Wildlife & Marine Experiences
Feed a kangaroo, meet a koala or take a guided snorkel tour - you can do all three in a day!
Sam Nerrie: Guided photography tours
Join Sam Nerrie for a magical guided photography tour of the Sapphire Coast.
For true immersion in nature, plus the chance to hone your photography skills from an expert, book in with international award winner, Sam Nerrie on a 1 or 2 day workshop. You’ll learn the skills of creating fabulous landscape and nature shots and how to make your images really stand out with newfound techniques and skills, plus enjoy spending time in our stunning natural environment.
Kiah Wilderness Tours
Nature at your own pace….Kiah Wilderness Tours offers small group kayak tours on the beautiful Towamba River, just south of Eden.
- Morning Tour (3 – 4 hours)
- Lunch Tour (3 – 4 hours)
- Afternoon Tour (2 hours)
- Full Day Tour (4 – 5 hours)
An estuary that wanders through stunning forests and green pastures, the river winds its way to Twofold Bay. It is pristine and quiet, with an impressive diversity of both bird and marine life. Each sit-on-top kayak is kitted with a pair of binoculars so you can check out the wildlife up close along the way.
Tours are tailored for a maximum of six people, crafted to suit your experience and abilities and designed to allow you time to enjoy the wilderness. You can request time out for a swim, photography shoot, or to cast a lure. Morning or afternoon tea in the form of plunger coffee and freshly baked goodies is served on one of the many sandy beaches on the river’s edge.
No experience is necessary as the kayaks are designed for easy paddling. Guides are accredited through Australian Canoeing / Paddle NSW.
Light to Light Transfers
The 31km Light to Light Walk is in the southern section of Ben Boyd National Park on the Far South Coast of NSW. Boyds Tower, at the northern tip of the Light to Light Walk and the most popular starting point, is 35km south of Eden on a (largely) bitumen road.
Quite frankly, it’s an absolute pain to get to this beautiful walk without some help. And impossible if there’s just one carload of travellers.
So we offer a transfer for independent walkers.
We also offer water drops and other helpful services – talk to us
Tiny Zoo is the zoo that comes to you! We’re a hands-on learning experience that delivers a unique opportunity to up-close and personal with a range of Australian animals.
You can book us for your preschool, family daycare, school, business, tourist accommodation or special event including birthdays. We service south-east NSW including Bega Valley, Snowy Monaro and Eurobodalla regions.
What’s special about Tiny Zoo? You can have an amazing and unique animal encounter especially for you and your venue. Just ask us!
We are a COVID registered business and we operate under a COVID-19 safety plan.
Visit the website here for more information.
Discovery Tours with National Parks Rangers
Nature experiences is what we do best so bring the children to enjoy a day out in one of our beautiful National Parks !
There are dozens of walks, talks and other fun activities held over the school holidays this Summer. You can learn, explore, and meet lots of feathered, finned and scaly locals plus learn all about the whaling history of the Sapphire Coast.
Gain a fantastic insight into unexpected delights of our national parks with Discovery Rangers, and discover out natural, cultural and historic heritage.
See what’s on offer this school holidays here. NPWS Discovery Tours – January 2021
For more information or to book, please call or visit the Merimbula National Parks and Wildlife office on 02 6495 000. Opening hours are 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday
02 6495 5000
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
Phill Small Photography
Phill Small is an award winning fine art photographer based in Eden NSW.
Join Phill’s “Beaches of Eden” tours this Spring /Summer as he takes you on a relaxed short drive visiting three stunningly beautiful beaches within Ben Boyd National Park.
Enjoying fascinating personal time with Phill discussing his methodology of creating fine art
This is an unhurried tour with plenty of time to swim, take photos, or just take in the regions natural beauty
Here nature abounds, look for the white Bellied Sea Eagle, Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo, dolphins, fur seals and even whales during their migratory season
The beaches we visit are full of fascinating ancient and more modern European history, and they are breathtakingly beautiful.
Servicing the entire Sapphire Coast region, Phill is also experienced at outdoor weddings & special events and on location family and portrait photography as well as capturing sporting activities, high action and equestrian events and commercial ventures.
Phill also has an exquisite private collection of “fine art” photography featuring sweeping panoramas of our local region.
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.
Cat Balou Cruises
When you sail onboard the 15 metre Cat Balou you can enjoy comfort, peace of mind and the chance to hear live whale song. Sightings are guaranteed on whale watching cruises from September to November, with a free return trip or half your fare back in the rare event that no whales are sighted.
Tours range from 2.5 hours to 3.5 hours, exploring the coastal wildnerness of Eden and Ben Boyd National Park all the way to Green Cape Light House. Ros’ is famous for sharing tales about Eden, from failed empires to shore based whaling and over 30 years of whale research that she and Gordon have contributed to.
Cat Balou departs from Snug Cove which has no bar crossings and direct ocean access, putting you on the Humpback Highway within minutes of leaving port. Enjoy optimum viewing from 3 outdoor platforms and inside seating. Cat Balou Cruises are licensed, and offers morning or afternoon tea and hot soup.
Cat Balou Cruises has been awarded the South Coast Tourism Hall of Fame and Ecotourism Gold Medal and is consistently recognised for excellence by Trip Advisor.
Bookings are essential. Cat Balou offers limited wheelchair access.
3.5 hours: Adults $85, families $250.
2.5 hours: Adults $65, families $185.
Merimbula Marina, Whale Watching & Ocean Adventure Tours
Merimbula Marina is a family owned and operated business, and the crew believe in responsible and respectful whale watching practices. They have a deep love of the ocean and all its amazing creatures and enjoy sharing this with passengers.
Cruise in comfort aboard the 16 metre super cat, ‘True Blue’, with three viewing decks offering 260 degree views, informative commentary and morning or afternoon tea.
Enjoy peace of mind with a 100% guarantee for sightings! If whales aren’t sighted during our whale watching cruises from September to November, you receive a full refund.
Check out the daily photos and whale reports on Facebook. Like our page and download photos taken from your cruise for free!
If whale watching is not your thing then consider a tour of Merimbula’s coastline, enquire about a fishing trip or take a Marine Discovery Tours (oustide of whale watching season).
Bookings are preferred.
Adults $69, Families $199 (2 adults, 2 children with $30 for extra kids from the same family). See the website for all ticket prices.
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)
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.
Scuba dive with Dive Eden
If you aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, you can try scuba in a pool or off a beach as a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.
Already certified? Scuba diving with an experienced local professional lets you relax and just enjoy the adventure. Join our guided local dives and your guide will brief you on the dive site, points of interest and describe the aquatic life you’ll see.
Haven’t been scuba diving for a while and want a quick refresher? We can help you brush up on your knowledge and skills.
Keen to start exploring? Hire our snorkelling and scuba equipment, wetsuits, or fill your scuba tanks – available 7 days a week from Pickles Fishing and Outdoors at Eden.
Captain Sponges Magical Oyster Tours
Discover the secrets of Pambula Lake, learn about oyster farming, the river estuary and taste oysters straight from the lake. All aboard for Captain Sponge’s Magical Oyster Tour!
Pambula produces around 215,000 dozen Sydney Rock Oysters a year and have a subtle earthy taste, rounded by the daily meeting of river waters from Yowaka and Pambula and the incoming tide from the beautiful river mouth.
Board ‘The Kangaroo’, a glorified oyster punt, and set sail downstream past towering eucalypts, ancient Aboriginal middens and resident white bellied sea eagles. See how the catching of oysters is done, how they are grown and sample some for yourself before heading back to the jetty.
Tours take approximately 1.5 hours. Minimum 6 persons, max 23. Private group charters by appointment.