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.
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.