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Reader Review: Magic in Merimbula

Rachel Wherret and family were the third lucky winners in our NRMA Holiday Parks competition, and they’ve reported back on all the fun they found at Merimbula Beach.

It is easy to see why NRMA Merimbula Beach Resort & Holiday Park is voted one of the best in NSW. It certainly caters for children and adults alike, in a peaceful and picturesque setting.


While many NSW and VIC families head up to Queensland for their beach escapes, Merimbula can provide it all with much less travel and crowds. The beaches are beautiful, the surf is good, there are plenty of attractions to keep you entertained on those non-beach days, and there’s great accommodation, too!

A happy snap of happy kids

Ready to ride

Perks of the park
Our family of five stayed at Merimbula straight after the busy summer period, and yet the grounds and facilities were immaculate.


We had the added bonus of being an NRMA member which meant we had a 50 per cent discount on park extras (like hiring go karts) and a complimentary paper delivered to our door each morning. In the past we have found that staying in holiday parks can lack privacy and be a bit noisy, but our accommodation was anything but that.


We stayed in a Clifftop Ocean Condo which had 180-degree views of the ocean, and the only thing we could hear from our condo was the sound of crashing waves on the shore below (which was loud enough to shake the windows on some nights). The condo has a very spacious feel, with three bedrooms that can sleep eight people. The front balcony was a lovely spot to sit and have a cuppa and we even saw a pod of dolphins playing out at sea – a big hit with the kids!

Making a splash!

The kids’ verdict
The kids thought the holiday park was the “best ever” and some of their highlights were:


The fantastic heated pool
The resort has two pools, but it was the main pool that we spent most of our time at. It was lovely and warm, with a good mix of shallow and deep ends so that our six-, eight- and 10-year-olds were all happy to swim around. There is also a smaller toddlers’ pool with water play which seemed popular with younger ones and their families.


Go karts
Our kids hired some go karts from reception and had a great time zooming around the grounds. The park is well set up for kids with scooters and bikes, with plenty of long straights to ride down. On one occasion we hired a four-seater go kart and I jumped in with them, although in hindsight leaving my eight-year-old son in charge of the brakes may have been a bit of a mistake – I think I earned a few more grey hairs on that trip!


Other park facilities
Some of the other things we enjoyed were a hit of tennis, lots of jumping-pillow fun and a stint in the games room for air hockey and coinoperated games. Overall, the park provided lots to do and was a safe environment for the kids to potter around and enjoy themselves.

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