Pambula

Travel Guide

This little coastal village charms with its mid-19th century colonial buildings, long stretch of beach, wildlife-filled wetlands and award-winning oysters.

Get a taste for rural life in the sleepy little village of Pambula: one of the less well-known destinations of the Sapphire Coast. Perfect for those who enjoy a laid-back and secluded holiday, Pambula is set back from the beach and surrounded by wetlands, forest and valley farmlands.

Explore Pambula by bike and follow the cycle track to the beach, just 2 kilometres (1 mile) away. Continue pedalling to reach the town of Merimbula, 4 kilometres (2 miles) away. If you’d rather travel by foot, simply walk along the beach all the way to Merimbula. The track along Pambula River is perfect for shorter walks. Amble through the coastal forest to the lookout over Severs Beach.

Go birdwatching at the Panboola Wetlands, an area of billabongs and floodplains that has been rehabilitated by local conservation groups. Walking and cycling paths lead past mirror-like waters and grasslands popular with kangaroos.

Curious kangaroos can also be found at the Pambula-Merimbula Golf Club, a 27-hole course overlooking the water. Avoiding the roos throughout your game provides an extra challenge.

Stroll down Monaro and Quondola Streets and imagine you have stepped back in time. The Town Hall, Court House, historic inns and grand residences were all built in the latter half of the 19th century. Dine on Thai food in the restaurant occupying the old house of Syms Covington, cabin boy and eventually assistant to Charles Darwin on his expedition on the Beagle.

Continue your culinary experiences in Pambula with a tour of an oyster farm. Learn to shuck an oyster and try super fresh shellfish dishes at the farm. Pambula’s three markets, held every second and fourth Sunday of the month, feature handicrafts and fashion made by locals, antiques and farmers’ produce.

To get to Pambula, drive southeast from Canberra for just under 3 hours. The village’s quiet and relaxed atmosphere is a bonus for those wanting to get away from the madding crowds.

Colonial Motor Inn Pambula
Colonial Motor Inn Pambula
2.5 out of 5
51 Bullara St, Pambula, NSW
The price is AU$115 per night from 26 Oct. to 26 Oct.
Situated in Pambula, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Panboola Wetlands and Heritage Project and Panboola Waterbird Sanctuary. Ben Boyd National Park ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (46 reviews)
Good & dependable
"The staff were very helpful - both during my stay and afterwards (I left something behind). The Motel is well placed for those traveling by coach (as I was) and was good, clean and comfortable. If I was going to Pambula again, I'd stay there for sure."

Reviewed on 16 May 2021

Colonial Motor Inn Pambula
Fairway Motor Inn
Fairway Motor Inn
4 out of 5
180 Arthur Kaine Drive, Pambula, NSW
The price is AU$206 per night from 23 Oct. to 23 Oct.
Situated in Pambula, this golf motel is steps away from Ben Boyd National Park and Pambula Merimbula Golf Club. Main Beach Recreation Reserve and Pambula Beach ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (211 reviews)
Relaxing Place to Stay for Business
"As always the Fairway Motor Inn was lovely. It’s clean, tidy and always really welcoming!"

Reviewed on 17 May 2021

Fairway Motor Inn
The Oaklands Homestead
The Oaklands Homestead
3546 Princes Hwy, Pambula, NSW
This family-friendly Pambula agritourism property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Panboola Wetlands and Heritage Project and Panboola Waterbird Sanctuary. Pambula Merimbula ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (19 reviews)
Very interesting old house which has been faithfully restored. Beautiful Australian cedar.
"Kitchen area could have benefited with a heater as it was pretty cool. Otherwise very good."

Reviewed on 24 Jun. 2021

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The Oaklands Homestead
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The Pambula Cottage
The Pambula Cottage
3.5 out of 5
15 Quondola Street, Pambula, NSW
Situated in Pambula, this holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Panboola Wetlands and Heritage Project and Panboola Waterbird Sanctuary. Ben Boyd National ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
"It was freshly renovated but had not used for a while as there were cob weds & dust in rooms. The tv didnt work. We had to find power box as power was turned off we weren't told this."

Reviewed on 7 Feb. 2019

The Pambula Cottage
Lotte's Hjem | A 150 year old cottage in the heart of Pambula
Lotte's Hjem | A 150 year old cottage in the heart of Pambula
4 Ives St, Pambula, NSW
Situated in Pambula, this holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Panboola Waterbird Sanctuary and Panboola Wetlands and Heritage Project. Ben Boyd National ...
Lotte's Hjem | A 150 year old cottage in the heart of Pambula
Toallo St Cottage - 2+ Nights
Toallo St Cottage - 2+ Nights
136 Toallo St, Pambula, NSW
Situated in Pambula, this romantic holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Panboola Waterbird Sanctuary and Panboola Wetlands and Heritage Project. Pambula Merimbula ...
Toallo St Cottage - 2+ Nights
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