Tiny guide: Merimbula

A town bursting with tasty eateries and produce from local farms, Merimbula is a charming jewel on the Sapphire Coast. Life here is slow and uncomplicated.

Halfway between Melbourne and Sydney is where you’ll find Merimbula and a taste of the simple life. Its allure could be put down to the revitalising qualities of the sea air, or the picture-perfect landscape and hiking trails, however, the main draw is the impressive foodie scene. Read on for some tried and tested recommendations from the In2thewild team. 

Where to stay

Tiny Sophie

Surrounded by gumtrees, Tiny Sophie is a slice of silent paradise, just 15-minutes from Merimbula town centre. Thoughtfully designed so that you can lie in bed with a panoramic view of Merimbula Lake and the ocean.

A secluded coastal retreat, Tiny Sophie hits the sweet spot for hiding in nature but with easy access to the beach. Spend your days exploring the bounty of treasures along the Sapphire Coast, whale watch, surf and eat exceptional seafood before retiring to your tiny house on the hill.

Where to eat and drink

Valentina – Market Street, Merimbula

An effortlessly stylish restaurant overlooking the water. A dreamy spot for a special occasion, you’ll find mouth-watering dishes on the menu such as whipped cod roe, crushed crunchy potatoes and honey ice cream with mango, macadamia & tapioca.

Bar Beach Kiosk – Lake St, Merimbula

Super cute wooden shack overlooking the inlet to Merimbula and out towards Merimbula Main Beach. A favourite for early-rising locals with great coffee and a simple breakfast menu.

Dulcie’s Cottage – Main St, Merimbula

Located in a converted weatherboard cottage this local burger joint heroes South Coast produce and craft beer. In the summer, sit outside under the Jacaranda Tree and in the winter cosy up in front of the fire.

Wild Rye’s Baking Co. – Quondola St, Pambula

Using beans from around the corner at Wild Rye’s Roastery this cafe is a must-stop for all your baked goods needs. With artisan bread, pies, cakes, pastries there is something for everyone, perfectly complemented by an expertly made coffee.

Longstocking Brewery – Princes Hwy, Pambula

This small scale brewery is located in the rustic Oaklands Barn, a collection of local businesses including a cafe and garden store. Order some of the local oysters with your beer (or try one of the many gin cocktails) and kick back for some live music.

What to see and do

Bar Beach 

Address: Bar Beach Kiosk, Lake St, Merimbula NSW 2548

Near the entrance to Merimbula Lake, you’ll find this great swimming spot.  In the summer, you can grab a coffee or a healthy bite from Bar Beach Kiosk, one of the region’s most famous eateries.

Potoroo Palace 

Address: 2372 Princes Hwy, Merimbula NSW 2548

An educational wildlife sanctuary 10-minutes drive from Merimbula in the Bega Valley.  Open 9 am to 4 pm every day.

Magic Mountain 

Address:  134 Sapphire Coast Dr, Merimbula NSW 2548

A charming amusement park 2km from the heart of Merimbula on Sapphire Coast Drive.


A quaint dairy town just 20-minutes from Merimbula and home to the famous Bega Cheese Heritage Centre.