Visitor Information

Welcome to our visiting artists, crew and audiences! Here are some useful details for your stay in Merimbula. The towns of Pambula and Tura Beach are only 5-10 minutes’ drive away if you’re searching for places nearby. Please contact us if you can’t find what you need!


Weather

Map


Medical & Emergency

  • Emergency:  Dial 000 for ambulance, fire, police
  • Nearest Hospital with Emergency department: South East Regional Hospital, 4 Virginia Drive Bega 6491 9999
  • Walk-in nurse-led assessment & treatment clinic (no emergency dept) Pambula Health Service, Merimbola St Pambula 6495 8200
  • Nearest medical centres:
  • Pharmacies:
    • Dodd & Dwyer Merimbula Pharmacy 32 Market St 6495 1244
    • Direct Chemist Outlet 9 Merimbula Drive 6495 2344
  • Defibrillators (AEDs):
    • McDonalds – outer wall in rear carpark off Monaro St (24 hour access)
    • Club Sapphire Rear Reception 119 Main St
    • Merimbula RSL Club 52-54 Main St

Getting Here & Around

Parking

The Twyford does not have its own parking, however there is parking on the street and in carparks close by.

The Market St entrance to the Hall has one step, the Beach St entrance to the Hall is level with the footpath.

Our backstage loading dock is still under construction but is expected to open later in 2022. In the meantime, the best places to park for bump in/out are:

  • Beach St outside the Hall entrance (1 hour parallel parking during business hours, unlimited at other times). Don’t park too close to the Market St end near the red No Standing sign!
  • The Bus Stop in Market St in front of Twyford Hall (only park here after 6.30pm Mon-Sat or on Sundays).

Once you’ve bumped in, we recommend you move your vehicle. Whilst all parking in Merimbula is free, most kerbside parking in the centre is time-limited during business hours and we’d hate you to get a parking ticket 🙂

3 hour time limit during business hours, otherwise unlimited:

  • Beach St carpark (includes 2 accessible parking spaces)
  • Alice St carpark
  • Park St carpark

Unlimited:

  • Eastern end of Beach St (includes 1 accessible parking space)
  • Main St east of Alice St
  • Merimbula Boat Ramp carpark, south of the bridge on Arthur Kaine Drive (for extra-long vehicles)

Essential Shopping

Supermarkets

    • Woolworths Merimbula 7am-9pm daily. 111 Main St Merimbula
    • Woolworths Tura Beach (larger) 7am-9pm daily. cnr Sapphire Coast Drive & Tura Beach Drive
    • Aldi Merimbula 8.30am-7pm daily. 105 Main St Merimbula
    • Foodworks Pambula 7am-6pm Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm Sat-Sun. 11 Quondola St Pambula

Banks/ATMs

    • Horizon 1/20 Market St Merimbula (next to the Twyford)
    • Westpac 43 Market St  Merimbula
    • Commonwealth 51 Market St Merimbula
    • IMB Cnr Merimbula Drive and, Market St
    • NAB 1 Merimbula Drive Merimbula
    • Bendigo 55a Toallo St Pambula

Post office

    • Merimbula Post Shop 5-7 Merimbula Drive Merimbula
    • Pambula Post Office 27 Quondola St Pambula

Hardware

Electronics

Cleaning

Costumes, Accessories, Prop Items

Additional Lighting, Audio & Vision Hire

    • GCLX (Lighting) Wolumla 1300 056 170
    • JMC Productions (Audio) Bega 0458 249 153
    • Samwise Seidel (Projection)  0459 622506
    • Matt Scott (Projection/Lighting) 0414 662851

Service Stations

    • Ampol Merimbula 19-25 Merimbula Drive, Merimbula 6am-7pm daily
    • Metco Arthur Kaine Drive, Merimbula 5am-11pm Mon-Fri, 5am-10pm Sat-Sun
    • Woolworths 5 Tura Beach Drive, Tura Beach 6am-9pm Mon-Fri, 7am-9pm Sat-Sun
    • United cnr Quondola & Bullara Sts, Pambula 6am-8pm Mon-Fri, 7am-8pm Sat-Sun (truck friendly)
    • Ampol Bega Depot (formerly Caltex) 36-40 Lagoon St, Bega Open 24 hours with 24/7 Ampol card only (truck friendly)

Eating Out

Merimbula has a wide variety of places to get great coffee, a snack or a full meal. Here are our top tips for places to eat in order of distance from our venue.

Please note: Opening and closing times may vary, especially out of high season – always check times with the venue. Please give us your feedback (good or bad!) when you stay in Merimbula so we can keep this up to date.

*** = recently recommended by our visiting artists

  • Aria Kebab (Kebabs/Gozleme/Pide/Burgers) 9am-9pm. Beach St
  • Waterfront Cafe (Modern Australian Cafe) 7.30am-2pm. Beach St ***
  • Santa Fe (Mexican) 5pm-8pm Wed-Sat. Upstairs in Merimbula Plaza, Beach St ***
  • MorMors (Modern Australian Cafe) 8am-2pm Mon-Sat, 8am-1pm Sun. Merimbula Plaza Courtyard cnr Beach & Alice Sts ***
  • Nourish Wholefoods and Cafe (Vegetarian Cafe) 7.30am-4pm Mon-Fri, 7.30am-4pm Sat-Sun. The Promenade, Shop 7 / 4 Market St ***
  • BackstreetBakehouse (Bakery/Cafe) 6am-4pm Mon-Sat. 4 Alice St
  • Merimbula Fish & Chips Merimbula Drive 11am-7.30pm Tue-Sat, 11am-4pm Sun. 27 Merimbula Drive ***
  • Nosh Merimbula (Cafe/All GF menu) Breakast/Lunch 8.30am-4pm Wed-Sun; Tapas Fri-Sat from 5.30pm. 31 Market St
  • Market Street Coffee (Cafe) 7am-2pm Mon-Sat. 2A Market St
  • McDonalds (Burgers, McCafe) 6am-11pm. cnr Market & Monaro Sts
  • Valentina (Mediterranean) Lunch 12pm- 5pm Sat-Sun; Dinner 5pm-11pm Thu-Sun. Upstairs at 2 Market St
  • Ritzy Wine & Tapas Bar (Bar/Tapas) Drinks, Dinner 5pm-9pm Mon-Sat. 56 Market St ***
  • Nori Hub (Sushi/Rice Paper rolls) 11am-2pm Mon-Sat. Shop 4/58-68 Market St
  • Ducis Italian Restaurant (Italian) Lunch 12-2pm, Dinner 5.30-8.30pm Mon-Sat. 9 Market St
  • Zaffiro (Italian) Dinner 5-10pm Thu-Sun. 6/11 Merimbula Drive
  • Yummy Thai By HotWok (Thai/V/VG) Lunch 11am-2pm, Dinner 5pm-9pm Mon-Sat. 3/48 Alice St
  • In the Mix (Bakery/Cafe) 7am-4pm Mon-Sat. 17 Merimbula Drive
  • Legacy of India (Indian) Lunch 12-2pm Wed-Fri. Dinner 5-9pm Wed-Mon. 5/17 Merimbula Drive
  • Dulcie’s Cottage (Bar/Burgers/Oysters) Lunch from 12pm Sat-Sun, Dinner 5pm-10pm daily. 60 Main St
  • Thai Noodle House (Thai/Asian) Lunch 11.30am-2pm Tue-Sat, Dinner 5pm-9.30pm daily. 62 Main St
  • Stillwater (Bar/Grill/Woodfired Pizza/Seafood) Dinner 5pm-9pm Wed-Sun. 23 Beach St
  • Club Sapphire (Club Bar/Bistro/Cafe) Lunch, Dinner 11am-9.30pm daily. 119 Main St
  • Mitchies Espresso Bar 6.30am to 12 noon in fine weather. cnr Fishpen Rd & Ocean Drive
  • Cranky Cafe (Funky beach cafe/V/VG) Open 7.30am til 3pm daily. 33 Ocean Drive
  • Bar Beach Kiosk (Funky beach cafe/V/VG – best view in Merimbula!) Breakfast/Lunch 7am – 2pm Sept-May in fine weather. Off Lake St
  • Merimbula Wharf (Seafood Restaurant/Aquarium) Brunch/Lunch 10am-4pm Wed – Sun, Dinner Fri/Sat. Lake St
  • Wheelers (Seafood/Oysters) Lunch 12pm – 2pm, Dinner 5.45pm-8pm Wed-Sun; Fish & Chips/Oysters from Takeaway Cafe 10am-6pm daily. 162 Arthur Kaine Drive Pambula ***
  • Cafe Tandoori (Cafe/Indian) 7am-2pm and 5pm-9pm Tue-Sun. 1/22 Toallo St Pambula
  • Toast (Cafe/Mex) Breakfast & Lunch 8am to 2pm, Dinner on weekends in season. 25 Quondola St Pambula
  • Banksia Restaurant (Fine Dining – Chef’s Set Menu) Thu-Sat Dinner & Sunday lunch (bookings essential). 22 Quondola St Pambula
  • Wild Ryes (Sourdough Bakery/Cafe) 6.30am-4.30pm Mon-Fri, 6.30am-2pm Sat. 26 Quondola St Pambula

Accommodation

Being a tourist destination, Merimbula has a wide variety of accommodation options. Those listed below are in order of distance from our venue and are just a few of the available options.

*** = recently recommended by our visiting artists

It generally pays to book direct – you can often negotiate a discount in low season, especially if you’re booking multiple rooms. Book well ahead during school holidays (NSW & VIC), long weekends and festival weeks. Whale watching season is August-November.

Merimbula Tourism also lists places to stay and has a free accommodation-finding service 1800 150 457.

Motels

Apartments &  Holiday Houses

Self-contained apartments or holiday houses are the best option if you need more space, more facilities or are sharing accommodation. Check minimum stay periods, especially in peak season, but off-peak you are often able to negotiate shorter stays by calling direct. AirBNB has a lot of private listings for holiday houses. The Fishpen area of Merimbula is across the bridge from the centre of Merimbula and close to the beach, but still within 15 minutes’ walking distance or 3 minutes’ drive to our venue.

Holiday Parks

For unpowered/powered camping/van sites (some with private ensuites) as well as cabins, villas and units: