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Location, Parking & Other Services

Visitor Information

Welcome to our visiting artists, crew and audience members. Here are some useful details for your stay. Merimbula is located on the beautiful Sapphire Coast of NSW, halfway between Sydney and Melbourne on the coastal route and 3 hours’ drive from Canberra.

Merimbula is within 5 minutes’ drive of Pambula, Pambula Beach & Tura Beach, which also offer a number of services.

  • Weather
  • Map
  • Getting Here & Around
  • Parking
  • Essential Shopping
  • Eating
  • Accommodation

Weather

Map

Getting Here & Around

Parking

The Twyford does not have its own carpark, however there is parking on Beach Street and close by in Alice St, and limited parking on Market St.

Our backstage loading dock on Beach St offers access for one authorised vehicle at a time to unload direct to stage level for the Hall and Theatre. Please arrange to meet our Venue Manager or Technical Manager there in case traffic control is required. Reverse your vehicle into the dock only when both loading dock shutters are fully open.

Alternatively, the best places to park for bump in/out are:

  • Parallel Loading Zone in Beach St to the east of the Twyford Loading Dock door (30 minute parking limit during business hours)
  • 1 hour Parallel Parking zone to the east of the Loading Zone (1 hour parallel parking Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm & Sat 9am to 12pm, unlimited at other times).
  • Bus Stop in Market St in front of Twyford Hall (only available for parking after 6.30pm Mon-Sat or any time on Sunday, buses only at other times).

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.

2 – 3 hour time limit during business hours, otherwise unlimited:

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

Unlimited parking:

  • 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)
  • Nearest EV chargers

Essential Shopping

Groceries

  • Woolworths Merimbula 7am-9pm daily. 111 Main St Merimbula
  • Woolworths Tura Beach (larger) 7am-9pm daily. cnr Sapphire Coast Drive & Tura Beach Drive in Tura Beach
  • Aldi Merimbula 8.30am-7pm daily. 105 Main St Merimbula
  • Foodworks Pambula 7am-6pm Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm Sat-Sun. 11 Quondola St Pambula
  • Pambula Fruit Market 9am-5.30pm Mon-Fri, 9am-3.30pm Sat-Sun. 2 Munje St Pambula (also stock international food ingredients)
  • Local Markets

Nearest Banks/ATMs

  • Horizon 1/20 Market St Merimbula (next to The Twyford Stage Door)
  • Westpac 43 Market St  Merimbula
  • Commonwealth 51 Market St Merimbula
  • IMB cnr Merimbula Drive & Market St Merimbula
  • NAB 1 Merimbula Drive Merimbula
  • Bendigo Community Bank 55a Toallo St Pambula

Post office

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

Hardware

Electronics

Cleaning

Clothing, Costumes, Accessories, Prop Items

  • Bus Stop Costumes Pambula – by appointment only 0418 742 795
  • One Stop Discount Shop 46 Market St Merimbula
  • Reject Shop Merimbula cnr Market & Main St Merimbula
  • Many boutique clothing stores along Market St Merimbula
  • Best & Less cnr Market & Main St Merimbula (opposite Aldi)
  • Op Shops at 3 Alice St (Salvation Army) and 82 Main St Merimbula (St Vincent de Paul)

Additional Lighting, Audio & Vision Hire

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

Merimbula has a wide variety of dining options. Below is a list of 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.

  • Aria Kebab (Kebabs/Gozleme/Pide/Burgers/Baklava/Fish&Chips) 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
  • Yummy Thai By HotWok (Thai/V/VG) Lunch 11.30am-2pm, Dinner 5pm-8pm Mon-Sat. Shop 9 / Galleria 46-52 Market St
  • KJs Cafe (Cafe) 6am to 4pm Mon-Fri, 6am to 2.30pm Sat. Shop 1, 33 Market St
  • BungaRaya Satay House (Restaurant) 12-2pm, 5.30-9pm Mon-Sun. Shop 3, 33 Market St
  • Market Street Coffee (Cafe) 7am-2pm Mon-Sat. 2A Market St
  • Merimbula Fish & Chips Merimbula Drive 11am-7.30pm Tue-Sat, 11am-4pm Sun. 27 Merimbula Drive
  • Valentina (Mediterranean) Lunch 12pm- 5pm Sat-Sun; Dinner 5pm-11pm Thu-Sun. Upstairs at 2 Market St
  • Nori Hub (Sushi/Rice Paper rolls) 11am-2pm Mon-Sat. Shop 4/58-68 Market St
  • Dragon Lake (Chinese, Bubble Tea) Shop 6 /58 Market Street
  • McDonalds (Burgers, McCafe) 6am-11pm. cnr Market & Monaro Streets
  • Ducis Italian Restaurant (Italian) Lunch 12-2pm, Dinner 5.30-8.30pm Mon-Sat. 9 Market St
  • Bar Monti (Bar/Italian) Dinner 5pm-late Thu-Mon. 6/11 Merimbula Drive
  • RSL Club / Coral Sea Restaurant (Chinese/Thai/Roasts/Seafood/Pasta/Pizza) Lunch 12-2pm, Dinner 5.30-7pm, 7.15-8.45pm. 52-54 Main St9
  • La Bonita Pizza & Pasta 5-9pm daily. 11 Merimbula Drive (02) 6442 4857
  • 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. Shop 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 4.30pm-9pm Tue-Sun. 62 Main St
  • Tidal Restaurant and Wine Bar (Bar/Seafood) Lunch 11.30am Wed, Lunch & Dinner 11.30am-8.30pm Thu, 11.30am – 9.00pm Fri-Sat. 23 Beach St
  • Club Sapphire (Club Bar/Bistro/Kitty’s Cafe) Lunch, Dinner 11am-9.30pm daily. 119 Main St
  • Mitchies Espresso Bar (beach coffee van) 6.30am to 12 noon in fine weather. cnr Fishpen Rd & Ocean Drive
  • Cranky Cafe (Funky beach cafe/V/VG) Open 7.30am til 2.30pm daily. 33 Ocean Drive
  • Bar Beach Kiosk (Funky beach cafe/V/VG – best view in Merimbula!) Breakfast/Lunch 7.30am – 1pm end Sept-start of May in fine weather only. 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
  • Wild Ryes Roastery (Coffee) 6.30am to 12.30pm daily. 45 Toallo St Pambula
  • Toast (Cafe/Mex) Breakfast & Lunch 8am to 2pm Mon-Sat, 8am to 1pm Sun. Dinner on weekends in season. 25 Quondola St Pambula
  • Banksia Restaurant (Fine Dining – Chef’s Set Menu) Thu-Sat Dinner sittings 5.45 or 7.30pm & Sunday lunch from 12pm. Tables for 2-4 (bookings essential 6495 7172). 22 Quondola St Pambula
  • Branch at Banksia (A la carte) Dinner sittings Wed – Sat 5.30pm or 6.30pm Tables for 1-4 (bookings recommended  6495 7172). 22 Quondola St Pambula
  • Wild Ryes Bakery (Sourdough Bakery/Cafe) 6.30am-4.30pm Mon-Fri, 6.30am-2pm Sat. 26 Quondola St Pambula

Accommodation

Being a tourism 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. It generally pays to book direct – you can often negotiate a discount in low season or if you’re booking multiple rooms. AirBNB lists houses and apartments in Merimbula & surrounds. Book well in advance for school holidays (NSW & VIC), long weekends and festival weeks. Whale watching season is August-November. Contact Merimbula Tourism which 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 a good option if you need more space, more facilities, are sharing accommodation or want to stay more than one night. Check minimum stay periods especially in peak season, but off-peak you can often negotiate shorter stays by calling direct. AirBNB has private listings for holiday houses in and around Merimbula. The Fishpen area of Merimbula is across the bridge from the CBD and closer to the beach, but still within 15 minutes’ walking distance or 3 minutes’ drive from our venue.

Holiday Parks

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