Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Batemans Bay and surrounds

Batemans Bay

Part of the Eurobodalla area of NSW, Batemans Bay is around 4 hours south of Sydney and 2 hours east of Canberra. This is a popular Canberra holiday spot and a great family or weekend getaway with a variety of land and water activities for everyone.

Only 15 minutes south of Nowra, Jervis Bay is a great family and adventure getaway from both Sydney and Canberra.

Top 5 things to do and see

Batemans Bay has a Marine Park which extends down the coast, however there are many areas still open for fishing, particularly recreational fishing. There are also quite a number of fishing charters based in Batemans Bay that take you reef and deep sea fishing – suitable for anyone over 12. Fish along the Clyde River from one of the jetties for whiting, bream or flathead, or out along the rockwalls into the bay. You can hire a tinnie to go exploring yourself too.

The Eurobodalla and Murramarang National Parks offer some great short and long walking trails for people of all ages and fitness levels. Rainforest walks are available at Depot Beach and North Durras, or simply take a walk along the riverfront at Batemans Bay itself.

Whilst many areas of Batemans Bay and surrounds are hilly, there is a great foreshore cycle track that runs into the village which is suitable for kids and adults alike. Mountain bikers should check out Mogo State Forest for some action.

Beaches in the Bay area are generally calm, even those with ‘surf’ in their names, no surfboards here, but great fun for the kids and you could do some wave skiing too. To the south Broulee beach offers great surf activity and is a patrolled beach.

Some of the best oysters on the south coast are found at The Oyster Shed in Batemans Bay. You can also find oyster farm tours and learn about oyster farming, production and cleaning. Even if you don’t eat these slimy critters, a visit is a must.

Mogo village and Zoo
Mogo is a lovely little village on the main highway south of Batemans Bay with a range of shops including Alpaca wares, antiques, fudge and lollies. The privately owned Mogo Zoo ( has more than 200 animals including 42 rare and exotic species. It is committed to the survival of endangered species.

Holiday options
A great family destination, with calm waters, great fishing and plenty of activities for kids.

When to go?
Any time of year is good in Batemans Bay due to the range of activities on offer, Summer is more suitable for beach sports,  but with mini-golf, the Mogo Zoo and national park walks, the cooler seasons are also fun.

How to get there?
Follow the Princes Highway south of Sydney past Nowra, from Canberra the Kings Highway takes you directly there.

How long to go for?
An easy weekend from Canberra, but maybe plan a longer trip from Sydney, there is plenty to do. Accommodation bookings are essential due to the proximity to Canberra.

Where to Stay? There is a huge range of accommodation in Batemans Bay, Moruya and Malua Bay just to name a few places you could stay.

Tourist Information
An annual visitors guide is published on the area, the website at or visitor information centres at Batemans Bay and Narooma.

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