River, stream, or creek and dog-friendly camping near Merimbula

It’s all about fun in—or on—the water in this relaxed New South Wales south coast town.

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River, stream, or creek and dog-friendly camping near Merimbula guide

Overview

Merimbula lies at the heart of the Sapphire Coast, so-named for the sparkling blue waters that form the spectacular backdrop to this oyster-farming hub where the Merimbula Lake meets the sea. Activities revolve around the water, including fishing, beach hopping, coastal bushwalking, oyster sampling, and whale-watching during the winter months. Campers have campgrounds and holiday parks to choose from in Merimbula itself, with plenty more options in nearby towns and national parks.

When to go

The best time to hit the beaches of the Merimbula region is between the warmer months of October and April, though crisp winter days are also ideal for bushwalks and cosying up beside a campfire in the evenings. Visit in March to gorge on local produce at the Merimbula Eat Festival, or in late October or early November to catch the Eden Whale Festival in Eden. 

Know before you go

  • Merimbula is just under a six hours’ drive south of Sydney, and about three hours southeast of Canberra, with bus services available. Merimbula also has a small airport with flights from Sydney.
  • Oysters are available year-round on the NSW south coast. Sydney Rock oysters are usually at their peak during the warmer months, Pacific oysters can be enjoyed throughout the year, and Angasi oysters are best in winter.
  • Checking up-to-date rules before starting a campfire is particularly important on the NSW south coast.

Nearby attractions

The perfect outing for any campers on the Sapphire Coast, Gillards Beach has more than 2 kilometres of golden sand backed by a dense woodland rich in wildlife.

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