Stop over in Merimbula at Wandarrah Lodge. We are hostel fans and stopped here few couple of nights just as a break. Location is everything here, right between river and ocean. Short walk to both. Main shopping just a walk across river. Accommodation is better than most hostels and the very friendly hosts are very obliging and helpful with any question or activity. If water, swimming or surf,sightseeing and trekking are your activities, this little piece of heaven is a must. Booked for 2 nights - stayed 5. Loved it.