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Merimbula is the holiday 'resort' of the Sapphire Coast. Situated between Tathra and Pambula on the coast, Merimbula welcomes many thousands of tourists throughout the year.

map of merimbula

This town with a population of around 4,000 (and far more in summer) is situated around the beautiful coastal waterways of Merimbula, Top and Back Lakes. These clean tidal lakes provide the perfect site for this holiday town. Their changing parade of blues each day and the many water sports that can be enjoyed on the lakes make Merimbula's waterways a major attraction for visitors.

Beaches and Fishing

There are many beaches to be enjoyed around Merimbula. Gentle beaches suitable for small children are found around the lake foreshores whilst great surfing beaches outside the lake areas offer a variety of waves for board and body surfers. The beach at short point is particularly popular with boardsurfers. Other beaches around Merimbula include Main Surf, Bar and Middle beaches. Some are patrolled during the summer months and some offer BBQ facilities, changerooms and toilets.



merimbula beaches

Image © Tween Waters Holiday Park Merimbula

Just about any water sport you could desire is available around Merimbula. Fishing fans are well catered for with boat hire, ramps and other facilities. One of the most popular fishing spots is the Merimbula wharf which provides deep sea fishing without the need of a boat.

Forests, Parks & Country Towns

The visitor to Merimbula is not confined only to beach and water activities. Only a short drive from the town will take you to the beautiful Bournda National Park, while interesting excursions to the hinterland can be made for bush and nature walks through ancient forests in the foothills of the South Coast Range.

You will also come across small country towns such as Candelo (famous for its artisans and craft work), Kameruka and Wyndham, each steeped in pioneeering history.



Shopping & Eating

Shopping in Merimbula is a tourist's delight with many specialty shops with unique crafts and souvenirs as well as a good range of food and fashion outlets. Likewise eating out in Merimbula never gets boring with a range of cuisines and eateries to suit all tastes. Seafood is of course, high on the menu.

Accommodation & Entertainment

Accommodation is widely available in unit complexes, motels and caravan parks. Also nearby are cabin developments that give you the peace and beauty of the Australian bush whilst still being within close distance to beaches, lakes and the centre of town. You can choose to stay right on the beach or lake or book into one of the inviting motels on the higher side of town which offer great views of Merimbula's scenic beauty.

Entertainment abounds in Merimbula and all ages will find plenty to do here. For the kids there is the Magic Mountain complex with activies such as waterslides, a mountain slide, forest maze, pools, a playground and picnic areas. A recent addition to Magic Mountain is a roller coaster ride. In town the kids will find a great amusement centre and other attractions but of course the best way to keep them occupied is on our beaches.



Adults are also well catered for with a number of licensed clubs being a good way to spend the day or night relaxing. You'll find entertainment, pokies and great eateries at these clubs who welcome visitors to the area year round. Other ways to keep busy during your stay include the aquarium, a family leisure farm, winery and lake, river or sea cruises.

For details of the Tura/Merimbula commercial, recreational and social community, please visit our Merimbula OnLine Site.

Photo courtesy Dean Malandris, South Coast, NSW

Photo courtesy Dean Malandris


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