Getting up in the dark. Getting home in the dark. It’s cold. It’s wet. It’s no fun at all dodging umbrellas and spending those short daylight hours hiding indoors.
Why not take a break and put the gloves, scarf and raincoat away? Winter is a great time to Getaway to the Sapphire Coast. With abundant sunshine and less crowds making it a breeze to book a meal at a great restaurant or get in a round of golf at one of the many beautiful courses.
Take your pick of beaches for a long walk or head into town to pick up a special something at the winter sales. It’s a different pace at this time of year. The locals are friendly and relaxed, with more time to help you have a great holiday. While you might not be working on a winter tan, there’s still plenty of rain free sunshine to go around. Hire a bicycle and head off on a day trip to Pambula. Try your hand at some deep sea fishing or leave the rod behind and head out to the humpback highway for some whale and dolphin watching.
For the landlubbers there’s the hidden gem of Merimbula’s boardwalk with some rewarding treats at the halfway mark’s café. Lot’s of tiny boutique shops to explore and plenty of options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
For the seafood lovers why not try a tour at Wheelers Oyster farm and learn a little more about this delicious shellfish. Afterwards you can sample four different types, take some home or take a seat in the restaurant where you can sample some of the best seafood the Sapphire Coast has to offer.
So what are you waiting for?
Book any stay for 3 nights or more between 22 July and 19 September 2014 and mention this deal and we will give you a $100 gift voucher for Wheelers Restaurant.
The only thing worse than “I’m bored” at home during the school holidays, is “I’m bored” when your away during the school holidays. While Mum and Dad might be happy with an energising walk on the beach, a good book or some fine dining, the kids can sometimes be harder to please.
Not to worry, Merimbula’s Family Fest has you covered. With twenty-nine activities over fourteen days, everyone can have a great time these school holidays. Family Fest is a school holiday program put together by Our Merimbula conjunction with local businesses. The fun starts when you purchase a Family Fest passport for just $10 which includes lots of discounts and special offers at some of Merimbula’s top family attractions.
Fishing lessons, skate boarding, golf and tennis are just a start. An indoor pool party, a talent quest, kids holiday club and concerts. You can even take the parents to barefoot bowling or the Killer Whale Museum. Take a trip to the farm at the Oaklands barn day or get your dancing shoes on at the Club Sapphire Blue Light disco, while Mum and Dad spend some quality time together. Parents can grab a coffee or do a bit of shopping while the kids enjoy story time at Booktique. And don’t forget Merimbula’s very own Magic Mountain with roller coaster, Grand Prix cars and wild toboggan rides.
So don’t get “I’m bored” for your mid year Getaway, keep the whole family happy with the Family Fest in Merimbula. Getaway Merimbula has a huge choice of family friendly accommodation online and is offering this great deal. Book and pay for 4 nights and stay for 5 nights during the 2015 school holidays, plus you will receive a free Family Fest passport.
When it comes to bicycle riding, Merimbula has it all, some of the best single track mountain-biking in the state, along with miles and miles of beautiful road riding with little or no traffic to contend with.
For the family there’s a fantastic ride starting in the very heart of town. The sealed cycle-way starts at holiday accommodation central in Fishpen, heads south following the Merimbula Lake foreshore past the airport. The path is wide enough for two way bike traffic and straight enough to get plenty of warning of approaching fellow cyclists. Past the airport a slight incline brings you to the Pambula Merimbula Golf Club and Wheelers oysters then down the other side into the township of Pambula itself. Take a break and check out the shops, taste some local wines or perhaps grab a cup of locally roasted coffee at Wild Rye.
If the kids are still keen, you can continue to the Panboola wetlands and get away from the traffic for awhile. Panboola was once the Pambula racecourse and has a myriad of flatsafe paths to explore. At one end you’ll find Oaklands with its petting zoo, café, art gallery, nursery, local produce and homewares for sale. You might even catch a glimpse of the resident camel! Once you’re done, continue for another 2.5km to Pambula Beach which is a perfect destination for your family holiday and famous for its Kangaroos.
Getaway Merimbula has a huge choice of family friendly accommodation available in both Merimbula and Pambula Beach.
As a special offer, Book and pay for 4 nights and stay for 5 nights during the 2015 school holidays, plus if you mention “Getaway” at Merimbula Cycle n Surf, you will get a full days bike hire, for the cost of a half day.
It’s Jazz time in Merimbula with the festival that hits all the right notes. Celebrating it’s 34th year, the Merimbula Jazz festival has always been a highlight of the Australian Jazz scene, and features something for everyone.
Big bands, swing bands, traditional jazz, modern jazz, funk, duos, trios and quartets, all showing the many fine facets of jazz. The program features a musical and colorful street parade, eight venues, from intimate to “get your swing dancing shoes on” and a huge variety of performers from across the country.
Jazz Quest will also be running again. The quest is a special chance for younger players to strut their stuff on the Lakeview Hotel stage. This year the competition is open to all comers under the age of 25.
With auditoriums, club lounges and halls hosting music across the town there’s plenty to hear and do across the 4 days. It all kicks off on Friday the 6th of June and continues across the long weekend, finishing with the Jazz Hatters Party on Monday.
Take advantage of Merimbula’s winter sunshine, get a good dose of vitamin D, eat some fine food, perhaps sneak in a little shopping and enjoy some of the finest Jazz Australia has to offer.
Here is a sneak peak video of what the Merimbula Jazz Festival has to offer
The Parkrun phenomenon has exploded in Australia, and across the globe, with over 100,000 runners at hundreds of locations pounding the pavement or parklands for 5 kilometers every Saturday morning.
But for Parkrunners who want to push that little bit further, this year’s Merimbula fun run has both a 5k and 10k course. Both courses start off from Ford Park, nestled behind the dunes of Merimbula’s Main Beach. Runners then head off through Fishpen following the foreshore before crossing the bridge over Merimbula Lake into the town itself. For the 5ker’s it’s almost time to make a u-turn and retrace their tracks, but for the 10ker’s there’s a solid hill climb past Bar Beach and then down again to the famous wharf.
Both courses have been officially measured for IAAF certification and all registered runners and walkers are issued with bibs and timing chips.
Here’s a quick peak at the route. Of course on the day, you won’t have the traffic!
But it’s not just a course for professional and regular runners or walkers. There’s a carnival like atmosphere with a group warm up, commentary, prizes, entertainment and food stalls.
So whether you’re running for your personal best or just to enjoy the sunshine, atmosphere and beautiful beach side course, you’ll be guaranteed to have a great time at this year’s Merimbula fun run.
Accommodation in town is easy to find so if you’re coming from East Gippsland, Canberra, the Riverina, Illawarra or Shoalhaven, the scenic drive will get you in the mood.
They say every cloud has a silver lining, and with low pressure systems a feature of this time of year, surfers in Merimbula have something to smile about.
Rain or shine, the legendary left-hander at Merimbula Bar has been pumping, keeping both locals and visitors amped. The six foot sets have proved a challenge for some riders, but consistent four footers have been providing the awesome long ride that the bar is famous for.
This wave is one of the all time classics on the N.S.W. far south coast, and is famous for its 50 to 100 metre ride that’s just perfect for goofy footers. When the conditions are right, it draws surfers from near and far, but is still far enough from the big cities to guarantee it won’t be overcrowded. The prevailing north-east winds provide an offshore breeze that forms deep barrels and bashable lip sections.
It’s just a short walk from the carpark at Fishpen to the beach, but if you’re too lazy to paddle out through the breakers, then take a shortcut from the rocks on the opposite side of the inlet, at Bar Beach. And for the absolute in surfing luxury, here’s hot drinks and home made sausage rolls just metres away at the Bar Beach Kiosk or Cranky Pants Café at Ford Oval.
Leave the steamer at home because it averages more than 20degrees in the water in at this time of year, and if the bar isn’t working, there’s a huge selection of other beaches to choose from. Short Point just over the headland behind Bar Beach has a north facing break, and catches any wind swell from the northeast. Tathra beach, just a short drive away is sheltered from any southerlies, and for the more adventurous there’s the hard to find spots the locals love,hidden away in Mimosa Rocks and Ben Boyd National Parks. Another famous river mouth wave is just down the road at the Pambula River. It’s a bit more fickle than the Merimbula Bar wave, but if the conditions are right, it’s rated as one of the best waves N.S.W. has to offer.
There’s plenty of accommodation in town, and the airport has two short flights a day, to both Sydney and Melbourne.
Summer might be over, but there’s still plenty of surf on offer at Merimbula.
Triple J’s Unearthed Winners from last year, The Ellis Collective will be visiting Candelo, a small country town north of Merimbula, to play a gig on December 14th, hosted by the Candelo Arts Society. This is their second visit to Candelo, having played in the Big Top at the Village Music Festival last year. During 2012 they have shared the stage with some of the best in the business, including Gotye and Washington and worked on a new album. The band has a deep affinity for the Far South Coast and is looking forward to road testing their new arrangements for the first time at the gig being held at Same Same Café at 6.30pm, tickets at the door.
When you visit Eden, Merimbula, Tathra Beach, Pambula Beach or Tura Beach on the Sapphire Coast you can be sure to find entertainment .With an array of Clubs in the area which host regular music and entertainment as well as one off gigs at restaurants and halls you will be sure to find an act or music that suits your taste and entertain you. In early February The Original Sin INXS Show will be hosted by Club Sapphire in Merimbula. Regular Sunday afternoon gigs are held at both the Cheeky Mango Café at short point in Merimbula and jazz at the Café in the historic town of Tilba, just past Bermagui. The Tathra Pub hosts top bands and has a long history of rock at the Pub.
New Years Eve in Merimbula will feature Fire In The Sky fireworks at Ford Oval and Music On The Green, starting at 5.30pm with kids entertainment and artists The O’Donnel Trio kicking off at 6.30pm, Soul Cats at 8.30 and The Pocket Machine performing from 10.30pm.
To find out what gigs are on each week go to the 2EC gig guide, at 2ec.com.au/whats-happening or pick up a copy of the local newspaper for the gig guide.
The Sapphire Coast Turf Club has a top grade course at Kalaru, just out of Tathra and 15 minutes from Merimbula. They hold a Boxing Day Race Meeting on 26th December, the Pambula Cup starting at 12 noon. They put on free buses from all the towns out to the racecourse. Their next race meeting the Tathra Cup is on January 2nd and the Bega Cup runs on February 3rd.
The seaside town of Tathra, 20 minutes drive north of Merimbula, recently celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Tathra Wharf. In September residents turned back the clock as they dressed up in period costumes and the vintage car club exhibited their vintage cars. Street theatre, fine food and drink added to the general merriment and information stalls provided fascinating facts about the “Grand Old Dame of the Sea”.
The Pig and Whistle Fleet committee have worked hard to ensure the top floor of the heritage-listed wharf building was reopened as a museum and now visitors can visit the museum every Saturday and Sunday, school holidays and Christmas holidays from 10am until 4pm. Historic photographs, scale models of steamers that were regular visitors to Tathra and storyboards all chart the history of the wharf.
Building of the wharf started in 1860 when local farmers joined with the Illawarra Steamship Company to provide the funds to build the wharf and store shed. Cattle, produce and passengers were shipped to Sydney via sailing ships and later paddle wheelers, then in 1883 the Illawarra Steamship company put a screw steamer on the run. By 1912 the wharf was proving far too small so it was extended, a crane added, cattle yards and races constructed and a watering trough for the cattle and horses. Accommodation for passengers was also improved at this time. As better roads were built shipping trade fell away and in 1954 the ships ceased operations from Tathra Wharf.
In the downstairs section of the wharf building the iconic Wharf Locavore Gallery and Coffee Shop is open daily in summer from 8am to 5.30pm, a great place to relax in the ambient atmosphere as you look out onto the wharf and watch the fishing . Being so close to the sea, you feel as if you are on a boat, without the rocking!
Fishing is a popular activity at the wharf and you will always find keen fishermen, women and children dangling a line, hoping for a good catch. Humpback whales can be seen on their migratory route to the Antarctic from September to November and dolphins are frequent visitors. The café reported many up close and personal visits from the whales as they came right up to the wharf some days. There is always something to see and do at the wharf and it has remained a popular destination for visitors to the area.
The Merimbula Classic (formally known as the Mambo Classic) is now in its 32nd year. The event has grown to become a 4 day fiesta of fun both on and off the water covering Kite surfing, Wave Sailing and Stand Up Paddle (SUP) boarding. This popular event attracts over 280 competitors from around Australia and overseas to Merimbula
Join the celebrations of the annual southern migration of the humpback whales on the far south coast of New South Wales at the Eden Whale Festival Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November 2012.
You can watch the spectacular street parade, try great local food and wine, shop at the vibrant markets showcasing and selling the work of local artists, explore the educational marine displays and presentations, There will be children’s entertainment, and live music for everyone to enjoy.
For more information on the Whale Festival visit the website. www.edenwhalefestival.com.au
We do have some limited availablity for Eden Accommodation, but you will have to be quick.