Merimbula Weekend Getaway

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If you love oysters, you’ll love this weekend. But oysters aren’t the only stars on the plate when you visit the rich waters of Merimbula, Pambula and Eden. This weekend itinerary is a mix of casual and fine dining that takes you from oyster leases to breweries to stylish restaurants – perfect for friends who want to mix it up, meet some makers and take it easy.





Merimbula – Pambula – Eden – Lake Wonboyn


2-3 nights Merimbula or Pambula


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Start your weekend with a delicious breakfast and great coffee at Toast Café in the heart of Pambula. Owners Ollie and Nicky always give a warm welcome and their meals are creative and generous, starring local ingredients. Take a seat on the veranda to catch some gentle morning sunshine, or head inside to spot some local art and enjoy the buzz of the ever-stylish and relaxed Toast Café.
Situated where the highway narrows in historical Pambula, with a little veranda nestled out back, Toast is a unique meeting place for locals and travelers where coffee, food and

After breakfast, 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: 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.

Broadwater Oysters presents an unrivalled ‘Tide-to-Table’ experience on the water’s edge at Pambula Lake. This award-winning working oyster farm offers fresh Sydney Rock oysters grown in Pambula Lake and


The wide blue expanse of the Pambula River is idyllic.  Perfect for a SUP board, swim or just a wade along the shore.  Perhaps you brought some Broadwater Oysters with you for a treat by the water…


Feeling revitalised after your first day at the Gourmet Coast, you’re ready for a fun night out with live music, local brews and woodfired pizza at Longstocking Brewery.  Try Longstocking’s impressive array of house-made beers and ciders with a beer paddle and continue your oyster adventure at their Oyster Bar, where you’ll find plump and creamy oysters served natural or in dishes with exciting flavours.

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

Do you want to relax while someone else does all the driving?  We recommend booking Bermi and Beyond to look after you for the whole day.

Do you need a designated driver with local knowledge of the best places to eat, drink and play on the Gourmet Coast? Bermi & Beyond provides fun and reliable


BRUNCH: Sprout Café

Rise and shine, but not too fast.  You’re heading south to Eden to meet Karen Lott – a mover and shaker of the food scene on the Gourmet Coast.  Ask her for some foodie tips as she serves up a breakfast starring produce from local farms and gardens.  Take a coffee with you as you wander down to see the harbour, home to one of the largest fishing fleets in NSW.

With its fascinating history and incredible natural beauty, Eden is well worth a visit. And to sample the best local produce, visit Sprout. Owner Karen Lott set up Sprout

OYSTER FARM TOUR: Wonboyn Rock Oysters

You’ll feel a million miles away as you drive a little further south to Lake Wonboyn.  Every oyster has its own taste profile – or merroir – that reflects the taste of the estuary in which it was raised. Here you’ll taste the pristine beauty of Lake Wonboyn, surrounded by national parks.  Ken and Caroline will share their 30 years of farming knowledge to help you identify the different taste profiles of oysters and polish your shucking skills – or you can just enjoy the serenity with a glass of wine and a plate of creamy oysters fresh from the lake.

By the pristine waters of Wonboyn Lake you can find some of the best Sydney Rock Oysters on offer along our coast.  Drop by to visit this rustic oyster

DINNER: My Valentina

After an afternoon siesta, it’s time for a Mediterranean-inspired dinner at the romantically-styled My Valentina.  Ideal for a romantic dinner for two or a group of friends, you’ll share platters of vibrant flavours and celebrate into the night.

Valentina offers a “one of a kind” romantic dining experience. Sophisticated Mediterranean-influenced cuisine, from the ocean and hinterland served with views over the picturesque surrounds of Merimbula Lake.  


LONG LUNCH: Wheelers Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar

You’ve had such a great time, you don’t want to leave.  Keep feeling the weekend as you step onto the deck at Wheelers for a long seafood lunch and to browse their deli.  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…

Wheeler’s serves Contemporary Australian cuisine featuring a fusion of flavours and the freshest local seafood. Ever-changing specials as well as vegetarian and gluten free dishes that don’t compromise on