Fishpen: Why live in Fishpen?


Fishpen Real Estate & Design

The Fishpen area is long associated with summer holidaying and as such is a popular area for holiday managed apartments and units. A number of private residences exist; some with enviable access to the beautiful Merimbula Main Beach. This area is a sought after area and with so limited real estate available properties sell for a premium.


Fishpen is a level area on the opposite side of the Merimbula Lake to the main shopping centre. An easy and pleasurable walk into town provides easy access to all the boutique shops, cafes and restaurants that Merimbula has to offer. Merimbula township offers all the usual services required and a few extra that cater to the tourists. Walking around the local shops is a pleasant way to spend a relaxed afternoon.

Schools, Education & Institutions

Merimbula Primary School is the main primary school catering for the Merimbula area. There is not a state secondary school in the Merimbula area. High school students travel either to the Bega or Eden High Schools. Private College students attend the local Catholic College in Pambula Beach or the Sapphire Coast Anglican College in Bega.

Sports & Fitness

Merimbula has a wide selection of sporting activities from golf to gym, tennis to surfing and diving to bush walking. The Fishpen area is a great flat area to walk. Enjoy a stroll along the lake or for the more adventurous a hike along Merimbula Main Beach to Pambula, or go for a stroll along the popular Merimbula Boardwalk alongside the Top Lake. Fishing is a popular activity and there is still good fishing in the lake. A recreational fishing licence is required for fishing.

Distance from Cities & Transportation

Merimbula is an approximate three hour drive from the city of Canberra and is located six to seven hours driving north of Melbourne or six hours south of Sydney. The local airport is located on the outskirts of Merimbula and is serviced by regular daily flights to Melbourne and Sydney. Interstate, Regional and local bus services are available. Traffic issues are not usually a concern in this relaxed area although during the peak visitor period over Christmas delays can occur on the Pambula to Merimbula road.

Restaurants & Cafes

Merimbula offers a wide selection of restaurants and cafes. The local clubs and pubs offer evening dining at affordable prices or for those seeking something with an international flavour there are Chinese, Thai, Greek and Italian restaurants to choose from. There is a good selection of delis and bakeries for a quick snack. For a long leisurely lunch you really can’t go past the Waterfront Cafe and for great coffee the cafe bookstore ‘Booktique’ has a welcoming atmosphere and comfy seats.

Famous Landmarks

The Mitchies Jetty is a well known and loved landmark of Fishpen. Used by scores of young children over the years for jumping into the lake, the jetty features as a popular image of Merimbula.


The Fishpen area of Merimbula is located on the opposite side of the Merimbula Lake to the township of Merimbula. Surrounded on three sides by water the Fishpen area is popular with holiday makers. The Fishpen area was so named because the local fishermen in the 1930s used to net salmon off the Merimbula Beach. The fish were penned inside the lake, close to the causeway and were then transported to Sydney in the cool of the night. A viewing platform and shelter used by the fishermen to locate the fish schools remains on the north side of the lake. This historical building can be accessed from the road prior to the Merimbula Wharf. In the early years locals and tourists were allowed to fish the Merimbula Lake area inside Fishpen and were charged a shilling for every fish caught.

So if you are looking for Fishpen Real Estate, why not talk to one of our sales team at Fisk and Nagle.