The historic port village of Nelligen lies on a sweeping bend of the majestic Clyde River.

The picturesque riverside village of Nelligen is the first place to greet visitors arriving from the winding forest highway to Eurobodalla’s west. Just 10 minutes from Batemans Bay, the town has signalled the start of a beach and bush holiday for generations of Australians.

Things to See and Do

The waterfront area along Wharf Street is a great place to relax and take in the peaceful qualities of the riverside village. Here, a wide grassy bank makes a perfect place to picnic. Fish and chips and other takeaway’s are nearby.

You can fish right from your picnic spot or from the jetty next to the boat ramp. Nelligen fishes well, with bream and flathead common, and huge mulloway lurking for the very lucky or very experienced.

Surrounded by forests, the Clyde River is remarkably pristine and undeveloped. Exploring it by boat or kayak reveals islands, sandy beaches and numerous small tributaries. It’s very easy to find a place that feels like the most remote wilderness, and a few hours among the river-forests can be transformative.

Merinda Cruise at Nelligen

Nelligen Cycling

There are some great gravel rides from Nelligen which take riders out to Shallow Crossing and beyond to Big Bit Lookout.

Cruise or kayak

Kayaking is a very popular way to explore the waterways around Nelligen. Hire a kayak from the village or take a guided tour from Batemans Bay to see the oyster farms of the lower reaches of the Clyde River.

The Merinda Cruise departs daily from the Boatshed in Batemans Bay and takes a scenic trip up the Clyde River to Nelligen and return. Enjoy an optional fish,chips and salad lunch on board.

Historic Nelligen

Nelligen is a tranquil place, and sits on the edge of the Clyde River as if watching over the past. The town’s history is rich and fascinating with gold prospectors, bushrangers and steam ships having all called Nelligen home. The once bustling streets are now quiet and serene – the soothing tranquillity of the river matched only by the silence of the surrounding forests.

Nelligen was once a busy port servicing Braidwood’s farming district and the Araluen goldfields. It pre-dates Batemans Bay.

A track over the Clyde Mountain was built mid 1850’s. Ships landed passengers and supplies and returned with cargoes of wool, gold, timber and produce for Sydney. By 1860 Nelligen boasted a large warehouse, four hotels, two stores, two blacksmiths, baker and a police watchhouse. As gold mining waned, timber dominated Nelligen’s shipping. Its days as a port ended in the early 1950’s.
Learn more about Nelligen.


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