About Sapphire Coast
Discover the ideal adventure landscape and reconnect with nature on the Sapphire Coast of New South Wales. All year round our national parks are natural playgrounds and the lagoons and seas are our wonder-filled aquarium. Explore artisan galleries, taste the freshest of produce from the land and the sea, sample local wine, study Aboriginal history and culture, and the history of the pioneers. Or lose yourself in nature, in whatever way you choose.
Merimbula's magic begins with a first glimpse of the beaches, brilliant beneath the bright sunshine.
Merimbula's heart beats with the tides of the lake and ocean.
Merimbula has always been a beautiful place of sheltered waters and seafood feasts. The Yuin People were the first to harvest and share oysters, fish and more, with middens dating back thousands of years still visible on the lake's edge.
In 1797, it was discovered by two very young English men, Bass and Flinders, who sailed from Sydney in a well fitted whale boat. While here and while they rowed further south, they became convinced there was a body of water that separated Tasmania from the mainland – the Bass Strait.
Today it's still easy to find a deserted beach, drop a line and catch a fish here, and the heart of the town beats with the rhythm of the tides. Nearby Bournda and Ben Boyd National Parks offer even more unspoilt exploration.