DAY ONE - PAMBULA And Merimbula
Located in the heart of Pambula, this charming gelateria beckons with its vibrant colours, sweet aromas, and irresistible treats. As you enter, you’re greeted by a cheerful display of gelato flavours, coffees, juices and gluten free treats. The gelateria prides itself on using only the finest ingredients and traditional Italian techniques to create their velvety gelato masterpieces. From classic flavours like creamy vanilla and rich chocolate to exotic creations like passionfruit and hazelnut crunch, Bianchini Gelati offers a wide range of options to please every palate.
Browse the eclectic shops of the street – from retro goods to art, homewares, clothes and surfboards, Pambula has got its coastal shopping style on. Just around the corner you’ll find Panboola – a wetlands conservation area with easy walking tracks and bike paths where you can spot local flora and fauna.
LUNCH: Longstocking Brewery
Longstocking Brewery in Pambula is a lively venue for all the family. Settle in on the leafy deck or the hop-filled beer garden and enjoy a freshly brewed craft beer, ginger beer or cider all made on the premises. Complement your drink with the plumpest, freshest, creamiest oysters you’ve ever tasted, or a gourmet wood-fired pizza from the outdoor kitchen.
The brewery has a core range of 12 beers and ciders. Longstocking Ginger Beer and Apple and Rhubarb Cider are among the most popular of the range. The Ginger Beer has a distinct punch of real ginger with the first sip. The Apple and Rhubarb cider has a dry and crisp finish. Both are perfect for a hot summer’s day. The craft beers range from Irish Stout to XPA and everything in between.
DINNER: Kitty’s Bar
The ideal place to catch up with friends for an alfresco lunch, fun cocktails or a special dinner in a sophisticated setting.
Local oysters star on the Gourmet Oyster Plate at Kitty’s and other local produce features throughout their modern Asian fusion menu.
Kitty’s is a stand-out for its luxe design. Whether you are enjoying a gin cocktail at the spectacular marble bar or sharing a plate of creamy Merimbula oysters and a fine Australian wine with a special someone by the flagstone fireplace, you’ll feel spoilt by the beauty of Kitty’s.
DAY TWO - Merimbula
There is so much to do in this seaside town on the NSW South Coast. From whales passing by during the season to wildlife, clear blue waters and national parks. Then there are the white-sand beaches, seaside markets and theme parks to keep you busy.
LUNCH: Tidal Restaurant
Delight in a fabulous selection of local seafood, ethically sourced and carefully attended to by Tidal’s Executive Chef Gavin Swalwell. He ensures that only the highest quality products will appear on your plate. Tidal also serves divinely-crafted succulent pork, duck or beef along with other fresh produce – all paired expertly with wine, beer or spirits. The A La Carte menu changes frequently to showcase Gavin’s training in classical French cuisine.
DINNER: Bar Monti
Bar Monti is a vibrant and inviting establishment nestled in the picturesque town of Merimbula. With its stylish décor and warm ambiance, this bar offers an unforgettable experience for locals and tourists alike.
The bar boasts an impressive selection of craft beers, signature cocktails, and a curated wine list, ensuring that every taste is catered to.
The menu features a fusion of Mediterranean and Australian flavours, with a focus on fresh seafood and locally sourced ingredients. From mouthwatering antipasti, pasta and pizzas to delectable main courses, the culinary offerings at Bar Monti are a true delight. Whether you’re unwinding after a day of exploring the town or celebrating a special occasion, Bar Monti provides an inviting atmosphere where you can relax, indulge, and create cherished memories.
Stroll along the Merimbula boardwalk
Merimbula is derived from a local Aboriginal word meaning ‘two lakes’ in reference to the fact Merimbula Lake is located on the southern side of the town and Back Lake on the northern side. And part of the Bega Valley Shire Council’s strategic plan for the Merimbula Boardwalk was to enhance the visitor experience around Indigenous education in honour of the traditional owners of the land, the Yuin First Nations People. The boardwalk curls around mangrove forests, under the grey-green canopy of eucalypts and past oyster farms that are plentiful along this section of Australia’s Oyster Coast.
LUNCH: Broadwater Oysters
A ten-minute drive north takes you to a hidden pearl of the Gourmet Coast and your oyster adventure has begun. Try your hand at shucking with the team at Broadwater Oysters before enjoying a casual ‘tide to table’ lunch on the deck overlooking Pambula Lake.
DINNER: Wheelers Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar
You’ve had such a great time; you don’t want to leave. Keep the holiday feeling alive as you step onto the deck at Wheelers for a long seafood lunch, followed by a visit to the gift shop. Soak up the sunny day while the rest of the world is back at work and discover yet another taste of oysters. The airport is close by. Perhaps there’s another flight tomorrow…