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

Monday 29, May 11:12 pm

Day 17°    Night 6°
7.4°C
Clear

Water Temperature  19°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: West to southwesterly 20 to 30 knots. Winds reaching up to 35 knots offshore south of Green Cape during the morning and early afternoon.
Swell: Southwesterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres offshore during the morning.
Seas: 2 to 3 metres, increasing to 2 to 4 metres during the morning, then decreasing below 2.5 metres by early evening.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers offshore, 20% chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore in the morning.

Tide

11 am
1.46m
5 am
0.23m
11 pm
1.92m
5 pm
0.68m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Radar

256 km

radar helper

Weather

Tuesday 30, May

Day 18°    Night 4°
Possible late shower

Swell


Wind


Wind: Northwesterly 15 to 25 knots turning southwesterly 20 to 30 knots in the early afternoon.
Swell: South to southwesterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning, then tending southwesterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the afternoon.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the afternoon.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers in the afternoon and evening. The chance of a thunderstorm in the evening.

Tide

6 am
0.29m
12 pm
1.43m
6 pm
0.74m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Weather

Mon 29, May to Mon 05, Jun


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southwesterly 20 to 30 knots.
Swell: South to southwesterly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore.
Seas: 2 to 3 metres.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning.

Tide


UV

Mon 29th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Tue 30th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Wed 31st 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Thu 1st 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended

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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