Road Trip Essentials: Sydney to Merimbula

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by Hertz AU - 23 July 2018

Looking to escape the hubbub of Sydney? Chuck your bags in the boot and head south for a road trip to paradise. Embark on the scenic 6-hour drive to Merimbula and Eden, two towns known for their coastal charm.

Whether you’re spending a night in each town or making a whirlwind weekend of it, read on for our essential stop-offs on your Sydney to Merimbula Road Trip:

Stop 1: Wollongong or Kiama

Start your road trip off right and drive 1.5 hours south to Wollongong. Bask in the sunshine along Wollongong Beach, Stanwell Park Beach, or the rock pools at Austinmer Beach. If you’re after something a bit more secluded, venture to Corrimal Beach. With 1.4km of shoreline, it’s perfect for families and groups of friends. Enjoy the sand dunes and mild currents.

About 45 minutes south of Wollongong, Kiama is an epic spot to spend the afternoon. Early morning is the perfect time to explore the rich wildlife and ocean views. Visit Kiama blowhole, a natural rock formation that propels ocean water through the air, or explore surf beach, Kendalls Beach, and the Kiama lighthouse.

Stop 2: Jervis Bay

Drive 1.5 hours further south to enjoy some of the whitest sands and pristine settings on the southeast coast. Hyams Beach is renowned for having the whitest sands in the world. The grains of sand are so fine, it might squeak as you saunter across the dunes. Camp or book an Airbnb along the unspoiled shoreline for an up close and personal experience.

Hyams Beach is a short 10-20-minute drive from a variety of beaches including Huskisson, Vincentia, Murrays, Hole in the Wall, and Cave Beach. Hop from beach to beach and take in the serene views and vibes.

Stop 3: Batemans Bay

Another 2 hours south transports you to the stunning Batemans Bay. Explore Batemans Bay wharf, or adventure down various pathways to spectacular outlooks and national parks. Try a charming walk to the cliffs of North Head Lookout, Banksia Walk at Burrewarra Point, or Observation Point in Batehaven which overlooks the gorgeous Snapper Island.

Explore the plethora of beaches such as Surf Beach, Tuross Beach, or Malua Bay Beach; or test your underwater skills with an adventure below the surface at Batemans Bay Snorkelling Trail. Surfing is also popular – take a class at Broulee Surf School while exploring Broulee Beach or Broulee Island Walk (4km).

Stop 4: Narooma

Keep on going… Drive one hour south of Batemans Bay to stop off in Narooma. You’ll find fishing, swimming, whale-watching, and the heart of Australia’s Oyster Coast. Jump on a boat to experience the vibrant hues of blue and green cascading across the horizon from the Wagonga Inlet.

On the north side of the inlet, explore Batemans Marine Park to get a glimpse of the natural ocean wildlife or stop by Apex Park and discover the charms of the striking Bar Beach. On the south side of the inlet visit the local fur seals basking in the sun near the famous Australia Rock. Gaze out onto Montague Island (the perfect place to dive with seals and friendly Grey Nurse sharks) and make your way to the lighthouse on the island.

Stops 5-6: Merimbula & Eden

A final 1 hour 45-minute-drive lands you at Merimbula. Within the stunning coastal waterways of Top and Back Lakes, Merimbula is the gem of the Sapphire Coast. The clear waters are ideal for water sports or leisurely swims, while the walking trails take you to a different world. Enjoy the Goodenia Rainforest walking track or the Bournda National Park.

The beaches are certainly not lacking; explore the charm of Short Point, Bar, Tura, and Spencer Park Beaches, or the unrivalled beauty of Merimbula Bar, Middle Beach and Main Beach.

Eden is just another 30 minutes south. Eden is known as the “humpback highway” and boasts the third deepest natural harbour in the southern Hemisphere, Twofold Bay. Discover Green Cape Light Station in Ben Boyd National Park, explore the rugged coastline along the Light to Light walk and Nadgee Nature Reserve, and stroll across unspoiled shores such as Barmouth Beach, Bittangabee Bay, Terrace Beach, Lennards Island, and more.

The road trip to Eden and Merimbula can also be completed coming from Melbourne, but the journey requires a few extra days along Australia’s southern coast.