Why live in Merimbula?
Merimbula is an aboriginal word meaning two waters or place where two waters meet. Once inhabited by the Dyirringany Aborigines the area was first explored by Europeans when Bass and Flinders traveled up the Pambula River in 1797. The Imlay Brothers were early landowners in the 1830s owning land from Broulee to south of Twofold Bay and west to the mountains. The 1840s depression saw the property pass to the Sydney merchants, Walker Brothers who sold the leases to the Twofold Bay Pastoral Association in 1852.
The township of Merimbula began as a private village owned by the Association which opened it as a port in 1855. The first real estate transactions occurred in 1860 when the Association dissolved and allotments of land were placed up for sale. Transportation opened up when the first ferry service across the lake was established in 1857. The first Merimbula bridge was constructed in 1908 and replaced in 1982. Goods were brought to the area by a weekly steamship service from Bega to Merimbula which was in later years followed by an eight horse wagon.
Real Estate & Design
Merimbula offers a wide range of free standing residences from fibro cottages to architectural designed residences built to capture magic views over the coastline. The town has a sizeable number of holiday and investment units that cannot be used for permanent residential but are imminently suitable for investors to secure their spot in the sun. Some areas of redevelopment are occurring with older cottages being replaced with larger homes and multiple dwellings.
Merimbula township caters for the locals and the tourist alike. Supermarkets, niche delis, local butchers and several greengrocers cater to the foodies while those that prefer to be cooked for will find the array of cafes, restaurants and clubs imminently suitable. Merimbula’s main shopping area of Market Street and linked laneways provide a mixture of necessity shops and boutique shopping. The quirky too is catered for with secondhand shops providing genuine treasures and bookshops with those hard to find older editions.
Sports, Fitness & Recreation
With a natural playground at your backdoor there is no wonder that Merimbula is the sportsperson or activity enthusiast’s paradise. Locals and visitors make the most of the many National Parks in the area and take the time to explore by foot, bike, boat or kayak. There are a number of sporting grounds for kids to kick a ball around, the indoor heated pool is a new addition and the golf fiends will enjoy the four golf courses in the area. Those with an eye for precision are catered for with two Bowling Clubs. There are several fitness gyms, rowing clubs, boating facilities and walking tracks.
Distance From Cities & Transportation
Merimbula is an approximate three hour drive from the city of Canberra and is located six to seven hours driving north of Melbourne or six hours south of Sydney.
The local airport is located on the outskirts of Merimbula and is serviced by regular daily flights to Melbourne and Sydney. Interstate, Regional and local bus services are available. Traffic issues are not usually are concern in this relaxed area although during the peak visitor period over Christmas delays can occur on the Pambula to Merimbula road.
Courunga or Munns Tower House
Courunga, formerly known as Munns Tower House was constructed about 1870 by Matthew Munn as a wedding present. The house and its unique tower are visible from most areas in Merimbula. Matthew Munn was founder of the important Maizena Cornflour Company and had a large installation and holdings at Merimbula. The cottage was built at the time Merimbula was a pastoral village, owned firstly by the Twofold Bay Pastoral Company and later by the Munn family. The Munn name is synonymous with the emergence of modern Merimbula as the family had large holdings and milling operations in the district which were central to the economy of the town in its infancy.
The Merimbula Wharf
Now used as a restaurant, café and aquarium the Merimbula Wharf is a well recognized Merimbula landmark. Constructed between 1901 and 1904 the wharf was used as a deep water berth for steamers owned by the Illawarra and South Coast Steam Navigation Company. The lower cargo houses are now used for the aquarium which is popular with visitors to the area. The fishing platform is a great place to hang a line.
Restaurants & Cafes
Merimbula is a great place to enjoy a coffee. Choose from cafes that overlook the picturesque Merimbula Lake, are nestled in quaint laneways or combine the two great loves of reading and hot drinks. There are restaurants catering to a wide range of tastes covering international flavours to great Australian fare. The local clubs offer reasonable meals and are also suited for family dining.
Schools, Education & Institutions
Merimbula Primary School is the main primary school catering for the Merimbula area. There is not a state secondary school in the Merimbula area. High school students travel either to the Bega or Eden High Schools. Private College students attend the local Catholic College in Pambula Beach or the Sapphire Coast Anglican College in Bega
- Municipality:Bega Valley Shire Council