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Discover/Rediscover Merimbula

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Merimbula and its surrounds is one of the most spectacular places you can visit. For people who have never visited I think it is a must! I have deemed Merimbula and surrounds as one of my favourite places on earth. Merimbula is a place that not only has an abundance of natural beauty but it also boasts great fishing, glorious beaches, shopping and other fun activities to suit all the whole family.

I am a regular visitor to this fabulous part of the world and I thought I would write about my recent holiday to the Sapphire Coast.

With the caravan packed and kids full of excitement we set off on the long haul up Highway A1. The drive from Traralgon to Merimbula is 430km or five hours depending on how many stops you plan to make. A great place to stop along the way to get a coffee, or a bite to eat, is Bruthen, the bakery is definitely one place worth a visit. Another place to stop is Cann River which has great coffee shops and a fantastic park for the children to stretch their legs. I love the feeling of excitement when you arrive in Eden (about 20km from Merimbula). After a long trip through the beautiful bush, the glimpses of the ocean and beaches are amazing and there is that sense that you are closer to your destination.

We chose to stay at Big 4 Tween Waters Caravan Park. This park is situated on the Fishpen Arm. (Turn off just before the bridge) If a Tourist park isn’t your cup of tea there is an abundance of apartments and Motels. One in particular is Beaches Apartments on the tip of Fishpen Arm near Mitches Jetty. The Tween Waters Caravan Park is in a great location, only a 10 minute walk to restaurants and shops. We had access through a back gate to Merimbula’s Main Beach and Ford Park. This is where the Merimbula Seaside Market and Fair is held every 3rd Sunday of the Month, was in full swing. The Park itself is well setup, friendly and very clean. The water park, water slides and pools were a favourite for the kids. Although it wasn’t overly warm during our stay my girls still got into their bathers and swam everyday in the heated pool. There is a fantastic games room, BBQ area and movie room with movies showing every evening for the children. Around Merimbula you are spoilt for choice of beaches. Depending on what activities you wish to partake in, there is a beach for you.

During the spring months there are many vantage points to partake in a spot of whale watching. We chose to visit the Eden lookout, Haycock Beach and Short Arm. The whales were very active we saw but I recommend you take your binoculars to better see these beautiful creatures. If you desire a closer look at these denizens of the deep, you could also try one of Merimbula or Eden’s whale watching tours. One of the highlights of our stay was a day trip to Magic Mountain. This is a great place if you just want to take a picnic for the family and enjoy the parks surrounds, or for the more adventurous you can grab some ride passes and hit the Toboggan Run, Rollercoaster and the Tube Rider. One particular favourite of ours were the motorised racing cars. These cars can be driven by young and old and caused many laughs. Another attraction my girls raved about was the water slides. Another highlight of our trip was the Merimbula Aquarium. We had the pleasure of having a very knowledgeable and thoroughly entertaining guide show us around all the tanks and explain all the various kinds of marine, from and around the NSW Far South Coast.

If you are into dining out and enjoying great food, you are seriously spoilt for choice in Merimbula. A definite must is to try the Wheelers Seafood Restaurant. The food there was amazing and the staff were very friendly and attentive. Another stand out was the friendly Merimbula Lakeside Hotel. The views from the restaurant are beautiful, the food is fresh and the prices very reasonable. I have just scraped the surface of places and things you can see and do. I hope like me, you too think about a trip that really is in our own back yard and has so much to offer. Merimbula is a place that has such natural beauty it has to be seen to be believed.

Story by Megan Russell

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