Merimbula - Beach in Merimbula Bega Valley NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Merimbula NSW

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... Read more

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).

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Main Beach Merimbula (Lifeguards)

Information

About

Merimbula, NSW 2548

Includes beaches:
Merimbula-pambula, Pambula

Length:
3km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw671A

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Drinking water
  • Bus

Weather

Wednesday 22, Feb 1:14 am

Day 27°    Night 14°
18.8°C
Sunny

Water Temperature  22°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots increasing to 20 to 25 knots in the middle of the day. Winds reaching up to 30 knots during the afternoon and evening.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres around midday. 1st
Weather: Mostly sunny. 20% chance of a shower offshore north of Merimbula, near zero chance elsewhere.

Tide

6 am
1.52m
6 pm
1.21m
12 pm
0.56m

UV

Index: 10 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 5:00 pm


Radar

256 km

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Weather

Thursday 23, Feb

Day 27°    Night 16°
Sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: Northerly 20 to 30 knots decreasing to 15 to 25 knots early in the morning then shifting southerly 15 to 20 knots in the morning.
Swell: Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres offshore south of Merimbula. 2nd
Seas: 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning. 1st
Weather: Mostly sunny. 20% chance of a shower offshore north of Merimbula in the evening.

Tide

6 am
1.59m
12 am
0.69m
7 pm
1.27m
1 pm
0.48m

UV

Index: 12 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 5:10 pm


Weather

Wed 22, Feb to Wed 01, Mar


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southerly 15 to 20 knots turning southwesterly 20 to 25 knots during the evening.
Swell: Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the afternoon or evening.
Weather: Cloudy. 40% chance of showers.

Tide


UV

Wed 22nd 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 5:10 pm
Thu 23rd 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 5:10 pm
Fri 24th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 5:10 pm
Sat 25th 10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 5:00 pm

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.

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