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Merimbula-Pambula

UNPATROLLED BEACH
Beach Number:
nsw671
Includes Beaches:
merimbula pambula
State/Region:
NSW Pambula Beach
Post Code:
2549
Length:
6km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
little/jiguma  (1.7km) barmouth north  (2km) bar  (2km) shelly  (2km) barmouth south  (2.1km)

Beach

The main Merimbula-Pambula Beach (NSW 671) is one of the longest on the far south coast. The beach begins at the low sandy Merimbula inlet then sweeps in a broad east-facing arc (Fig. 4.424 & 4.25)) for 5.9 km to the shaly rocks at Pambula. It is backed by a low regressive sand barrier that formed following the rise in sea level 6500 years ago and has built seaward 300-400 m as a series of low densely vegetated foredune ridges. In the north these are now covered by residential development, with access and parking to Main (Merimbula) beach, while the Merrimbula Airport occupies the centre. A surf club existed at Merimbula Beach for some years, however it is now defunct and the beach is patrolled in summer by lifeguards. Most of the central beach is undeveloped, with two vehicle tracks leading to the beach. The southern end is accessed via Pambula and leads to Pambula Beach settlement with its beachfront caravan park and Pambula SLSC (founded 1930) (Fig. 4.26). The beach consists of fine to medium sand, which combined with the waves averaging 1.5 m, maintains a low gradient beach and double bar system. The inner bar runs the length of the beach and is usually cut by rips every 200-300 m, resulting in up to 30 rips along the beach (Fig. 4.425). A longshore trough separates it from the outer bar, which is cut by more widely spaced rips. At Merimbula the beach runs into the lake mouth with its strong tidal currents and deep channel and forms extensive tidal shoals and channels extending 400 m off the inlet. At Pambula a strong rip often runs out against the southern rocks.

Swimming

Bar Beach is usually quiet and popular, though adjacent to the deep tidal channel. Rips dominate Merimbula-Pambula and to a lesser extent Little, so use caution and swim in the two patrolled areas.

Surfing

The Merimbula Bar and Pambula Bar are both well-known and popular spots when working. Both break over the river mouth tidal sand shoals with potentially long rides: the left at Merimbula holding to 3 m and Pambula requiring larger seas to work. In between are numerous beach breaks on the inner an outer bar.

Fishing

The northern lake mouth and southern river mouth are both accessible and popular, while persistent rip gutters are usually found the length of the beach.

General

Merimbula is a major coastal town of 5000 located on the northern shores of Merimbula Lake, which flows out in lee of Merimbula Point. The points protrudes 1.7 km to the southeast and forms the northern boundary of 5 km wide Merimbula Bay, with Haycock Point on the southern boundary. In between the two points is 13 km of shoreline, including the long Merimbula-Pambula beach, and five smaller beaches (NSW 670-675).

Location

Information Symbols

  • Bus Bus
  • Train Train
  • Passenger ferry Passenger ferry

Regulation Symbols

    SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

    Last updated: 04/03/2009 21:18:57

     

    PATROL INFORMATION

    There is no beach service this week.

    STATISTICS

    July 2015 - June 2016

    Rescues:
    38
    First Aids:
    72
    Preventative Actions:
    6457

    The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Pambula SLSC Pambula Beach (Lifeguards) Main Beach Merimbula (Lifeguards)

    Hazards

    Service Providers

    SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

    WEATHER

    Thu, 30 Jun 06:00 pm

    MERIMBULA AP AW (1 km)


    Cloudy.
    13.20 °C
    N/15 km/h
    Wind

    Weather information
    ThuFriSatSunMonTue
    15° 15° 18° 18° 17° 15°

    WATER

    19

    Issued at Thu, 30 Jun 14:04

    SWELL FORECAST

    Thursday
    Friday
    Saturday
    Sunday
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • NNW
      14 km/h
      0.7m
    • NNW
      17 km/h
      0.8m
    • W
      26 km/h
      0.7m
    • WSW
      28 km/h
      0.9m
    • W
      14 km/h
      0.4m
    • WSW
      11 km/h
      0.3m
    • W
      15 km/h
      0.8m
    • SW
      10 km/h
      0.6m

    Pambula Beach issued at Wed, 29 Jun 17:59

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    Today's Swell Description
    Wind:
    Northerly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore south of Green Cape early in the morning. Turning northwesterly 15 to 25 knots during the morning and early afternoon.
    Swell:
    East to northeasterly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore south of Merimbula during the afternoon.
    Seas:
    1.5 to 2.5 metres.
    Weather:
    Partly cloudy. 20% chance of a shower south of Green Cape in the evening. Near zero chance of rain elsewhere.

    UV INDEX

    2



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    TODAY'S TIDE

    • high
      04:00
      1.44m
    • low
      10:06
      0.47m
    • high
      16:42
      1.74m
    • low
      23:15
      0.51m

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    Eden issued at Thu, 30 Jun 18:33

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    TODAY'S RADAR

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