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Travel guide Merimbula

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  • Sandy beaches of the Sapphire Coast
  • Perfect for a spot of fishing or a picnic

With sandy beaches, sparkling blue waters, and abundant fresh seafood, Merimbula is a paradise for anyone who appreciates the ocean. Nestled into the Sapphire Coast along the southeast of Australia, this town boasts more than its fair share of attractions. There are calm beaches to suit families with young children, and faster waves for surfers intent on a thrill ride. There are boat tours to take you whale watching and fishing, as well as a fabulous wharf where you can throw your line in deep without going out on the sea.

Sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, Wake boarding / water skiing and canoeing are all fun pastimes of the region. But while Merimbula has something for every person who visits, it isn’t just people who enjoy the area. You may also encounter penguins, seals, and dolphins throughout this beautiful stretch of coastline.

Scuba diving
Ever seen a weedy sea dragon up close? This is just one of the amazing creatures you may find if you dive out of Merimbula. Check out Long Point for an excellent rocky reef shore dive, where you may encounter a variety of fascinating marine life including ever-changing cuttlefish, sea horses and moray eels to name a few. Venture out a bit further, and you’ll see rays, blue gropers, wobbegongs, and maybe even an angel shark. It doesn’t need to be night to see the stars here; you are likely to encounter plenty of sea stars in the water during the day.

There are many excellent boat dives to try in the area as well. Join a group or charter a boat for a ride out to the sunken Tasman Hauler, a large tugboat with a huge propeller that offers excellent wreck-diving potential. Contact the Merimbula Divers Lodge for information about dive spots, renting equipment, taking lessons, or signing up for a group dive.

Out and about
If you want a day of thrills try Magic Mountain, a fun recreation park for the whole family. Hop in the car and admire the beauty of this southerly coastline. There are several towns, each with their own attractions and charm to check out as well as bush walks and national parks. Bournda National Park is a great place for picnics, with its lagoon, creek, beaches, and lakes. Bring your bathing suit, as there are some lovely swimming spots in the park.

When to go
With so many great water activities to try, the chances are you’ll want to spend at least some time in the water. For this reason, your best bet is to try spring, summer or autumn. Winter is lovely too, but the water gets pretty chilly, so be sure to bring a nice thick wetsuit.

If you’re hoping to catch a festival, market or other special occasion along the Sapphire Coast, you can plan your trip by looking at the local events link.

How to get there
Merimbula is 3-hour drive from Canberra, making it a very popular weekend retreat. Melbourne and Sydney are twice as far, and for that reason people from there tend to spend longer in this coastal paradise. If you are driving, it is around 6 hours from Sydney and 7 hours from Melbourne. 

While there are also buses going from each of these cities, your best bet is to drive (or fly to Canberra and rent a car) so that you can get around easily and enjoy drives along the coast.

You’ll find every type of accommodation to make a magical break in Merimbula. If you’d like to get away from it all, try the adorable wooden hilltop house where you’ll have views of the ocean and lake, and the privacy of 25 acres to yourself. If you want to be in the action, consider Kianinny Resort in nearby Tathra, where you can swim, play basketball, tennis, or try several other activities. These and many more accommodation options are available on the TakeABreak® Merimbula listing.

Ideal length of visit
As with any ocean paradise, there really isn’t a length of time that is “ideal” as you will always want to extend it. You can easily spend a weekend, week, month, or lifetime in Merimbula.

Further information
Click here for loads of useful information about Merimbula and the other towns along the Sapphire Coast.

About the Author
Author Kylie-Jane Degeling is a freelance writer who has lived in Adelaide,Yulara (Uluru), Alice Springs and Canberra, as well as five different countries throughout the world. After backpacking around Australia, she worked as a tour guide in Central Australia, before training for her Commercial Pilot License and working as a flight instructor, scenic flight and charter pilot.

She later worked as a travelling IT trainer for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, which involved spending time in each of their 16 District Offices around the country on a frequent rotating basis.  Having experienced Australia as a backpacker, tour guide, pilot and business traveler, Kylie now enjoys family holidays with her husband Alex and children Jezzy and Jordan. She says, “I have been lucky to see Australia from a variety of perspectives, and as a travel writer can use this experience to inspire others to find holidays they would enjoy.”

Kylie currently works as a travel writer in addition to being a government writer and columnist for two parenting magazines.


About the author
Find out more about Kylie at http://bit.ly/h_experts

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  meribula is lovely i have just come home from a 6 weeks holiday have booked in for 7 weeks next year there is every thing there for me to relax and enjoy
Posted on Aug 29 2011 at 21:11

  taaa, sounds good :)

might visit ?
Posted on May 25 2010 at 14:00

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