Merimbula Beaches & Lakes

Dip a toe at Mitchies Jetty, chase the kids at Spencer Park, boogie board family races at Merimbula Main, catch a break at Middle or Short…. Merimbula has the perfect wave for the perfect activity. Hang out at the beach with family or friends, throw a line from Merimbula Wharf, help the kids construct the Taj Mahal out of sand, or do what you are not supposed to do… stretch out on a towel and feel the warmth of the sun on your skin. Whatever your style of holiday whether it be water action, fast and furious or a relaxed summer break with lazy days and leisurely swims you’re sure to find the perfect place in the sand at Merimbula.

Merimbula Main Surf Beach

Merimbula Main Beach is located on the Fish Pen in Merimbula and is perfect for family boogie boarding or swimming while the north end on a southerly swell provides a perfect wave for the keen surfer. Main Beach is patrolled for a period over the Christmas holidays and usually provided fairly safe swimming conditions.

Main Beach also hosts the popular Merimbula Classic in November each year, an event which brings Kite Surfers, SUP riders and Wind Surfers from all over the country.

Spencer Park

Spencer Park is located on Merimbula Lake which is tidal and provides a great area for children to explore the water, particularly on a low tide. The park itself is deal for family picnics and BBQ’s and the playground provides hours of entertainment for the children. Spencer Park is protected from Northly winds.

Bar Beach

Merimbula’s Bar Beach is located at the entrance of Merimbula Lake at the Bar so it provides access to boats coming in and out. Whilst the water is flat and is always inviting, on an outgoing tide there is a strong current which requires attention especially with small children and weak swimmers. The rocky headland is ideal for snorkeling or a walk where you will find lots of little creatures in the rock pools. Bar Beach has undercover BBQ facilities which make it a great place for dinner and a dip. The Bar Beach kiosk is also a popular spot with locals with is fresh coffee, light meals and of course ice creams. There is even a large deck area which is popular for weddings and photos, so what ever you want to do, Bar Beach has it all!

Mitchies Jetty

Mitchies Jetty is a popular beach located on the lake side of Fishpen. It is easy to access by foot and has some parking available. The jetty provides endless fun for kids who run and jump of the jetty into the cool, clear water of Merimbula lake. Keeping the kids entertained means that Mum and Dad will love it too, because they can relax on the beach. The brightly coloured boat shed at Mitchies is featured any many of the images of Merimbula. It is also a great place to put in a kayak, build some sandcastles or just enjoy a swim. Micthies Jetty is protected from Southerly winds.

Short Point

Short Point is located on the Southern end of Tura Beach and is a popular spot for surfers. The swell can be quite large at times as it is quiet open, but the point itself does offer some protection from Southerly swells and winds. Short Point provides access to visitors of Merimbula Holiday Park and has a large car park where you can enjoy the view along Tura Beach. If you are looking for a surf beach near Merimbula for some boogie boarding or body surfing, then head to Short Point. Short Point is patrolled for a short period over the Christmas holidays.

Middle Beach

Middle Beach is located between Short Point and Bar Beach. If it is a secluded spot in the sun that you are after then Middle Beach is the beach for you. Access is by foot only and it is quiet a walk down the stairs, but that means most days you will have the beach to yourself. Middle Beach is an ideal beach for lazing around or a bit of snorkeling, but Middle Beach is not patrolled so exercise caution when swimming.

Merimbula Lake

Merimbula Lake gives Merimbula it’s seaside atmosphere with the town itself located around the shores of Lake and views of the lake from all over town including the Main street. Sit at the popular Waterfront Cafe and watch the charter boats come in and out or the Oyster Farmers check on their leases.

Merimbula Lake is a tidal estuary which opens to the sea. The flat water provides visitors with lots of opportunities for children to wade, through in a line, do a bit of kayaking or even to learn to Stand Up Paddle board.

Boats can use the boat ramp located on the Southern side of the bridge to launch their trip, or you can join in on one of the many charter boat activities including Deep Sea Fishing and Whale Watching tours (in season) that leave from Merimbula Marina.

Top Lake

boatTop Lake is probably most known by visitors to the area by the popular boardwalk which follows the edge of the lake and makes a pleasant walk.

The boardwalk starts in Merimbula and winds its way along about the side of the lake for a little over a kilometre and is popular for a early morning or late evening walk. Along the way there is plenty to see and there are signposts and rest areas where you can sit back and take it all in.

At the other end of the boardwalk you will find Top Lake Boat Hire. You can hire a tinnie and do some fishing, or take the kids out on a paddle boat, or sit in the Café and enjoy a coffee or light meal.

There is also a boat ramp located at the Boat Hire where the serious fisherman can put there boats in.

Back Lake

Back Lake is another great place to explore, paddle or fish. With many small nooks from which to fish, Back Lake offers fishers the opportunity to catch tailor, flathead and mulloway…..


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