The expansive waterway at the mouth of the Clyde River was named by Lieutenant James Cook on his voyage of discovery along this coast in 1770. However it wasn't until well into the 19th century that the township of Batemans Bay appeared.|
While Batemans Bay is the largest on the coast south of Nowra, it maintains its small town atmosphere and welcomes its visitors with its fabulous estuary location, country hospitality and charm, an unspoilt natural environment and with attractions and facilities for tourists of all ages and preferences.
Many accommodation, dining and entertainment facilities in the town are sited to take advantage of the magnificent views across the Clyde estuary, ocean and to the mountains in the west. Others are situated close to the beautiful beaches that adorn the coastal centres. Every aspect in Batemans Bay is different and beautiful in its own right.
In addition to its own attractions, 'the Bay' is well located for driving, trekking or undemanding
walks in the Clyde Valley and the spectacular mountainous national parks that protect its sources.
Pigeon House Mountain for example, is less than an hour's drive north.
Batemans Bay and its neighbouring area boast some of the most spectacular and unspoiled
coastline in New South Wales.
You'll also have the chance to savour fresh and succulent seafood caught locally in some of the planet's cleanest waters. Our local Clyde River oysters are often hailed by connoisseurs as the best in the world.
There are dozens of clean beaches, some with gentle shallow waters
perfect for young children and others to challenge the more discerning of surfers.
Batemans Bay has seen several world and Australian records for the game fish caught locally and local charter boat operators can take you out for a great day's reef fishing or to chase a "big one'. Boating, diving, windsurfing and of course both body and board surfing all find their respective paradises in our region.
Our beautiful lakes and other waterways offer peaceful bush walks, the company of many species
of coastal frequenting birds, fishing and other leisurely pursuits.
Native wildlife that you can encounter in our region include; kangaroos, wallabies, possums,
bandicoots, sea eagles and brilliantly coloured parrots amongst others. If you are lucky or persistent
you may even encounter some of our rarer or shyer creatures such as a lyrebird, wombat or even a
During your visit to Batemans Bay, take a drive out to the pretty town of Nelligen, upstream about 10 kilometres. This is a quiet village located on a calm and attractive reach of the river. On the way, you can get a magnificent view of the town and our beautiful river from the Holmes Lookout.
You should also take a trip to historic Mogo, only 5 mins south of the Bay, where the rustic atmosphere has been
preserved in the newer buildings in the town, resulting in a quaint village in which you can find a wide
variety of unusual and attractive craft and antique items. 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.
The following links will take you to more detailed information about the town and its surrounding region.
We hope this will help you to decide to come and visit us soon.
ACCOMMODATION: camping facilities - motels - units - resorts - hotels - etc
ENTERTAINMENT: entertainment - clubs - restaurants - cinemas - hire - etc
HISTORICAL INFORMATION: The Bridge over the River Clyde - The Corn Trail
- Nelligen Gold - The Dray Trail to Prosperity - The Inlet that Eluded Bass
NATURAL ATTRACTIONS: national parks - mountains - lakes - Clyde River
SCENIC LOOKOUTS: - lookouts nearby
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS: galleries - craftworks - theme parks - special attractions
LOCAL INDUSTRY: fishing - oyster farming - forestry - rural - manufacturing
COMMERCIAL & COMMUNITY: Educational - Professionals - Health - Community - Retail - Financial - Vehicle - Trades - Public Transport
TOURING INFORMATION: road distances and maps - air and coach travel - boating information - train connections - weather details
SPORTS & LEISURE: sporting clubs - equip't suppliers - gymnasiums - courts & ovals
MOGO 10 kms south on Highway 1.
NELLIGEN History up the river.
THE CLYDE COAST Natureland north of Batemans Bay.
TOMAKIN - BROULEE Coastal villages south of Batemans Bay.
BRAIDWOOD On the plateau overlooking the Coast.
For details and listings of the Batemans Bay commercial, recreational and social communities, please visit our Batemans Bay OnLine website.
- POST CODE: 2536
- STD AREA CODE: 044
- SHIRE: Eurobodalla
- STATE: New South Wales
- STATE ELECTORATE: Bega FEDERAL ELECTORATE: Eden-Monaro
- LATITUDE: 35degrees South LONGITUDE: 150degrees East ELEVATION: 3m
- AV MEAN TEMPERATURES: 23c during summer months and 17c during winter
- RAINFALL: Average 990mm per year; occasional thunderstorms, moderate rainfall distributed throughout year
Please contact us if you have a Eurobodalla tourism enquiry.