Relax on beautiful Pambula Beach, spot dolphins and stingrays on the Pambula River walking track, and taste delicious local oysters in marvellous Pambula, on the far NSW South Coast. You’ll see ancient Aboriginal sites near the river and admire colonial buildings in the enchanting historic village.

  • Barmouth Beach, Ben Boyd National Park
  • Barmouth Beach, Ben Boyd National Park

About Pambula

Discover beautiful beaches, sparkling waterways, succulent oysters and important heritage in Pambula, a historic village on the Sapphire Coast between Eden and Merimbula. There are colonial buildings, classic pubs, delightful cafes and restaurants, and boutiques and an artisan bakery.

Pambula Beach is a fine sandy stretch with rolling waves and azure sea. On the southern side of Pambula River is pretty Severs Beach, in the northern section of Ben Boyd National Park. Enjoy fishing and kayaking, and amble on a boardwalk past ancient Aboriginal middens dating back 3,500 years.

Pambula River walking track, Ben Boyd National Park

Explore the riverbank and coastal woodlands on the Pambula River walking track, a gentle trail with vistas of Severs Beach. You might even spot dolphins and sea eagles hunting fish. The pristine waters of Pambula Lake and Merimbula Lake are part of Australia’s Oyster Coast and produce plump oysters.

You’ll find a number of oyster tours, including Captain Sponge’s Magical Oyster Tours and at the oyster farms of Broadwater Oysters and Wheeler’s Oysters, which has Wheeler’s Seafood Restaurant. Places to stay suit various budgets and check out the events calendar - Pambula Show is a fun family day.

The town's name is derived from the local Aboriginal word ‘panboola’, which means ‘two waters’ or ‘meeting of waters’. You can explore the Panboola Wetlands, a sanctuary that begins at the bottom of Pambula's main street. There's also a fascinating colonial goldmining heritage in Pambula.

On the spectacular far NSW South Coast, Pambula is six hours’ drive from Sydney. The drive from Melbourne is 6 h 45 min and from Canberra three hours. You also can fly from Sydney or Melbourne to Merimbula Airport and rent a car for the short drive to Pambula.

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 north. 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.

Free Spirit Airlines operate between Melbourne and Merimbula on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. They also operate a shuttle service between Merimbula Airport and Bega, Narooma, Batemans Bay and Moruya. 
  1. Pambula Beach

    Pambula is famous for its stunning river mouth, which borders Ben Boyd National Park and it also boasts a patrolled beach and an off-leash area for pets.There is also a children’s playground, picnic areas,...

  2. Pambula River Mouth

    Nestled on the inside of Pambula Beach's southern headland, Pambula River mouth is beautifully sheltered from wind and swell coming from the south. Oddly for a beach with southerly protection, the river mouth works...

  3. Pambula River Walking Track

    If you’re after a feeling of tranquillity, this peaceful walk meanders gently along the Pambula riverbank. Offering charming river vistas, it winds through coastal woodland to a lookout with scenic views across Severs...

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