Top Lake: Why Live in Top Lake?


Top Lake Real Estate & Design

This location is a popular residential area of Merimbula, with elevated blocks that enhance the stunning views over Top Lake and onto the mountains. The houses are modern and spacious, offering views from every room. There are huge wrap around verandas that flow into yards, making entertaining friends and family easy. The properties are set in spacious grounds bordering the lake and have direct access to the boardwalk. The local shops, cafes and restaurants are only a short walk away and the best of Merimbula’s beaches are within a five minute drive. Many of the houses are free standing residences made from fibro, brick, tile and corrugated iron. There are a range of designs from traditional cottages to architectural designed residences built to capture magic views over the lake and coastline.


Shopping in Merimbula is a delight with many specialty shops with unique crafts and souvenirs as well as a good range of food and fashion outlets. There are markets, boutique and specialty stores in the main street to interest all age groups.

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.

Distance to 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 are concern in this relaxed area although during the peak visitor period over Christmas delays can occur on the Pambula to Merimbula road.

Sports & Fitness

There are many beaches to be enjoyed around Merimbula. Gentle beaches suitable for small children are found around the lake foreshores whilst great surfing beaches outside the lake areas offer a variety of waves for board and body surfers. The beach at short point is particularly popular with board riders. Other beaches around Merimbula include Main Surf, Bar and Middle beaches. Some are patrolled during the summer months and some offer BBQ facilities, change rooms and toilets. Just about any water sport you could desire is available around Merimbula. Fishing fans are well catered for with boat hire, ramps and other facilities. One of the most popular fishing spots is the Merimbula wharf which provides deep sea fishing without the need of a boat. Only a short drive from the town will take you to the beautiful Bournda National Park, while interesting excursions to the hinterland can be made for bush and nature walks through ancient forests in the foothills of the South Coast Range. The golf clubs in Merimbula are complete with their resident kangaroos and magnificent coastal views. Golf tournaments of national significance are annual events, with bowling and tennis also on the calendar.

Restaurants & Cafes

As a holiday destination with great local produce, there are a number of excellent dining options in Merimbula ranging from beachside cafes to the best restaurants. Merimbula offers a variety including seafood, Chinese, Mexican, pasta, pizza as well as a variety of places you can visit for that most enjoyable and relaxing cup of coffee. Also the local RSL Club, Bowling Clubs and Golf Clubs offer great value for money and are open for lunch and dinner.

Famous Landmarks

Toad Hall, located in the main street of Merimbula, was established as a craft shop in 1971 and is well known for its fascinating collection of handmade crafts and gifts. It has a magnificent display of local crafts, pottery, paintings, ceramics, porcelain dolls, knitting, woodturning and jewellery and much more.


The Merimbula town is surrounded by coastal waterways, and Top Lake is one. Discovered by Bass and Flinders in 1797, Merimbula, first inhabited by the Dyirringany Aborigines, started out as a private village owned by Twofold Bay Pastoral Association in 1855 which dissolved and the land sold. A weekly steamship ran between Bega and Merimbula which served the surrounding farms. The town only became a tourist resort in the 1950s and though this is now its major industry, a small, but important oyster farming industry remains.

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