For many decades families have been the backbone of Merimbula, they return year after year and grow with the surrounds.
The water playgrounds provide safety and tranquility for families starting out and challenges are scaled-up as the kids become teens.
Beach icons likes Mitches jetty will stay with you forever, as will the screams of joy at the one and only Magic Mountain.
For the most part your Merimbula family adventures will involve all things ‘sand and sea’ and everything that makes it tick. You can even experience the wonders of ocean life up close without getting wet. The Merimbula Wharf and Aquarium bring the ocean to you and over the summer holidays you can immerse yourself in the marine life with National Park Adventure programmes.
Merimbula’s Top Fun
With more than 40 arcade games to test your skill, 4 full ten pin bowling lanes to test your accuracy, a magnificent 18 hole mini-golf course and an underground laser subway you and your family are sure to have lots of fun here. Top Fun specialises in Birthday Parties and get-togethers offering a helium balloon service as well. A full kiosk is on site for light snacks, coffee, milkshakes, ice-creams and of course yummy lollies. No matter what the day is like you will be sure to enjoy yourselves here.
Old School Museum Merimbula
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 free. Enquiries can be made for group bookings.
Sapphire Aquatic Centre – Pambula
We are the only 12 month indoor multi-use aquatic centre in the Bega Valley Shire. The centre is available for various activities:
Temporary Child Minding Facility Café & Coffee shop. Multi purpose Meetings Room including use by the Swimming Club.
02 6494 3100
Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre
The Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre will entertain and educate the whole family. It has live aquaria, a very popular touch tank where you can get up close and personal with live marine animals, beautiful video footage, microscopes, a beach combing table and loads of information about the temperate marine environment.
With qualified marine scientists on staff, there are indoor and outdoor activities that will fill the family with wonder: enjoy a Rocky Shore Ramble or guided Snorkel Tour or the kids can participate in indoor educational craft activities during school holidays.
Located in the popular Snug Cove Wharf precinct, the Centre is open from 10am – 3pm Tuesday to Saturday during School Holidays and 11am – 2pm Tuesday to Friday during school term (closed Public Holidays). The Centre will open outside these hours for a booking of 10 or more.
The Centre is a rarity where children are not only allowed to touch the exhibits but are actively encouraged to do so.
“The kids were so entertained with hands-on activities, the touch tank is the best!”
Fabulous 27 tank Aquarium showcasing the local marine life of the South Coast. From sharks to shrimps, the octopus to the tropical fish. It’s all on display in our living theatre of the deep and a fantastic ocean tank.
Open Daily 10am-5pm
02 6495 4446
Bega Cheese Heritage Centre
The Heritage Centre is a faithful reproduction of one of the first buildings to be constructed on the Bega Cheese site in 1899. The Heritage Centre has a comprehensive display of cheese and butter making equipment from the turn of the 19th Century, giving visitors the chance to see how early farmers in our region lived, worked and transported their wares. Pop in for a browse and purchase as we have great art and craft as well as souvenirs. You can dine in our café, sample local cheeses and try some of our delicious dairy products.
Oaklands Farm Trail Rides
Oaklands is home to several businesses, including the Oaklands Barn that carries a wide range of stock feeds, farm and landscaping supplies. There’s also a wonderful nursery and gift shop stocked with a huge range of plants and garden ornaments.The Young ones will really enjoy the animal nursery, where they can experience animals close up.
0450 797 310
The Ritzy Wine & Tapas Bar
A groovy wine bar offering Australian and European wines, a wide range of local and imported beers complimenting our delicious tapas menu.
Open Tuesday to Saturday 4pm – 12pm
Takes Reservations, Walk-Ins Welcome, Good For Groups, Good For Kids, Waiter Service and Outdoor Seating
Eden Killer Whale Museum
Eden’s History is steeped in the tradition of the sea & undoubtedly the most colourful era was that of the shore based whaling. Established in 1931 is one of the oldest museums in NSW and records for prosterity this incredible battle between intrepid men in rowboats and the leviathans of the Sea. Open Daily Mon-Sat 9.15am to 3.45pm Sun 11.15am to 3.45pm.
02 6496 2094
NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service – Merimbula
If you’re planning a visit to the parks of south-east NSW, make the Merimbula National Parks and Wildlife Office your first stop.Hours: 8.30 am to 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday. Open seven days during peak periods.
02 6495 5000
Wolumla Horse Riding Adventures
Whether its a riding lesson in the round yard, brushing up on skills in the arena or going on a trail ride, you will get a 360 degree view of the Bega Valley when you come for a ride at Wolumla Horse Riding Adventures.We are located in the middle of the beautiful Bega Valley at 292 Towridgee Lane between the picturesque village of Candelo and the old goldmining village of Wolumla.We offer a wide range of riding activities… lessons for children and adults tailored to suit you needs, saddle day camps for kids aged 6 and up , pony rides for the littlies under 6, arena classes, trail rides, overnight camp outs and scheduled trips to the Snowy Mountains where you can spot brumbies.
Mandeni Family Fun Park
Has it All Set on 600acres, this unique bush parkland setting is the perfect spot to bring the family and spend the day.* Water driving range *18 hole Mini Golf * 9 Hole Pitch and Putt * 9 Hole Golf Course * Club Hire and Lessons * group or private lessons *School Holiday Golf Clinics for kids and Lots more!! $25.00 a family ALL DAY bike or Golf!!!!
0403 706 692
The Montreal Goldfield, located approximately 7km north of spectacular Bermagui on the far south coast of NSW, offers a great outing for families, coach tour groups and individual sightseers. Follow boardwalks through the beautiful native forest, re-grown since the days of the gold-rush moonscape.
The Picture Show Man – Merimbula’s Cinema
The Picture Show Man Cinema is a modern independent twin cinema, locally owned and operated. We screen new release movies daily in air-conditioned comfort. Both cinemas are equipped with Dolby Digital Surround Sound. Tickets may be purchased for any programmed session in advance.
02 6495 3744
Magic Mountain Merimbula
Enjoy a full day of rides, thrills and spills at Merimbula’s iconic family fun park. Conquer the Diamond Python Rollercoaster, Drive the Mini Grand Prix Cars, Slide down the Doom Tube and Black Hole Waterslides, Cruise down the Toboggan Mountain Slide, Play Mini Golf, Discover the Triassic Dinosaur Park, Push the Toddler Town Cars, Bounce on the Jumping Castle and Whooo Hooo down the Magic Carpet Slide! Sooo many choices and sooo much fun. Bring a picnic, use the BBQs or grab lunch and a cuppa from the old Melbourne Tram.