Pambula is a historic village between Merimbula and Eden on the Sapphire Coast of NSW. The intimate main street with its colonial buildings is its heart, and a stone’s throw away is Panboola Wetlands, a glorious sanctuary brimming with birdlife. The 77-hectare wetland begins at the bottom of the main street and is a thriving freshwater billabong with walking and cycling tracks, viewing platforms and place to sit and relax.

Pambula River Walking Track - Ben Boyd National Park

Things to do

Explore the riverbank and coastal woodlands on the Pambula River Walking Trackin Ben Boyd National Park, a gentle trail along the river bank with views across the river to Severs Beach. At Severs Beach, also in Ben Boyd National Park, you can stroll on a boardwalk past 3,500 year old Aboriginal middens. For a short but beautiful walk in ancient rainforest, head inland to the Goodenia Rainforest in the South East Forest National Park.

Pambula Beach is popular with surfers, families and beach walkers, with another popular break located at Jiguma. Apart from all the aquatic activities in the area, Pambula also has an exceptional golf course, the Pambula Merimbula Golf Club.

For animal lovers, visit Potoroo Palace Native Animal Sanctuary north of Merimbula on the road to Bega, and kids will love the farm animals at Oaklands Barn. Oaklands is where Pambula was established in 1833 and you can stay in the original Homestead.

Couple enjoying a paddle on Pambula River, Pambula, South Coast

Wine and dine

The pristine waters of Pambula Lake and Merimbula Lake are part of Australia’s Oyster Coast and produce premium oysters. You’ll find a number of oyster tours, like Captain Sponge’s Magical Oyster Tours, and you can visit farms such as Broadwater Oysters and Wheeler’s, which also has Wheeler’s Seafood Restaurant.

Pambula also has the fine dining restaurant Banksia, located in the heritage-listed Old Pambula Bank, the vibrant Toast café with its cosy courtyard, and the popular Longstocking Brewery & Oyster Bar, with beer, cocktails and wine, as well as good food, live music and woodfired pizzas.

Friends sharing Seafood at Wheeler's Seafood Restaurant and Take Away in Pambula, Merimbula & Sapphire Coast, South Coast

Getting there and where to stay

Pambula is six hours’ drive from Sydney , 6hr 45min from Melbourne and three hours from Canberra. You can also fly from Sydney or Melbourne to Merimbula Airport and rent a car for the short drive to Pambula. 

There are several places to stay including motels, holiday parks, cottages including the elegant Oaklands Homestead, and for glamping in the bush, Currajong Retreat is exceptional.

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.

Things to Do and Places to Stay