How do Merimbula locals spend their Winter?

It’s always hard to say goodbye to the long, hot summer of sand and surf. But just because the temperature has dropped, doesn’t mean there is nothing to do around Merimbula in Winter.  

We interviewed 6 local people to see what they love during Winter.

  1. Surf - Local surfer Hannah Bird loves the consistent southerly swells and clean water. Grab your (long or short) board and hit the beach. Visit  Sapphire Coast Boardriders  for local tips.
  2. Fishing - Merimbula Big Game and Lakes Angling Club’s Robert Wood loves bagging Bluefin tuna. The Broadbill and Bluefin Tuna Game Fishing Tournament is coming up in June.
  3. Food – Good Food Guide, two-hatted Chef Huw Jones, loves the culinary magnificence of the Bluefin tuna. Experience a culinary feast at Zanzibar Cafe or one of the other fine restaurants to sample some of the local fare.
  4. Adventure – Local mountain biker Aaron Bashford loves hitting Tathra’s famous single tracks. The Tathra Enduro is held each year during June, but you can hit the trails all year round.
  5. Nature – Local photographer Angi High loves the way Merimbula’s winter light colours the landscape. Bring your camera or just enjoy the beauty.
  6. Indulgence – Merimbula local, Kym Lloyd loves asking her girlfriends to visit for a long weekend of pampering and retail therapy.

So immerse yourself in a dose of winter sunshine and enjoy what the locals love.

Special Offer: Pay for 3, Stay for 4

*For stays before July 31 2016. New bookings only


Getaway and Endulge in the World’s Best Oysters

The far South Coast of NSW has always been a haven for food lovers. A climate that produces lush green pastures and pristine waters overflowing with amazing seafood.

The area is famous for Bega cheese but it’s also been making waves on the small screen in the River Cottage TV series, throwing a spotlight on local producers of beef, milk and seafood.  

At the top of the south coast seafood menu are famous, award winning oysters.

Tathra Oysters are no strangers to the winner’s podium, being voted Australia’s best 24 times. Just up the road at Wapengo, you’ll find the first and only certified organic oysters in the nation. The lack of urban expansion combined with coastal national parks providing ultra clean water catchments, create a recipe for perfect oysters.

Sydney rock oysters grow on the far south coast for 3 to 5 years before heading to local and top-end restaurants around the country and even to Singapore and the rest of South East Asia.

Brett Weingarth aka “Captain Spongebob” also grows the native Angasi species at his leases on Pambula Lake. These oysters are flatter and larger than the familiar Sydney rock oyster and have a “meatier” feel on the palate. You can join Captain Sponge on one of his Magical Oyster Tours to find out more about how the sumptuous shellfish are produced.  You’ll even get to sample some direct from the water onto the plate.

While you’ll find plenty of oysters from the Sapphire Coast on the menus of the finest seafood restaurants around the country, you never get them fresher than you will on your next getaway to Merimbula.

Book & stay for 3 nights or more before Aug 31, 2016 & receive a FREE Magical Oyster Tour + a dozen oysters at Merimbula's Wharf Restaurant.*

*Applies to new bookings only


Discover Something Different these School Holidays

School holidays seem to come faster and faster. Keeping the kids away from screens is harder and harder. Here’s the solution – Getaway to Merimbula in the April school break and Discover something Different!

There’s 170 km of coastline from Bermagui to Eden and it offers a natural and unspoiled playground for kids and parents alike. These school holidays the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre in Eden are running a Discovery program for the entire holiday period.

The Discovery Centre “promotes understanding of oceans and coasts by offering learning and knowledge experiences”.  They run a busy holiday program, chock full of great shoreline and water based activities. Your kids will love discovering hidden sea creatures lurking in rock pools and the abundant sea life just below the water’s surface.

March and April are the perfect time to dip a toe in the water. You can feed the fish at the Discovery Centre’s indoor open aquarium, dive into a guided snorkelling tour along the shoreline of Merimbula or Eden, take a walking tour on a rocky shore ramble or create something fishy at critter craft. All the activities are lead by the Discovery Centre’s team of experts.

And don’t miss the special Ocean Adventure Challenge! Armed with a camera and a list of items, your team will be collecting points both on shore and in the water. A BBQ and a chance to compare photos and stories at the end of the challenge will be a treat.

So these school holidays, dare to try something different with a Getaway full of exciting ocean adventures in Merimbula.

Book a stay with Getaway between March 29th and April 27th 2016 and you’ll receive a free* Annual pass to the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre.

*Applies to new bookings only


Merimbula: A Fishing Paradise

“We’ve got everything here. Beach fishing, rock fishing, the lakes and rivers, offshore fishing and wharf fishing, there’s something for everyone” says Rob Wood, President of the Merimbula Big Game & Lake Angling Club.
Merimbula is a Fishing Paradise!  Whether you’re on an annual trip with your mates, traveling through on a driving holiday or looking for an alternative to your everyday estuary, this is the place to be.

Estuary Fishing

Without a boat, your options are endless and so are your species. “All the fish come off the sand flats in the lake with the change of tide and into the channels” says Rob.  “Flathead and Bream are the pick of the species but whiting and blackfish are there for the bait too”.  Locals are also known for picking up the odd jewfish when the conditions are right.Head out to the old steamer wharves in Merimbula and Tathra, catch a few stripeys for bait and the kingfish will bite.

Beach & Rock Fishing

Then there’s the beaches – a hundred kilometres with salmon and taylor aplenty. Between the beaches there’s headland after headland after headland. Private rock fishing where you won’t have to share space to net that trevally, drummer or sweep. And don’t forget the freshest and tastiest bait comes straight from the shore – cunje, crabs and green cabbage.

Game Fishing

If big game fishing is your aim, then you’ve got one of the shortest trips on the east coast of Australia to the fishing grounds. Just an hour’s motoring and you’ll reach the famous Sapphire Coast Marlin. “There’s nothing like the thrill of bringing in your first big fish” says Rob. “With eight charter boats to choose from in Merimbula, you’ve got plenty of choice. Of course you can always take a short drive up or down the coast to Eden or Bermagui for even more choice of boats and fishing,” he says.

Boat Facilities

If you bring your boat, Getaway Merimbula has a wide range of accommodation to fit a tinny or offshore cruiser. The ramp is right in the centre of town with ample parking and excellent facilities. If you’re heading out across the bar Rob says “just be careful and check the weather before you go, but most days you could water-ski across it”. On your way back, stop off at the floating fish cleaning pontoon to prepare your catch for the table.

Local Knowledge

The best thing about fishing in Merimbula is that the locals can’t wait to tell you their secrets! They’ve been fishing these water for years and are happy to share their best tips and tricks. With their own jetty and a clubhouse just metres from the water’s edge, Rob and his members have a wealth of knowledge. “Just come down and see us. We meet at Spencer Park every Friday evening and we’re always happy to share tips and tricks to holiday makers looking to bag the big one”.

Competitions

The Sapphire Coast also plays host to some big fishing competitions.  The Eden Fishing Club’s is the biggest with $40,000 in prizes and draws that brings anglers from all around Australia. It’s been going for 37 years, so it’s gotta be a ripper! This year it is on from March 5-12.

So what are you waiting for? Book now for an exciting fishing holiday with lots of angling options.  And if you book to stay for 4 or more nights between March 1-25, 2016, we’ll give you an extra night free*

*new bookings only

 

 


 

Getaway to a Summer of Festivals

With the silly season over and the start of a new school year, now’s the perfect time to de-stress with a summer Getaway.  The high season crowds have gone but there’s still plenty to keep you entertained with huge line-up of summer festivals in and around Merimbula.

The Cobargo Folk Festival is fast becoming one of Australia’s essential folk music get events. Set over three days, the atmosphere has a relaxed vibe with multiple music stages and acts. There’s traditional folk music mixed with a variety of modern pop/folk performed by local and international acts.

Bermagui is a quaint seaside village that hosts a Seaside Fair and Sculpture on the Edge festival. The fair kicks off with a parade and ends with market stalls, local food, a sandcastle competition and traditional games. The week prior, the town’s headland is transformed into an amazing outdoor Art Gallery, featuring the work of local and national artists set against breathtaking ocean views.

If Hot Rods or Rock and Roll is more your scene, then the Merimbula Rock ‘N’ Rodders will be the festival for you. Car enthusiasts flock to Merimbula to combine their love of chrome with music and dancing. If you have two left feet, there are dancing workshops along with nightly shows and a fifties style dinner dance to finish the full program of events.

For the foodies, come and sample the local treats at EAT Merimbula. The annual lakeside food festival provides an opportunity for local restaurants to show off their best dishes and produce. Local oysters, coffee, seafood, wine and beer all make for a street food festival atmosphere with a huge variety of dishes on offer.

Cobargo Folk Festival, 26-28th Feb, Cobargo. cobargofolkfestial.com
Sculpture On The Edge, 5-14th Mar, Bermagui. sculpturebermagui.org.au
Bermagui Seaside Fair, 12th Mar, Bermagui. bermaguiseasidefair.com
Rock ‘N’ Rodders Dance, 11-13th Mar, Merimbula. sapphirecoastrockandroll.com.au
EAT Merimbula, 13th Mar, Merimbula. sapphirecoast.com.au

So come along to a fun filled Summer of Festivals, beautiful beaches and a relaxing Getaway in Merimbula.  And if you stay for 4 or 5 nights from February 16 ,2016 – March 20, 2016, you can stay another night absolutely free!* *(New bookings only)

 

 


 

 

Getaway to Merimbula during February

It’s so quiet and peaceful. The kids are back to school. The caravans are off the roads. The locals have reclaimed their favorite cafes and beaches. The water is warmer than at Christmas and the accommodation prices are lower.

February is the perfect time to book a beachside Getaway in Merimbula. There’s still a friendly buzz in town and all the shops, restaurants, cafes and attractions are open for business. Enjoy “Rockstar Parking” at the front door or right at the waters edge. And that water is now getting warmer after the Christmas crowds have moved on.  With an average daily temperature of 22.2C, February is the warmest time for a swim, kayak, stand up paddle or surf.

All your favorite Merimbula shopping is open for business along with the peak summer eateries……without the crowds. Take a trip to one of the areas charming weekend markets or a walk along some of the most beautiful coastal tracks Australia has on offer.

If you prefer a more civilized walk you can easily book a round of golf and enjoy spectacular scenery while working on that handicap.

So why pay peak prices when you can book a February summer Getaway for less and still enjoy all the best Merimbula has to offer.

Book 4 or 5 nights between Jan 27-Feb 29, stay another night for free (new bookings only)

 


Getaway to Merimbula this Christmas and avoid the crowds.

 

While it might be a bit tough to move Christmas and New Years celebrations it’s not that hard to avoid the crowds, save a few dollars and still have a great time when it comes to your summer getaway.

By booking your holiday outside the Christmas/New Years week you can save up to 20%! You get the same amazing Merimbula experience, the same beautiful beaches, the same great cafes and eateries, the same beautiful weather without the crowds, without searching for a parking spot, without the wait for a table.

It’s not too late to book yourself a barging and get a great Merimbula Summer Getaway without the Christmas crowds and holiday stress.

Stay 3 nights before Dec 19, 2015 or after Jan 17, 2016 and save 20%

 

 


Whales blow into Merimbula

It’s a long journey down the east coast of Australia that starts on the Great Barrier Reef and ends just south of Merimbula.
Every year up to 20,000 whales travel the humpback highway on their way south to the rich summer feeding grounds surrounding Antarctica. Since commercial whaling was banned in Australia, the number of these magnificent creatures has been on a steady increase and the coastline around Merimbula is the last landfall they make during their epic migration.

And that makes it very easy to catch a glimpse of mothers and calves or large pods from a beach, carpark, headland, lookout or even your Getaway lounge room. Just a few minutes scanning the ocean and you’re bound to see the telltale white splash of a tail flap, fin slap or breaching whale.

To help you find the best spot for whale watching try downloading the popular Wild About Whales App for your iPhone or android smart phone. You can get the latest whale sightings, record your own sightings and help other whale watchers spot a whale via Twitter and Facebook. Learn about different whale species you might see and get tips for spotting them.

Of course, if you want the up close and personal experience of a lifetime, why not hop aboard a whale watching cruise from Merimbula Marina. With the whales being so close to shore at this time of year, it’s just a quick trip from the marina to all the action. Simon and his crew now operate 2 boats during the season, the larger True Blue has room to move about from deck to deck and a new rib boat called Sensational offers a chance for whale watchers to get very close to the humpbacks, especially when they get “mugged”.

In this case a “mugging” is a good thing! It’s the term used when a whale comes so close to a boat they have no choice but to shut off the engines and let the curious creatures get a good look at the land lubbers.

SPECIAL OFFER: Book a 5 night stay before 20 Nov 2015 and receive a FREE 2 hour whale watching cruise for 2 people.* Applies to new bookings only

 


Spring into Merimbula

 

 

Spring has sprung and it’s the perfect time to enjoy a family Getaway in Merimbula. Try something new on the water, on a stand up paddle board,  a kayak, or just on a seat at a table overlooking the water's edge.

The whale watching season is underway and Merimbula is one of the busiest sections of the humpback highway as mothers and calves make their way to the summer feeding grounds.  It’s been one of the busiest starts to the season in years with whale numbers on the increase and large pods of dolphins being spotted frolicking with their cetacean cousins.

If you’d rather stick closer to shore you can try your hand on the water’s edge with a stroll, jog or walk along the famous boardwalk. The 1.75km flat path takes you from the heart of Merimbula along the shores of the lake to the Top Lake Café and boat hire. Grab a coffee, take a boat out for a paddle or stay for tapas and drinks over a spectacular sunset. They also have fishing boats for hire with bait and everything you need to catch your supper.

Merimbula Boardwalk

Heading out of town in the opposite direction, the path will take you along the beachfront to Spencer Park. A great place for a picnic or BBQ with the kids. There’s playground equipment, the sandbanks to explore at low tide and amazing views across the sapphire waters to Mitchies Jetty. You can continue past the playground and up the hill to the lookout and then follow the track even further to Bar Beach, the Aquarium and the historic wharf.

Spencer Park to Bar Beach Walk

After all that walking you might need a little retail therapy in town or perhaps a chance to sample some locally made food and merchandise at the Markets. From the country vibe at Candelo to the beachside setting of  Merimbula, there’s a market somewhere close by full of interesting surprises and delicious food every weekend.

Special Holiday Deal for Spring

Book 5 nights between Sept 19-Oct 5, 2015 and receive a $100 fuel voucher - excludes existing bookings. 

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to spring into Merimbula.

 


 

Family Fest Merimbula - School Holidays Action

 

 

Make huge savings and keep the kids entertained these school holidays with the Merimbula Family Fest. There’s something on everyday, for everyone.

The Ultimate School Holiday Fest Super Deals Booklet comes jammed packed with discounts at local eateries, shops and businesses across the Sapphire Coast.

It also contains a map and fun-filled calendar pointing out all the great kids and family activities through out July and August.

Keep the kids busy with fun activities like;

  • Fish feeding at the Marine Discovery Centre
  • Tennis lessons with Sapphire Coast tennis
  • Mandeni Family Fun Park’s water golf competition
  • Skating boarding classes at Pambula Skate Park
  • Ultimate Tree Climb Challenge time trials at Magic Mountain
  • Kid’s Fishing workshops
  • Grab a coffee while the kids enjoy storytime at Booktique
  • Kids Holiday Club
  • Visit the native animals and take in a kids workshop at Potaroo Palace
  • The Club Sapphire Blue Light Disco
  • The Magic Mountain Pyjama party
  • Family Big Hole Golf
  • Go exploring with the Marine Discovery Centre on a Rocky Ramble

And it’s not all just for kids. Mum and dad can enjoy discounts on everything from a relaxing massage, boutique clothing, and delicious dining to a scenic flight.

If you book four nights between June 22nd and July 20th, 2015 and get a 5th night and a Family Fun Fest Passport for free. * new bookings only.

These school holidays there’s something for everyone when you book a Getaway to Merimbula.

 


The Perfect Pet Friendly Holiday in Merimbula

 

 

Leaving the family pets behind when you go on holiday can be difficult and expensive. Having to arrange for caring pet sitters or a kennel that can fit around your plans and budget adds worry and stress to what should be a relaxing getaway.

Sometimes it would just be a lot more convenient to bring them along with you, so the whole family can enjoy a break together.

Finding pet friendly accommodation in Merimbula couldn’t be easier in . Getaway Merimbula has a wide choice of pet friendly accommodation for you and your extended family. Once you’re here there are just so many pet friendly activities for you and your furry friend.

Merimbula’s Main Beach, Tura Beach, Short Point and Pambula Beach all have off-leash areas with lots of other friendly dogs to play with.  You can walk, run or take a dip together in the crystal clear sapphire ocean. Bega Valley Shire Council even provides doggy bags at all of the off-leash locations.

Join the locals and take your pet with you out on the water. Hire a Stand Up Paddleboard or Kayak and take your pooch on a tour of the beautiful waterways around Fishpen and Merimbula Lake.

If you’d prefer to stay on land but still take in those beautiful waterside views, stroll along Merimbula’s famous boardwalk. It’s a popular, flat walk for dogs and their owners at just over 3km for the return journey.  The elevated platform has a handy halfway stop at the Top Lake kiosk on the water’s edge.

You can even take your pet out for a meal! Many of the cafes dotted around town offer water bowls and even treats for their smaller canine guests.

So take the heartache out of your next holiday and bring the family’s best friend with you to Merimbula, on the friendliest, pet friendly holiday.   Book a four night stay with Getaway Merimbula between May 11-June 30, 2015 and receive a free dog grooming voucher valued at $55 from Coastal Grooming*. *New bookings only

 


Getaway to Merimbula and relax in the fast lane.

 

Ask anyone on the Sapphire Coast and they’ll tell you a local secret, the best time to book your holiday is March, April and May.

The water’s still warm. The weather’s not too hot and not too cold. The crowds are gone and all the shops and summer fun activities are still buzzing.

Take your pick of surf breaks or golf courses. Take a tour of an oyster farm or get up close and personal with some aquatic critters on a stand up paddle (SUP) board or sea kayak.

Sample some of the best single track mountain bike trails in the state or take a leisurely cruise along the bicycle track from Merimbula to Pambula.

But for a real getaway adventure you can explore new heights at Magic Mountain’s Tree Climb Challenge.  It will challenge you, scare you, amaze you and keep you wanting more!

The course includes 12 flying foxes and is divided into 3 zones, Yellow, Blue and Red. The Yellow zone starts with a 20 metre climb to the highest platform on the course and includes a exhilarating 100 metre flying fox ride over the rest of the park’s attractions.

The Blue zones ramps up the challenge with a chimney climb and the wrecking ball to conquer.  The Red zone will really test your vertigo with swinging logs, the skipping rope, a hanging multi vine and the challenge’s highest jump.

A recent addition to Merimbula’s fun park, the course puts safety first with a patented system of clever magnetic clips that has the climber attached at all times, but still allowing you to move freely over the course.

So if you’re looking for adventure or just a quiet holiday away from the summer crowds, book your next getaway in Merimbula. Book and stay for 5 days or more before May 30, 2015 and receive a FREE “Tree Climb Challenge” at Merimbula’s Magic Mountain Fun Park  (New bookings only. Excluding Easter public holidays).

 

 


It's a Sapphire Coast Life !

 

There’s lots of ways to get on the water during your next Merimbula Getaway.  

“Everyone’s a bit shaky at the start….but it’s a great way to see our beautiful lakes, rivers and ocean,” says Col Funston from Coastlife Adventures.

He’s talking about the latest craze to hit the waterways. Stand up Paddle boarding or SUPs. The boards are wider and longer than a regular surfboard,allowing the rider to stand upright and use a single-ended paddle to push themselves across the water. You’ll be up and running in no time and by standing,you get to see some amazing sea life passing beneath you.

Surfing has been a part of Australian beachlife for generations and now with the latest softboards, it’s even easier for everyone to learn to hang ten.  “These boards make you look cool even when you’re falling off” says Col. Like the SUP boards, these softboards are very forgiving for first timers and are a great way for the young, and not so young, to try their hand at catching a wave. 

Surfboards aren’t the only way to catch waves - sit-on sea kayaks are a great way to surf and they can take you on other adventures as well. Great for fishing and a perfect way to find hidden spots where only a paddle can take you. In Merimbula, there are miles of lakes, rivers and ocean paddling. Explore the Pambula River and its beautiful tree-lined shores. You might spot sea eagle’s next or a pelican feeding. Try your hand at catching a flathead on the quiet Merimbula Lake while you watch the local oyster farmers at work, or cross the bar and dive in over the side for a snorkel and a closer look at the aquatic life.

Of course you don’t need to bring a SUP, Surfboard or Kayak with you. All are available to hire for a day or an hour so you can try your hand on the water.

Book and Stay at any Getaway Meimbula property for 4 nights before March 27, 2015 and receive a FREE Coastlife Adventure voucher for Kayaking, Surfing or Stand Up Paddle boarding. (New bookings only)


Golf in Merimbula

 

With spectacular scenery both on and off the course, beautiful spring sunshine and some of the top courses in the country, it’s a great time to Getaway on a golfing holiday to Merimbula.The hardest part will be choosing which course to play.

You can share the 27-hole course at Pambula-Merimbula Golf Club with local wildlife. Or try to avoid hitting the centuries-old gum trees on the 18-hole course at Bega. Other 18-hole courses in the area include Eden Gardens and heading north through beautiful spotted-gum forest, the Bermagui Country Club.This challenging seaside layout has great views of Horseshoe Bay and some of the best greens in the area.

The region’s feature course is the Tura Beach Country Club. Designed by Australian golf legend and five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson, and his design partner, world renowned golf course architect Michael Wolveridge, the championship course has million dollar ocean views and is only 5km from the heart of Merimbula.

The course is a great chance for golfers to really test their game. While the front nine is a more open style of golf, with the ocean views proving the greatest distraction, the back nine is more of a challenge as it winds its way through native bushland forest.

With significant water hazards, plenty of strategically placed sand traps and fast, breaking greens this can be a memorable round and, at times, a humbling experience. The layout is 6,018 metres and par 72 and has been rated number 17 in NSW and number 92 in Australia.

Be aware that this is no flat layout though, so if in doubt pick up a cart at the clubhouse. The modern clubhouse has a breathtaking panorama over the course to the ocean and is a great location for a meal or a refreshing drink after the game or anytime.

Book a 7-day holiday between November 1, 2014 and December 24, 2014 and get free unlimited golf on this amazing course during your stay. This offer is available for new bookings only.

 

 

 


 

Whale Watching in Merimbula

It’s the last stop on an exhausting journey down the east coast of Australia -20,000 whales travelling the humpback highway to the summer feeding grounds under the Antarctica ice. Merimbula’s coastline is the last land they’ll see for thousands of kilometres during their epic migration. And that makes it easy for us landlubbers to catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures from a beach car park, headland lookout, veranda or even your Getaway Merimbula lounge room.

Just a few minutes scanning the ocean and you’re bound to see the telltale white splash of a breaching whale.

Nobody really knows why whales leap out of the water, but in a typical breach, a humpback whale clears the water at an angle of about 30° then turns horizontal. Around 90% of the body clears the water before the whale turns to land on its back or side. "Belly flops" also occur but are less common. To achieve that sort of clearance, a humpback needs to leave the water at a speed of eight metres per second or 29 kilometres per hour. Quite a feat for a 40 ton animal!

To find the best spot for whale watching, download the popular Wild About Whales App for your iPhone or android smart phone. You can get the latest whale sightings, record your own sightings and help other whale watchers spot a whale via Twitter and Facebook.

Of course if you want the up close and personal experience of a lifetime, hop aboard a whale watching cruise in Merimbula. With the whales being so close to shore, it’s just a quick trip from the marina to all the action.


 


 

 

Blues Skies & Sunny Days: Winter in Merimbula

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?

 


 

Merimbula Family Fest – School Holiday Fun

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.
 

 


 

Family Friendly Push Bike Rides in Merimbula

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.


 


 

Merimbula Jazz Festival - 6 -9 June 2014


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

 


 

Merimbula Fun Run – May 25, 2014

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.


 

Surfs Up at Merimbula

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.

 


Merimbula Cafe wins Chef's Hat

The popular Merimbula restaurant, Zanzibar Cafe has been awarded a prestigious "Chefs Hat" by the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. The restaurant has been singled out and is the only restaurant on the NSW South Coast below Wollongong to receive this accolade by the critics.

The award has been a real coup for the Merimbula restaurant and has meant that head chef Huw Jones has had to call in for some assistance in the kitchen. Fortunately for Huw, his brother Angus was a Pastry chef at the Quay Restaurant in Sydney, which was made famous by the Masterchef TV program.

Now holiday makers staying in local Merimbula accommodation will be able to enjoy the culinary delights of one of Merimbula finest restaurants. You can find a list of Merimbula restaurants here and more information about Zanzibar restaurant here.