The region’s summers are warm and wet, with the highest temperatures rising to over 37 degrees from November through to February. For beach lovers looking for the hottest weather, these are the best months to book your flights to Merimbula.
In the winter months, the town can be cool and windy, but the pleasant temperatures make this a good time for sightseeing. Holidays booked out of the summer season are likely to be cheaper and you will have more chance of finding cheap flights. Due to Merimbula’s mild climate all year around, locals and travellers to the region can enjoy a wide range of events and festivals such as the Club to Pub Surf Ski Race in October, The Merimbula Triathlon in March and monthly horse racing at the Sapphire Coast Turf Club, making it the perfect getaway for families, couples and friends.
Come and enjoy a long weekend of jazz, dancing, street parades and much more at Merimbula’s annual Jazz Festival. The festival swings into action on the Friday and is concluded on the Monday with a great Jazz Picnic where audiences can enjoy dancing away to some top jazz bands throughout the day.
Each year many visitors are lured by the pristine beaches, warm sunshine and scenic delights of Australia’s Sapphire Coast. One of the region’s most prominent towns is Merimbula, a tourist hotspot, blessed with five gorgeous sandy beaches and each offers a variety of water sports, such as snorkelling, scuba diving and surfing. Situated on the coast of New South Wales, Merimbula is renowned for its water based activities, particularly fishing and whale watching. Here you have the opportunity to experience an incredible range of nature activities, not least of which is the walk along the Merimbula Boardwalk, which skirts around the top of Merimbula Lake. Several national parks are within a short driving distance from the town, giving plenty of opportunities to explore unspoilt areas of natural beauty. To the north Bournda Nature Reserve offers walking tracks, camping facilities and lake swimming, including a lovely coastal track that stretches to Tura Beach. To the south, Ben Boyd National Park is the home of 212 bird species and 50 mammal species. If you want to find out about the region’s history, there are plenty of heritage buildings to visit. The Bega Cheese Heritage Centre in the nearby town of Bega offers cheese tasting and a history of cheese making in the region, whilst the Bega Pioneers’ Museum exhibits a collection of local objects from the past. Of course, this destination is not just about nature, wildlife and heritage. The town has its very own theme park, Magic Mountain, which offers exciting family entertainment, including rollercoasters and water attractions that will thrill children and parents alike. If that’s not enough, you can also treat the kids to a visit to the Aquarium, a 70,000 litre oceanarium located on Merimbula Wharf.
There are bus services that operate between the town and other local towns in New South Wales, including Bega, Eden and Tura Beach. A local taxi company also operates within the town area.
Merimbula Airport (MIM) is located 1.6 km south of the town, providing connecting flights to other Australian cities, such as Sydney and Melbourne. You can hire a car from one of several major car rental companies to meet you at the airport. Alternatively, you can book a taxi to transfer into town.
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