Queensland's Gold Coast started it all with the naming of the Gold Coast. Now most states have alluring names for areas of their coastline and New South Wales boasts the Sapphire Coast, named because of the beautiful colour of the water.
Dermott Brereton visited the area which stretches between Bermagui and Merimbula in the south of the state. Fishing and tourism are the main sources of income and its mild weather makes it a great all-seasons destination. Visitors enjoy forest, mountains, gentle rural country and great beaches.
Dermott's journey began in Merimbula, the heart of the Sapphire Coast. Most activities revolve around the water and Merimbula Wharf has cafés, restaurants, an aquarium and leads to a boardwalk around the lake.
The town is known for being a golfing mecca with a 27 hole golf course and we're told you will get million dollar views from Tura Beach. Whale watching is also popular, with plenty of whale watching vessels available.