A happy mix of seaside village and cosmopolitan town, Batemans Bay has an easy and relaxed charm that reminds us life is to be enjoyed. Surrounded by forests and waterways, the town unfolds along the banks of the Clyde River, forming a gateway to the Eurobodalla region beyond.
Few places offer as many unspoilt landscapes so close to a town centre. The Clyde is one of the cleanest estuaries on Australia’s east coast. A short walk from the town’s cafe strip and across the bridge will have you on its sandy northern beaches - ideal for swimming, fishing or picnicking.
National parks and marine sanctuaries, secluded headlands and rock pools, sandy creeks and riverbanks, and bay and ocean beaches are all within minutes of the town centre. (These are easily found, mostly by following your instincts.)
To the north of the town, the beaches at Surfside, Long Beach and Maloneys Beach offer protected waters ideal for families, relaxed walks, and picnics with local Eastern Grey Kangaroos. Cullendulla Creek, a hidden marine sanctuary flanked by a raised mangrove boardwalk, is particularly striking - with crystal clear swimming and expansive sand flats to lose yourself in.
Heading South of Batemans Bay, the coastal road takes you past views of Snapper Island, and onto the series of headlands, beaches and bays winding down to the Moruya River. While many of these, such as McKenzies Beach, reveal themselves spectacularly from the road, many more are hidden. Exploring the numerous coastal turnoffs is immensely rewarding, with the remarkable Guerrilla Bay and spectacular Rosedale Beach, just two of many hidden gems to be discovered.
This diverse and unspoilt environment is reflected in the quality of the local food, with the region blossoming as a centre for sustainable agriculture and distinctive regional produce. Clyde River oysters are widely regarded as Australia’s finest, and fresh local seafood is easy to find in shops and on menus. Dining options range from formal to relaxed, from innovative modern cuisine to old-school beachside takeaways.
While it’s hard to ignore the pull of the natural environment, Batemans Bay offers diverse and eclectic art, cultural and shopping experiences. This is best discovered by taking an unhurried wander. Modern shopping precincts, hidden malls, specialty stores, small galleries and bespoke boutiques make for interesting and unexpected discoveries.
Locals will tell you this combination of modern amenity and natural living lets Batemans Bay offer the best of both worlds. A town where you can dress up and go out, or potter about in shorts and thongs; where a walk along the river promenade is as likely to reveal a great fishing spot, as it is a dinner table with a view. Inviting you to do as little or as much as you feel, Batemans Bay is the perfect place to take it easy.