Things to Do
Situated 26kms north of Eden and nestled between the mountains and the sea, Merimbula has a multitude of attractions to offer. Enjoy the mild weather and sunny days of Merimbula with walks along the many beaches and boardwalks.
Dine in at the area’s delightful cafes and restaurants, or play one the first-class golf courses close by.
In recent years Merimbula has become a major whale-watching destination. This section of the coast has been identified as a feeding ground for several species of whales during their southern migration. Daily sightings here at Short Point are common and guests in the park have witnessed spectacular acrobatic displays from their cabins.
Cruise boats operate daily during whale watching season ensuring you get a close view of these magnificent creatures. The whales disappear back to Antarctica but the dolphins stick around all year and they love surfing in the wake of the cruise boats. A sunset dolphin cruise in the bay is a magical experience.
Potoroo Palace is a non-for-profit animal sanctuary aimed improving the habitats and well-being of native animals, and educating the community about the importance of the conservation of Australian animals and plans. There are many animals in the sanctuary, including Bandicoots, Echidnas, Wombats, Wallabies, and of course, Potoroos. Located in the Bega Valley, Potoroo Palace is only a 10-minute drive from Merimbula Beach Holiday Park.
Have a crazy day of fun on the Diamond Python roller coaster, the Mini Grand Prix cars, Doom tube and Black Hole water slides, Mountain Slide toboggan, Mini Golf, Triassic Park walk, Toddler Town cars, Magic Carpet Slide and much more at Magic Mountain!
WHARF AND AQUARIUM
Visit Merimbula’s Wharf and Aquarium and enjoy various lunch or evening menus whilst taking in the spectacular views. Send the kids down to the aquarium and explore the living theatre of the ocean.
Paintball is a great way to have fun with family and friends, competing in teams, dodging the balls of paint. Along with testing out your aim, paint ball sports can be a great recreational experience, as well as providing lots of exercise.
TOP FUN MERIMBULA
Top Fun arcade is great for a day out with the whole family, providing entertainment all ages. The many activities and amusements on offer include tenpin bowling, Redemption, over 40 arcade games, Laser Tag, 18 hole Mini Golf and a kiosk serving food and drinks.
WHEELERS SEAFOOD RESTAURANT AND OYSTER FARM
Since the settlement of Merimbula, oyster farming has played an important role in the economy of the town. Wheelers Oyster Farm offers the opportunity to discover the complete oyster story with a tour of the factory. After the tour, enjoy a delicious seafood meal at Wheelers Restaurant.
SAPPHIRE AQUATIC CENTRE
Sapphire Indoor Aquatic Centre is situated in Pambula Beach, about 15 minutes from Merimbula Beach Holiday Park. The centre remains open 12 months of the year, which is perfect if you are visiting in the cooler months. The centre has a children’s pool and a large lap pool, plus there are temporary child minding facilities, a gym, a cafe, and a swim club. From babies to adults and non-swimmers to competitive athletes, the Sapphire Aquatic Centre offers swimming programs to suit everyone’s needs.
MIMOSA WINES & VINEYARD
Ocean Wilderness Sea Kayaking provide tailor made trips to suit all ages and experience levels. Their guides are resident experts on the water and their tours include half day tours, day trips and overnight adventures. Trips range from bird watching tours on the tranquil waters of Wallaga Lake, to full on adventure tours along the Wilderness Coast. The trips are also a great opportunity to see migrating whales when in season.
The pristine waters off Merimbula are the perfect place for whale watching, fishing charters, dolphin cruises and boat hire. Merimbula Marina have tours and cruises leaving every day during the southern migration (September to November) of the majestic humpback whales and outside of the whale season (December to August) they operate Scenic Dolphin Cruises. These cruises are a wonderful way to see the spectacular Sapphire Coast from the water and regularly sight a variety of marine life.
FISHING CHARTERS & WHALE WATCHING
There are a number of Merimbula based fishing charters that specialise in reef fishing, deep sea fishing, game fishing and much more. If you are staying outside of the summer season, whale watching cruises are also available during the months of September to November for the southern migration of Humpback Whales. See reception for more information on bookings.
MUMBULLA CREEK FALLS
If you are looking for a day’s outing, you will be hard-pressed to beat the majestic Mumbulla Creek Falls. Information on the cultural significance of the area is located on the walk to the falls and facilities include gas barbecues, picnic tables and an amenities block.
Take a leisurely stroll along the magnificent boardwalk and enjoy the sights of the beautiful scenery, bird life and sea life. Stop in at Tracey Ceighton’s Board Walk Art Gallery or hire a boat from Top Lake Boat Hire and enjoy one of the many beautiful waterways of Merimbula.
Pinnacles loop walking track is a pleasant, easy walk that meanders through Ben Boyd National Park with beautiful coastal views south to Lennards Island and north to Haycock Point. There are two lookouts along this gently undulating walking track that make ideal spots to view the fascinating Pinnacles formation – a spectacular erosion feature that consists of cliffs of soft white sands topped with a striking a layer of red gravel clay.
NATIONAL PARKS – BOURNDA, MIMOSA AND BEN BOYD
These beautiful coastal parks will enchant you with endless trails, and reminders of many thousands of years of past Aboriginal habitation. With various walking tracks, rainforest gullies and an abundance of wildlife, any visitor is sure to have an amazing experience. Speak to reception for our tips on what to see and do in the national parks.
In the 77 hectare area that is the Panboola floodplains, you will find fresh water billabongs, plantings of thousands of trees, saltmarsh and mangroves. There are also walking tracks with information panels with historic points, bird watching and picnic areas. The Panboola Wetlands are part of a conservation program committed to the protection and restoration of habitat for birds and indigenous flora and fauna.