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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.

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.

Merimbula on the Sapphire Coast, it’s beautifully uncivilised.


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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What's On in Merimbula

Jul 31

Gifted Shirley Hannan Collection

11th July, 2014 - 16th August, 2014

Bega Valley Regional Gallery presents GIFTED, Selected Works from the Shirley Hannan Collection. 11th July – 16th August 2014 Opening Night Friday 11 July 6-8pm Tuesday to Friday 10am – 4pm Saturday 9am – 12 noon   ... View more

Jul 31

Lakeview Hotel Wine Expo

18th July, 2014 - 9th August, 2014

Being Held on the 9th of August Over 60 Wines to be tasted and 4 Pines beers FREE Entry 11am till 2pm Saturday the 9th August Register your interest now by calling (02) 6495 1202 Orders can be placed at the event ... View more

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Must See and Do

Family deal from Tathra Beach Family Park

$699- 5 nights accommodation in surf villa or pet friendly cottage which includes 1 free pedal cart hire, 1 free wood fired pizza, 2 free kids club activities and 1 free movie night plus popcorn (all per child) Bookings can be made at Merimbula Visitor Information Centre on 1800 150 457 or email You must... view

Discover the Sapphire Coast

The Sapphire Coast has phenomenal beauty to share with the world. Not matter your interest there is something here to suit your needs. We have many visitors to our area each year and Nature is always at the top of the list. There are hundreds of bushwalking and mountain biking trails to carry you through the... view

Step back in time at The Old School Museum…

Originally the old Merimbula School dating back from 1873, the heritage building now houses an excellent collection of objects and photographs displaying the history of the surrounding area from early settlement to the present day.  You’ll be amazed at what’s inside.  Open Hours are Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday from 1.30pm – 4.00pm.  Entry: $3 and children are... view

Upcoming Regional Events

Aug 16

Orchid Winter Show

16th August, 2014 - 18th August, 2014

Winter Orchids on show. The Sapphire Coast Orchid Club has around 80 growers devoted to culturing and showing unusual and splendid orchids. On the Sapphire Coast the Cymbidium orchids are really at home. These are winter flowering orchids that have been bred to produce spectacular multi spiked large flowers. They are the  mainstay... View more

Oct 03

Great Southern Blues Festival – Narooma

3rd October, 2014 - 5th October, 2014

It’s known as one of Australia’s best blues festivals – three days of international, Australian and local blues music held over the Labour Day weekend in the heart of beautiful Narooma. Last year’s hot acts included Ash Grunweld, Russell Morris, Watermelon Slim (USA) with Fiona Boyes, The Holmes Brothers (USA) and... View more

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