Beaches and fishing
When it comes to the top things to do in Merimbula, its the beaches rate high on the list. Merimbula’s Main Beach caters to almost every ocean goer’s needs: you can swim, surf, or fish from the five-kilometre-long stretch of golden silica, and there’s even an off-leash area for dogs too. Short Point Beach, located on a headland two kilometres from the town centre, is another swell spot for a stroll or surf, with plenty of rockpools to explore.
With its clear-as-glass turquoise waters little Bar Beach, on Merimbula Lake, is popular with families and SUP boarders. And while you’re there, schedule in a pit stop at the Bar Beach Kiosk during the summer months.
The town is widely known for its fishing scene too, with plenty of shore-based options. Try Merimbula Lake, Merimbula Wharf or Back Lagoon.
Nature and wildlife
There’s a plethora of good walks right on Merimbula’s doorstep. Start the day with a leisurely stroll along the Merimbula Boardwalk, while away a few hours at the wildlife-rich Pambula Wetlands, or visit the geological marvel that is the Pinnacles formation on the Pinnacles loop walking track, located in the Pambula-Haycock area of the Ben Boyd National Park.
Marine life is in plentiful supply on this stretch of the NSW coastline. Eagle-eyed walkers might spy whales or dolphins from the shoreline, or you can jump on a cruise for a better view.
Take a whale-watching cruise with experienced local operator Sapphire Coastal Adventures, which runs tours from both Merimbula and Bermagui.
Attractions and events
Families have a few local attractions to choose from, including the Potoroo Palace wildlife sanctuary and the Merimbula Aquarium. As for events, come for the March long weekend to experience the annual EAT Festival.