Batemans Bay, NSW

By: Malcolm Street

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Batemans Bay is the jewel of the New South Wales’ south coast, with beautiful beaches and the Clyde River estuary making it a paradise for water lovers.

Although the lower south coast of New South Wales is not quite as well-known as Queensland’s Sunshine Coast or Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, a little time spent exploring the coastal area and adjacent hinterland will reveal plenty of surprises.

Batemans Bay is one of the little jewels of this locality. It’s large enough to have all kinds of accommodation, dining and entertainment options, but small enough to offer the quiet delights of a coastal country town.


This little known coastal region offers stunning scenery across the Clyde Estuary, not to mention plenty of beautiful beaches offering everything from safe, shallow swimming for the family to some challenging surf beaches for the keen board rider.

Fishos will find plenty to catch; out of the river, off the beach and offshore on a boat. Being a river estuary town, Batemans Bay has the best of both worlds for those who love water. Kayakers can also find plenty of safe waterways to paddle away to their heart’s content.

Those less into water activities can indulge in one of the many bush walks around these parts, not to mention observing the plentiful wild and birdlife in the many state forests and national parks that surround Batemans Bay. And, if you’re tired of walking, there is always the Bateman Bay Cycleway – just the thing for those who really don’t like cycling on the roads or who just want a scenic pedal.


A short distance inland up the Clyde River is the pretty town of Nelligen, where river steamers once called. Immediately south of Batemans Bay is the historic town of Mogo, where the preserved buildings have much to offer in arts and crafts. The Mogo Zoo has a good selection of exotic animals and the lucky might like to try their hand at gold fossicking.

Further north of Batemans Bay are the twin towns of Milton and Ulladulla, as well as the boating and fishing attraction of Burrill Lake. Heading south, Moruya, Tuross Lake, Bodalla and Narooma all await discovery. If you tire of coastal scenery, the historical delights of Braidwood, inland up the King’s Highway, await the discerning traveller.


Getting there

Batemans Bay is 277km, or just over four hours’ drive, from Sydney on the Princes Highway, or 295km via the inland Hume Highway.

From Canberra, it’s 148km or just under two hours, on the Kings Highway.


  • Surfing
  • Snorkelling
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Bushwalking
  • Birdwatching
  • Wildlife-spotting
  • Mogo Zoo

More information

Batemans Bay Visitor Information Centre, corner Princes Highway and Beach Road, Batemans Bay, 1800 802 528

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The full feature appeared in Caravan World #536, April 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!