Pambula

Pambula Why live in Pambula? History Pambula or Pamboola is Aboriginal for two waters reflecting the areas close affinity with the ocean and river. The rich Pambula River floodplain was a source of food for the Thaua people of the Aboriginal Yuin nation for many thousands of years. While the land provided shelter and sustenance to the Aborigines it was also a source of great spiritual connection and wealth. The area was first explored by Europeans on 18 December 1797 during the southern voyage of George Bass. Settlement did not occur until the 1830s when it is thought that the first settlers, the Imlay brothers, set camp on the banks of the Pambula River. The Imlay brothers subsequently acquired immense squatter leases which were on sold to the Walker brothers following the depression in the early 1840s. The physical location of the early township of Pambula was relocated after severe floods in 1851 and 1860 revealed that the residents had settled on a flood plain. The river changed course after these floods and over time the settlement shifted to higher ground. A chance gold discovery at Kiandra on the banks of the Yowaka River in 1888 was an important economic boost to the town. Gold, timber, maize, wattlebark, dairying and oyster farming (1891) were main sources of income for the area in the late nineteenth century. Gold production ceased around 1915 and this, coupled with difficulties encountered in the local dairying, maize and wattlebark industries affected the town\'s prosperity. While Pambula remained the main centre for the area population declined and after World War II Merimbula grew in size to take over Pambula’s former role. The Pambula township has changed little this century with many of the colonial buildings remaining in use. Real Estate & Design Pambula real estate has an old fashioned charm. Colonial style homes remain, some renovated and modernised and others not. The majority of these houses are built from weatherboard however several are from local stone and render. Later developments have contemporary brick and tile residences. In the township area there have been relatively few recent housing developments and as a consequence modern homes are not prevalent. On the outskirts, of particular note the Oaks Estate, small rural acreage sections have become available and it is in these areas and along Bald Hills road where you will find large modern houses, some of traditional style, others a modern or rustic bush retreat and many with excellent views stretching over the village of Pambula as far as to the ocean at Pambula Beach. Shopping Pambula has a quirky mixture of shops leaning to the unusual, old fashioned or sustainable. Explore organic foods in colonial aged buildings complete with weathered timber floorboards, sample organic extremely tasty bakery goods at the local baker and buy some of the best tasting meat at the local butcher. Pambula is home to a one of the areas largest furniture and carpet shops along with a number of small industrial enterprises. A local grocery store, newsagency and post office is available in the center of Pambula. Larger supermarket chains, fashion shops, books and toy shops are located in Merimbula. Sports & Fitness Pambula Beach provides sporting enthusiasts with a beautiful natural playground. This beach is patrolled during the summer months and the lifesaving club runs an excellent nippers program. Sporting facilities in Pambula include the local tennis courts and playing fields which include a skateboard park and basketball court. The Pambula swimming pool has recently been upgraded to be completely undercover and heated, providing swim lanes, learn to swim classes and exercise classes. Fitness gyms are available at the pool and the Pambula Merimbula Golf Club. The golf club is a challenging course made more interesting by the regular kangaroo spectators. Distance from Cities & Transportation Pambula is an approximate five minute drive from Pambula Beach and Merimbula. State and Interstate bus services provide daily services to Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra from Merimbula or Bega. Merimbula airport has daily flights to Melbourne and Sydney. There are limited bus services for public transportation however full bus services are provided for all school aged children. Famous Landmarks Pambula is known and recognised for the original architecture from the days of settlement. Many of the original colonial buildings remain, including the local court house. These buildings are an excellent reminder of history and are fascinating to explore or tour. Restaurants & Cafes Pambula has some great cafes and restaurants. Choose from organic bakeries, a delicious delicatessen, Thai, seafood or experience fine dining in an old world era at The Grange located in South Pambula. Other international cuisine and standard takeaway are available at nearby Merimbula. Schools, Education & Institutions Primary school aged children are able to attend the Pambula Public Primary School in Pambula. Private schooling for primary aged children is available at the Sapphire Coast Anglican College. Secondary students attend the Eden Marine High School or the Catholic College at Pambula, Lumen Christ Catholic College.
  • Suburb:Pambula
  • Postcode:2549
  • Population:1027
  • Municipality:Bega Valley Shire Council