The Sapphire Coast, the southernmost stretch of the NSW coastline, has a number of factors that appeal to touring minded offroaders. It’s visually stunning for a start, with bountiful undeveloped coastline and lush hinterland ripe with lightly trafficked bush tracks and campsites.
It’s just about smack dab midway between Sydney and Melbourne, if you’re following the coastal route. It’s far away enough from both metropoles to deter real crowds, apart from through the busiest national holiday dates, but absolutely within range for residents of both cities with a few days off to work with.
Mimosa Rocks National Park is one of our favourite spots to post up in this part of the world. It’s a little over five hours south of Sydney and there are a couple of ripper campsites to choose from, just back from the beach. The vibe is just right to help get your head aligned in no time.
STUFF TO DO
4WDING: Within Mimosa Rocks NP, the well graded dirt roads make for easy going in dry conditions, keep an eye out for deteriorated tracks after any heavy rain.
FISHING: If wetting a line is your thing, this is a perfect area to have a cast from the beach. Plenty of uncrowded gutters to choose from between Gillards Campground up to Middle Beach and further north to Bithry Inlet.
Whiting and dusky flathead are frequently on the chew through the warmer months, while Aussie salmon and tailor are reliable targets from the end of autumn through to spring.
LOCATION: 435km south of Sydney, access is via the Princes Highway.
CAMPING is available at Picnic Point, Middle Beach and Gillards Beach. Basic facilities including toilets are available at all sites. Fees of $10 per adult and $5 per child per night apply.
FUEL is available at Moruya, Bermagui and Narooma.
MORE INFO is available at www.environment.nsw.gov.au