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Merimbula Boardwalk

G15th February 2018

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One of the nicest attractions along the south coast of New South Wales is Merimbula’s “boardwalk”.

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.

View of town from bay

Merimbula is a small coastal town on the Sapphire Coast in New South Wales.

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.

View of boardwalk with water on one side and trees on the other.

The start of the Merimbula boardwalk immediately impresses.

View across water

The view of Merimbula Lake from the boardwalk.

Mother walking with pram along board walk

The Merimbula boardwalk is an easy stroll for people of all ages and abilities.

View of boardwalk with water on one side and trees on the other.

The diversity of environments along the board walk is surprising

Oyster farms in the water

Oyster farms in Merimbula Lake

View of boardwalk with sand and water on one side and trees on the other.

One could be forgiven for thinking that they’re on a remote island in tropical Queensland

Mangroves growing along the Merimbula boardwalk.

Mangroves growing alongside the Merimbula boardwalk.



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