On the Clyde River’s broad estuary, Batemans Bay is the launching point for houseboat adventures along the river’s 38 navigable kilometres. There are numerous beautiful beaches nearby and surfing, boating, snorkelling and fishing experiences for all. The beaches are popular with everyone from the youngest of families to surfers looking for a good challenge.
Forest and coastal walks are popular, including the historic Corn Trail, Murramarang National Park, Shallow Crossing and South Durras. In spring, watch for magnificent migrating whales on their way to the southern oceans to nurse their young.
Batemans Bay offers local seafood restaurants, casual cafes, art galleries and studios. Birdland Animal Park has close encounters with native fauna, while further south at Mogo Zoo, get up close to many exotic species. Mogo also has many arts and craft shops, galleries and cafes and a gold rush village re-creation.
The Catalina Country Club is one of the best 27-hole golf courses in Australia.
A range of accommodation offers top views of the Clyde River or you can settle right in front of the beach.
Superb southern parks
A few hours south from Sydney, there is a charming strip of unspoilt coastline offering pristine beaches, picturesque seaside towns and quaint rural villages.
For about 500 kilometres from Sydney to the border of Victoria, the south coast contains no fewer than 10 separate national and marine parks. The coastal route along the Princes Highway forges its way past a string of national parks and state forests. It runs alongside mountain chains, white sand beaches, and bays leaping with fish, dolphins and whales.
Each national park has its own special charms, from the world’s whitest sand beaches and abundant wildlife, to pristine shingle beaches and rugged headlands.
On route south, you’ll find Kiama, famous for its blowhole; the stunning subtropical Minnamurra rainforest; and the long, caramel expanse of Seven Mile Beach.
Stroll through Bouderee National Park and discover forests, deserted beaches and headlands. At Pebbly Beach in Murramarang National Park, kangaroos wander around the beach and gather on the grassy dunes to graze.
Inland from the picturesque harbour of Ulladulla is the giant Morton National Park, marked by the prominent Pigeonhouse Mountain offering magnificent views of peaks, ocean, isolated beaches and gum forests.
Don’t miss the coastal resorts of Batemans Bay and Narooma with its unspoilt beaches and nearby Montague Island – a hang-out for juvenile seals and a breeding colony for thousands of birds.
Activites and Experiences at Batemans Bay
Nearest Airport: Moruya (35kms)