Lakes Coast Visitor Guide

PAGE 118 | LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE MERIMBULA An excellent base for spring whale-watchers Whether you are looking out to sea in the hope of spotting the migrating whales that frequent the waters here in springtime, or just soaking up the warmer weather and seaside scenery, Merimbula has so much on offer. If you’re heading to the ocean beach to spot some whales (or going out on one of Merimbula’s guided, whale-watching cruises) there’ll also be the possibility to see seals, penguins and dolphins, which are regularly seen in the waters here. Scenic walks There are lots of walking trails around Merimbula, too. The lakeside Merimbula Boardwalk (see page 112 of this edition for more information) is sign-posted with information on the local marine life, while a stroll on the 1.2km Goodenia Rainforest Walking Track offers the chance of hearing – and perhaps even spotting – some of the elusive local lyrebirds. Just north of Merimbula is Bournda National Park and the shimmering Wallagoot Lake, a distinctive waterway where you’ll find a number of walks, as well as excellent picnic areas, fishing and birdwatching. Here you can see several species of waterfowl, and – during springtime – threatened species like the little tern and fairy tern, nesting on the lake shore. Sapphire Waters Motor Inn Located in the centre of Merimbula, Sapphire Waters Motor Inn is just a short walk from the beach for swimming, surfing, diving, exploring and – at this time of year – whale watching! Each of the 29 spacious rooms at Sapphire Waters is cheerily decorated and well furnished to ensure that your Merimbula stay is relaxed and comfortable. Staying at Sapphire Waters Motor Inn puts you close to spring whale-watching opportunities. The comfortable accommodation at Sapphire Waters Motor Inn. Rooms are serviced daily by diligent and approachable staff members, who are always happy to help in any way they can. And if you choose one of the 14 balcony rooms at Sapphire Waters, you’ll enjoy stunning views of the coast. The motel, which is located 150 metres from shops, clubs & restaurants, also features a barbecue area, and a sparkling saltwater swimming pool. All rooms are serviced daily and have reversecycle air-conditioning, free high-speed Wi-Fi, and a licensed mini-bar. Sapphire Waters Motor Inn is located in the heart of Merimbula, putting you close to everything this wonderful seaside township has to offer. To book or find out more, go to