Merimbula – derived from the Aboriginal word for ‘two lakes’ – is known as the ‘Heart of the Sapphire Coast’ and today a mecca for tourists far and wide. The attraction is its lakes and beaches that provide for all types of water activities, whether the visitor is experienced or a novice.
There’s also plenty on offer, just a short drive from of town. Visit a winery or an oyster farm, one of the neighbouring national parks, or tour amongst the hinterland, rolling hills and small country towns nearby – where you can learn more about the early pioneers in this district.
Close by are national parks offering a range of possibilities or special events that draw you to the area – the annual jazz festival, orchid shows, fishing competitions or the Merimbula Malibu or Classic wavesailing, kitesurfing and SUPs (stand up paddle) local festivals.
And, of course, there is wonderful seafood. Don’t miss out on locally grown oysters, mussels, crayfish and prawns – they’re good for body and soul! Too much indulgence on holidays? A gentle swim or walk along one of Merimbula’s many beaches, or a stroll along the boardwalk should help keep everything in balance. The Merimbula Boardwalk skirts the northern shores of the Top Lake section of Merimbula Lake and is a 3.5km round trip, broken by a coffee or icecream at the café in the middle!
Merimbula truly does have something to offer every visitor. From the kids’ delights at Magic Mountain, Mandeni, Merimbula Aquarium and Potoroo Palace, to grown-up pleasures – good wine, great food, galleries and golf – as well as the tranquil pace that clears the stresses of the world from your heart and mind.
Up for a challenge? Hard or soft adventure is everywhere. Hire a canoe or Kayak and explore the numerous lakes and inlets around Merimbula or join an experienced guide for a sea kayaking adventure that will get you hooked. Take a scenic flight that’s sure to take you breath away. Ride a stand-up paddle board… viewSee more
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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 and banksia trees. When the surf’s up in Merimbula, the boards and the bodies are a sparkling blend of bronze and white water, whilst the… viewSee more
Body & Soul
Enjoy this popular sport on magnificent greens where you can also barefoot or carpet bowl …See more
Surrounded by a bounty of fresh seafoods, Merimbula’s restaurants create their own style of flavours from fresh local produce.See more
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… viewSee more
Fishing on sand and gravel around the Bournda, Tura Beach, Merimbula Bay and the Pinnacles areas produces some of the best Flathead and Gummy Sharks on the NSW Coast. The Local Reefs Snapper, Morwong, Deep Sea Bream, Trevally, Nannygai, Leatherjacket, not to mention the many varieties of Wrasses and Gropers, are a bottom bouncer’s picnic,… viewSee more
Are you a keen runner or willing to have a go, then get set for Merimbula’s Parkrun…See more
The Sapphire Coast offers plenty of entertainment for young and old. With superb venues and locations you will be spoilt for choice. Whether it’s music, cinema, attractions, festivals, races, markets, galleries, wineries, water sports or nature-based activities your visit to our region will be rewarding and enriching.See more