Music Stars Visit The Sapphire Coast

When you visit Eden, Merimbula, Tathra Beach, Pambula Beach or Tura Beach on the Sapphire Coast you can be sure to find entertainment.  With an array of Clubs in the area which host regular music and entertainment as well as one off gigs at restaurants and halls you will be sure to find an act or music that suits your taste and entertain you.  Regular Sunday afternoon gigs are held at both the Cheeky Mango Café at short point in Merimbula and jazz at the Café in the historic town of Tilba, just past Bermagui.  The Tathra Pub hosts top bands and has a long history of rock at the Pub.

2012 was a jam packed year full of performers, artists and the like.  Candelo Arts Society was host to Heath Cullen, Sarah Blasko, Robert Zielinski, Kate Burke, and many more. You can keep up to date with upcoming performances on, or on their facebook page.

The Kameruka Bush Orchestra host a bushdance on the first Saturday of every month (except January) from 7pm to 10pm at Kameruka Hall.  The Cost is $5 or $10 per family.

The 33rd Merimbula Jazz Festival is coming to town over the June Long Weekend. For details on entering or being a spectator visit
For more information on Merimbula and it's upcoming music visit

To find out what gigs are on each week go to the 2EC gig guide, at or pick up a copy of the local newspaper for the gig guide.


Celebrating 150 years of History at the Tathra Wharf

The seaside town of Tathra, 20 minutes drive north of Merimbula, recently celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Tathra Wharf.  In September residents turned back the clock as they dressed up in period costumes and the vintage car club exhibited their vintage cars.  Street theatre, fine food and drink added to the general merriment and information stalls provided fascinating facts about the “Grand Old Dame of the Sea”. 

The Pig and Whistle Fleet committee have worked hard to ensure the top floor of the heritage-listed wharf building was reopened as a museum and now visitors can visit the museum every Saturday and Sunday, school holidays and Christmas holidays from 10am until 4pm.  Historic photographs, scale models of steamers that were regular visitors to Tathra and storyboards all chart the history of the wharf.

Building of the wharf started in 1860 when local farmers joined with the Illawarra Steamship Company to provide the funds to build the wharf and store shed.  Cattle, produce and passengers were shipped to Sydney via sailing ships and later paddle wheelers, then in 1883 the Illawarra Steamship company put a screw steamer on the run.  By 1912 the wharf was proving far too small so it was extended, a crane added, cattle yards and races constructed and a watering trough for the cattle and horses. Accommodation for passengers was also improved at this time. As better roads were built shipping trade fell away and in 1954 the ships ceased operations from Tathra Wharf.

In the downstairs section of the wharf building the iconic Wharf Locavore Gallery and Coffee Shop is open daily in summer from 8am to 5.30pm, a great place to relax in the ambient atmosphere as you look out onto the wharf and watch the fishing.  Being so close to the sea, you feel as if you are on a boat, without the rocking!

Fishing is a popular activity at the wharf and you will always find keen fishermen, women and children dangling a line, hoping for a good catch.  Humpback whales can be seen on their migratory route to the Antarctic from September to November and dolphins are frequent visitors.  The café reported many up close and personal visits from the whales as they came right up to the wharf some days.  There is always something to see and do at the wharf and it has remained a popular destination for visitors to the area.


Merimbula Cafe wins Chef's Hat

The popular Merimbula restaurant, Zanzibar Cafe has been awarded a prestigious "Chefs Hat" by the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide.  The restaurant has been singled out and is the only restaurant on the NSW South Coast below Wollongong to receive this accolade by the critics.

The award has been a real coup for the Merimbula restaurant and has meant that head chef Huw Jones has had to call in for some assistance in the kitchen.  Fortunately for Huw, his brother Angus was a Pastry chef at the Quay Restaurant in Sydney, which was made famous by the Masterchef TV program.

Now holiday makers staying in local Merimbula accommodation will be able to enjoy the culinary delights of one of Merimbula finest restaurants.  You can find a list of Merimbula restaurants here and more information about Zanzibar restaurant here.