Things We love
Stating the obvious here but we do love our little town! We've got everything you need including varied shopping (with a mix of bigger stores and smaller boutiques), a variety of cafes & eateries, a few cool bars plus our modern, spacious clubs with plenty of facilities and a variety of entertainment all-year round.
Our position by the lake means the water is never more than a few hundred metres from you at anytime.
Oh and there's plenty of great coffee - a winter essential!
And it's not just about eating & shopping (although it could be) - hop on a tour, float away and spot whales, throw a line in off the jetty, cycle, walk, swim, relax, pamper ... Merimbula is the hub with access loads of great activities.
We are the heart of the Sapphire Coast
Native Animal Educational Sanctuary Potoroo Palace is a wonderful place to see and learn more about our native wildlife. Say hello to a koala, wander among the kangaroos, touch a snake, spot a birdie or 3 in the walk-through aviary or have a close encounter with any number of other species - including animals native to the Merimbula region.
Winner of Trip Advisor 2018 Certificates of Excellence for 6 consecutive years, Potoroo Palace proudly put animal welfare and conservation at the the top of their priorities.
A wonderful stop for children, 'Potoroo' is also fascinating for adults with an interest in the natural environment, wildlife or conservation. For those with mobility issues a train tour is ideal. You'll be driven around the park accompanied by a keeper/guide making several stops. Your journey can even be tailored to your specific animal interests. Choose from tours of 15 minutes up to an hour.
Finish off with a delicious lunch or coffee & cake in the Blue Wren Cafe, which is open everyday with no admission fees and be sure to ask about "Wombat Wednesdays" - only happening in the off peak months!
Take a stroll along the boardwalk and go on a journey through an ever-changing landscape of tidal flow and mangrove beds, under tall eucalypts and past Merimbula’s famous Sydney Rock Oyster farms.
Winding it's way from Merimbula Bridge to Top Lake it's the perfect way to appreciate the lake's ecology & positioning. Accessible from several places, it's easiest to find the start near the bridge or park at Top Lake carpark and walk back towards town.
Note the boardwalk is for walking or jogging only.
WHEELER'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
More than a restaurant, Wheeler's is an iconic Sapphire Coast destination featuring fine dining, a cafe & take away, oyster farm tours and the daily oyster bar to sample their world class oysters.
We love their their local seafood dishes, but the surf n' turf is well worth a mention and the menu offers more than seafood dishes, catering to meat eaters and vegetarians.
Recently voted in The Good Food Guide's Top 11 Seafood Restaurants in NSW, people are traveling far and wide to sample their delicious menu. If you're on a budget, head to the take-away section and grab some fish and chips and one of their gorgeous cakes - it's just as good as the restaurant.
One of our most popular spots, Fishpen Peninsular is that funny little stretch of land opposite the town centre, tucked in between the lake and Merimbula's Main Beach.
Our iconic pelican sculptures are dotted around the lake along with a cluster of charming ramshackle jetties, the old slipways and squadrons of real pelicans - making Fishpen a popular destination for photographers!
Many locals start their day with a walk, jog, cycle or swim around Fishpen. The path along the lake edge is suitable for prams and wheelchairs and you'll find parking right next to the pavement. Fishpen is very accessible and comes with an atmosphere that provides instant relaxation.