Indoors or out, from animal encounters to adventure challenges we have experiences the whole family will enjoy.
Our outdoor experiences are like nothing else on earth. You can touch a native diamond python, catch a fish, learn to surf, tear up a mountain bike trail or spend time in the tree tops. Indoors there is a lot for the whole family to do, you can feed the fish, explore our marine world, discover our heritage and get your hands on a number of fun activities.
Each summer holidays, the region puts on a great program of activities – check in with your nearest Visitor Information Centre to learn more.
Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre
It has live aquaria, a very popular touch tank where you can get up close and personal with live marine animals, beautiful video footage, microscopes, a beach combing table and loads of information about the temperate marine environment.
With qualified marine scientists on staff, there are indoor and outdoor activities that will fill the family with wonder: enjoy a Rocky Shore Ramble or guided Snorkel Tour or the kids can participate in indoor educational craft activities during school holidays.
Each Spring you can watch whales with the team at Rotary Lookout. Guides are on site each Tuesday and Wednesday in September and October, between 10am and 12pm. They have lots of tips on what to look for, along with equipment and and suggestions for other places to spot whales on the Sapphire Coast.
The centre’s opening hours are from 10am to 3pm Monday to Friday
School holidays: 9:30am to 3:30pm Monday to Saturday.
The Centre will open outside these hours for a booking of 10 or more.
“The kids were so entertained with hands-on activities, the touch tank is the best!”
Potoroo Palace is a small not-for-profit, native wildlife sanctuary, home to many iconic as well as lesser known species of Australian animals. Many of the animals at the sanctuary are native to the Merimbula area and some are very rare now. Kangaroos, emus and wallabies and all manner of birds roam freely in the grounds.
Effective 25th June 2020 Potoroo Palace is open Thursday to Sunday (every day during the school holidays) with two x 2.5 hour sessions only. 9am to 11.30am and 12.3.pm to 3pm. To comply with COVID-19 restrictions, bookings are essential and can be made online
Make a day of it and stop for lunch or just some delicious coffee in the delightful Blue Wren Café, whilst browsing a selection of Australian Made merchandise.
Or bring your own picnic and enjoy some time out next to the shady dams and BBQs.
Train rides and animal feed bags are also available for all the family.
Potoroo Palace is open 7 days per week throughout the year from 10am to 4pm (closed Christmas Day). We’re just a short 10 minute drive from Merimbula.
Montreal Goldfield’s story of gold, unsolved mystery and intrigue is unique.
The goldfield is located approximately 7km north of spectacular Bermagui on the far south coast of NSW and is a rare coastal alluvial goldfield, first mined in 1880.
Guided tours by local historians reveal the mysteries and fascinating anecdotes of times gone by. Follow boardwalks through the beautiful native forest, re-grown since the days of the gold-rush moonscape. Peer down the vertical mine shafts, try your hand at water divining. Time has brought back to life a forest of tree ferns, eucalypts and orchids, inhabited by sugar gliders, possums, lizards and diverse bird life.
The gold formed in igneous rocks in the hinterland over 30 million years ago, and as these ancient rocks were eroded by high levels of rainfall, traces of gold washed down rivers to accumulate in riverbed gravel. These ancient gravels were exposed by coastal erosion, to be discovered and mined some 30 million years after they originally formed.
Tours run daily at 2pm, or by appointment, and take about 1 1/4 hours. On Open Days, feast on old-time damper and tea.
$7.50 per person, children $5 and families $25.
Time: approx. 1¼ hours
Group bookings by appointment.
Cobargo Farm: Open Garden & Market Garden
Explore the beautiful gardens, and wander with the animals. 600 roses, fruit and vegetables and other plants. You can also buy fresh produce and seedlings to take home and beautify your world.
Farm tours are available and suitable for all ages, and there is a special school holiday program in summer.
Open from dawn till dusk, 7 days a week.
Merimbula Cycle ‘N’ Surf
We Hire – Ladies, gents & kids bikes, Tandem bikes, Tag-a-longs & Bikes with baby seats.
We Sell – New Bicycles, Spares & accessories. We also do bicycle repairs.
PLUS MUCH MUCH MORE
Enjoy a full day of rides, thrills and spills at Merimbula’s iconic family fun park. Conquer the Diamond Python Rollercoaster, drive the Mini Grand Prix Cars, slide down the Doom Tube and Black Hole Waterslides, cruise down the Toboggan Mountain Slide, play Mini Golf, discover the Triassic Dinosaur Park, push the Toddler Town Cars, bounce on the Jumping Castle and whooo hooo down the Magic Carpet Slide! Or try out the fantastic Tree Climb challenge!
Sooo many choices and sooo much fun. Bring a picnic, use the BBQs or grab lunch and a cuppa from the old Melbourne Tram.
Sapphire Aquatic Centre
From babies to adults and non-swimmers to competitive athletes, the Sapphire Aquatic Centre offers swimming programs to suit everyone’s needs. All teachers and coaches are fully qualified and undergo regular professional development to ensure that the best possible learning experiences for patrons.
The centre is well equipped for those with special needs. The building is wheelchair accessible and has reserved car parking spaces. Onsite is a patient hoist, portable shower trolley and a dedicated change room. To assist with access into the pool an aquatic wheelchair is available for use, and both the 25 metre, 6 lane pool and the multipurpose pool have access ramps into the water.
The gym is open 7 days a week and has a range of cardio and resistance training machines as well as free weights to cater for the beginner weight lifter as well as the more experienced trainer. There is also ramp access to the gym.
Sapphire Nature Tours
Join Sam Nerrie for a magical tour of the gems of the Sapphire Coast.
Visit the beautiful pristine beaches and estuaries around Merimbula, Eden, Tathra, Mallacoota and Panboola Wetlands and discover our unique wildlife. We are fortunate to be surrounded by national parks and wilderness areas so our wildlife is abundant.
Some of the animals encountered on these nature tours include pelicans, flying foxes, white-bellied sea eagles, gang gang cockatoos, rainbow lorikeets, goannas, octopus, Australia’s largest stingrays, a bower of the bower bird and many species of birds native to Australia. And of course, we always find you some kangas or wallabies hopping around somewhere.
We offer several tours in the region such as the Sapphire Coast Gems tour for either half a day or a full day, a day out around Mallacoota and the Mysterious Creatures of Merimbula Lake. Discover the charms of nature in our region with expert guides, Sam Nerrie or Guye Richards
From sharks to shrimps, the octopus to the tropical fish. It’s all on display in our living theatre of the deep. The Merimbula Aquarium has 27 tanks and a fantastic Oceanarium full of large ocean fish and sharks.
Fish feeding is the best time to visit as all tanks are fed and the fish become very active. Fish feeding is held every Monday, Wedesday and Friday at 11.30am and Monday to Friday during School Holidays.
The Aquarium Kids Club is held 6.45pm every Wednesday and Thursday nights during January. Activities are held in the Aquarium including a Touch Tank on display for children to hold some some marine creatures.
Aquarium Group Tours. We offer discounts for group bookings and can organise age-specific aquarium tours for school groups. Contact us for more details.
Currajong Common Angora Goat Farm
Immerse yourself at the beautiful Currajong Common. Based in Burragate, just 45 minutes from Merimbula, Currajong Common is a working Angora Goat Farm & mohair producer.
All throughout peak season Currajong are opening their farm gate to visitors. Take the 2 hour tour, which includes Sunday lunch with fresh local produce, a meet and greet with the friendly goats, some insider knowledge from the farmer and tour the shearing facilities. This is a great opportunity to meet the people behind the product and experience the iconic agriculture that our region is famous for.
Open Sunday throughout Summer from 12 noon. BYO welcome (unlicensed). Bookings are essential. Contact 02 6495 7072 to book or for more information. Or view the digital flyer here.
$100 per person or $300 family special (2 adults & 2 children)
Top Lake Boat Hire & Sunset Kiosk
Top Lake Boat Hire & Sunset Kiosk is nestled on the shores of Merimbula Lake, on the western end of the Merimbula Lake Boardwalk.
It has wonderful access to flat waters of the lake, and a fleet of kayaks, motor boats, pedal boats for hire, (along with fishing gear and bait).
The kiosk also has stunning sunset views, is licensed and open for breakfast, lunch and tapas.
Oaklands Barn & Garden Centre
The kids will really enjoy our animal nursery, where they can experience animals close up.
Oaklands is home to several businesses, including the Oaklands Barn that carries a wide range of stock feeds, farm and landscaping supplies. There’s also a wonderful nursery and gift shop stocked with a huge range of plants and garden ornaments.
Coaches and large groups are welcome.
Opening hours are:
Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm
Saturday to Sunday 9am – 4pm
02 6495 7257
02 6495 7122
Life is an adventure, and there is no place better to explore than the magnificent wilderness coast.
The stunning sandy beaches at Tathra, Merimbula and Pambula provide the perfect environment to try stand up paddling or surfing. For a real adventure come explore with us on a one of our sea or river kayak tours, or (for a fun family day out) the walk and raft day is always a winner.
Our long term success is based on a combination of friendly professional instructors, an effective teaching technique and the use of the latest technology equipment.
Book your next adventure now online, or call our office to learn more.
Bega Cheese Heritage Centre
The Bega Cheese Heritage Centre is set on the site of Bega Cheese, one of Australia’s tastiest and most famous products.
While you are here you can taste all the different dairy treats made by Bega Cheese or choose a meal to enjoy in the restaurant. Wander among the tools of the trade in the museum, gaze over lush green fields, and learn about the history of dairying and Bega Cheese in the Bega Valley. There’s also a gift shop and local art and craft gallery, along with visitor information.
The Bega Visitor Information Centre is located at the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre and the volunteers there will assist you with any questions you may have about Bega or the Sapphire Coast.
Merimbula Tree Climb Challenge
There’s another reason to visit Merimbula’s Magic Mountain – the new Tree Climb Challenge!
There are 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.
Climb to the top, swing through the trees and fly over the park at exhilarating speeds on our flying foxes, while rope bridges, high wires, and wooden obstacles offer a more physical challenge.
The challenge takes about 1.5 hours to complete, with training provided before you climb.
Participants are asked to arrive 20 minutes prior to your booking and must be a minimum of 10 years of age and a minimum height of 120 centimetres.
Bookings are essential, online or by phone.