With Zen being a massive plane enthusiast, and I being the keen traveler, we were both thrilled to discover that a dear friend’s hubby flew his very own plane. Not as the pilot of a commercial airline of any sort, but a sleek private plane that only those in the high life could afford.
If I had lacked the drive or motivation before this day trip, my entrepreneurial spirit is now fueled with even more passion and aspiration. The freedom to frequently travel and eat like this and the ability to share it with family and friends is pretty amazing.

Flying on a private plane from Camden Metro Airport to Merimbula

We’ve been trying to schedule this trip for a while now but it had always been postponed due to bad weather and predicted turbulence. Then finally, we woke up last weekend to a SMS, stating that it was on!
An hour or so later, we arrived at Camden Airport, were given a safety briefing and hopped onboard.

Me onboard the private plane

I’m terribly prone to motion sickness and was glad the flight went smoothly. Well, that’s apart from my initial outburst of sweaty palms upon take off.
Surprisingly enough, Zen was allowed to take control of the plane for a brief period, giving him the chance to put his Flight Simulator gaming experience to good use!

Merimbula sign

Zen and Chris flying

Merimbula is located on the far south coast of NSW and is about 500km (a six hour drive) from Sydney. It is also a popular short break destination for Canberra residents which sits almost half way between Sydney and Merimbula.
By plane, it was only an hour away.

Merimbula and kids fishing

Merimbula has some great spots for fishing, lagoons and lakes for swimming, unspoilt bushes for exploring and beaches for surfing. We even had the rare opportunity of spotting a wild seal jumping back into the water near a bridge.
It was the perfect place to spend a warm Sunday.

A wild seal jumping into the water

Lunch was at Waterfront Cafe which sits on the waters edge and offers modern Australian cuisine with a focus on local seafood.They appeared to be popular with locals who were buzzing in and out with takeaway coffees.

Coffee and fresh juice at Waterfront Cafe Merimbula

I ordered from the daily specials menu and had Local Eden mussels with chorizo and chat potatoes in a tomato and basil broth ($20). The mussels were large, juicy and sweet. It was a rustic style dish with a hearty soup which was mopped up with some crusty garlic bread.
Vas chose a lighter option, opting for the crispy pork belly, rocket, pear and parmesan salad with balsamic reduction ($16) while Chris had the Tasmanian salmon, prawn and pesto linguine ($24) and Zen went for his usual favourite, the seafood risotto ($24).

Lunch at Waterfront Cafe Merimbula

We finished off with freshly baked scones which had a lovely crisp crust with a rich buttery flavour and were light and fluffy in texture.

Scones at Waterfront Cafe Merimbula

Overall, it was a delightful lunch and a wonderful day trip.
Thank you Vas & Chris for inviting us on this flight and for giving me a taste of what to look forward to! xx

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The Waterfront Cafe
Shop 1 – 2, The Promenade
Merimbula NSW
Phone: (02) 6495 2211

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydneyโ€™s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.
  • What a fun day out. Planes are fun, pity we can’t always gallivant around in them. These dishes look really good and were at a reasonable price too. Did you take the seal home as a souvenir?

  • Jen

    Merimbula is so untouched and serene, it’s a beautiful getaway spot! Wish I could have taken the seal with me ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • The seals look so cute. I went there but did not discover the Waterfront Cafe. Your meals looked awesome!

  • Jen

    Oh how lucky! This was my first time to Merimbula and I absolutely loved it! You’ll have to go back and try Waterfront Cafe – they have a great menu!
    P.S. I’ve also posted up the menu on the JENIUS Facebook fan page – check it out at http://www.facebook.com/jenius.com.au#!/photo.php?pid=12178625&id=37931565623

  • I want my own plane too! Too bad I don’t have the drive to actually find a way to buy one… I’ll just ask you for a ride when you get one okay?! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jen

    Haha, having my own plane would be cool but i think i’d get a boat first! Not as flash as James Packer’s one ofcourse, LOL!

  • Connie

    Looks awesome Jen! does your friend take ppl on his plane for a fee or something? would love to do something like this..

  • Beautiful photos! Your blog makes me miss beautiful Australia ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  • Massive envy! I wish I knew someone who can transport me from city to wild seal in mere 1 hour. Food looks great too.

  • Jen

    Hmm, I’ll ask! You can also fly to Merimbula via Rex.

  • Jen

    Thanks Jaime! Love your blog too ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Jen

    Hehehe thanks, it was a really enjoyable day ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I LOVE Merimbula and surrounds. It gets packed during school holidays (lot’s more Victorians than Canberrans) but stay at the Pickled Pear in Bega for wonderful B & B experience and hire a car to explore the area. It’s magic.