Merimbula is on the far NSW South Coast and six hours’ drive from Sydney, 6 h 45 min from Melbourne and three hours from Canberra. Town is located on the Merimbula Lake. Merimbula has five main beaches—Main Beach (or Merimbula Beach), Mitchies Jetty, Bar Beach, Spencer Park Beach and Short Point. Main Beach and Short Point are considered to be the best beaches for surfing, whilst Bar Beach is used for snorkelling. Other activities include whale watching, fishing, kite surfing and boating.
Some of the attractions which we found were interesting ones are
- Turingal Head Picnic Area
- State East Forests National Park
- Old School Museum
- Rotary Walk
- Spencer Park Beach
- Mitch’s Jetty
- Short Point
- Middle Beach
- Ford Park
- Ben Boyd National Park
- Bar Beach
- Merimbula Aquarium
- Potoroo Palace Native Animal Sanctuary
- Tura Beach & Country Club
- Bournda National Park
- Pambula Merimbula Golf Club
- Merimbula Boardwalk
- Magic Mountain
Merimbula town is forms around the Lake which is the hub of recreational activity. Newly developed boat ramp and a series of artificial reefs, make fishing within the Merimbula Lake a great experience.
The Merimbula Boardwalk is suitable for walkers of any age. Following the shoreline of the inlet; the boardwalk is at less than a metre above the high tide mark ensuring a flat and safe walk all the way. Plenty of information signage about the wild life of the area and seating for those choosing to take a rest. On arrival at the western end of the boardwalk is an excellent coffee shop. Enjoy a refreshing coffee before your return walk.
While staying at Merimbula a great morning exercise routine should include a walk/run along the boardwalk. We started the 3.5km (return) walk from the bridge. With the bellbirds singing we watched out for fish and stingrays in the water along a well-maintained track of boardwalk and sandy path.
Merimbula is close to Bournda National Park, South East Forest National Park and the northern end of Ben Boyd National Parks. A coastal walk running through Bournda National Park from Tathra to Tura Beach just north of Merimbula takes in coastal scenery. You can take short walks which are easy with kids and family can enjoy local wildlife which was fascinating for my kids.
Family vacation still can be loading the kids in the car and heading to the nearest coastal town. We are lucky in Australia to have so many places like this where you can have plenty of fun with your little ones. Merimbula offers all those activities where you can have fun filled family holidays. For more detail shots please check out our Photography page 🙂