Merimbula & Merimbula Accommodation

Book Merimbula accommodation online and explore the beautiful Sapphire Coast. There is a lot to see and do in and around Merimbula and we make it easy for you to find the perfect place to stay.

Merimbula is the ‘Heart of the Sapphire Coast’ and the main tourist centre on the far south coast of NSW. It is popular holiday destination for its lakes, beaches, forests and mountains.

Merimbula comes from the Aboriginal word meaning ‘two waters’, or divided lake. The town has beautiful waterways and is built around the shores of Top Lake and Merimbula Lake with Back Lake on the northern edge of town. The lakes are tidal, so are very clean and ideal for swimming, fishing, boating and a host of other water activities.

Merimbula has many beautiful ocean beaches - two of the most popular are Main Surf Beach and Short Point.

There are plenty of things to do in Merimbula – both natural and man-made. From whale watching (Sep-Nov) to mini-golf to native animal reserves to swimming, sailing and fishing – there is something for all the family.

Fresh seafood abounds – whether you catch it yourself or enjoy a meal at one of the many fine restaurants and cafes.

As the main tourist hub on the NSW far south coast, there is plenty of accommodation in Merimbula - everything from holiday houses, apartments, hotels, motels, B&Bs, cabins, caravan sites and camping. The summer school holidays are the busiest season on the coast and it is advisable to book accommodation well in advance.


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Merimbula Attractions

Merimbula Aquarium

The Merimbula Aquarium has 27 tanks and an Oceanarium of large fish and sharks. The best time to visit is at fish feeding time when the fish are most active. Fish feeding is 11.30am every Mon, Weds, Fri and Mon-Fri during school holidays.

Also part of the Aquarium building is the fabulous Wharf Restaurant-Cafe 10-5, Lunch 11.30am-3pm, Dinner 6-8.30pm Dec-Apr. Sunday lunch jazz 1st & 3rd Sunday of each month 12.30-3.30pm

Where: Lake St, Merimbula
Telephone 02 6495 4446
Open: 7 days, 10am - 5pm
Entry fee for aquarium - see website for details


Potoroo Palace

Potoroo is a native animal educational sanctuary where you can enjoy close encounters with some of the native animals and talk with zookeepers. Take the little train around the park (11am and 2pm daily), enjoy morning tea or lunch at the Blue Wren Café. Potoroo Palace is 9km north of Merimbula.

Where: 2372 Princes Hwy, Yellowpinch via Merimbula.
Telephone: 02 6494 9225
Open 7 days, 10am-4pm (except Christmas Day and Good Friday)


Magic Mountain Merimbula

A family fun park with rides and attractions for the whole family.
Where: Sapphire Coast Drive, Merimbula
Telephone: 02 6495 1016
Entry free – Buy tickets for rides


Merimbula Top Fun

Mini golf, video games, 10 pin bowling, Zone 3 Laser Tag - fun for the whole family.

Where: 99 Main St, Merimbula
Telephone: 02 6495 3091


Mandeni Family Fun Park & Golf Centre

Set in 400 acres of natural bush and parklands enjoy mini golf, a nine-hole golf course, water golfing driving range, pitch & putt, archery, biking, paddle boats, croquet and bocce.

Open: 9,30am-5.00pm, 7 days
Where: 489 Sapphire Coast Drive, Merimbula
Telephone: 0403 706 692


Frogs Hollow Karting

Take the kids for a spin around the track at Frogs Hollow Karting. Hire karts on an official racing track - 9hp Track Warrior Kart.

Where: On the Princes Highway, 15 kms north of Merimbula
Telephone: 0428 952 580 or 0418 446 540
Open: 10am-5pm, Weekends and School Holidays (weather permitting)


Old School Museum

The old school building dates back to 1873. This was Merimbula’s original school and now houses an interesting collection of photographs and objects depicting the history of the area from early settlement to the present day.

Where: Where: Main St, Merimbula (opposite RSL Club)
Telephone 02-6495-4844
Open: Tue, Thu, Sun 1.30pm – 4pm
Entry: $3, children free


The Picture Show Man

Merimbula's movie house has two cinemas showing the latest releases. Check their website for current sessions.

Where: 80 Main St, Merimbula
Telephone: 02 6495 3744


Sapphire Coast Turf Club

Sapphire Coast Turf Club is one of the newest and most modern country racecourses in NSW. There are nine race meetings held during the season. Please check their website for details.

Where: Btn Bega and Merimbula - just off the Princes Hwy


Merimbula Walks

These are three of our favourite walks in Merimbula:

  • Merimbula Boardwalk – 1.75 kms (one way) between the causeway bridge (Market St) to Top Lake Boat Hire (Lakewood Drive). This is a beautiful lakeside walk. From Top Lake Boat Hire you can rent paddle boats, kayaks or small boats for fishing – just phone 02-6495-1987 and speak with Jim or Roslyn Grover. Enjoy breakfast, light lunches or coffee at the Top Lake Boat Hire Café, open 9am-3pm Tue-Fri, 9am-4pm Sat/Sun, closed Monday.
  • From Rotary Park to Bar Beach – a newly refurbished walk with beautiful views. Have a meal or coffee at Bar Beach Kiosk.
  • Walk around Fishpen to Ford Park opposite Main Surf Beach. Take a break at Cranky Pants Cafe.


Merimbula Beaches

Two popular swimming spots in Merimbula are Main Surfing Beach (Ford Oval) and Short Point. Both beaches are patrolled from Boxing Day to the end of January.


Whale Watching & Dolphin Cruises

Whale watching cruises run from late September to early December. Dolphin cruises run through to Easter.

  • Merimbula Marina - depart from Merimbula Jetty, opposite the Lakeview Hotel. Website: Telephone 02 6495 1686.
  • Cat Balou Cruises - depart from Eden (Snug Cove). Website: Telephone 0427 962 027 or 0427 260 489.


Fishing & Fishing Charters

There are many popular fishing spots in Merimbula including the wharf at the end of Lake Street (opposite the Aquarium), Bournda and Tura Beaches, Haycock Point, Merimbula Lake and Top Lake. For information on fishing in the area visit the website for Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club –

The following fishing charter companies operate out of Merimbula and charge $100 (as at Nov 2011) for 5 hours reef fishing, departing at 7am:

  • Headland -, Telephone 02 6495 1134, located at 8 Seaview Ave, Merimbula.
  • Reel Affair Fishing Charters Merimbula - - Telephone1800 233 247.
  • Rathlin II - - Telephone 02 6495 9080 or 0428 489 229, located at 16 The Peninsula, Tura Beach.
  • Merimbula Marina - - Telephone 02 6495 1686.


Boating, Canoeing & Kayaking

  • Top Lake Boat Hire, Lakewood Dve, Merimbula, telephone 02-6495-1987 and speak with Jim or Roslyn Grover for motor boats, pedal boats, canoes, kayaks and row boats.
  • Ocean Wilderness Sea Kayak Adventures - Tours in Merimbula, Pambula, Eden and Bermagui - - Telephone 0405 529 213 or 02 6493 5635.
  • Coastlife Adventures - Kayaking Tours Merimbula, Pambula and Tathra - or telephone 02 6494 1122.
  • Mimosa Blue Outdoor - Kayak tours in the Mimosa National Park, 40 minutes drive north of Merimbula, 10 minutes north of Tathra - - telephone 0428 124 664 or 02 6494 0051.


Diving, Scuba & Snorkelling on the Sapphire Coast

Merimbula Divers Lodge offers scuba and snorkelling courses from SSI and PADI scuba diving schools. Website: Telephone 02 6495 3611, located at 15 Park St, Merimbula.



  • Club Sapphire Tura – Tura Beach Country Club - entertainment, meals.
  • Mandeni Golf Centre – plus minigolf, paddle boats, archery, biking etc.
  • Pambula – Merimbula Golf Club has Glasshouse Restaurant & Bar, special events/entertainment.



Boardwalkart Gallery
7 Bodalla Place, Merimbula. Open Sep-May 11-3. Painting by Tracey Creighton.

Ivy Hill Gallery
1795 Tathra-Bermagui-Rd, Wapengo. Open Fri-Mon 10-5. Telephone 02 6494 0152. Website:

Narek Galleries
Old Tanja Church, 1140 Tathra-Bermagui Rd, Tanja. Open Fri-Mon 10.30-5.30. Telephone 02 6494 0112. Website:

The Crossing Gallery – Gallery & Sculpture Garden
21 Sharpe St, Candelo Tel 6493 2764
Open Thu-Sun 10-4pm


Merimbula Restaurants & Cafes

Bar Beach Kiosk/Cafe
Open 7 days, early morning to late afternoon from mid-October. A fabulous location overlooking Bar Beach - great place for breakfast, lunch or coffee.
Bar Beach, off Lake Street, Merimbula
Telephone 0410 698 479

Merimbula Wharf Restaurant
The Wharf restaurant has one of the best views in Merimbula. Enjoy lunch, dinner or just coffee.
Open: 10am-5pm, Lunch 11.30am-3pm, Dinner 6pm-8.30pm Dec - April
Where: Lake St, Merimbula
Telephone: 6495 4446

Cranky Cafe
On Ocean Drive, overlooking Ford Park at Main Surf Beach on the Fishpen peninsula
Open 7 days from 7.30am-5pm for breakfast, lunch and coffee. Tasty takeaway fish and chips and pizzas from 4pm-7.30pm.
Telephone: 02 6495 2736

Cantina Tapas & Wine Bar
Specialise in Mediterranean cuisine. Tapas served all day. An extensive beer and wine list. Regular live entertainment.
Open 11.30am until late, 7 days
56 Market St, Merimbula
Telephone 02 6495 1085

Wheeler’s Oyster Farm & Seafood Restaurant
162 Arthur Kaine Drive, Pambula (opp Pambula-Merimbula Golf Club)
Lunch 7 days, 12-3. Dinner 7 nights from 6pm (Sunday dinner only in peak season)
Telephone: 02 6495 6089

The Original Fix
Handcrafted chocolate and traditional ice cream, gelato and sorbet.
Shop 5, 17 Merimbula Drive, Merimbula
Telephone 02 6495 3800
Open 7 days.

For club food and entertainment visit Merimbula RSL, Club Sapphire Merimbula or Club Sapphire Tura.


Merimbula Festivals & Events

Sea 2 Summit Challenge - November each year.

Mambo Merimbula Classic - held each November, is Australia’s premier event for sailboarders, kite-surfers and stand-up paddle surfing -

Merimbula Jazz Festival – every year on the June long weekend -


Merimbula Tourist Information

Merimbula Visitors Information Centre

Where: 2 Beach St, Merimbula
Telephone 02-6495-1129


National Parks & Wildlife Service, Merimbula

Call in to the NPWS office in Merimbula for information about visiting, bushwalking and camping in national parks on the Sapphire Coast.
Where: Cnr Sapphire Coast Drive & Merimbula Drive, Merimbula
Telephone 02 6495 5000


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