Surf, seafood & a slower pace

Merimbula is an enchanting seaside town on the sparkling Sapphire Coast that offers rugged ocean beaches and tranquil coastal lakes. Wonderful things to do and see here include a range of water sports, whale watching, exploring an aquarium and wildlife sanctuary, and tasting the best local seafood.

Scenic coastal views across Merimbula Bay from Merimbula wharf in Merimbula, Sapphire Coast

Merimbula Wharf, Merimbula


Beaches & waterways

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. These calm waterways on Australia’s Oyster Coast are popular with adventurous types who like to sail, kayak and stand-up paddleboard.

Short Point Beach at Merimbula in Sapphire Coast, South Coast

Short Point Beach, Merimbula - Credit: David Rogers

Beaches are a major attraction. Surfers like the 6km Merimbula Main Beach – when the swell is pumping, the sandbank at the northern end of Main Beach creates a good break. Short Point has consistent surf and million dollar views. Bar Beach is great for snorkelling, and shallow Spencer Park Beach and playground is ideal for families.

Scenic views of Merimbula Bay and Boggy Creek from Bar Beach, Merimbula

Bar Beach, Merimbula

Things to do

Discover a colourful array of sea creatures at Merimbula Aquarium, located on a horizontal rock shelf that juts out to sea. Wildlife abounds at Potoroo Palace, a sanctuary where you can amble amid kangaroos and touch a snake. An exciting range of tours is also available, from fishing charters to whale-watching cruises, diving and snorkelling.

Charge your fitness tracker as there are lots of walking trails around Merimbula, too. The lakeside Merimbula Boardwalk is sign-posted with information on the local marine life. Listen out for the lyrebirds along the 1.2km Goodenia Rainforest Walking Track. Just north is Bournda National Park and shimmering Wallagoot Lake.

Sample local seafood and produce at a range of restaurants, like Dulcie’s Cottage, housed in a 1925 weatherboard. Check out the events calendar for a colourful line-up of local festivals and shows, including Eat Merimbula.

Friends enjoying food and drink at Dulcie's Cottage, Merimbula

Dulcies Cottage, Merimbula

Getting there 

Merimbula is just under six hours’ drive from Sydney, 7hr 30min from Melbourne and three hours from Canberra. You can also fly into Merimbula Airport and hire a care to explore the region. You’ll find accommodation options to suit various budgets, from resorts and beach houses to waterfront holiday parks.


Merimbula Airport

Fly into Merimbula Airport

Merimbula Airport is located 2km 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.

Qantas operates direct flights from Sydney to Merimbula four times a week. Regional Express flies to Sydney and Melbourne up to five days a week, with some flights travelling via Moruya.

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