Things to do in Merimbula and the Sapphire Coast

things to do in merimbula
Merimbula Lake Holiday Park is centrally located on the stunning NSW Far South Coast.  Our caravan park provides the perfect base to explore the beautiful Sapphire Coast including Merimbula, Pambula, Eden, Bega and much more.

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Merimbula is approximately halfway between Sydney and Melbourne and only three hours from Canberra.  From the ocean to the country, this unique holiday destination features beautiful beaches, rugged coastlines, bustling port towns, pretty country villages, untouched national parks and sweeping rural pastures.
Whale Watching

The Sapphire Coast offers visitors some of the best whale watching opportunities in Australia. Whether you join a whale-watching cruise or perch yourself atop one of the dozens of headlines that dot our coastline, you’re bound to spot these gentle giants as they pass each year as they head north (May – July) and their southern migration, usually with young calves in tow (August – November). If you’re lucky you may even spot a pod of orcas.

We also have many resident dolphin pods who seem to like showing off to visitors!

Merimbula Main Beach

With five kilometres of pristine, white beach and crystal clear water, it’s no wonder Merimbula Main Beach is a haven for surfers seeking uncrowded waves. Main Beach backs onto a bush reserver brimming with native animals. The beach is patrolled in Summer. There is an off-leash area for dogs. If you’re feeling energetic, the beach extends all the way to Pambula (5 kilometres).

Potoroo Palace

This small, not-for-profile wildlife sanctuary is home to dingos, kangaroos, koalas, emus and wallabies along with threatened species from the local areas. It has a peaceful bushland setting and you can circumnaviate the park on the Patoroo Train. Three are daily educational talks.  An onsite cafe serves nutritious home made snacks with ingredients sourced from local producers. The shop sells Australian made ethical gifts, clothing, books and local crafts.

Magic Mountain

This family-friendly theme park features a roller coast, water slides, splash pools, inflatables and a dinosaur adventure park.

Merimbula Aquarium and Wharf

Featuring 28 tanks brimming with local and tropical marine life, it’s no wonder this aquarium is termed the “Theatre of the Deep”. There are daily fish feeding. After visiting the aquarium you can indulge in a delicious lunch at the wharf restaurant boatsing 180 degree ocean views.

Top Fun Merimbula

Action, adventure and fun for the whole family can be had at Top Fun including 10 pin bowling, video games, laser tag and mini golf. There is an onsite kiosk.

Merimbula Boardwalk

Merimbula Boardwalk is a 3 kilometre round trip along the northern edge of Merimbula Lake. This level boardwalk meanders under the shade of tall eucalypt trees around the shore and mangrove forests of Merimbula Lake.  Look out for the resident seal who patrols the oyster farms for a fishy snack. There are plenty of seats along the way plus a kiosk where you can stop for a snack.

Light to Light Walk 

The Light to Light Walk meanders through Ben Boyd National Park between the historic Boyds Tower and Green Cape Lightstation. One of the best walks on the Far South Coast, you’ll reverse through forests, tea tree groves, banksia woodlands, sheltered coves and towering red-rock platforms. The views are spectacular and there are plenty of vantage points to spot seals, seabirds and whales. Choose from small section walks or embark on a multi-day hike. 

Spencer Park

The shallow, clear waters of Spencer Park and Beach are perfect place for families with young children or a spot of stand up paddle boarding, canoeing or fishing. During low tide you can even make your way across to Bar Beach.

Bar Beach

This small beach, on the banks of Merimbulah Lake, provides a sheltered oasis for families and boasts spectacular views of the ocean and surrounding hinterland. Bar Beach is patrolled during the summer months.  An awareness of the tides is recommended as Bar Beach is prone to strong tidal currents.

Ben Boyd National Park
More things to do in Merimbula
  • Visit a working oyster farm where you can buy freshly harvested oysters.
  • Hire a kayak or SUP (or bring your own) and explore the river from Mitchies Jetty.
  • Ben Boyd National Park and the sheer red and white cliff faces of the Pinnacles.
  • Visit the small town of Bombala, 1.5 hours inland from Merimbulah.
Oakland Barn


A short 3-minute drive from Merimbula Lake Holiday Park, is the pretty coastal village of Pambula. Surrounded by water, Pambula features beautiful beaches, white sand, calm waterways and azure-coloured water.

Pambula has a rich gold mining heritage that is still reminiscent in the old colonial buildings and pubs.  Explore the local boutiques and homewares stores brimming with delightful treasures.  Once you’ve worked up an appetite you’ll be spoilt for choice with the cafes and restaurants.

Pambula Beach features long stretches of white sand, pristine water and surrounded by National Park.  You can walk all the way to Merimbula along the beach (5 kilometres).  It’s popular to snorkel at the mouth of the Pambula River where it meets the ocean and plenty of rock pools to explore at low tide. The beach is patrolled in Summer.

Oaklands Barn 

Within historic old buildings in a charming rural setting, at Oaklands Barn you’ll find a number of local businesses including a gift shop,  garden centre, art gallery, pantry, cafe and brewery.  In the ‘animal barn’ you can get up up close and personal with all types of farm animals including pigs, goats, cows, sheep, chickens, cats, dogs and even the farm’s friendly resident camels!

Eden Harbour


Eden is a pleasant 20 minute drive from Merimbulah Lake Holiday Park.  This coastal town is flanked by rugged coastal cliffs, pristine surf beaches, undulating land and a series of Bays – the geography here is dynamic and unique.  Bustling Eden Harbour is the third biggest in the southern hemisphere.

The town has a history steeped in whaling that operated from the 1790s through to the 1930s and the coastline was dotted with whaling stations.

Sapphire Coast Marine Discover Centre

The entire family can enjoy a hands-on experience with marine displays and live exhibits including rock pool discover tours, touch tank sessions, fish feeding, and craft activities

Bundian Way Story Walk

This spectacular walk on the shores of Twofold Bay through Yiun Country where you’ll meander along well maintained trails along headlands and deserted beaches where you’ll be in awe of the spectacular views of the crystal clear water. Length: 4km return. The walk can be broken up into smaller stages.

Killer Whale Museum

The Eden Killer Whale Museum provides visitors with an insight into the regions whaling past during the 1800s and early 1900s.  There is the skeleton of “Tom”, the legendary orca who led a pack of orcas (killer whales) in the hunt for baleen whales on their southern migration each year.  The museum also depicts the importance of the area’s fishing and timber industries.

More things to do in Eden
  • Davidson Whaling Station Historic Site – the historic site of the former whale processing works and homestead.
  • Eden Fishing Tours
  • Great Southern Trike Tours
Bega Valley


For a touch of the country, a visit to the town of Bega is a must. The region was inhabited by the Yiun-Monaro people for thousands of years before European settlement when it was largely transformed for farming, agriculture and timber production.

The town of Bega is at the heart and the urban centre of the Sapphire Coast. There are still beautifully preserved historic buildings providing visitors with an insight into its agricultural past when farmers travelled the region by horse and cart.  The town is surrounded by lush dairy farms dotted with lagoons teeming with birdlife. Download the Bega Heritage Walk map and take a tour of the town’s industrial and commercial heritage.

Biamanga National Park

Jointly managed by Aboriginal people and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Biamanga National Park is a significant Aboriginal site filled with dramatic landscapes. There are picnic areas with BBQ facilities and public amenities.

Within the park is Mumbulla Creek Falls, a valued and sacred area of lore and teaching to the traditional Yiun people. This is a beautiful place to visit however, out of respect the traditional owners, swimming is not recommended.

Bega Cheese Heritage Centre

Located amongst the picturesque Bega Valley, among the lush dairy pastures, is the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre. Learn about the history of the dairy industry as you sample their range of award-winning cheeses.  The Centre is a reproduction of the original ‘creamery’ building that was constructed in 1899.  After touring the facility, enjoy a snack on the verandah overlooking the Bega River.

More things to do in Bega
  • Bega Regional Art Gallery
  • The Pioneer Museum
  • Mimosa Rocks National Park


Bermagui is a vibrant seaside town known for its breathtaking scenery, unspoilt beaches and waterways, great restaurants and fantastic fishing.  With miles of pristine beaches and waterways, all watersports are enjoyed by visitors to Bermagui including surfing, kayaking, sailing, snorkelling, diving and so much more.  There are also plenty of coastal bushwalks for all fitness levels.
Blue Pool

The blue pool is a natural ocean rock pool offering wonderful swimming and snorkelling. It is washed clear with sea water and offers great coastal views from the viewing platform – perfect for a spot of whale watching.

More things to do in Bermagui
  • Bruce Steer Pool – a netted saltwater pool in Bermagui Harbour.
  • Camel Rock – an amazing rock formation formed by undersea avalaches over 450 million years ago.

Other places of interest on the Sapphire Coast

Goodenia Rainforest Walk and Picnic Area

This 40 minute return bushwalk meanders through the lush, temperature rainforest sheltered by old-growth eucalypt trees.  Then enjoy a picnic lunch as you listen to the sounds of the rainforest including lyrebirds and satin bowerbirds

Tathra Wharf

The coastal town of Tathra, where you’ll find the iconic Tathra Wharf, is a picturesque 25 minute drive from Merimbulah Lake Holiday Park.  The building was built in the 1860s and has historic significant dating back to the area’s early shipping trade.  Today it contains a museum and cafe.  Fishing off the wharf is popular with locals and visitors.

Sapphire Coast Photo Gallery

All photos courtesy of David W Lee Photography

Merimbula Lake Holiday Park

Explore the beauty of the Sapphire Coast from Merimbula Lake Holiday Park. 

Escape the crowds and enjoy peaceful camping in a serene setting at Merimbula Lake Holiday Park on the magical NSW South Coast.

Our caravan park offers extra large powered and unpowered campsites sites (10 metres x 10 metres), with and without slabs, most with views of the beautiful Merimbula Lakes. We are a pet friendly caravan park all year round (limit of one animal per site).

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