My wife and I recently spent a week on the south (Sapphire) coast of New South Wales. Famous for its coastline and marine industries, it’s a lovely part of the world to visit. Merimbula is a small coastal town approximately 370 kilometres south of Wollongong. The town seems to be a very popular holiday spot for Victorians; indeed I recall several visits there when I was a child.
During our holiday, a visitor’s information centre guide at Bermagui disparagingly referred-to Merimbula as a “Gold Coast for Victorians”. Perhaps it is during Christmas and New Year, but we timed our holiday to avoid all of that. When we went, the weather was stunning and there was still parking available in the town centre. Nothing was crowded.
For those spending some time in Merimbula, I thoroughly recommend the famous “boardwalk” that is located on the southern side of the town centre. The walk runs along the edge of the Merimbula Lake and makes for a very easy 3.5 kilometre stroll. The start of the walk is a little obscured because it is hidden behind a gravel car park and a shed (neither of which are especially appealing) but once past that, it’s all spectacular from there.
As one proceeds along the lake’s edge, there is a surprising variety of environments to explore, from mangroves to scrub and even small sandy beaches. The boardwalk is flat, so even a wheelchair-bound person could easily enjoy the views. During our walk, we saw several mothers with prams enjoying the walk. We saw many species of fish, crustaceans and birds. The walk also offers an impressive view of the local oyster farms.
Posted below are a few photographs that I took along the way. The weather was absolutely beautiful and this simple walk proved to be one of the highlights of our holiday.