Merimbula is a town on the Sapphire Coast of New South Wales, Australia. It has a rich history of being a fishing place for the Djiringanj and Thaua tribes and later European settlers. The fishing in the area also included hunting whales from nearby Eden.
Thankfully the hunting for whales has been replaced by cyclists venturing to the area to hunt road, gravel and mtb trails. Nearby Tathra has become an epic location for mountain bike, with towns such as Bermagui also having fun (yet smaller) mtb trails.
Most recently we held a long weekend epic adventure departing Merimbula for Albury, NSW. The terrain, hospitality of local cyclists and communities was amazing. From the coast of Merimbula, you experience rolling hills headed towards Australia’s Alpine region – the Kosciuszko National Park.
From Merimbula itself, there are a number of good road routes. We elected to tackle Brown Mountain on the way to Cooma. There are alternate routes, but we used Brown Mountain this time and found drivers to be courteous. It can get fog and be a tricky climb with steep sections, so be aware.
Merimbula has a small airport with daily flights from Sydney and Melbourne. If arriving by plane and riding to another destination, we recommend packing a Stanley knife (or brand of choice) to reduce the size of the cardboard. The airport appreciates it if you can dispose of the cardboard elsewhere.
If staying in Merimbula, the route to Mount Darragh is lovely. It’s a gradual climb with less traffic than other routes away from the coast.
And if you are looking for gravel and mtb….wowee! There’s lots to explore. We’ll certainly be doing more riding from the region.