Set on Merimbula Lake, Merimbula is located on the Sapphire Coast of NSW, a spectacular coastal region of picturesque villages, beautiful beaches, calm lakes, and rolling national parks.
The population of Merimbula is 3,278 and is comprised of approximately 52.4% females and 47.6% males. Merimbula has a population of 30 (0.9%) indigenous people. The median/average age of the people in Merimbula is 50 years of age.
Merimbula is located in the South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network (SENSWPHN). This fact sheet provides an overview of the community profile for the SENSWPHN.
Located on the far south coast of New South Wales between Melbourne and Sydney, the Sapphire Coast is only a 3 hour drive from Canberra via Cooma or a 6 hour drive from either Melbourne or Sydney.
Merimbula is known as a beautiful place of sheltered waters and seafood feasts.
There is a regional airport at Merimbula with daily connections between Melbourne and Sydney.
CountryLink, VLine and Premier Motor Service provide regular coach services from Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, and local bus services can get you around once you’re here.
The main industries in Merimbula are:
- Accommodation and food services
- Retail trade
- Health care and social assistance
- Education and training
Pambula Hospital is the closest public hospital (less than 50 beds) with an emergency department.
The closest major regional hospital is located in Bega (nearly 2 hours’ drive from Batemans Bay) and offers:
- 134 overnight beds
- 15 emergency department bays
- 4 emergency medical unit beds
- 46 acute medical inpatient beds
Merimbula is supported by an ambulance service.
Merimbula has one primary school: Merimbula Public School.
Public high schools are located in Bega and Eden, and attend private schools are located in Pambula Beach, Eden and Bega.
There are five pre-school, day care or child care options in the Merimbula area.
Supermarkets in the Merimbula area include Woolworths at Merimbula and Tura Beach, and Foodworks in Pambula. There is also the Merimbula Fresh Food Market.
Merimbula has a Target and a number of specialty stores.
In nearby Bega (25 minutes from Merimbula) is the Sapphire Marketplace, a major shopping destination of the Sapphire Coast region. The shopping centre includes Big W, as well as Woolworths, Dick Smith, Dan Murphys and over 20 specialty stores.
There are a number of places of worship in Merimbula including Catholic, Anglican, and Uniting churches.
The nearest Buddhist Temples and Muslim Mosques are located in Canberra (3 hours from Merimbula).
Merimbula Pambula Bulldogs
Merimbula Diggers Australian Rules Football Club
Merimbula Grasshoppers Football Soccer Club
Merimbula Tennis Club
Merimbula Cricket Club
Merimbula District Netball Association
Merimbula Golf Club
Merimbula Fishing, Boating and Camping
Sapphire Aquatic Centre
Points of Interest
The Sapphire Coast is a spectacular place to be. Enjoy relaxed sunny days, long strolls along uncrowded beaches, pristine sapphire coastal waters, walks through National Parks, cafes, restaurants and boutique shopping.
If you are interested in sports, the Sapphire Coast will fulfill your needs with more than five great Golf Courses including the popular Tura Beach Country Club and Pambula Merimbula Golf Club.
If you prefer the arts, you might like to visit one of the many art galleries in the area including the lovely Boardwalk Art Gallery in Merimbula.
There is plenty of cultural activities as well and you might enjoy a visit to a local museums or one of the historical sites.
You can enjoy a massage or some pampering at one of the many health and well-being facilities in the area or relax with a movie at the local cinema.