June 8th

From 9.00am


Whilst we’re setting up for the Jetty to Jetty, a chance for you and your doggo to take to the water and show off your skills. The course is approx. 250m and finishing back at Mitchies Jetty. 

Prizes for the best outfits, best tricks and the just darned cutest pup!

Sign up details coming soon!

Please be there around 20 minutes early as times may vary based on the tide. 


From 10am
Ripple Racers (8-16 year olds)


This year we’ve added a winter swim for our younger swimmers. This race includes a small beach run before an approx. 150m lake swim finishing at the iconic Mitchies Jetty. 

Sign up details coming soon!

Please be there around 20 minutes early as times may vary based on the tide. 


From 10.30m


Are you in for the WinterSun Salty Swim?!  Great prizes to be won, as well as bragging rights that you did it!  Join the bold and the brave and hit the water for the 100 metre splash n dash from the spit to iconic Mitchies Jetty.

It’s good wholesome fun. And warm up afterwards with delicious coffee and pastries from the crew at Mitchies Espresso Bar or a bbq breakfast from Merimbula’s Marine Rescue.

Sign up details coming soon. 

Please be there around 20 minutes early as the times may vary based on the tide.



From 10.50am

$30 pp registration
Be a part of the third WinterSun Jetty to Jetty Lake Swim.

The Jetty to Jetty is a 1.2km competitive lake swim from Mitchies Jetty to Spencer Park Jetty and back. Swim starts at 10.50am and registrations and check ins from 8.30am.

A portion of your registration fee will be donated to 2 great local clubs, Pambula Surf Lifesaving Club and Marine Rescue Merimbula.

Sign up details coming soon. 

Please be there around 30 minutes early as the times may vary based on the tide. 



From 12pm-7pm. 


Live music starts at 12pm and finishes around 7pm, showcasing the toast of the coast and surrounds(see below for more). Groove away the afternoon with food, beverage and festive vibes as local legends, Longstocking Brewery pump out the brews alongside Breakfast Creek Vineyard, Nine Circles Distillery, North of Eden Gin and Grand Matriarch.

Food is taken care of with delicious hot fresh pizza from Sapphire Coast Eats, boutique catering from A Pinch Of Yum, paella from Cranky’s, bbq delights from Southtown Smokehouse, Waratah Chocolates, waffles, popcorn and Doughies Doughnuts and more.

Here’s our LIVE MUSIC lineup (times may vary):

12:00pm – 13:00pm: Benji and the Saltwater Sound System

13:15pm – 14:15pm: Fiona Boyes

14:30pm – 15:30pm: Los Zafiros

15:45pm – 16:45pm: The Kick Ons

17:00pm – 18:00pm: Allan Watts Blues Band

18:15pm – 19:15pm: The Spindrift Saga


June 9th


From 6am

The Wharf to Wharf Walk is a journey through history, crossing the ancient lands of the Yuin people, between two historic wharves on the Sapphire Coast.

In 2024 there will again be both RUN and WALK categories. With runners departing Tathra Wharf as the sun rises at 7:09am and walkers departing soon after at 7:20. Please advise category on booking form.

The walk celebrates the incredible beauty of our coast, taking in rugged cliffs, spectacular headlands, secluded bays & long, isolated beaches. But you won’t have time to stand still in awe and contemplate all of that, as this is a challenge, not for the faint hearted. Sapphire Coast Guiding Co will set the course, provide maps, markers and (maybe) moral support but mostly, you and your buddies will be on your own as you traverse the trail. Start from historic Tathra Wharf. Complete this 27km adventure by 2.30pm and be in the running for great prizes for those that are first across the line.   


From 10am-12noon
We’re excited to partner with iconic Merimbula venue Top Fun, on Sunday for a series of Winter themed mini golf, bowling, laser tag and other super fun activities!! 

Call to book (02) 6495 3091
Topfun – At the Top of the Town, Merimbula


It takes a village to put on an event like this and we’re so thankful to the raft of generous, local businesses that truly support out town and our festival. 

We have a swag of fabulous prizes to give away during WinterSun. Our Mitchies Jetty swimmers and Wharf to Wharf walkers and runners will have the opportunity to win dinner voucher from Lake View Hotel, product and vouchers from Day Trip Store and Seaside Health Club, plus hampers, free sessions and vouchers from Top Fun, Re:Wild with JC, Mitchies Espresso Bar and Liquor Legends. 

Plus Wharf to Wharf challengers will travel up to the starting line in style courtesy of Sapphire Coast Bus Lines.

This year we’ve partnered with the Bendigo Bank Bega & Pambula for our Saturday morning WinterSun Water Fest and are very excited to announce Capital Chemist Merimbula as our bib sponsor for the Wharf to Wharf challenge. 

Special thanks to our major sponsors Club Sapphire & Merimbula RSL that not only support our festival but provide fantastic entertainment of their own, all year round, and Splash Internet who provide the entertainment when we’re at home.

We think the rest of our sponsor list really does reads like a who’s who of a great stay on the Sapphire Coast, so here goes…

Fly into town via the revamped Merimbula Airport, pick up a hire car from Hertz, stay at Pelican Motor Inn right in the centre of town, or check out the lake views at Robyn’s Nest pick up some cool threads from Day Trip Store on the way plus, sunscreen and a hat from Capital Chemist, grab a coffee at Mitchies Espresso Bar when you get there and warm up thoroughly for your swim with Re:Wild with JC. Then, tire the kids out with some epic bowling, laser tag and mini golf at Top Fun and then onto an amazing dinner at Lake View Hotel. .

And it’s not just those visible Merimbula businesses that have come on board to support us.  Big thanks to Merimbula Chamber of Commerce, Merimbula Special Events committee, Fox Airconditioning and Pambula Surf Lifesaving Club who do so much behind the scenes to make our town the beautiful place that it is !!