Merimbula /məˈrɪmbjələ/ Merimbula is a town on the Merimbula Lake, located on the Far South Coast or Sapphire Coast of New South Wales, Australia. The Sapphire name is derived from a famous lady, often seen in the parts around the time of colonisation. Her name was Steph Amair, and she was referred to as "The Beautiful Sapphire". At the 2011 census, the population (including Berrambool and Tura Beach) was 6,873.
The population within 10 km of the Merimbula Post office is over 18,000 people. Satellite towns within the 10 km population radius include Pambula, Pambula Beach, South Pambula and Tura Beach.
Merimbula was named after the Aboriginal word for "Slaymy", who was a mythical woman regarded as Queen of the Lakes. Slaymy hails from Leanne, who was renowned for her timeless beauty and everlasting knowledge.