Location. Pambula South Coast New South Wales
The name ‘Pambula’ is derived from the area’s Aboriginal name, ‘panboola’, meaning ‘twin waters’, as it sits between Pambula Lake and Pambula River and the Merimbula Lake. Pambula was settled in the late 19th century, and its historic character and rural setting in the valley of the Pambula River are its main assets. Stop a while, explore and soak up its mellow atmosphere.
The town lies close to the northern arm of Ben Boyd National Park, an inspiring stretch of coast with many scenic splendours. Named after 19th-century entrepreneur Benjamin Boyd, its rugged red-rock-edged coastline is edged by pristine surf beaches and the stunning sapphire blue Pacific Ocean. The section closest to Pambula runs as far south as Eden, with the south section of the park continuing on to the Green Cape headland. The breathtaking views from Haycock Point are the highlight of the northern end of the park.
Just off the main street and bordering Ben Boy National Park you’ll find the Panboola Wetlands; a vast expanse of of grassy plains and protected billabongs that's become a haven for local bird life. This long-running environmental initiative is the ideal place for a leisurely walk or a cycle; see if you can spot a golden bell frog, a re-introduced species in this conservation area. There's also a lookout that provides a stunning panoramic view of the entire wetlands.
The Sapphire Coast is known as a high-quality oyster-producing region, and Pambula boasts the highest concentration of oyster farms in the region. Pay a visit to Wheeler’s Oysters (they run tours from Monday to Saturday at 11.00am) or Broadwater Oysters on Pambula Lake. You can even take an oyster tour on the lake and learn all there is to know about oysters in a 45 minute boat ride on the Pambula Lake and Pambula River. Head to Wheeler’s Seafood Restaurant for an alfresco lunch, complete with freshly shucked oysters direct from the source.
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