From Melbourne Merimbula is approximately 650kms from Melbourne along the Princes Highway. There are numerous rest areas along the way. If you need a snack from one of the major fast food chains, make sure you get it at Bairnsdale. This is the last town that caters for these on your way. From Sydney Depending on your departure point, there are two ways to travel to Merimbula from Sydney, either straight down the Princes Highway or via the Hume Highway to Canberra then cutting across to the Monaro Highway and down to the coast.