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Jewel of the Sapphire Coast

Merimbula with its great climate, pristine beaches and abundant natural beauty is an ideal location for your next holiday.

So who won the Ultimate Escape to Merimbula Competition?

Cameron Taylor of Seaford, Victoria. His first choice of experience? Whale watching in October! Thanks to everyone who entered

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Bass and Flinders explored the Merimbula area in 1797 – and were the first of many ‘visitors to be struck by the beauty of its waterways, and surrounding forests. While oysters are a popular and profitable industry today, the discovery of a large number of middens either side of the lake proves the original Aboriginal settlers were just as passionate about them!

Close by are some of Australia’s most significant national parks offering a range of nature experiences that draw visitors from all over the world. Merimbula buzzes with special events year round – the annual jazz festival, orchid shows, fishing competitions or the Merimbula Malibu or Classic wavesailing, kitesurfing and SUPs (stand up paddle), and food festivals.

The Merimbula Boardwalk skirts the northern shores of the Top Lake section of Merimbula Lake and is a 3.5km stunning round trip, broken by a wildlife experiences on the way.  Or if you’re feeling a little more energetic, try standup paddleboarding in the protected lake waters, a local favourite. And, of course, there is wonderful seafood. Don’t miss out on award winning locally grown oysters and mussels.

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Beaches

Merimbula's Main Beach has five kilometres to surf, fish or stroll. Short Point and Tura Beach are pristine with tea trees forming an intricate web of growth among flowering heaths...

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Put your name on a prime piece of Merimbula waterfront real estate, in the form of a sponsored paver.  Single, double and hand drawn pavers are available in return for...

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What's On in Merimbula

Jul 02

Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award

17th June, 2016 - 20th August, 2016

Entries now open $50,000 Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize 2016 One of Australia’s most loved and richest Portrait Awards returns in 2016. LIKE & FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK BEGA VALLEY REGIONAL GALLERY Showcasing, promoting & supporting excellence in Australian contemporary visual culture.   ... View more

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Must See and Do

Trip Advisor: Top 10 things to do in Merimbula

Traveller reviews from Trip Advisor are one of the most trusted sources of information for people exploring new destinations. Merimbula’s top attractions have almost 1000 reviews from visitors, so we’ve brought together this top 10 list for you. To read the full reviews, please visit the Trip Advisor page here. 1. Magic Mountain An adventure park with... view

Discovery Walks, Talks & Tours for Autumn

Explore our unspoilt coastline with friendly guides, challenge yourself and learn new skills for life! Bookings are open now, call the Discovery Rangers at the Merimbula National Parks & Wildlife Service office on (02) 6495 5000 or 0428 425 585. Walks, talks & tours start from March 30 to April 30, prices range from $15 to $55. Snorkelling... view

Markets in the Merimbula area

Make it, bake it, grow it, sew it. There’s no better way to fall in love with local food (and more) and put your finger on the pulse of a community than finding the markets. The Sapphire Coast is blessed with a richness of markets showcasing the harvest of local growers, the work of creators... view

Upcoming Regional Events

Jul 02

Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award

17th June, 2016 - 20th August, 2016

Sean Hutton. A Man for all ages – A Portrait of Mark. Oil on Canvas 59 x 49 cm The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award is well established as one of Australia’s best loved and richest portrait prizes. This biennial event, proudly sponsored by the Shirley Hannan Trust, is a celebration of... View more

Aug 27

The Tathra Enduro

27th August, 2016 - 28th August, 2016

The Tathra Enduro is a mountain biking odyssey that pays homage to the early coastal pioneers and captures the best of beaches, the forests and the mountains. From Tathra Beach, Ford’s Farm and Thompson’s Estate to the Kangarutha Wilderness and Boulder Bay, the event offers a rare opportunity to race along... View more

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