So im thinking of moving from Kalbarri to Merimbula , well either there or coffs harbour.
Im just not too sure how often the waves at the rivermouth break.
Looks like a fun wave for a mal on small days and good for a shortboard on bigger days but need some info
on the town.
Anyone ever stayed there for a period of time? How good does the left get and how often?
Are the more exposed beaches around there any good for waves?
Haven't spent a huge amount of time in the area, but there are definitely other more exposed waves around that region.
I suspect, coming from Kalbarri, you would get frustrated with a) the inconsistency of swells, and b) the waves not being as powerful
I'd go for Coffs, personally
Suggest you look into how many people go there over school holiday periods and especially christmas, there is a reason why there is so many flats in town,
I’m not a fan of Coffs Harbour the town but all the little areas to the north and south are good and I find it reasonably consistent when ever I’ve stayed down there. Never been to Merimbula though
GS - isn’t that the case with every single coastal town in Australia?
The left is very fickle, as with most waves in the area. Windy. Also might be a bit chilly for you moving from Kalbarri. Nice place for a holiday none the less.
Go Coffs if you want more consistent surf I'd say.
If you're flexible enough to be able to buy a joint in Merimbula and move out from Christmas till end of Jan to lease it (pays well and you avoid the crowds) could be worth a thought.
I grew up in Merimbula and i no longer live there, but it will always be home to me.
So these are my thoughts about living in Merimbula and been a surfer.
It really depends on what you are hoping for.
It sits in a significant swell shadow. Swells are unreliable and can be very inconsistent, and generally the good swells tend to be one day wonders. It's not uncommon to have weeks long straight of runs with junky onshore small conditions ( 1-2max). You need to surf early to before the winds get up and have a mal for these periods. When they do get strong swell (4-6- ft producing systems(infrequently), the beachie banks cant handle the size and there are not many options, as these systems generally come with stormy conditions and winds from the wrong directions, and the reefs or points that can handle these swells are not to numerous. However, there are jewels in the crown.
Everyone knows about the nature of the mystical "rivo " in the area. everything you hear is true. It will always be an enigma, there's more chance of kissing kim jong un than scoring it perfect. The left, it is a beautiful wave (world class on its day). Crowded when on( where isn't these days?). It is a swell directional specific wave. Days in the size range from 3 ft to 6ft are uncommon , but days of 1-2 ft occur more frequently and on a mal, it is super fun. It is hard to say how often it breaks because it can go flat for weeks( i mean weeks ) on end, or it can have small mal runners on it for a few days, and then ocaasionally you could get 2-3 days of fun small waves straight out of no where. This is the FRUSTRATING part of living there. When there is swell you can find a beachie or nook somewhere and have it to yourself or maybe a few others. There are other waves down there, be prepared to travel to surf consistently.Merimbula can be flat but 1 - 1.5 hours up or down the coast can have more swell.
If your after a nice lifestyle and have plenty of other outdoor passions to indulge and fill in the days( or weeks ) between surfs it is a wonderful spot to live. Such an amazing environment, truly beautiful coastline. Full of forest, estuaries, hills, valleys. The fishing is top notch,Diving, snorkelling swimming is great, beautiful walks, amazing national parks and beaches and so many secluded little spots to explore. Good golf courses too. Mountain biking is becoming quite a thing there too. You are also close to the snowy mountains which are a playground as well. After all my travels to most parts of OZ and overseas i still think that Far south coast has some of the most beautiful spots, pristine forests and environment in the world.
If your going to live there in the hope of consistently surfing lots, or surfing really good waves regularly, you will be let down. There are waves there, don't hold high expectations and be patient.
If you are going there to have a great lifestyle, have a mal , surf when there are waves, and OCASSIONALLY score some great days, it is a wonderful spot to be.
I was very fortunate to luck into a pumping swell late 2016, 4-5ft+ pumping bar and had one surf with only 5 others. Rare but.
Left a great impression on me though, but seeing its location in regards to incoming swells, it's as other have said not too consistent at all.
Surfing down this way is nearly always very frustrating . You can expect to spend many hours and dollars driving around looking for a wave. Then when it's ok there comes a crowd from apparently nowhere , they must look at surf websites. Once a spot is crowded it is almost the same experience if you're in Coffs or down here. Coffs picks up heaps of good swells and has heaps of unreal headlands so if I were to move for surf I'd go there for sure.
Yeah your right Ben, just frustrating about how things have gone, have had those river mouths good over the years, but more fluke than anything else given the drive from home and the times I've driven through that way always heading somewhere else.
Hi mate...why move to Merimbula?
I know the part of the world a few towns north very well.
Surf wise move to Ulladulla .
I agree too
Merimbula gets real good sometimes with great waves in nearby more exposed areas near by.
Coffs has variable beach break that never seems to hold much size , that sometimes has fun rip bowls if conditions are right
It also has a very large and hungry group of surfers too.
Why leave Kalbarri mate ?
"It also has a very large and hungry group".... of pensioners?
Don't leave us hanging EYV.
Didn’t make much sense ,did I .
Have edited it .
Watch out for those hungry mastodons.....
Another reason why the bar is so fickle is it lives close to the Green Cape swell shadow. South swells are common, se ground swells are not. As another poster said, head to the Ulladulla region and you'll find more consistency.
Yep, shadowed from Southern Ocean S'ly swells from Tasmania, Green Cape and Haycock Point directly to the south.
North-east windswells don't usually penetrate much further south than Jervis Bay/Ulladulla so that wipes out a lot of those in between days that keep locations further north more surfable.
Thanks for the replies people, the reason i was thinking about moving is my family are in Sydney(oldies and brother and sister) who are asking me to move closer to home.
I like Kalbarri and have a fair bit of stuff to get rid of if i move back so i dont really want to but its a pain for them to come visit.
I just dont know, i like it here and i still havent made it to red bluff so plan on sticking around here at least until ive made a trip to gnaraloo and the bluff.
as for Ulladulla that stretch is my favorite part of Australia, so many good spots.
Anyway thanks again for the replies.
Anybody else see Backroads on the ABC last night? Heather took us down the Waterfall Way to Sawtell. ABC iview if you missed it. Man I've got some great memories all that way, lots of good surfs but what always springs to mind is that time a massive brown snake wanted me!
Yeah that was a good segment GS.
Hungry group of great whites. They dont seem to bite people as often down here.
Former wharf worker from Eden told me all about the resident GW at Eden harbour while we drank coffee watching the surf at Merimbula bar this time last year, he thought we surfers were all crazy. Same trip I surfed over a small group of juvenile sharks at Pambula beach.
logging trucks will be much more frequent the further you venture out
Just a side note, ive had some good experiences when a shark is there, in the surf. Nothing on earth clears a lineup faster than a shark. Also sometimes when the linup is offering up troubles, there is suddenly a shark swimmin by and when I look around im the only one left. Then, all the waves for me.
Is your name Dave longrass by any chance ?
Hahaha now I'm laughin . I went down the road and was asking around about who this Longrass bloke is and then my mate said, don't you mean Jason Longrass , survived a large great white attack in Gracetown . This was after an earlier attack in the area on the same day! Fkn Classic! Is that who you mean EYVegies? I'll be thinking about that next time I see one, but if there's good waves barrelling through, will I leave the water??
Hey Groundswell, how has Covid been to Kalbarri, both in the surf and as a town? What's your prediction for the upcoming surf season? I live in a somewhat similar surfing outpost town and Covid has resulted in crowds increasing by probably 3 times the amount who were in the surf/town this time last year before Covid hit.
Yeah holidays are more crowded cause everyones coming here or gnaraloo instead of Bali. weve only had about three swells this year it was a pretty crumby summer...Not sure what the forecast looks like but waters still warm and the surf has been good for the last few days...Looking forward to a new board (desert storm) and a few winter pits..pulled into one tube yesterday on the end section of jakes and it predictably went dry on me..went over the falls and driven into the reef...reminds me of one palm point..
This thread is 3 years old but I’m staying here for as long as I can there are a few b grade unknown waves only one or two surfers surf. In winter they are very consistent and rents cheap.. I have a three bedroom place with a pool that’s looked after...so yeah I’m staying