Merimbula's magic begins with a first glimpse of the beaches, brilliant beneath the bright sunshine.
Merimbula has always been a beautiful place of sheltered waters and seafood feasts. The Yuin People were the first to harvest and share oysters, fish and more, with middens dating back thousands of years still still visible on the lake’s edge.
In 1797, it was discovered by two very young English men, Bass and Flinders, who sailed from Sydney in a well fitted whale boat. While here and while they rowed further south, they became convinced there was a body of water that separated Tasmania from the mainland – the Bass Strait.
Today it’s still easy to find a deserted beach, drop a line and catch a fish here, and the heart of the town beats with the rhythm of the tides. Nearby Bournda and Ben Boyd National Parks offer even more unspoilt exploration while back in town special events include the annual jazz festival, surfing competitions and celebrations of food.
- Award winning oysters, mussels, crayfish and prawns.
- Stroll the Merimbula Boardwalk, a 3.5km round trip, with a café in the middle. In Spring, take the Long Point walking track to spot whales.
- Kayak, SUP or snorkel in the protected lake waters.
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Kayak, fish or scuba dive in the lake or out a little wider. In spring whale watching is a must do activity. You can take a charter or look for them from shore, and if you stay on dry land you can spot them while bushwalking along Long Point, parked at Short Point or over lunch at the Merimbula Aquarium and Wharf Restaurant.
Forage for local produce and make the most of the coastal walks dotted all around Merimbula from Rotary Walk to Fishpen, or head north to Bournda National Park with its coastal lagoons and intricate chain of walking trails.
Experience Merimbula by air on a scenic joy flight or enjoy the magical experience of whale watching from September – November when whales bask in our southern waters. Seals, penguins and dolphins are regualr visitors and you may spot a seal basking near the Merimbula Bridge.
The newly opened Magic Mountain Tree Climb Challenge has over 30 challenges, shared between three graded courses, and a skills centre to introduce you to the challenges you will encounter among the tree tops. Kids must be over 10 years.
Merimbula’s restaurants create their own style of flavours from fresh local produce.
Picturesque esplanade and intriguing alleys make Merimbula are just the beginning of an adventure in food discovery. Take your pick from first class cafes, restaurants and clubs, featuring cosmopolitan menus.
Merimbula’s Main Beach has five kilometres to explore which takes you all the way to Pambula Beach. Short Point and Tura Beach are pristine with an intricate web of tea trees broken by flowering heaths and banksia trees. Bar Beach and Spencer Park are great for families.
When the surf’s up in Merimbula, the boards and the bodies are a sparkling blend of bronze and white water, and every weekend the lake is popular with SUPers.
The golf clubs in Merimbula are complete with their resident kangaroos and magnificent coastal views.
Golf tournaments of national significance are annual events, with bowling and tennis competitions also on the calendar.
Merimbula’s National Parks
Life beyond the beach is a bushwalkers paradise. National Parks abound in all directions with marked trails through astonishing ever changing landscapes of geological diversity. The surrounding hinterland is superb for bushwalkers, or can be explored on a four wheel drive forest tour.
Imagine the forests full of flowers in the springtime, rock orchids swaying in the breeze and rainbow lorikeets in their mass frenzy amongst tall eucalypts in search of blossom. Magical Merimbula enjoys the mountains right down to the seaside.
What else is there to do in Merimbula?
Merimbula Visitor Information Centre2 Beach Street, Merimbula NSW 2548 Phone: 02 6495 1129 Freecall: 1800 150 457 Email: [email protected] Opening hours: 9am-5pm Mon-Fri; 9am-4pm Sat; 10am-4pm Sun
To view an individual point of interest, click on a marker below and select 'more info'. From there you can step through the trail one point at a time. Download links for GPS devices and Google Earth can be found below.
If your GPS requires a specific format for map data, download the GPX file above and use an online converter such as GPS Visualiser to convert to a format appropriate for your GPS. Select 'Waypoints' as the type of GPS data you would like to convert.