At the sparkling entrance of the beautiful Clyde River is Batemans Bay, a charming seaside town surrounded by natural beauty. The bay was named in 1770 by explorer Captain James Cook, who was a lieutenant at the time and on his first voyage. You’ll discover more about the area at the Old Courthouse Museum.
With plenty of accommodation options, Batemans Bay is great base for exploring the wonders of the Eurobodalla region, from magnificent beaches and wildlife encounters to ancient pathways and fresh seafood and produce. Water sports are popular too, including swimming, surfing, kayaking and fishing.
Enjoy a fun day at Surf Beach, which is patrolled during the peak season. The crystal-clear coastal 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.
You’ll find many more things to do and see, such as bushwalking, kayaking and fishing in the enchanting Clyde River National Park. On the coast, Observation Point is a picnic area and lookout with a magnificent vista of Snapper Island. Meet Bangles the wombat and Big Red the kangaroo at Birdland Animal Park.
Batemans Bay is at 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. Fresh seafood is available at a delicious selection of restaurants, including JJ’s at The Marina, a waterfront restaurant with outdoor seating.
Check out the events calendar for festivals and sports, such as the Batemans Bay Open. Getting to Batemans Bay on the NSW South Coast is easy, with the drive from Sydney only four hours and from Canberra two hours. You can also fly from Sydney to Moruya Airport and rent a car.