Batemans Bay is a relaxed seaside town along the South Coast of NSW, where the mouth of the Clyde River meets the Tasman Sea. Due to the abundance of marine life residing in the water’s of Batemans Bay the stunning beaches have become well known for snorkelling and are referred to as the Batemans Bay Snorkelling Trail. The northwest of the Bay backs into the Clyde River National Park, a popular location for hiking, fishing, bird watching and water activities. The welcoming community of Batemans Bay makes this the ideal destination for a peaceful South Coast getaway.
Wine & Dine
Batemans Bay and its surrounds offers quite an extraordinary culinary experience. From waterfront restaurants to the freshest seafood you can get your hands on. South Coast oysters are quite famous, and Batemans Bay is at the heart of Australia’s Oyster Coast. Experience the famous Clyde River oysters bought fresh from the farm or at one of Batemans Bay’s delicious restaurants. Check out the Pearly Oyster Bar and Farm, and the Oyster Shed on Wray Street for an in depth oyster experience. There is a large selection of restaurants such as JJ’s at the Marina where fresh seafood is available and On the Pier serving delicious fresh prawns from the fisherman’s co-op. 20 minutes south is also a delicious fish and chip shop on the edge of stunning Tuross Lake at the Tuross Boatshed and Cafe.
Batemans Bay Oysters | Source: flickr
Discover the best of the natural wonders of Bateman’s Marine Park by scuba diving or snorkelling its waters. Here you’ll find fish of amazing colours, jellyfish, sting rays and green forests of kelp This marine park is great for spotting dolphins, whales, seals and penguins.
With Durras Lake, Cullendulla Creek, the Clyde River and the bay itself, there’s heaps of places to get your paddle on. Hire a kayak or canoe from one of the local hire businesses and go explore tributaries, shallow bays, quiet coastlines and view rugged headlands as you venture the coast.
Surfing is also a popular activity here in Batemans Bay. It’s very popular with people from Sydney and especially Canberra, as it is the closest coastal town to Canberra, and is highlighted by its picturesque coastline, perfect swell and abundance of wildlife including kangaroos and wallabies hanging around the beachfront. Sign up for a surf lesson on one of the noteworthy beaches of the area include Surf Beach and Malua Bay Beach.
Surf Beach Batemans Bay | Source: flickr
Relax and Unwind
Aside from only hanging out at the beachfront of your Batemans Bay accommodation, there’s plenty of ways to relax and unwind in beautiful Batemans Bay. Leisurely strolls through the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens are popular for nice garden displays, or visit the Birdland Animal Park for Australian wildlife. Batemans Bay also has an interesting local history which you can explore at the Treasures from the Deep Opal and Shell Museum and the Old Courthouse Museum.
Batemans Bay being so close to the continental shelf, is ideal for deep sea fishing. Anglers have the opportunity to fish both on land from the beaches, rocks, jetties and pontoons to boat fishing opportunities. Being so close to the continental shelf, fisherman in Batemans Bay may catch a variety of species including tailor, kingfish, Australian salmon, luderick, snapper, bream, whiting, leatherjacket, flathead and mulloway. There are many deep fishing charters available from Batemans Bay. Choose from a selection of tour operators and go on half day or full day fishing charters to make some amazing catches!
Batemans Bay also offers a plethora of freshwater fishing opportunities. The estuarial waters of Burrill Lake and Durras Lake are perfect for freshwater fishing. Just be sure to check the recreational fishing guidelines before visiting the area.
Batemans Bay Pontoon | Source: flickr
Pedalling along the Batemans Bay Cycleway is a great way to explore the beautiful local area. You will find bike hire at a few places within the town’s centre, where you can then hire the bikes and follow a local cycling map for long or short bike rides. If you’re someone serious about bike riding then you can try the 71 km long return bike ride that goes from Batemans Bay to Moruya via Coast Road.
Batemans Bay | Source: flickr