Batemans Bay, in the Eurobodalla region on the NSW South Coast, is the complete package. Not only is it an amazing destination in itself, it is also a great base for exploring all the wonders and natural beauty of this underrated area. Named by Captain James Cook in 1770, the region boasts magnificent beaches, fresh seafood and a myriad of water sports both on the sea and in the sparkling Clyde River.
The peaceful waters of the Clyde are home to houseboats, which are a great way to experience the aquatic delights of the river. Swim, kayak or paddle a SUP to your heart’s content in the estuary between the charming village of Nelligen and Batemans Bay. Sample local produce, enjoy wildlife encounters and follow ancient walking tracks, or go swimming, surfing, kayaking and fishing, the choice is endless.
Spend the day at Surf Beach, which is patrolled during the peak summer season. The area’s crystal-clear waters are perfect for an underwater adventure on the Batemans Bay Snorkelling Trail. The Trail takes in three snorkelling locations, Maloneys Beach, Sunshine Cove Beach, and Guerilla Bay, home to rocks dating back 510 million years. To finish the day, enjoy a picnic or even take a walk to Burrewurra Point to see the WWII bunker.
Riding along the waterfront is one of the highlights of the Batemans Bay Cycleway; it is very scenic and relatively flat. The cycleway passes by Birdland Animal Park, where you can see 100 species of native birds, as well as many waterfront cafes and restaurants. The enchanting Clyde River National Park is a natural playground by the river, offering bushwalking, kayaking and fishing. Check out the view from Holmes Lookout.
Batemans Bay is the heart of Australia’s Oyster Coast. Taste succulent Clyde River oysters from the farm gates of Pearly Oyster Bar and Farm and the Oyster Shed on Wray Street. Or you can enjoy fresh seafood at local restaurants, including JJ’s at The Marina, a waterfront eatery with outdoor seating. Don’t miss dining at The River Café in Nelligen, or the famous Innes family Boatshed in Batemans Bay, with seafood fresh from their trawler. You won’t find better fish and chips, and keep an eye out for stingrays as you munch on the deck.
Places to stay include resorts, hotels, beach houses and holiday parks. Or you can hire a houseboat.
Batemans Bay is a four-hour drive from Sydney and two hours from Canberra. You can also fly from Sydney to Moruya Airport with Regional Express and rent a car for the short trip. Moruya Airport is 5km from Moruya’s town centre. Use the taxi services at the airport to make the short trip southwest. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the Eurobodalla region at your own pace. Regional Express operates direct flights from Sydney to Moruya five days a week, with return flights travelling via Merimbula.
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