Merimbula Marina operates multiple cruises each day during September to November. We are a family owned and operated business and believe in responsible and respectful whale watching practices. We have a deep love of the ocean and all its amazing creatures and enjoy sharing this with our passengers.
We have been operating our vessel True Blue from Merimbula for over 10 years. She is a 16 metre Super Sea Cat with three unobstructed 360 degree viewing decks to whale watch from. She has both indoor and outdoor seating and onboard toilets. Live and informative whale commentary and morning or afternoon tea is provided. You are also likely to see other whales like Southern Rights, Minkes, Bryde’s, Blue and Orcas and marine life like dolphins, sea turtles, Australian Fur Seals, a bounty of sea birds and more from the boat.
Launched in May 2015 “Sensational” is the Sapphire Coast’s newest and fastest whale watching experience! She is a fast, economical eco-RIB. With real 360 degree water level viewing this vessel allows you to get up close and personal with the whales!
Check out our daily photos and whale reports on our facebook page www.facebook.com/Merimbulamarina. Like our page and download photos taken from your cruise for free!
Sapphire Coast Regional Airport
The gateway to the Sapphire Coast and all its attractions. Enjoy a coffee and a snack in our friendly coffee lounge prior to departure on one of our regular Rex services • Daily services to Sydney and Melbourne• Flight bookings • Coffee shop • Hire cars • Security parking • Scenic flights
Coastlife Adventures – Surfing Lessons, Stand Up Paddling & Ocean Kayak Tours
Get energised, have a laugh and learn a new skill in the sun with Coastlife Adventures. Join a learn to surf lesson, a stand up paddle session or an ocean kayak adventure with our qualified and experienced instructors. All equipment is provided for all our activities. Coastlife Adventures are also an Outdoor Education Company providing coastal camps and multi-day expeditions to school groups throughout the year.
02 6494 1122, 1300 762 993
Fishpen Charters Merimbula
Departing from Merimbula’s iconic Mitchie’s Jetty and offering the ultimate fishing adventure. We cater for the novice to the experienced fisher, specialising in reef and fun-filled family trips. Broadbill is a fully-surveyed stable vessel with experienced and friendly skippers. Your catch is cleaned and ready for the pan! Your enjoyment and safety is our priority, therefore, we DO NOT fish in rough weather. During Sept/Oct/Nov the annual migration of the mighty humpback whales takes place just off the coast of Merimbula, an encounter with these truly awesome creatures is an experience that will not be easily forgotten on board Broadbill. Trips depart from Mitchies Jetty on Fishpen Road.
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.
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
Captain Sponges Magical Oyster Tours
Unique oyster experience, on the lake,pristine water, immersed in nature, world famous oysters, taste, tour , learn, laugh,relax…. Discover the secrets of beautiful Pambula Lake, learn about oyster farming, the river estuary and more aboard our oversized oyster punt.
- Authentic oyster farm experience
- Shuck and taste on the water
- Nature and cultural sights
- Morning and afternoon cruises
- Group charter by appointment
- Minimum 6 persons, max 23
Learn about oyster farming in the area, its’ history, modern techniques and biology. Sample the world renowned Pambula Lake Sydney Rock oyster as fresh as can be – straight from the waters of the lake. Get a crash course in oyster husbandry and inspect the native Angasi species of oyster which are also grown on the farm. Once the oysters are aboard then it is time to set sail downstream to the scenic meandering Pambula river where ancient aboriginal middens dot the steep tree-studded banks whilst White bellied sea eagles circle overhead. Geology of the area is also a fascinating feature of the tour. Another downstream stop to see how the catching of oysters is done before heading back to the jetty. Tours take approximately 1.5 hours. Sunscreen and hat are advised. Something warm to wear in case the wind picks up. Light refreshments available
South East Tours & Transfers
Local Tours & Transfers
Wheelers Oysters – Oyster Farm & Seafood Restaurant
Set in a picturesque location, our landmark restaurant offers our own famous oysters as well as all the best quality local seafood from our region. Our menu has many non-seafood options with kids menus also available. You can browse through and purchase in our retail shop or take a tour of our farm operations where you will discover how oysters are grown, processed and packaged. Find out how to prepare and cook oysters plus get the opportunity to taste a variety of cooked and natural oysters – Tours operate Monday to Saturday at 11am only. Open for lunch and dinner, we also cater for group bookings. A visit will have your tastebuds melting.
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
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.
Merimbula Air Services
Be amazed and take 1 of 20 different scenic flight tours around the stunning Sapphire Coast. Prices start from just $45pp. Or you may wish to choose the Gabo Island Adventure which includes a guided walk and Lighthouse tour. Your experienced pilots can even take you on a LOW LEVEL beach patrol flight which gives you the opportunity to see dolphins, schools of fish and whales (during their migration). Gift Vouchers and Flight Certificates (for the kids) are also available. For your next adventure contact Merimbula Air Services. Specialists in charters and flight training.
Burnima – Historic 1800’s Country Homestead
Burnima Homestead was built in 1896 for grazier Mr Henry Tollemache Edwards. By Frederick Young of Queanbeyan (builder of “Yarralumla”, residence of the Governor General). It is situated 5 miles from the Bombala township on the Bombala River, famous for its trout and platypus.
The homestead is a Victorian Gothic style two storied mansion comprising of some 32 rooms, including ten bed rooms, formal sitting rooms, dining room, drawing room, smoking and billiard room and servants quarters. The 6 acre gardens are set out with trees, pines, conifers, spruces, cedars from every part of the world . The torolosas hedge bounds the tennis court separating the period stables from the formal garden. Remnants of the original orchard still bear fruit that once supplied the homestead pantry.
This is a complete and fine example of a working Victorian homestead; such an atmosphere is created that once you enter the grounds through the formal carriage way you step back to 1890. The opulence of the homestead and the tranquillity of the gardens place you in an era long gone.
The turn of the century brought great changes, the industrial revolution,WW1 saw a definite decline in the traditional Victorian Formality, then the Great Depression and by the time of the second world War the Formal Victorian Class had all but disappeared . Burnima was in the height of the Victorian era and this Wealth and Formality was upheld by the last residing family member Miss Edith Edwards until her passing in 1952. This lends to the homesteads originality to this day.
The Estate was once self-sufficient so it will delight students, garden lovers and historians alike, with the examples of early farm machinery, engines, carriages, black smith shop, stables and various out buildings. Burnima Estate is 2hrs from Canberra and half way between Sydney and Melbourne, it makes a pleasant days outing. I encourage you to visit and experience a rare example of an early Australian Homestead and Estate.
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
Rathlin II Fishing Charters
Game, Deep Sea & Reef Fishing. Rathlin II is a luxuriously appointed 41ft Steber with twin diesel and the latest technology in fish finding and navigation equipment. Locally owned and operated with a skipper that has 25 years international commercial fishing experience. Charter Fare includes: Bait & Tackle, Quality overhead and spinning reels and rods, professional quality game reels, both stand-up and chair rods, tea & coffee, snacks fish are cleaned, no fishing licence required.
Kiah Wilderness Tours
Kiah Wilderness Tours offer 2 different ½ day tours for up to six (6) people (minimum 2) departing from – and returning to – our lovely grassed picnic area by the river. No experience required and we don’t rush so if you want to stop and take photos or to fish or for a swim – just tell us. The river is dotted with little sandy beaches so it’s easy to stop at your request.
We can go upriver – where the waters slowly become fresher and the azure kingfishers and other small birds are often seen. Gippsland water dragons can be spotted, basking on fallen trees soaking up the sun.
Or we can go downriver – where the water becomes clearer, and you might spot a stingray or a flathead as you paddle over their hideout in the sand. The river turns salty and widens as it gets closer to Twofold Bay.
Cat Balou Eden
Join the multi award winning vessel CAT BALOU for a memorable cruise around historic Twofold Bay, Eden, one of the deepest natural harbours in the world. Watch majestic Humpback whales during spring with NSW’s most experienced whale watching operators who offer a whale guarantee on all cruises. Twofold Bay Discovery Cruises operate throughout the year with so much to see! View Boyd’s Tower, Seahorse Inn – Boydtown, Edrom Lodge, the naval wharf, Eden’s woodchip mill, mussel farms and our fishing fleet. Experience nature at its best with dolphins and seals seen on most cruises. Cat Balou is a modern 75 passenger catamaran providing live commentary and complimentary refreshments on all cruises. In 2013 our vessel received a prestigious ‘Certificate of Excellence’ award from Trip Advisor reflecting customer satisfaction and was the gold winner for ecotourism in the South Coast Tourism Awards. Get on board and book today.
Merimbula Stand Up Paddle Lessons and Tours
Feel inspired as you glide across the crystal-clear waters of the far south coast with Merimbula Stand Up Paddle Lessons and Tours. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of our waterways with breathtaking mountain backdrops or cruise the exquisite coastline and absorb life’s most inspirational offers.
We are SUP enthusiasts who are here to help you. Steve is our fully qualified ASI stand up paddle instructor focused on providing a relaxed and safe environment for you to enjoy. Bring the family along, it’s an uplifting experience you can enjoy together!
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.