There’s many reasons to visit Merimbula in the spring – about 25,000 in fact!
The annual whale migration brings these majestic mammals to our doorstep and we absolutely love it!!
..and we know you will too – there’s nothing quite like seeing the humpback highway for yourself.
Here’s our shortlist of experiences in Merimbula and surrounds this whale season…don’t forget to mention Merimbula Tourism when booking or visiting!
Also see our selected accommodation for a great deal on your stay.
Merimbula Marina – visit website
From fishing tours to whales & dolphin cruises, Merimbula Marina departs from Merimbula public jetty with a variety of tours. We’ve had a fantastic start to whale watching season and significant numbers of humpbacks are expected to be out on “the highway”, along with Southern Rights, Minke, Bryde’s, Blue and Orcas whales. Combined with a 100% guarantee you’ll see whales there’s no reason not to get out there, it really is a memorable experience.
Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre – visit website
Located in Eden, The Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre is an exciting hands-on experience for everyone; full of interesting, thought provoking marine displays and live exhibits.Holiday activities include the ever popular outdoor Rock Pool Rambles & Guided Snorkel tours. While indoors there is Fish Feeding Demonstrations, Art & Craft, a Touch Tank & much more.
Eden Killer Whale Museum – visit website
Explore the most incredible human and killer whale partnership and learn more about Eden’s fascinating history and whale hunting past. The Museum was originally built to house the skeleton of the orca “Old Tom” and tell the story of Old Tom and the other Killer whales of Eden.
Cat Balou Cruises – visit website
Get out on the water and get as close as possible to the whales – you might even get “mugged”! (That’s when whales have moved so close to the vessel, it cannot legally move). Cat Balou will cruise you out of the Port of Eden and right into the thick of the whale action for an intimate whale encounter.
Light2Light Coastal Walks – visit website
The “Light to Light” is fast heading up the shortlist of the Best Walks in Australia! This 3 day guided walk takes you on an adventure through some stunning wilderness coastline, taking in iconic sights such as Boyds Tower, Saltwater Creek Beach and Green Cape lighthouse along the way. Fully catered for including all meals and equipment, all you need to do is walk, enjoy the scenery and look out for whales along the way! Book online via their website.
Potoroo Palace – visit website
A sanctuary for both animals and people, grown over the years by a team of passionate staff and volunteers, Potoroo Palace is located a short drive from Merimbula and offers a wonderful Australian Wildlife experience and Wildlife Tours. You can also visit the cafe for a cup of coffee or lunch or even book a “hands on” wildlife encounter.
Dulcie’s Cottage – visit facebook page
Whale watching can make you thirsty and hungry! Drop into the totally unique Dulcie’s Cottage for a great burger – voted on Trip Advisor as Australia’s Best – and wash it down with a wine, a craft beer or a cocktail. Located at the top of town in Merimbula, Dulcie’s has also been voted “Best Regional Bar in Australia” – that’s two very good ‘bests’ to have in our book!
Narooma Tours – visit website
Most definitely worth the one and a half hour drive up the coast to take one of these award-winning tours. Snorkel with the seals, go penguin spotting, whale watching or learn about historic Montague Island which has twice been voted Australia’s Top Eco Destination. Genuinely fantastic experiences you’ll remember for a lifetime! Book online via their website.