Adventure in Merimbula & the Sapphire Coast

The main coastal towns of the NSW Sapphire Coast include Bermagui, Tathra, Merimbula and Eden. This stunning coastline has sparkling beaches and bays, lakes and national parks, all accessible via excellent walking tracks and coastal drives. You'll find beaches just perfect for surfing, swimming and walks.

  • Merimbula Beach, Sapphire Coast
  • Bournda National Park

About Merimbula

Clustered around Merimbula Lake, the beachside town of Merimbula is a haven for holidaymakers. The name ‘Merimbula’ comes from an Aboriginal word meaning ‘two lakes’, with Merimbula Lake in the middle of the town and the smaller Black Lake to the town’s north. Merimbula is the largest of the Sapphire Coast’s towns; nearby towns include Tathra to the north and Pambula, which is just around the bay to the south.

With the gorgeous waters of the Sapphire Coast laid out across the town’s five beaches, the 6 km Main Beach, also known as Merimbula Beach, is ideal for surfing, as is Short Point. The calm, clear waters of Bar Beach are great for snorkelling, and Middle Beach, just north of the headland, is the ideal spot to learn to surf. Tura Beach boasts some of the best views of the Sapphire Coast, with a lovely walk running from Tathra to the beach. The iconic Mitchies Jetty, complete with a weatherboard boatshed, is a favourite among locals, and the calm waters here are ideal for the kids to have a paddle, as is the shallow, waveless Spencer Park Beach, which also has a playground.

Bournda National Park, Sapphire Coast

Merimbula is a popular spot for a large range of water activities. Go fishing, kayaking, canoeing and kitesurfing, boating, swimming, surfing and whale watching (between May and November).

The hinterland surrounding Merimbula has superb bushwalks with marked trails. The natural forests burst into bloom in spring with abundant native flora. The beautiful Bournda National Park, which brackets Merimbula Lake, is a haven for birds and for the kangaroos and wallabies that graze on its shores. Walk along the coast from Tathra to Tura Beach, with spectacular views, or take a dip in the placid Bournda Lagoon. The northern section of Ben Boyd National Park is just south of nearby Pambula, where you can see breathtaking views from Haycock Point.

  • Tathra Oysters, Tathra

    Local Produce & Seafood

    The beautiful waters of the NSW Sapphire Coast have been producing award-winning oysters for generations. Oysters from this region are highly-acclaimed, and are an exquisite blend of creaminess, sweetness and saltiness. You can enjoy them from Bermagui to Tathra, Merimbula and Pambula to Wonboyn.

  • Ben Boyd National Park, Merimbula

    Nature and Parks

    Discover the coastal wilderness of the Sapphire Coast in the region's spectacular national parks such as Ben Boyd National Park, Bournda National Park, and Mimosa Rocks National Park. Enjoy ever-changing views through heathland, forest, and red-rock platforms on the coastal Light to Light Walk.

  • Freedom Charters, Eden

    Whale Watching in Eden

    Superb lookouts and photographic opportunities can be found between May and November along the coastline of Ben Boyd National Park. Highlights include Aragunnu, Picnic Point, Middle Beach and Wajurda Point, with expansive views along the coast for spotting humpback whales and southern right whales.

Fly into Merimbula Airport

Merimbula Airport is located 2 km from Merimbula’s town centre. Use the taxi services available at the terminal to make the short trip south. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

Regional Express operates daily direct flights to and from Sydney and Melbourne, in addition to weekly direct flights to and from Moruya. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney or Melbourne to travel into Merimbula.


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