Merimbula is a small town in the New South Wales region of Australia. It’s located about two and a half hours south of Sydney, nestled between the Sapphire Coast to the west and Bega Valley to the east.
Merimbula has been a popular tourist destination for over 140 years. The name Merimbula is derived from a local Aboriginal word meaning ‘two lakes’, a reference to Merimbula Lake on the southern side of the town and the smaller Back Lake on the northern side. These calm waterways on Australia’s Oyster Coast are popular with adventurous types who like to sail, kayak and stand-up paddleboard.
Beaches are a major attraction. Surfers like the 6km Merimbula Main Beach – when the swell is pumping, the sandbank at the northern end of Main Beach creates a good break. Short Point has consistent surf and million dollar views. Bar Beach is great for snorkelling, and shallow Spencer Park Beach and playground is ideal for families.
Discover a colourful array of sea creatures at Merimbula Aquarium, located on a horizontal rock shelf that juts out to sea. Wildlife abounds at Potoroo Palace, a sanctuary where you can amble amid kangaroos and touch a snake. An exciting range of tours is also available, from fishing charters to whale-watching cruises, diving and snorkelling.
Charge your fitness tracker as there are lots of walking trails around Merimbula, too. The lakeside Merimbula Boardwalk is sign-posted with information on the local marine life. Listen out for the lyrebirds along the 1.2km Goodenia Rainforest Walking Track. Just north is Bournda National Park and shimmering Wallagoot Lake.
Sample local seafood and produce at a range of restaurants, like Dulcie’s Cottage, housed in a 1925 weatherboard. Check out the events calendar for a colourful line-up of local festivals and shows, including Eat Merimbula.
Shopping in Merimbula is relaxed and laid-back. The town’s shopping centre features fashion, homewares, kids stuff and goodies from around the world.
If accommodation is what you need then you’ll find something for every budget from the Merimbula Inn to more affordable B&Bs scattered throughout town.
There’s also plenty for kids to do with playgrounds scattered along Main Beach and Spencer Park just waiting for them to explore every inch of it.
You can find everything from interesting eateries like Dulcies Cottage which has been open since 1925 up until contemporary dining spots like Cafe 44 on offer here too.