Merimbula is the crowning gem of Australia's Sapphire Coast. Located at the halfway point between Melbourne and Sydney, this South Coast tourist town is the perfect place to enjoy the beautiful white sand beaches, rainforests, lagoons, and mountains of the South Coast NSW. You can fly into Merimbula on Regional Express Airlines, or you can enjoy the coastal Princes Highway for a scenic drive to this tourist destination. It's about a 6 or 7 hour drive from Melbourne and Sydney. You will find everything from charming oceanside cafes to world class seafood restaurants, all taking advantage of local produce and seafood. Merimbula has a plethora of activities for those looking for an oceanside escape. You can enjoy canoeing, golfing, swimming, sailing, boating, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, kiteboarding, surfing or just plain relaxing on one of Merimbula many scenic beaches. The wildlife in Merimbula is not be missed. Come to see kangaroos, whales, penguins, seals and dolphins. There are many great coastal walks to enjoy, from Rotary Walk to Fishpen, or go North and visit Bournda National Park to walk it's coastal trails along the ocean and lagoons. June is a great time to visit and take part in Merimbula's Jazz Festival, where musicians from all over the world come to meet up in one of the South Coast's most scenic towns.
Beaches in Merimbula
Merimbula is known worldwide for it's magnificent beaches. You don't need to go further than 5 minutes away from Market Street for your choice of beach, each with their own vistas and atmosphere!
- Surfing Beaches - For the best surf in Merimbula, head on over to the Shore Point Beach or The Bar. You're bound to find some great swells!
- Swimming Beaches - If you're just looking for a relaxing swim with the family, check out Mitchies Jetty or Spencer Park. Spencer Park has a great playground close by for the kids and a BBQ for a great beach cookout.
- Windsurfing Beaches - On a windy day, Main Beach (also known as Merimbula Beach) and Short Point are the go to beaches for windsurfers and kiteboarders alike.
- Snorkeling Beaches - Bar Beach is the best beach to check out Merimbula's sea life. Snorkel by the boat shed, you're likely to spot some octopus, whiting, dusky flathead, drummer and luderick. Come in late summer and the beginning of fall to see butterflyfish, tangs, and neon damsels.
Where To Stay
There are a wide variety of accomodations to pick from in Merimbula. There are plenty of hotels to choose from, from basic to luxury resort hotels. For a more intimate experience, we recommend seeking out a villa or other rental by owner. For those looking for the affordable vacation, check out caravans and camping. We've put together a brief list of the local camping and caravan parks for those looking for more affordable accomadations.
Merimbula Holiday Park - Merimbula Caravan Park
Short Point, Merimbula NSW 2548
Phone - +61 2 6495 1269
Fax - +61 2 6495 3381
From luxury units to powered and unpowered camping and carvan sites, Merimbula Holiday Park has something to offer every budget. This park end right at Shore Point Beach.
Sapphire Valley Caravan Park
29 Sapphire Coast Drv, Merimbula NSW 2548
Phone - 02 6495 1746
Freecall - 1800 803 621
Fax - 02 6495 1034
Villas, cabins, cottages and tent sites from basic to luxury. Outdoor beach shower, swimming pool, tennis courts, playground and many other amenities.
South Haven Caravan Park
1 Elizabeth St, Merimbula NSW 2548
Phone - 02 6495 1304
Freecall - 1800 424 183
Fax - 02 6495 1095
Caravan and camping sites, along with cabing, flats, apartments and chalets for rental.
Tween Waters Tourist Park
Dunns Rd, Merimbula NSW 2548
Phone / Fax - 02 6495 1530
Freecall - 1800 260 880
Powered and en-suite camping and caravn sites, along with villas and cabins.