We’re encouraging people to visit some of the beautiful towns along the south coast. In this blog post, we’ll talk about Merimbula and all it has to offer.

Where is Merimbula?

Merimbula is located on the Sapphire Coast, about 5 hours’ drive south of Wollongong. You can fly into Merimbula, or drive down, enjoying the scenic views along the way.

Local attractions

  • Mitchies Jetty – has a great little coffee machine and you can walk along the waterfront and dip your feet in the lake if you’re keen!

  • Merimbula Main Beach – a golden shore and surf beach that stretches for 5km. When the wind picks up, it’s THE place to watch windsurfing & kitesurfing or go out yourself.

  • Whale watching - Winter and early Spring time is when whales stop and congregate off the coast to feed their young before continuing their journey south to Antarctica. Take the time and book a tour to see them pass through!

  • Merimbula Golf Course – for keen golfers who want to work on their swing. It’s also a great spot to watch kangaroos that come to visit. 

  • Merimbula Lake – a pristine waterway that lives up to being a part of the Sapphire Coast. It’s child friendly and its glassy surface is sensational for stand up paddle boarders.

Merimbula Classic

Best places to eat in Merimbula

In no particular order, we’ve put together some of the local businesses offering great food and dining, which are definitely worth a visit.

  • Fishpen Takeaway - for the best fish & chips by the beach, located on Marine Parade, Merimbula

  • Merimbula Fresh Seafoods - is the place to go if you want to buy fresh seafood and cook it yourself or make it easy on yourself and buy a pile of fresh prawns.

  • Merimbula Fish and Chips is a great place to pick up and take away - Main Beach is great place to picnic or maybe a view of the lake

  • Seabreeze Diner - has great fish and chips and the best chicken schnitzel burgers

  • Waterfront Café – a fantastic place to sit on the boardwalk and relax as you take in the serenity of the lake

  • Market Street - another great cafe on Hylands Corner

  • Don't forget Nosh on the southern end of Market Street

  • Treat yourself at Merimbula Ice Creamery 

  • Nourish Café – located on the boardwalk and is a great place for healthy snacks and coffee

  • The Wharf Restaurant & Aquarium – enjoy the serenity of sea creatures and grab a bite to eat as well; an interesting place for lunch, dinner or just coffee & cake.


Merimbula's a wonderful place to take a stroll and look around the many boutique stores. Some of our faves are The Essence, Boardwalk Fashion, Brief Affairs, Home & Away Gifts and Koko Maia ... and there's a whole lot more for you to explore and take a piece of Merimbula home with you.

We hope this guide is helpful when deciding what to see and do during your trip to and around Merimbula.  Support the local business and community by visiting these coastal towns this year. Want to get in touch? Visit our Merimbula branch page for contact details.

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