practice through its frequently changing exhibitions. The gallery is run by the co-operative of artists, it is a non-for-profit organisation.
Australian Pottery at Bemboka is a gallery featuring Australian pottery made in the last half century, both production ware and exhibition pieces.
Sam Nerrie has a wealth of experience in the field and loves the challenge that landscape photography brings. The quality of Sam’s Australian landscape and seascape images speak for themselves
Historical Sites & Heritage Localities
The Sapphire Coast has a rich and varied history in gold, whaling and agriculture. Many historic buildings have been preserved and are available for the public to visit and explore. The Eden, Merimbula and Tathra wharfs are well worth a visit. Join the locals and toss a line over the side. Eden’s whaling history can be explored at the Eden Killer Whale Museum and at Davidson’s Whaling Station. Check out Bega cheese and discover how Australia’s most well known cheese became so famous or take some time to explore the local museums in Bega, Merimbula and Bermagui.
Tathra Wharf is the only remaining coastal steamer wharf in NSW. Restored by the National Trust it is a favourite with locals and visitors for fishing. A restaurant and trading post operates from the wharf building
The Merimbula Schoolhouse Museum is classified by the National Trust and listed on the register of the National Estate. It is believed to be one of three schools remaining in NSW that contain both teachers premises and classrooms.
The Bega Pioneers Museum is located in an old hotel built in 1858-59. The museum rooms contain many exhibitions showcasing a broad range of early Bega life. Alongside the inside exhibitions there is an outside area with examples of machinery. transport and more.
Ben Boyd’s Tower, named after Ben Boyd, an early entrepreneur of the area, marks the entrance to Twofold Bay. While never used as a lighthouse Boyd’s Tower was used as a lookout point for Eden’s shore based whalers. The 30km Light to Light walking track between Boyd’s Tower and the Green Cape Lighthouse is a great.
The Davidson’s Whaling Station is located on the shores of Kiah Inlet at Twofold Bay. It was the longest operating shore based whaling station in Australia and one of the last to close down. Listed as an historic site the station offers an opportunity to explore
The Eden Wharf remains a bustling hive of activity. Situated on Twofold Bay, the third deepest natural harbour in the world and home to one of the largest fishing fleets in NSW, the wharf is an ideal place to stroll and view fishing boats and their catch.
The Eden Killer Whale Museum has been in operation for almost 80 years and is recognised as one of the most progressive and innovative museums of its type in NSW. A great place to take the family, the museum explores Eden’s rich whaling history.