Merimbula, New South Wales

Merimbula is ideally situated about half way between Sydney and Melbourne on the South Coast of NSW, which is commonly referred to at the 'Sapphire Coast'. This popular holiday destination is positioned on the edge of tranquil lake, only a short distance from white sandy beaches and is surrounded by unspoilt bushland which is ideal for 4 wheel driving, hiking and horse back riding. Merimbula is also a very popular fishing destination because it provides anglers with a diverse range of fish to catch, from bream, whiting and flathead within the lake through to deep sea game fishing for marlin in the Tasman Sea.

Merimbula and the Sapphire Coast offers something for every traveller from boutique shopping and a wide range of cosmopolitan cafes and restaurants serving fresh local produce including the region's famous oysters right through to recreational activities like tennis, golf, bowling, boat cruises, sailing, swimming, canoeing, wind surfing, scuba diving and scenic flights. Some of the other major attractions in and around Merimbula include the Wharf Aquarium, Yellow Pinch Wildlife Park, Wheelers Oyster Farm and the Magic Mountain fun park where kids of all ages can enjoy the many rides on offer.

Throughout the year there are special events held in the town including the Merimbula Jazz Festival with over 100 different jazz bands on the June long weekend, whale watching from September to November and the Mambo Surf Challenge which attracts competitors from all around the globe. Further abroad from Merimbula holiday makers will discover many contemporary art galleries, boutique wineries, historic townships, the Cobargo markets, the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre, quality golf courses, rolling green hills and the natural wilderness of the majestic mountains. So why not take a break from busy city life and enjoy the uncrowded beaches, great surfing breaks, temperate climate and magnificent scenery that keeps visitors coming back time and again to Merimbula.

How To Get There :      In order to get to the NSW South Coast township of Merimbula you will need to come via road. You can either catch a bus from Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra or (probably best) decide to drive your own car to this unique holiday destination. From Sydney you can take the 450 kilometre scenic drive down the Pacific Highway which hugs the coastline and passes through many fascinating coastal townships or alternatively take the Hume Highway through to Canberra and the Monaro/Snowy Mountains Highways through to Merimbula. From Melbourne it will take about 7 hours to drive to Merimbula and the only route that you can take is along the Princes Highway.

Weather :      The coastal township of Merimbula on the NSW Sapphire Coast has relatively mild weather throughout the year with average maximum daily temperatures ranging from 16°C in June and July through to 25°C in January and February. There are plenty of sunny days in Merimbula, although the possibility of rain is always present with an average of between 10 and 12 rainy days each month of the year.

Suitable For :      Families, fishing enthusiasts and older couples who want a longer holiday (generally a week or more).

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