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Distance & Driving times from major cities
Sydney to Merimbula
450kms - 6:10 hours
Canberra to Merimbula
255kms - 3:15 hours
Melbourne to Merimbula
580Kms - 7 hours
Closest Capital City:
Canberra 255kms
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Activities: Golf, Tennis, Bike Riding, Bush Walking, Whale Watching, Swimming, Surfing, wind Surfing, Sailing, Fishing, Horse Riding, Bird Watching, Art Galleries, Shopping, 4wd tours, Mountain Biking
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About Merimbula

Merimbula is an attractive seaside holiday resort. As you approach the township the brilliant blue of the sea is laid out in front of you. Pelicans paddle around the lake and the oyster beds. Located between Tathra and Pambula about 470 km south of Sydney on the south coast Merimbula offers fabulous clean beaches, a lagoon and lakes all with sparkling white sand, and edged by bushland that extends up into the surrounding mountains.

There is so much to do in Merimbula making it the ideal family holiday destination. Take a walk along the boardwalk at Top Lake or enjoy a ride along the bike path to Pambula. Relax on a boat and explore the stunning coastline or cast a line and catch a game fish or something for dinner. Go whale watching, swimming, surfing, wind surfing, canoeing, diving or bush walking.

Main Beach offers 5 kilometres of beach ideal for surfing, fishing or beach combing, Short Point and Tura Beach have exquisite tea trees, flowering heaths and banksia trees bordering them. These areas of heathland and forest provide an ideal habitat for the native wildlife. For bird watchers this is a wonderful area or just enjoy a bush walk between the beaches.

From September to November Merimbula is a wonderful location to watch the whales as they migrate south to the Antarctic. Fur seals, little penguins and dolphins are also frequent visitors to the Merimbula coastline.

There area ideal picnic spots all around Merimbula with spectacular views. For the golf enthusiast there are several courses in the area offering magnificent coastal views. The hinterland surrounding Merimbula is perfect for bush walkers, or explore it on a four wheel drive forest tour. The forests are full of wild flowers including rock orchids in spring and large flocks of birds especially the colourful rainbow lorikeets can be found in the tall eucalypts looking for blossoms.

Merimbula is a very modern holiday resort town with mini golf and video game arcades. The main activities for visitors, are fishing, swimming, surfing, boating, lake cruises, scuba diving, sail boarding, canoeing.

Places to visit

There are several beaches in the Merimbula area including Main Beach, Tura Beach, Middle Beach, Short Point, Spencer Park and Bar Beach. The beaches around the lake foreshores are gentle and ideal for families with young children. For surfers there are several beaches along the coast offering the ideal spot to catch a wave. Some of the beaches are patrolled by life guards during the summer months and BBQ facilities, changerooms and toilets are available at some beaches. Tura Beach has a golf course which was designed by Peter Thomson and features a very luxurious club house.

Bournda National Park
Bournda National Park is well known for its fossils. It stretches along the coastline and consists of steep cliffs and rugged rock outcrops. There are also fabulous surfing and fishing beaches within the park.

Magic Mountain Recreation Park
Located on the Tura Beach Rd north of the township of Merimbula is Magic Mountain Recreation Park. It has 2 water slides, a mini golf course, pools and toboggan run. There is also several bushwalking tracks, and native flora and fauna in the surrounding parklands.

Munn Tower House
The Maizena cornflour company, was established by Matthew Munn in 1865. In about 1870 he constructed 'Courunga' a large stone cottage which is known as the Munn Tower House. It has become a well known landmark in Merimbula.

With several specialty shops offering unique crafts and souvenirs as well as a good range of fashion shops Merimbula is a shop-a-holics delight .

The Museum and Historic Buildings
Located in Main Street the old stone building which houses the museum was originally the Public School in 1873. This is believed to be one of only three examples of a school containing both classrooms and the teacher's residence remaining in New South Wales.

Wallagoot Lagoon
Ideal for canoeing, sailing, water skiing, power boating, wind surfing, fishing, swimming or a relaxed family picnic Wallagoot Lagoon is located about 12 kms north of Merimbula.


The climate is mediterranean. Typical summer and winter temperatures are:

Average Winter temperatures: 4 degrees Celsius to 17 degrees Celsius
Average Summer temperature: 13 degrees Celsius to 25 degrees Celsius

Getting there

By Car
Merimbula is located just off the Princes Highway about halfway between Melbourne and Sydney

  • From Sydney take the Princes highway and follow the road along the picturesque coastline.
  • From Melbourne the New South Wales South Coast can be accessed either via Sale along the coast using the Princes Highway or via Canberra.
  • From Canberra travel via Queanbeyan along the Kings Highway.

By Air
Air services are available to Merimbula airport from Sydney and Melbourne. Car hire is available. Regional Express has services to these airports from Sydney. For more details see

By Bus/Coach
Interstate bus services operate daily.

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Art With Attitude - Merimbula
They stock original locally painted artworks and prints, hand made jewellery and glassware from Bulgaria and Poland, locally made ceramics and beautiful Australian made pieces and also stunning  hand made felted items from Nepal.