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Merimbula is a beachside town on the far South Coast of the Australian state of New South Wales.


Merimbula is the name derived from the Aboriginal word "Two lakes".

Merimbula is a predominantly a tourist town, with a majority of the town's earnings coming from tourism. There is a wide range of holiday accommodation in the area including motels, self-contained units and holiday houses for rent.

The resort in the middle of the Sapphire Coast is one of the prime places to engage in activities such as a day picnic, a long walk or an afternoon at one of the town's clean, clear blue beaches.

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By plane[edit]

Merimbula Airport (IATA: MIM) is situated 2 km from the town centre. It is served by Regional Express Airlines daily from Melbourne and Sydney.

By car[edit]

Merimbula can be accessed by Arthur Kaine Drive which is accessible from Pambula off the Princess Highway from Melbourne. A 6 hr drive from Melbourne and a 3 to 3.5 hr drive from Canberra. A 6 hour drive south of Sydney.

Get around[edit]

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  • Magic Mountain Theme Park
  • Big Top Amusement Centre
  • Boardwalk around Merimbula Lake
  • Merimbula Aquarium with feeding at 11:30AM on Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Headland Fishing Charters (Joe & Adele Gatt), 8 Seaview Avenue Merimbula (Off Princess Highway, turn right at McDonalds and 3rd turn on left.), phone=+61 2 6495 1134, [1]. Fishing Charter. Very professional operation offering assistance for those who need. Fishing types: reef, game, shark and Kingfish. Dolphin and whale watching - seasonal September, October and November with sightings guaranteed in October, or money back.  edit

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  • Potoroo Palace Native Animal Educational Sanctuary, 2372 Princes Hwy (9ks north of town on the Princes Hwy), 02 6494 9225, [2]. 10-4. A wildlife park famous locally for its personal staff approach. Talks are intimate and you get to touch lots of different animals - including an echidna (you have to pat it the right way!) and a huge python. The park itself is quite relaxing with ponds, lunch areas and giant gameboards for the kids. There is a big stone cafe and a park "train". Koalas, dingoes, birds, emus wandering about, and the kangaroos really like being tickled on the chest. Tip: grab a bag of animal food on your way in. $17 adults, kids $10-12, family $47.50, group discounts.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Santa Fe Restaurant, Upstairs Merimbula Plaza, Beach St., Merimbula. (Near the corner of Alice St. opposite Tourist Information Centre), (02) 6495 4073, [3]. One of the most popular restaurants in the area specialising in Modern Mexican.  edit
  • Merimbula RSL has great food at cheap prices, recommend the seafood platter for two.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Merimbula Motor Lodge, 131 Merimbula Drive, +61 26495 1748 (fax: +61 2 6495 2188), [4]. $75 and up.  edit
  • Capri Apartments, 38-40 Main St (on Princes Hwy), =61 2 6495 2367, [5]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 9:30AM. 2 and 3 bedroom self contained apartments. The upstairs apartments (and some downstairs apartments) have water views of Merimbula Lake and the entrance to the Pacific Ocean. A/C, TV and DVD, wifi, laundry, stove, fridge/freezer, cutlery, pots, pans and other cooking accessories. Swimming pool, spa and BBQ area. Off street parking is available (can cater boats and trailers - check availability when booking). From $520/week.  edit
  • Seachange Apartments Merimbula, 29 Ocean Drive, 0405374847, [6].  edit

Get out[edit]

Routes through Merimbula
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