Enjoy the delights of beautiful Merimbula, from gorgeous beaches and shimmering lakes to delicious fresh seafood and award-winning restaurant Zanzibar. This charming seaside town on the far NSW South Coast is perfect for water sports and there is also an aquarium and wildlife sanctuary to explore.
With beautiful ocean beaches and tranquil coastal lakes, Merimbula is an enchanting seaside town on the sparkling Sapphire Coast. Wonderful things to do and see include a range of water sports, whale watching, exploring an aquarium and wildlife sanctuary, and tasting delicious fresh seafood.
On Australia’s Oyster Coast, Merimbula is derived from a local Aboriginal word meaning ‘two lakes’, a reference to Merimbula Lake on the southern side of the town and the smaller Back Lake on the northern side. The calm waterways are popular for sailing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding.
You’ll find accommodation options to suit various budgets and check out the events calendar for festivals and shows, including Eat Merimbula. Enjoy local seafood and produce at a delicious range of restaurants. Zanzibar consistently wins awards in The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide.
Beaches are a major attraction, with Merimbula Main Beach stretching 6 km. The sandbank at the northern end creates a lovely wave for surfers. Short Point enjoys good waves, too. Bar Beach is great for snorkelling. Spencer Park Beach is ideal for families with kids and there’s a playground.
At Merimbula Aquarium you’ll discover a colourful array of sea creatures. At Potoroo Palace wildlife sanctuary you can amble among kangaroos and touch a snake. A range of tours are available, including fishing charters, whale-watching cruises and diving and snorkelling experiences.
You’ll be delighted with walking trails too, such as the lakeside Merimbula Boardwalk and just north in Bournda National Park, home to Wallagoot Lake. Merimbula is on the far NSW South Coast and six hours’ drive from Sydney, 6 h 45 min from Melbourne and three hours from Canberra. You can also fly to Merimbula Airport.