September to Early December
Join in on the Southern (Sept to Early Dec) or Northern whale migration. There is nothing like getting up close and personal with these majestic animals. Book your accommodation with us to secure a discount for the experience of a life-time on the Cat Balou.
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Kiah Wilderness Tours
2hr (family), 3-4hr (Morning) or full day trips
The slogan for Kiah Wilderness Tours is truly fitting:
“Explore nature at your own pace…on a quiet coastal estuary, brimming with bird and fish life”
Join Jenny and Arthur for a stunning way to spend the morning/day!
Special Local Knowledge
Captain Sponge’s Magical Oyster Tour
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This experience takes you on a journey through the Pambula lake environment where you learn about it’s Geology, formation and also the cultural, natural and ecological significance of the estuary through the interpretive eyes of our local oyster farmer tour guides.
Picture: Sponges Magical Oyster Tour (Credit Destination NSW)
Free, pristine, quiet, beautiful
There are so many different beaches in and around Merimbula.
Bar Beach (In the heart of Merimbula) is home to the Bar Beach Kiosk, fantastic BBQ facilities, a great surf spot and the ideal location to do some rock pool ramblings with the kids.
Main Beach is the jewel of the Fish Pen area to the South of the centre of town and Short Point to the North East. Just a short drive North or South will see you at any number of beaches. A personal favourite is Pambula Beach where the Pambula River Mouth meets the ocean.
Golf packages available
If you are keen to play a round of golf or 3 during your stay please add a golf package to your accommodation booking. We offer vouchers that give you discounted rates on green fees at a number of golf courses in the Sapphire Coast.
Discover the coast
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Looking for something a little more adventurous? Coastlife offer surfing and stand up paddle boarding lessons as well as sup board and kayak hire and tours! Spanning from Tathra in the North to Pambula in the South, Coast Life presents holidaymakers with an abundance of real outdoor activities designed to entice even the most slothful of us to get out and enjoy all that the Sapphire Coast has to offer.
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Fun for the Kids
Water, sand, sky, sun
Looking for a must do activity for the kids this Summer? Spend some time jumping off the rocks at Haycock Point. With white beaches that dot the unspoiled bushlands and national parks there will always be a secluded swimming spot to be discovered. Explore the animal sanctuary at Potoroo Palace, the Merimbula Aquarium or take a trip down to Eden Wharf where you will find the Sapphire Coast Discovery Center which offers families affordable guided beach rambling tours. Head to Magic Mountain for the day where you can have a BBQ, take the kids bowling or spend time at the movies.
Quality local fare
Great Food and Eateries
Merimbula Wharf and Aquarium
Merimbula Wharf offers spectacular 180 degree Ocean views and is the perfect place to dine for lunch, dinner or even just a coffee and Cake.
The Merimbula RSL offers something for everyone including a restaurant, cafe, sports bar, bottleshop and free live entertainment. If you are after a consistently great meal, look no further than The Merimbula RSL.
Wheeler’s Seafood Restaurant
Wheeler’s offers a fantastic range of fresh local seafood, it provides the perfect atmosphere to really enjoy the farm to plate experience. They also offer a range of contemporary Australian cuisine, as well as a vegetarian and gluten free menue.
Market street, it’s a coffee lovers dream, recommended by many locals with it’s fresh funky feel and great food. The perfect spot to stop to re-energize your batteries and quench your thirst.
Inspired by our community of local producers and suppliers Toast have a great range of delicious foods, tapas and drinks on offer. Keep an eye out on their specials and ever changing international cuisine 4 course meal nights.
The Broken Oar – Bar and Grill Pambula Beach
Feast on a fantastic meal, whilst watching the local wildlife play around you. With Pizzas, Parma’s, pulled pork taco’s and Nachos you’re in for a real treat any day of the week. (The restaurant is open during the Summer months only, but they do offer take-away over the Winter month’s)
The Locals choice.
Bar Beach Kiosk
Bar Beach Kiosk, Merimbula is a little cafe overlooking gorgeous Bar Beach.
Enjoy delicious, simple, local food and damn good coffee from Black Mountain in Canberra. To keep things exciting the menu changes all the time, with daily specials and seasonal local treats.
It’s the perfect place for an early morning swim, SUP or surf in the warmer months with a healthy breakfast to follow afterwards. (Open from September through to Easter)