Pambula is a coastal village nestled between peaceful lakes and an idyllic river mouth.
The population of Pambula is 867 and is comprised of approximately 51.2% females and 48.8%. Pambula has a population of 26 (3.0%) indigenous people and a median age of 48.
Pambula is located on the far south coast of New South Wales between Melbourne and Sydney in a region known as the Sapphire Coast. It is a 3 hour drive from Canberra via Cooma or a 6 hour drive from either Melbourne or Sydney. The Sapphire Coast is a high-quality oyster-producing region and Pambula boasts the highest concentration of oyster farms in the region.
There is a regional airport just 10 minutes to the north 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 people from Pambula work in are:
- Health care and social assistance
- Retail trade
- Accommodation and food services
- Education and training
Pambula Hospital is a regional public hospital (less than 50 beds) with an emergency department.
The closest major regional hospital is located in Bega (30 mins north) and offers:
- 134 overnight beds
- 15 emergency department bays
- 4 emergency medical unit beds
- 46 acute medical inpatient beds
Pambula’s nearest ambulance service is in Merimbula.
There is one medical practice in Pambula.
Pambula has one school.
Pambula Public School
Children from Pambula are required to travel to either Bega or Eden to attend public high school, or attend private schools in the broader region including Pambula Beach, Eden and Bega.
There is one pre-school in Pambula. For more information on this child care option click here.
Pambula has a Foodworks Supermarket. The nearby towns of Merimbula and Tura Beach each have a Woolworths. Merimbula also has a Target and a number of specialty stores.
In nearby Bega (30 mins from Pambula) 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 Pambula/Merimbula including Catholic, Anglican, and Uniting churches. The nearest Buddhist Temples and Muslim Mosques are located in Canberra (3 hours north-west).
Merimbula Pambula Bulldogs
Pambula United Football Club
Pambula Tennis Club
Pambula Cricket Club
Merimbula District Netball Association
Pambula Merimbula Golf Club
Sapphire Aquatic Centre
Points of Interest
The Sapphire Coast is a spectacular place to live. 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 offers 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 are 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 wellbeing facilities in the area or relax with a movie at the local cinema.