Complete with its very own island, Broulee is a favourite for many visitors to the South Coast.
Located just 15 minutes drive south of Batemans Bay, and a little over two hours from Canberra, Broulee is the place to be if you’re seeking a peaceful waterfront escape with plenty to see and do every day of the week.
If you’ve never ventured to Broulee before, here are seven essential additions to your “to-do” list during your next visit to the coast…
Soak up the sun on one of Australia’s best beaches
Broulee’s kilometre-long beach features crystal clear waters and a gradually increasing depth, making it ideal for children and families who want to take a dip and play or relax on the sand.
The southern beach, Bengello, often boasts great surf conditions, while local operators provide plenty of fun water activities on the northern side of Broulee Island. Learn to surf with pro instructors at the Broulee Surf School or take lessons in stand-up paddle boarding – a popular water sport that offers a great workout and a unique perspective of the bay. Wetsuits, boards and all other equipment is available for hire.
At the heart of Broulee beach is Shark Bay, which isn’t nearly as scary as it sounds. In fact, Shark Bay is a popular spot for families as there is little to no surf and the water is fairly shallow.
Eat, eat and…eat!
Grab a morning coffee at The Boat Ramp Kiosk, located right on the waterfront with a stunning view of the azure waters of the Tomaga River. You’ve also got Killibinbin Café on Grant Street or the lovely Single Fin Canteen on Coronation Drive which both offer great coffee and yummy snacks.
For dinner, chow down on authentic Thai takeaway from Two Sisters on Wheels which you’ll find on the corner of Imlay and Grant Streets.
Take a leisurely bike ride
The coast offers many impressive and safe cycling trails that extend along the foreshore or inland.
Region X has bikes available for hire, which you can pick up from Mossy Point Boat Ramp. They also offer a drop off service directly to your accommodation.
One popular trail is to travel from Broulee along Bengello Beach to Moruya Airport, and then take the 16 kilometre journey back through the Bangalay Eucalyptus Sand Forest.
Explore Broulee Island
Yes, Broulee has its very own island…and you can walk around it!
Simply park at the Broulee Island Walk carpark on Harbour Drive, and then take the peaceful trek past Shark Bay and across the permanent sand bank to the Broulee Island Nature Reserve.
It will take you one to two hours to complete a full walking trail, with a huge variety of native Australian plants, birds and wildlife to see and experience.
Keep an eye out for memorial plaques in the rock face on the eastern side honouring fishermen lost at sea.
Go on a snorkelling adventure
You don’t need to travel up north to go on a fabulous snorkelling adventure off Australia’s east coast.
There are a number of great spots in and around Broulee, and you can get up close and personal with hundreds of species of fish plus plenty of marine life within the reefs like sea urchins, rays, octopus and moray eels.
Total Eco Adventures offer snorkelling tours with trained guides, as well as stand-up paddle boarding lessons and kayaking. All equipment is available for hire, so you can just book and enjoy the day!
Go whale watching
The South Coast is well known as one of the best places in Australia to see whales as they migrate to warmer waters during our colder months and then make the journey back again during spring when they are in party mode.
From late August to November, Mossy Point Anchor Lookout and Melville Point Lookout both offer the perfect vantage point to spot whales offshore.
Hint: If you’re after a great photograph, try to go whale watching several times during the day so you can capture the ambience at sunrise, midday and sunset.
Take home handmade treasures
There’s something truly special about handmade items, especially when they remind you of a peaceful holiday.
Before you head home, stop by Bliss & Trove on Grant Street and discover their beautiful selection of local art, handmade gifts and jewellery. You can also pick up a jar of sweet locally-produced honey.
Want to plan a holiday to Broulee? See a list of Broulee accommodation including caravan parks, hotels, motels, retreats and B&Bs.