Winding down the picturesque NSW Sapphire Coast to Merimbula, halfway between Melbourne and Sydney, you’re surrounded on all sides by ocean, bush, rainforests and lakes.
Merimbula bagged a spot in the Top 100 for its fresh oysters, local wines, diverse wildlife, restaurants and cafes that serve up arguably the best seafood available on the South Coast. Famous for its whale watching, Merimbula showcases these gentle giants as they frolic in the ocean from September to November, with dolphins, seals and penguins often sighted too.
“Beautiful place with amazing food . . .What more can we say?” – MyPOWER Team
There’s a long and fascinating history of the whaling industry near Merimbula, which you can read up on in the Eden Killer Whale Museum about 25km south. Merimbula’s Old School Museum also contains loads of information on this charming seaside town. There’s the wharf that wraps around Merimbula Bay with its waterside gallery and cafe upstairs – ample reward for taking the winding six kilometre scenic walk from the town centre. There’s an abundance of colourful sea life in the Merimbula Aquarium and just upstairs, lunch is waiting (we promise you won’t have to eat any of the fish you just saw). Over the June long weekend the town’s population of 4000 swells as the Merimbula Jazz Festival kicks off with quality international and local acts.
Where? // 300km (3hrs) southeast of Canberra.
Did you know? // If you’re any kind of oyster lover, it may interest you to know that Merimbula provides around three percent of all oysters eaten in NSW.
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