Merimbula, NSW: Destination Guide

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Discover the jewel of the Sapphire Coast with a visit to the picturesque town of Merimbula.

Read on to discover the best things to see and do in Merimbula or find and book accommodation in Merimbula today.

About Merimbula

Situated on the NSW Sapphire Coast, Merimbula is a place of serene natural beauty. The town boasts various picturesque waterways and a backdrop of lush forest, with many of the country’s most significant national parks within reach. City weary tourists will relish the fresh sea air and the laid back attitude of the town, and whether you’re visiting for a weekend, a week, or longer, you’ll never tire of the scenic vistas and coastal charm.

Things to do in Merimbula

Based on the water’s edge, Merimbula is very popular as both a relaxation and adventure getaway. Try your hand at stand up paddleboarding, scuba diving, boating or kitesurfing, or chill out with a spot of fishing. Stroll along the Merimbula Boardwalk, a 3.5km path that introduces you to the natural beauty of the area, including the local wildlife. The 6km main beach is an ideal spot for surfers, while Short Point and Tura Beach are perfect for those wanting to relax. If you want to take a break from the coast, the surrounding hinterland offers superb bushwalks, with the Merimbula Lake a haven for bird watchers. The nearby wineries and oyster farms are well worth your time, while the surrounding small country towns offer a fascinating insight into the early pioneers in the district. Whatever you do though, don’t miss out on trying some of the fresh local seafood!

Attractions in Merimbula

Magic Mountain

Kids and adults alike will love a day out at Magic Mountain Merimbula. Packed with adrenaline pumping rides, waterslides and things to explore, the park is a guaranteed fun day out. Enjoy a game of mini golf, a ride down the Magic Carpet Slide, slip down the Black Hole Waterslides or drive the mini Grand Prix cars. Be sure to pack a picnic and make use of the barbecues.

Bournda National Park

This natural playground a few kilometres to the north of Merimbula is a beautiful place to explore.  The national park boasts secluded beaches, rugged coastline, breathtaking cliffs and calm lakes, making this the perfect spot for swimming, walking or enjoy a picnic lunch. The park also offers excellent camping facilities, making it a great spot to spend the night.

Eden Killer Whale Museum

The Eden Killer Whale Museum has been in operation for over 80 years, and offers a fun and innovative program of touring exhibitions and regularly updated existing displays. The museum details the shore based whaling operations from Twofold Bay during the 1800s and early 1900s, the involvement of local indigenous Australians in shore based whaling, and the local fishing industry, and features a full skeleton of ‘Tom’ the Killer Whale. Unlike the name suggests, this isn’t just a museum dedicated to the great whale, and offers a range of fascinating touring exhibits that focus on war, advertising, and more.

Potoroo Palace

Located about ten minutes from Merimbula in the Bega Valley, Potoroo Palace is a family friendly destination that offers the chance to get up close and personal with kangaroos, emus, peacocks, koalas and more.

Getting to Merimbula

Located on NSW’s southern coast, Merimula is about 455km south of Sydney and 579km north east of Melbourne.

By car

Driving from Melbourne to Sydney will require about seven hours via the Princes Highway, or six hours via the Princes Highway from Sydney.

By air

Direct flights operate from both Sydney and Melbourne to Merimbula.

Where to stay in Merimbua

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