On the Coast – Over 55 Issue 26 I November/December 2018 - Page 16

Sapphire Coast is a real gem Senior visits the picturesque NSW Sapphire Coast Words by Dorian Mode. Photos by Lydia Thorpe M erimbula is a word I can never say after three glasses of wine. But what an enjoyable seaside getaway. Derived from a local Aboriginal word meaning ‘two lakes’, a reference to Merimbula Lake on the southern side of the town and the smaller Back Lake on the northern side, this sleepy seaside hamlet is an ideal town for seniors to visit. For this jaunt, we stay in a luxury apartment. Coast Resort is a selection of privately owned apartments between Merimbula Lake and Merimbula Beach. We like Merimbula Beach. It’s an endless ribbon of sand, screened by pretty tea-trees and nodding banksias. As we shuffle along the soft sand, small birds dart in and out of the tea-trees. Now, if you follow this column you’ll know we favour an apartment rather than a hotel. Why? This means you save money by cooking in your kitchen on your holiday, which we never do (a thrifty plan that goes out the window after the aforementioned three wines). Our apartment is luxurious and spacious. Psst! if you need to schlep the grandkids with you, there’s an enormous park and playground across the road where you can watch your vociferous progeny armed with said glass of wine from the safety of your balcony, should you jag an ocean-facing apartment. There’s also a resort style swimming pool, lap pool and a terrific fish and chip shop and alfresco cafe on the flanking block. Moreover, it’s only a brisk 10 min walk into town, Seniors whale tours 16 S E N I O R S O N T H E C OAS T proper. Indeed, we really enjoyed our morning ambles into town along the lakefront, overlooking the picturesque fish pens. Commercial fishing took place in Merimbula the 1920s and these unusual pens were built by fisherfolk in order to keep their catch alive until transport could be arranged to the Melbourne fish markets. Originally home to the Yuin people, fishing and collecting oysters has been an integral part of Merimbula for thousands of years. Needless to say, it’s a fabulous place to enjoy the best local seafood money can buy. The best spot for a cold one in my book is the LakeView Hotel – a 7 min walk from Coast Resort – with its sweeping views of the lake, and drinks at pub prices. But there are loads of great eateries, cafes and activities for seniors in Merimbula. As we wander into town for