Merimbula is the famed holiday 'resort' of the Sapphire Coast. It's situated between Tathra and Pambula on the coast and welcomes many thousands of eager tourists looking for the perfect coastal break.
Merimbula has a population of around 4,000 (far more in summer) and is situated around the beautiful coastal waterways of the Top and Back Lakes. These clean tidal lakes provide the perfect site for this holiday town. Their changing parade of blues each day, and the many water sports that can be enjoyed on the lakes, make Merimbula's pristine waterways a major attraction for locals and visitors alike.
As well, there are many and varied beaches to be enjoyed around Merimbula.
Gentle beaches suitable for small children are found around the lake foreshores while great surfing beaches outside the lake areas offer a variety of waves for board and body surfers - the beach at short point is particularly popular with boardsurfers. Other beaches around Merimbula include Main Surf, Bar and Middle beaches. Some are patrolled during the summer months and some offer BBQ facilities, changerooms and toilets.
Just about any water sport you could desire is available around Merimbula. Fishing fans are well catered for as well, with boat hire, ramps and other facilities easily arranged. One of the most popular fishing spots is the Merimbula wharf which provides deep sea fishing without the need of a boat.
For more, go to www.merimbulatourism.com.au
The magnificent stretch of coastline between Sydney and Melbourne is one of Australia’s most dramatic and naturally beautiful self-drive experiences. Along its length, the great waters of the Pacific Ocean, Tasman Sea and Bass Strait have carved out dramatic headlands and created beautiful coves and beaches. The ancient ranges that follow it inland are covered in vast expanses of national parks and forests protecting pristine lakes and rivers. Nestled amongst these natural wonders are dozens of quaint fishing villages, tiny colonial hamlets and thriving rural towns built by the country’s most adventurous settlers.
The coast provides you with the whole range of sensory experiences. You can surf the big Tasman swells, dive the many wrecks, do some blue water sailing, go whale spotting or share the beach with seals, dolphins and sea birds. Or take time out to enjoy the delights of its famous seafood.
As you move along it, the landscape constantly changes its character and moods – from the placid blues and pastoral greens of the NSW coast, to the brilliant white sands of Jervis Bay, the massive, unspoiled wilderness of the Croajingolong National Park and the awesome breadth of Ninety Mile Beach and the Gippsland Lakes, Australia’s largest inland waterway.
The journey climaxes at Wilsons Promontory, the southern most point of mainland Australia, where you can explore small, hidden bays, see wildlife in its natural habitat, and visit the historic lighthouse. Then you gently wind your way to Melbourne via Phillip Island where you can see the famously cute little penguins parading along the beach. On the Mornington Peninsula, indulge yourself in a luxurious country retreat, enjoy innovative regional cuisine and superb local wines and visit grand gardens.
Drive the alternative inland route from Lakes Entrance to Melbourne via Walhalla taking in the beautiful green countryside, magnificent vistas, mountain scenery and historic villages. Walhalla became one of Australia's richest gold towns following the discovery of gold in 1863. Today, strolling past its lovingly restored period buildings provides you with an authentic experience of that golden era. Frozen in time, Walhalla is home to only to 20 people.
Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive and the Sydney to Melbourne Heritage Drive are among Australia's most extraordinary road trips driving between Australia's two major cities, including Canberra and Jervis Bay