Merimbula and Pambula, less than 10 minutes apart, are located on the Sapphire Coast of NSW, a spectacular coastal region of picturesque villages, beautiful beaches, calm lakes, and pristine national parks.
Located on the Far South Coast of NSW Merimbula and Pambula are about 240 km (3 hr drive) from Canberra via Cooma and 520 km (6 hr drive) from Sydney. Both Merimbula and Pambula are less than a half hour drive from the regional centre of Bega. Tura Beach is a suburb of Merimbula.
The Sapphire Coast is a high-quality oyster-producing region, both Merimbula Lake and Pambula Lake are renowned for their oysters, with Pambula Lake boasting the highest concentration of oyster farms in the region.
Merimbula Regional Airport is serviced by Regional Express (REX) offering daily flights to and from Melbourne, Sydney and Moruya.
There are regular coach services from Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, and local bus services to get around Merimbula.
Merimbula is home to more than 7500 people, the median age of residents is 55 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up nearly 2% of the population. Nearby Pambula is home to more than 1500 people, the median age of residents is 51 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up nearly 2% of the population.
Pambula Hospital is the closest public hospital (less than 50 beds), it has a Nurse-led Assessment, Treatment, and Care Centre (ATC) for walk-in patients. The ATC is for minor injuries and illnesses.
Bega (less than 30 min drive) has a major regional hospital – South East Regional Hospital that opened in 2016. It offers a wide range of services including Aboriginal health, aged and chronic disease, Breast Screen NSW, dental (oral) health, diabetes, drug and alcohol, heart (cardiac) rehabilitation, hepatitis C treatment, HIV, kidney (rental) health, maternal, pediatrics, palliative care, radiology, and women’s health.
There is a NSW Ambulance Service station at Merimbula
There may be accommodation available to registrars, please contact your Rural Support Officer for more details.