Batemans Bay provides abundant accommodation options and is a perfect base to discover the wonders and natural beauty of the Eurobodalla area on the New South Wales South Coast. In this lively seaside town enjoy beautiful beaches, fresh seafood and a variety of water sports.
Many people see Batemans Bay is the “Canberra by the Sea” It is certainly the closest seaside town to the national capital, and it is certainly popular for those who spend their lives in Canberra’s chilly climate as both a holiday destination and a retirement place. Batemans Bay is a four-hour drive from Sydney, and from Canberra for two hours. You can also fly to Moruya Airport from Sydney, and rent a car. Places to stay include resorts, hotels, holiday parks and beach houses.
Batemans Bay, situated at the mouth of the Clyde River, is now a very developed suburban sprawl that extends south from the mouth of the river. When the city-now the largest coastal community between Wollongong and Melbourne-ends and some of its satellite communities start is hard to tell. While Batemans Bay is the largest on the coast south of Nowra, it retains its small-town feel and embraces its tourists with its splendid estuary location, country hospitality and beauty, an unspoiled natural environment and tourist attractions and facilities of all ages and tastes.
Try local food, enjoy nature experiences, or go hiking, sailing, kayaking, and fishing. Captain James Cook sighted the bay on 22 April 1770. He named it after Nathaniel Bateman on the HMS Northumberland with whom Cook had sailed on. Know the area’s cultural history from Aboriginal origins to European settlement at Batemans Bay Heritage Museum.
Most of those area’s accommodations, dining and entertainment facilities take advantage of the magnificent views across the Clyde estuary, the ocean, and the western mountains. Others are situated along the lovely beaches that embellish the coastal centers. At Batemans Bay every thing is special and breathtaking in its own right.
In addition to its own attractions, ‘the Bay’ is well situated in the Clyde Valley and the beautiful mountainous national parks that protect its origins, for hiking, trekking, or undemanding hikes.For example, Pigeon House Mountain is less than an hour drive to the north. Perhaps the best drive in the region is the one from Batemans Bay to Broulee along the coast and then back down the highway through Mogo. The daisy beach line to the south of the town includes Batehaven, Sunshine Bay, Denhams Beach, Surf Beach, Lilli Pilli, the beautiful Malua Beach where the nearby surf lifesaving club is located, North and South Rosedale, Guerilla Bay with its chert and slate layers and Tomago.
Batemans Bay and its immediate area boast some of New South Wales’s most scenic and unspoilt coastlines. There are hundreds of safe beaches, some with calm, shallow seas that are ideal for young children and some to test surfers with greater discernment. You’ll also have the ability to savor fresh, succulent seafood captured locally in some of the cleanest waters on the planet.
The gorgeous lakes and other waterways offer relaxing bush walks, the company of numerous species of frequenting coastal birds, fishing and other recreational pursuits. Native oysters at Clyde River are frequently praised as the finest in the country by connoisseurs. Batemans Bay has had many world and Australian records for game fish caught locally and local charter boat services will take you out for a fantastic day of reef fishing or catching a ‘huge one.’ Boating, swimming, windsurfing and of course both body and board surfing find their separate paradises in the area.
Local species includes; kangaroos, wallabies, possums, bandicoots, sea eagles, and brilliantly colored parrots among others. If you’re lucky or persistent, some of the rarer or shyer creatures like a lyrebird, wombat, or even a platypus may even be found.
Take a trip out to the nice town of Nelligen, about 10 kilometers upstream, on your visit to Batemans Bay. It is a small village built on the river’s peaceful and enticing edge. On the way from the Holmes Lookout you will get a spectacular view of the town and the majestic water.
You can also take a ride to historic Mogo, only 5 minutes south of the Bay, where the rustic feel in the city’s older buildings has been preserved, resulting in a charming village where you can find a wide range of unique and beautiful crafts and antique pieces. Step back in history at the pioneer village or the dinosaur museum; visit the famous Mogo Zoo or even pan for gold in the pioneer tradition.
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