8 things to do in Batemans Bay – a ‘locals’ guide

It’s that time of year again when the fam and I pack our bags, leave the hustle and bustle behind, and make our way to the serene shores of Batemans Bay. For us, it’s become an annual tradition, and I’ve got to say, we’ve discovered some real gems over the years – some new, some that I’ve been coming to since I was a kid.

So, if you’re planning a trip to this beautiful slice of the South Coast of NSW, let me be your guide to the top 8 things to do in Batemans Bay.

1. Sandy Toes: Our Favourite Beaches

Batemans Bay is all about the beaches, and trust me, there are some beauties here. We often head to Surfside Beach as it’s a short stroll from where we stay. Caseys is also good for a dip and perfect for families. When we feel like venturing a bit further afield, we head to McKenzies Beach, about 10 minutes south of Batemans. The kids love looking for tidal rock pools at the rock ledges that are around the headlands.

2. Paddle Power: Kayaking Adventures

We are a water mad family, particularly in the warmer months. We have our own kayaks and try to get out on the water as much as we can when we visit. Some of our favourite spots are Cullendulla Creek (on high tide, launch from Surfside Beach) and the paddle from the bridge in Batemans Bay to Nelligen. This one is a bit harder now with kids, but I try to make sure I fit this paddle in whenever I visit. We’ve also done the snorkel kayak tour which was great.

3. Mogo Wildlife Park and a Day Out in Mogo

We always take the short drive to Mogo for a day out. Not much changes here, but the kids love Mogo Wildlife Park and a stroll through the charming village. Mogo Brew Crew is my pick for a coffee here. A hot tip – there’s a couple of old-school lolly shops along the main street. We actually go here first. It’s better the kids wear off the sugar walking through Mogo, than in the car on the way home!

4. Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

Every morning should start with a brew that’s top-notch. My new favourite place to get one? Alfresco Coffee on North Street. This joint knows their beans, and the staff are legends. My other go to for a coffee + brekky would be Kitchen on the Bay. Their Aussie Sunrise pancakes are my pick.

5. Savouring the Sea: Oysters & Seafood

You can’t come to Batemans Bay and not try the oysters. These little morsels of deliciousness from this part of the world are some of the best. We love The Oyster Shed on Wray Street for some of the freshest oysters you’ll ever taste. Sit back, slurp, and soak in the waterfront views. Top tip, they let you BYO wine so bring a bottle down.
JJ’s at the Marina is another go to for oysters and seafood. I’m a big fan of the seafood chowder or bowl of their delicious chilli and coconut cream mussels.

6. Explore Clyde River and the Best Fish & Chips

If I don’t make it for a paddle up the Clyde River, we often book a day out with Merinda Cruises. The 3-hour lunch cruise heads up the Clyde River to Nelligen for a quick stop before heading back. They serve The Boatshed’s famous fish and chips on board, which are a must have any time you visit the Bay. If you’re not up for the cruise, definitely grab some takeaway fish and chips from the Boatshed.

7. Skip the dishes: Dining Delights at Night

Trappers Restaurant (located in the Sunseeker Motor Inn) is where a bit of culinary class meets coastal charm. They offer two and three-course set menus where you get to choose from a selection of yummy dishes. They don’t skimp on flavour or portion sizes! The menu changes regularly and we try and pick something new each time and always leave satisfied.
When Julie and I are chasing something relaxed with absolute waterfront views, we try our best to book into Sam’s Pizzeria located on the esplanade. It’s busy, so book in advance, especially if you’re visiting in the warmer months. It’s our go-to for seriously creative gourmet pizza and, our favourite guilty pleasure, calzone dolce for dessert.

Food being served at Sam's Pizza in Batemans Bay

8. Cycle the Sculpture Walk

Stretching from Batemans Bay foreshore to Batehaven, the Sculpture Walk can be experienced as a 3km return leisurely ride. Journey past a variety of sculptures installed on, or nearby the path, starting at the striking “duet” installed on Clyde Street. Continue along the esplanade and onto the shared pathway. You’ll find the “Pelicant” at the end of the breakwall at the Marina which marks the current end point of the official sculpture trail. Extend your ride to the skate park at Hanging Rock or further again to the park and playground at Corrigan’s Reserve, Batehaven (8km return). It’s great for kids, even little ones if you take it slow, and is a fantastic family outing. We bring our own bikes, but you can rent bikes locally, so no need to worry about lugging yours along.

There you have it, folks – our top 8 picks for a ripper time in Batemans Bay. Whether you’re into coastal adventures, wildlife encounters, or simply kicking back with a good cuppa, Batemans Bay has something for everyone. I’ll see you there.