Accommodation choices are numerous around Merimbula, which include luxury style apartments, units, hotels, motels, cabins and camping grounds. Prices fluctuate widely during the year, with peak period times at Christmas and Easter commanding the higher fees. Bookings are highly recommended in peak times.
Highly recommended accommodation
Anchor Bell Apartments
Sapphire Waters Motor Inn
Merimbula Holiday Park
For more accommodation information, contact the Merimbula Tourist Information Centre, Beach Street, Merimbula, New South Wales 2548 Ph: (02) 6495 1129.
Scuba diving is popular in and around Merimbula, with local dive operator, Dolphin Cove Dive, offering learn to dive programs through to instructor level courses. Gear can be hired, and charter trips can be arranged to designated dive sites which include the submerged shipwrecks, The Tasman Hauler, The Henry Bolte and The Empire Gladstone. Dolphin Cove Dive can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org . Check their informative website www.dolphincove.com.au
Bar BeachSwimming at Merimbula's beaches is relatively safe, with the protected Bar Beach being known as the safest in the area for families. Picnic tables, electric bbq's and toilets are provided at this scenic location.
Photographers and artists find the Bar Beach area to be of enormous inspiration, with the spectacular scenery across the lake to Main Beach providing for excellent photography and painting opportunities. Photography and painting works can be found in the local stores and galleries in and around Merimbula.
Main Beach is Merimbula's most popular beach, due to its close proximity to accommodation establishments that abound on the area known as The Fishpen. Swimmers, body boarders and windsurfers find this spot ideal, while local and visiting fishermen wet a line here and land regular catches of flathead, whiting, salmon and mullet.
Merimbula Lake is the main mooring area for local charter and hire boats. Merimbula Marina booking office is located at the end of the Merimbula Jetty, where half-day and full-day fishing trips can be booked.
During the whale watching season between September-November, trips can be booked with local whale watch operator True Blue. Humpback whales with their calves frolic in and around close to the shores of Merimbula.
True Blue conduct two trips per day with a 3.5 hour morning cruise departing at 8 am. Prices are Adult $70-00, Child 5-15 $45-00 and Child 0-4 $20-00. Concession and family rates are also available. A 2.5 hour afternoon trip is also conducted and more information can be found on the Merimbula Marina website http://www.acr.net.au/~merimbulamarina/
Reel Affair is another charter boat operator offering fishing and whale watching trips. http://www.reelaffair.com.au/the_boat.htm
Jetty - Top Lake
The Top Lake at Merimbula is another first-class location for fishing, whether it be from a small boat or land based. The lake has an abundance of fish which include flathead, tailor, bream, trevally and luderick. Prawns can be easily caught in the lake during the warmer months when the moon is "dark".
For those looking for a scenic flat walk, there's a 3km boardwalk around the edge of the lake. The walk commences at the Merimbula Lake bridge and finishes at the Merimbula Top Lake Boat Hire. It's a delightful where you'll experience the sights and sounds of various species of birds. Information boards and seating are located along the boardwalk.
Market Street is the main thoroughfare through Merimbula. The Lakeview Hotel is located at No: 1 Market Street and is directly opposite the lake. The views from the bistro lounge overlooking the lake are superb, and when combined with a sumptuous meal of either steak, chicken or fish, you are guaranteed an eating experience to savour.
Merimbula is renowned for its high quality oysters which are grown in Merimbula Lake and Pambula Lake, and these are worth an indulgence whilst dining at the Lakeview Hotel. Check out the Lakeview Hotel website www.merimbulalakeview.com.au
Family-style fun can be experienced at the top end of Market Street at Top Fun. Activities include ten pin bowling, mini golf, zone 3 laser and video games. Birthdays are catered for and a fully stocked kiosk offers hot food, ice creams, hot and cold beverages. Check the Top Fun website for more details. http://www.topfun.com.au/index.htm
Merimbula - it's the Jewel Of The Sapphire Coast.Darren Stones