Merimbula's magic begins with a first glimpse of the beaches, brilliant beneath the bright sunshine.
Aerial photo of Merimbula

Merimbula’s heart beats with the tides of the lake and ocean.

Merimbula has always been a beautiful place of sheltered waters and seafood feasts. The Yuin People were the first to harvest oysters, fish and more, with middens dating back thousands of years still visible on the lake’s edge.

In 1797, it was discovered by two young English men, Bass and Flinders, who sailed from Sydney in a whale boat. While here, they became convinced Tasmania was separate from the mainland, and went on the confirm it – the Bass Strait.

Today it’s still easy to find a deserted beach in and around Merimbula 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.

Don’t miss:

Merimbula Boardwalk

The Merimbula Boardwalk is a ‘must-do’ and there is a great cafe on the back lake.

Adventures in nature

Explore the lake and the coastline by kayak, SUP, boat or scuba. In spring whale watching is a must do activity. You can take a specialised cruise with the locals or follow the migration from shore.

Picnic spots are easy to find, and a favourite pastime is to gather some oysters and local produce and head to a local beachside park. Bournda National Park has 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 regular visitors and you may spot the resident seal basking near the Merimbula Bridge, or catching fish at Fishpen.

The adventurous can visit Magic Mountain Tree Climb Challenge which has over 30 challenges among the treetops. 

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Wheelers Restaurant and Oyster Farm

Wheelers have been growing oysters in Merimbula Lake since 1927.

Dining Out

Merimbula’s restaurants create their own style of flavours from fresh local produce.

Picturesque esplanade and intriguing alleys are just the beginning of an adventure in food discovery. Take your pick from first class cafes, restaurants and clubs, delivering cosmopolitan menus with water views.


Merimbula golf clubs are complete with their resident kangaroos and magnificent coastal views, you can even take the family on a Kangaroo Tour in a luxury stretch golf cart.

Golf tournaments of national significance are annual events, with bowling and tennis competitions also on the calendar.

Bournda National Park

Terrigal Head at Bournda National Park.

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.

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Merimbula  Visitor Information Centre

2 Beach Street, Merimbula NSW 2548

Phone: 02 6495 1129 | Freecall: 1800 150 457
Opening hours: 9am-5pm Mon-Fri; 9am-4pm | Sat; 10am-4pm Sun