Sapphire Coast

12 MERIMBULA - SAPPHIRE COAST - AUTUMN 2024 Make life-long memories in magnificent Merimbula Situated on the coast between Tathra and Pambula, Merimbula welcomes many thousands of tourists every year, who all leave with wonderful life-long memories of this very special place. Merimbula's pristine beaches and tidal lakes make it a popular place for enjoying all kinds of water-based activities, from fishing, surfing and kayaking, to wakeboarding and water skiing. Visitors to the region also have the opportunity to enjoy lush forests, quaint country towns, magnificent fresh seafood, entertainment and shopping. The town also offers lots of opportunities for walkers and cyclists, thanks to an array of established trails, waterside boardwalks and jetties. The 3.5-kilometre Merimbula Boardwalk, for example, meanders around the lake shore and through mangrove forests, under eucalyptus canopies and past pristine oyster farms. The boardwalk takes around an hour and a half to complete (at a leisurely walking pace) and is famous for its wonderful sunset views. Beaches and fishing There are many beaches to be enjoyed around Merimbula. Gentle beaches suitable for small children are found around the lake foreshores, while 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 boardriders. Other beaches around Merimbula include Main Surf, Bar and Middle beaches. Some are patrolled during holiday times, and some offer barbecue facilities, change-rooms and toilets. Fishing fans are well catered for with boat hire, ramps and other facilities. One popular fishing spot is the Merimbula wharf, which provides deep-sea fishing without the need for a boat. Forests, parks and country towns Just a short drive from the town, you will find the beautiful Bournda National Park, which offers fabulous bushwalking and scenery. 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 skilled artisans and craft work), Kameruka and Wyndham, each steeped in fascinating pioneer history. Shopping and eating Shopping in Merimbula is a tourist's delight, with a wide variety of specialty shops offering everything from art, crafts, souvenirs and fashion, to footwear, sports gear, lollies, books and jewellery. Likewise, eating out in Merimbula never gets boring, with the township boasting a variety of restaurants, cafés and takeaway food shops, to suit all tastes. Fresh local seafood is, of course, high on the menu! Accomodation and entertainment Accommodation is widely available in unit complexes, motels and caravan parks. There are also cabin developments nearby that provide guests with the opportunity to enjoy the peace and beauty of the Australian bush, while remaining close to Merimbula's 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 fabulous views of Merimbula's scenic beauty. Entertainment abounds in Merimbula, and all ages will find plenty to do here. In town, you will find a fun amusement centre, a twin cinema and other attractions for the kids, but of course the best way to keep them occupied on a sunny day, is on the beaches. Adults are also well catered for with a number of licensed clubs – including the popular Club Sapphire – offering entertainment, pokies and great eateries. Other ways to keep busy during your stay include the aquarium, a family leisure farm, winery, and lake, river or sea cruises. Family enjoying a fun and memorable day at beautiful Bar Beach, Merimbula. Photo: Destination NSW Kids having fun at the beach The scenic lakeside Merimbula boardwalk. THE BACK LAKE MERIMBULA LAKE (TOP LAKE) MERIMBULA LAKE TASMAN SEA BAR BEACH ARTHUR KAINE DRIVE ARTHUR KAINE DRIVE PRINCES HWY PRINCES HWY PRINCES HWY MERIMBULA DRIVE MERIMBULA DRIVE MARKET ST MAIN ST MAIN ST SAPPHIRE COAST DRIVE BEACH ST LAKE ST LAKE ST PAMBULA TO PAMBULA & EDEN TO TATHRA TO BEGA TO SPENCER PARK MAIN BEACH RECREATION RESERVE BOLLER PARK BERRAMBOOL MIRADOR BOURNDA NATURE RESERVE YURRAMIE STATE FOREST Scan here for full detailed map SHORT POINT LONG POINT MAIN BEACH MIDDLE BEACH MERIMBULA Welcome to