Merimbula is a favourite holiday
destination for both Victorians and the Canberra set. The area is
seemingly protected and whilst windy has a sunny reputation. Beaches
plus inland waterways mean boating, surfing and fishing as the top
recreations. Merimbula is also the ‘capital’ of the region and to
handle the growth and popularity of the area has an airport to service
commuter traffic to Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.
Merimbula is predominantly a tourist town and its meaning is
Aboriginal for 'two lakes'.
Merimbula is also a young town and has no old buildings of
significance that have survived the rapid expansion. The notable
exception being the War Memorial building in the cbd.
Merimbula is the host of the Australian Native Orchid
Show, held in Twyfold Hall. Another event is the Annual Jazz Festival
which is held on the Queen’s Birthday weekend in June. While a much
smaller festival, a Country Music Festival is held in the
Merimbula-Imlay Bowling Club around the beginning of November
Merimbula does, however, have a small, but significant
oyster farming industry. Merimbula grows approximately 3% of NSW
The seals near the cbd
The Merimbula Hotel is a 50’s building and about as
ugly you could get, and a Mc Donalds is on what may have been the
other pub spot.
The Merimbula War Memorial is on the waterfront and is
worthy, but modern acknowledgement.
All of the churches in Merimbula and modern.
only wonder what was demolished.
The Merimbula Museum is housed in the old primary
school that gives an insight to an earlier era.
For all its heritage shortcomings, the place is
really nice and is a great place for a holiday.