things to do

  1. Beaches: there are three beaches within walking distance.
    1. The river mouth – protected, small waves, great for kids and when its blowing onshore
    2. Lions Beach – dog off-lead, surf beach
    3. SLSC Beach – near caravan park, patrolled each day during summer , can walk to Merimbula on the sand (1 hour 20 mins)
  2. Bike path to Merimbula. Near the Catholic school (lumen Christi) on the road to Pambula town you’ll see a bike path off on the right. Follow it all the way past the golf course and the airport to Merimbula
  3. Caravan park – jumping pillow, play equipment, kangaroos. The jumping pillow is only meant for those staying at the caravan park but feel free to buy an ice cream and eat it while the kids play. If you have kids with bikes the safest, flattest place in town is to ride around the caravan park.
  4. Forest walk to lookout deck – starts near the “bathing boxes” at the river mouth, about 1 km, lovely views of river. To find the start, walk down to the rivermouth beach and upriver past the old boat sheds. If you look carefully at where the beach meets the bush you’ll see a National Parks sign where the path begins. The viewing platform at the end of this ten minute walk is very serene.
  5. Jiguma walking track. This track connects the surf lifesaving club to the river mouth beach.  It runs through the bush below the bottom row of houses on the low side of Coraki. There are also viewing platforms on the headlands at either end of Lions beach. (also known as dog beach)
  6. Top Fun – bowling and laser tag. This is the “arcade” at the top of the main street in Merimbula.
  7. Pottaroo Palace – native wildlife sanctuary http://goo.gl/maps/9ckSx This is a good outing if you want to get really close to a wide range of Australian animals.
  8. Magic Mountain – theme park with water slides. This is only open in summer, and it is free to enter. http://goo.gl/maps/uI9fu Wrist bands to go on all the rides are expensive but if your kids have loads of energy you can take folding chairs and a picnic and a book and set up camp for the day while the kids wear themselves out. There are two water slides. The water is warmest in the morning and gets colder throughout the day. The wind also picks up throughout the day and kids might be cold by the afternoon. Nevertheless, it is a great place for a picnic.
  9. Merimbula Aquarium. http://goo.gl/maps/bAjBY This is similar to Pottaroo Palace in that it is small but very intimate.
  10. Whale watching – book cruises leaving from Merimbula pier in September to early December http://whalewatching.merimbulamarina.com
  11. Killer whale museum in Eden. http://goo.gl/maps/smhbo One of the best little community museums in Australia and well worth a visit for an hour.
  12. Panboola – bike path around wetlands with birdlife. http://goo.gl/maps/PmQNR ride over there for some exploring. You can even ride your bikes around the old racecourse, or cut through the safe, quiet way to Oaklands.
  13. Weekly markets – rotates between Candelo (1st Sunday), Pambula (2nd Sunday), Merimbula (3rd Sunday) and Whyndam (4th Sunday), check website for details http://thebegavalley.org.au/1562.html
  14. Oaklands – garden nursery, petting zoo and café. It is hard to miss on the road between Pambula and South Pambula. Sample the Sapphire Coast’s 2nd worst coffee and pay a couple of bucks so the kids can amuse themselves with a range of farm animals
  15. The Picture Show Man, Merimbula http://www.pictureshowman.com.au/
  16. Bega Cheese factory
  17. Bombala platypus watching http://www.bombala.nsw.gov.au/ourplatypus.html This is a bit of a trip but you can turn it into an adventure. First of all, drive to South Pambula and turn right. Drive up to Wyndham. Do not drink the coffee in Wyndham. Also say goodbye to the mobile reception before Wyndham. Then keep driving up Mt Darragh, the local morning bike ride, and out onto the Monaro, the high plains. Drive through Bombala and five kms out the other side is the platypus viewing deck. We’ve seen as many as three at once. Binoculars make the experience even better.
  18. Scenic drives. A good trip is to Candelo, Bemboka, Brown Mountain, then south to Bombala and home via Wyndham.
  19. Walking/hiking. Climbing Mt Imlay looks like a good trip.
  20. The Nethercote falls. http://goo.gl/maps/3DgXy If you have a front wheel drive car without much ground clearance then you might want to park at the top car park. Otherwise you’ll be fine getting out of the very steep last 200m.
  21. Mandeni – off Sapphire Coast Drive, just north of Tura Beach.  Fun family day with activities such as archery, golf, mountain bike track (bikes available for hire) and paddle boats.  $65 per family for half day.
  22. Pambula Merimbula Golf – http://www.merimbulagolf.com.au/
  23. Take your own oysters from the places where it is publicly permitted and have them with champagne on the deck
  24. Fish for salmon, whiting and more on the rising tide with sandworms you’ve caught yourself
  25. Kite surfing, sea kayaking or stand up paddle boarding lessons
Nethercote falls
Nethercote falls – a great place to go when it is windy on the beach.
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Looking up the Pambula River from the west end of the beach.