Batemans Bay is the northern gateway to Eurobodalla, with Canberra city a scenic two-hour drive to the west.
A bustling commercial centre with a relaxed coastal atmosphere, Batemans Bay is the perfect base for exploring the surrounding villages, forests, national parks, beaches and waterways of Eurobodalla.
The town flags the end of the Clyde River’s long journey to the ocean where it gently spills out into a large and beautiful bay. Batemans Bay was originally clustered on the banks of the river but has gradually spread beyond the river mouth to the coves and headlands that enclose and protect the bay.
Today, Batemans Bay offers a multitude of water and nature-based activities and with its temperate climate and spectacular waterways, “The Bay” is a popular holiday destination all year round.
Things to see and do
Fishing, surfing, jet skiing, kite surfing and swimming are popular water-based activities with locals and visitors. A Merinda river cruise is a perfect way to see the stunning bay and the Clyde River as it stretches back toward the mountains. A kayak tour through the mangroves is a unique way to explore the river and bay. Try an oyster kayak tour to the oyster leases and sample the molluscs that have made Batemans Bay famous in the seafood world.
On land, cycle paths, bushwalks and scenic drives are a great way to explore the area. The 27 hole championship golf course at Catalina is one of the most picturesque courses on the south coast and welcomes visiting players.
For families, cuddling a wombat or patting a python at Birdland Animal Park is a huge hit with young children. A walk through the displays at the heritage museum is a fascinating way to learn about local history and fun for the whole family.
Taste the bay
At the heart of the Australia’s Oyster Coast, the Clyde River flows into Batemans Bay, and is one of several Eurobodalla waterways that support a world class oyster industry producing Sydney rock, Pacific and native Angasi oysters.
The Clyde River is one of the last major rivers to have not been dammed and, as a result, has the cleanest waters of any river in Eastern Australia. This is home to some of the best oysters in the world – a claim based on the quality of the waters in which they grow.
These distinctive river-fed oysters can be sampled on the menus in many Batemans Bay restaurants. You can buy your own fresh oysters from the farm gate or take an oyster tasting tour on a kayak for a unique farm to plate experience.
Satisfy your hunger
For fresh local seafood head to The Boatshed on the southern foreshore where you can also take a gentle Merinda Cruise on the Clyde River to the historic village of Nelligen.
For casual dining on the water, stroll on the Mara Mia walkway for a selection of dining options with stunning views over the bay.
Take a drive and discover relaxed coastal cafes and eateries, serving an abundance of local fare from all day breakfasts and tapas-style dinners, to Moonlight Flat oysters and homegrown grass-fed lamb.
More to explore
Shops, cafes, sculptures and green space enhance the waterfront in the town centre.
A walkway and cycle path meander along the river to Batehaven, revealing views out to the Tollgate Islands. Calm swimming beaches and rock platforms teeming with marine life surround the expansive bay. Stingrays and pelicans are regular visitors around the boat ramps and are a regular visitor to the iconic Boatshed.
A ten minute drive south of Batemans Bay is the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden, Mogo Wildlife Park and the charming village of Mogo with its colonial goldmining history and thriving arts and crafts scene. You’ll find local souvenirs, artwork, handmade goods, jewellery, pottery, antiques, homewares and some tasty treats.
To the north, the quiet village of South Durras is surrounded by forest, and the pristine beaches of the Murramarang National Park. Within minutes you can be driving through a lush forest of spotted gum and burrawangs, home to many native animals including kangaroos, wallabies, parrots and cockatoos. The national park coastline is known for its fascinating ancient rock formations.
The Coast Road
Take the winding coast road (Tourist Drive 7) and explore the many breathtaking bays and coves from Batemans Bay to Moruya.
A trip along Beach Road and the tourist drive will lead you to the hamlets and communities hugging the picturesque coastline as it stretches south to the regional airport and terminates at the riverside town of Moruya.
The Batemans Bay Heritage Museum, located adjacent to the town’s Water Gardens, is a fascinating look into the history of Batemans Bay and the surrounding district. The extensive collection is researched and curated by volunteer members of the Clyde River and Batemans Bay Historical Society. Collection themes at the Museum include costume, education, healthcare, domestic life, forestry and timber tales, as well as crime and punishment in the district.
Learn more about Batemans Bay and the surrounding area.
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