Enjoy magnificent beaches, fresh seafood and a myriad of water sports in this vibrant seaside town perched at the entrance of the sparkling Clyde River. With ample accommodation options, Batemans Bay is a great base for exploring the wonders and natural beauty of the Eurobodalla region on the NSW South Coast.
Sample local produce, enjoy wildlife encounters and follow ancient walking tracks, or go swimming, surfing, kayaking and fishing. The bay was named in 1770 by explorer Captain James Cook. Learn the local history of the area at the Batemans Bay Heritage Museum, from Aboriginal heritage to European settlement.
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. Hire a bicycle and pedal along the foreshore on the Batemans Bay Cycleway. Deep-sea fishing tours depart from the marina.
The enchanting Clyde River National Park is a natural playground by the river, offering bushwalking, kayaking and fishing. At Birdland Animal Park, see 100 species of native birds and animals in a waterfront bushland setting. A top picnic spot is Observation Point, with views of the coastline and Snapper Island.
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.
Batemans Bay is a four-hour drive from Sydney and two hours from Canberra. You can also fly from Sydney to Moruya Airport and rent a car. Places to stay include resorts, hotels, beach houses and holiday parks. Check out the events calendar to see what’s on, like the popular Bells Family Carnival over Summer.