Batemans Bay to Moruya via Coast Road
Ready, set, go... And make sure you take a map with you on this journey along one of the South Coast's most scenic routes as there are wonderful opportunities to explore coastal villages with magnificent rocky and sandy bays.
ROUTE: BB1 - The Bay and beyond
DISTANCE: 71km return
VERT ASCENT: 750m
SUITABLE: Road bikes and experienced riders
Take a tourist map with you as this will enable you to experience the many extra views just a short distance off this cycle route all the way down the coast. You can of course join this route at any point along it or do it in reverse.
This all sealed road route is lacking in decent shoulders in places and carries a fair amount of light traffic. The speed limit is 100km/hr for long sections. So this route is only recommended for experienced riders
It starts at Corrigans Beach Reserve opposite the shops at Batehaven. It then follows the coast along Beach Rd past Surfbeach down to the junction with George Bass Drive at Wimbie Beach. You head south on George Bass Drive past Mosquito Bay, Malua Bay, and McKenzies Beach, all with views of the ocean.
There a number of opportunities to explore coastal villages with magnificent rocky and sandy bays. At around 13km into the ride South Rosedale and at 15km Guerilla Bay are two examples. As you flash past Tomakin (after 17km) consider a diversion out to Melville headland for a great view of the coastline. When you come to the turn off to Mossy Point (19km) take the turn off and follow the road through to Broulee past more ocean views. If you seek coffee and a light meal try Muffins and More at the eastern end of Pacific Street. You pass Pacific St 600m after turning off into Mossy Point. There is another great viewing point at the Tomaga River mouth headland in Mossy Point.
In Broulee you can deviate by turning left down Heath Street to the Surf Club and the main surf beach, for more sweeping views south to Moruya Heads. Retrace your path back to Grant Street and turn left to head south again.
Rejoin George Bass Drive and keep heading south. At the southern end of the airport you have a chance to view the entrance of the Moruya River to the ocean. Take the turn off to the airport. At the start of the camping ground bear right and take the sealed road to the parking area. This is the start of the breakwater at the river entrance. Then retrace your path back onto the George Bass Drive, turn left and follow North Head Drive into Moruya. There are some short sections on this leg that have very limited shoulders and sharp bends so take care.
You are now following the very scenic Moruya River all the way into Moruya. Turn left across the Bridge when you reach the Princes Highway and first left as you come off the bridge. You can now wander the back streets of Moruya. If you are lucky enough to have arrived on a Saturday morning, you will find the famous Moruya Markets past the swimming pool next to the river. There are many good coffee shops in Moruya, just ask a local. Your return route to Batehaven is the same as the way you came.
Ride starts at Corrigans Beach Reserve opposite the shops in Batehaven. Leave the reserve via the traffic lights at the eastern end of the reserve. Turn left and join Beach Rd. Stay on this road until it joins George Bass Drive at the roundabout.
Take the first exit on to George Bass Drive.
Pass South Rosedale on left.
Pass Guerrilla Bay on left.
Pass Tomakin on left. A visit to the great view point on the headland in Tomakin is well worth while. Take the first turn to the right after entering Tomakin and follow Sunpatch Pde all the way round until you see the road up to the headland on your right.
Turn left into Mossy Point along Annetts Pde.
Pass Pacific St on left (Cafe at the far end of this street).
Bear right down the hill along Beach Road to the bridge across Candlagan Creek.
Beach Road becomes Coronation Drive.
Coronation Drive becomes Grant Street.
Pass Heath St on left and right. Surfing beach is to the left.
Grant St becomes Broulee Road, bear right.
Turn left on to George Bass Drive.
Pass Bruce Cameron Dr on left. This is the access road to the airport and also leads to the breakwater at the mouth of the Moruya River.
George Bass Drive becomes North Head Drive which you now follow into Moruya.
Turn left onto the Princes Highway and over the bridge into Moruya CBD
Turn left in to Shore Street and head to Riverside Park next to the river.
TURN AROUND POINT
Time to explore Moruya before starting the trip back to Batehaven.