Canberra to Batemans Bay Road Trip

The stunning coastal town of Batemans Bay is truly a dream destination for family holidays, romantic getaways, and outdoor adventures alike, with its beautiful beaches, lush national parks and vibrant history. Located at the northernmost point of Eurobodalla on the south coast of New South Wales, this gorgeous seaside location is the perfect place to spend a weekend away.

Road Distance: 150km via Kings Highway B52

Driving Time: 2 hours

Where: From Canberra (ACT) to Batemans Bay (NSW)

Duration: 3 days

Getting There - Canberra to Batemans Bay

Two men driving in a convertible car


The drive from Canberra to Batemans Bay is a short yet beautiful one, taking only two hours via the Kings Highway (B52), with a driving distance of only 150km. To make the most of your time on the coast, you can take the short scenic drive straight there and experience the gorgeous ocean water and the incredible food options available. 

If you’re eager to see some sights on your road trip, why not pass through a few of the small yet beautiful towns just off the Kings Highway? Bungendore and Braidwood bring history, nature and culture together, with lovely cafes, galleries and antique shops that are nothing short of quaint. Bungendore is just a short drive from Lake George, so you can even head to the lake for a quick stop before hopping back on the highway. If you’re one for history, Braidwood has a rich historic past as an old gold mining town, nestled into the foothills of Mount Gillamatong. If you’re up for a walk, drive or picnic, Monga National Park has something for everyone, located a 35 minute drive south from Braidwood.


Taking a coach or bus from Canberra to Batemans Bay is an enjoyable and convenient way to travel, taking roughly 2-3 hours depending on the coach service. 

Enjoy the stunning natural vistas along the trip, including the rolling hills of Southern Tablelands, the vibrant colors of Bungendore State Forest and the scenic coastline as you approach the Eurobodalla region. 

Tickets can be purchased via online bookings or over the phone through several bus services or coach vendors, with departure and drop-off from a number of locations including Canberra airport.

Princes Highway near Tilba

Batemans Bay

Aerial view looking east over Batemans Bay

The Perfect Beach Holiday

With its stunning coastline, boardwalk, and thriving food scene, there are loads of activities for you to enjoy at Batemans Bay.

This famous stretch of coastline offers plenty of opportunities for fishing and swimming, with countless beaches just a short drive from Batemans Bay.

Take a 10-minute detour down to Malua Bay for an alternative beachy getaway that will suit  the whole family. If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, there are incredible kayaking tours available, allowing you to see the beauty of the nearby islands and bays from a unique vantage point.

Corrigans Beach
Oyster platter at The Farm Gate at Batemans Bay

Sightseeing & Activities

For those who prefer to stay on dry land, there are plenty of sightseeing opportunities as well. Get active and explore wildlife-filled nature reserves and forests. Stretch your legs on hiking trails or easy walks like Corrigans Beach Reserve or Mogo Wildlife Park (10 minutes south via the Princes Highway).

Take in the breathtaking coastal views from Eurobodalla National Park. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden, flush with native flora and fauna that thrive during the warmer months. Batemans Bay is also home to several cultural attractions as well as an array of galleries and museums—showcasing local history and artworks from around Australia—all within easy reach of the heart of Batemans Bay itself.

Eating Out

Food lovers will be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining options in Batemans Bay. From seafood shacks along the waterfront to fine dining restaurants overlooking the bay with views out over the ocean, there are plenty of delicious places to choose from here. There are also loads of cafes offering freshly made cakes, pastries, sandwiches & salads. What about traditional pub food with a modern twist?Perfectly satisfying after a day spent exploring the region.

Call it a night at the hotel or holiday park of your choice, with a range of lovely options available.

No matter what brings you here—whether it be shopping up a storm at one of its many boutiques or having dinner by candlelight overlooking stunning ocean vistas—Bateman’s Bay is sure to provide memories that will last long after your vacation is finished.