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.
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!”
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
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.
Potoroo Palace Native Animal Sanctuary
Potoroo Palace is a not-for-profit animal sanctuary that is home to many species of Australian animals.
Many of the animals at the sanctuary are native to the Merimbula area and some are very rare now.
Savour the rare opportunity to see a koala, wander among the kangaroos, touch a snake, stroll through the cooling mist of the walk-through aviary, feed an emu or grab a snack for yourself at the Blue Wren Café.
Open 7 days per week throughout the year from 10am to 4pm (closed Christmas Day).
There are Educational Talks at 11am & 2pm and train rides.
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
Brogo Wilderness Canoes
See sheer cliffs, rock orchids and abundant wildlife from a perfect vantage point on the water. Go ashore and explore forest gullies or take a picnic to a secluded spot.
Our 2 or 3 person canoes are equipped with all safety gear.
Brogo Dam has an extensive catchment running back into the magnificent Brogo Wilderness area. The waterways are pristine, with gorges rising 180 feet high in Nelsons Creek. The backwaters are a haven for local native birdlife.
02 6492 7328
Fish Finders Australia
Fishing is a fun, stress-relieving activity that can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities. Our goal at Fish Finders Australia is to provide the best marine and fishing educational programs to children and adults of all ages. Our programs offer the opportunity for participants to discover the ‘essence of fishing and the environment’. It is fun, it is interactive and above all, it is entertaining!
Fish Finders Australia provide services such as Kids Fishing Birthday Parties, Junior Fishing Club, Private Individual, Family or Group fishing lessons for beginners through to advanced…and so much more! All equipment is provided!
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.
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.
Mudd Monsters Obstacle Park
Mudd monsters obstacle park is bringing the sport of obstacle racing to the Bega Valley for all our community to enjoy.
Obstacle racing is a sport in which you run/walk on a set course and overcome physically and mentally challenging obstacles along the way. These obstacle include mud and lots of it.
Mudd monsters will provide children aged 0-15 years with a day full of awesome muddy fun.
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
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
Sapphire Aquatic Centre – Pambula
Sapphire Aquatic Centre is the only indoor heated Aquatic and Leisure Facility in the Bega Valley. We are open all year round and offer something for everyone. Our facilities include a 25m x 6 lane lap pool with accessible ramp entry, a multi-purpose program pool with accessible ramp entry, a children’s splash pool with water play features, kiosk, fully equipped gym, as well as a variety of aqua and group fitness classes. We also have a range of casual entry and membership options available.
We are open 7 days per week: 6.00am to 7.00pm Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm Saturday,and 10.00am to 5.00pm Sunday and Public Holidays (Closed Good Friday & Christmas Day).
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
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.
Narooma Tours and Charter Fish Narooma offer fully catered trips ranging from 2 to 9 hours wether fishing, diving, snorkelling, whale watching, Montague Island Guided Tours, Lighthouse Tours, Evening Penguin tours or a mix of all our options.
Playstation is a 9.8 metre purpose built fishing and tour boat, with toilet and cooking facilities.
Narooma Tours and Charter Fish Narooma uses the latest top quality gear available from our fishing tackle, lures to electronics.
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.
Sundeck Cafe Merimbula
Come and relax, great coffee!
Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner & drinks, book a table!
Great spot for groups, families (outdoor playground) Outdoor Seating area available
0421 738 904
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.
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.