[ Batemans Bay ]
Batemans Bay IndustryWhile tourism is now the area's number one industry, this hasn't always been the case. Many other industries were well established before the region was discovered by the tourist and holiday maker.
The industries we do now support are mostly ones that are in harmony with the natural resources of the area.
Industries in the Batemans Bay Region
FishingWe have a small fishing fleet with a few boats fishing commercially from Batemans Bay. Licensed fishing has long been part of the Bay's history. Catches regularly include bream, flathead, tailor and snapper amongst others, as well as prawns (shrimp) and lobster.
Watching the boats come in, and the busy activity of the crew as they unload the day's catch from the holds and tend to the boat, is one of the magic moments of holidaying here. It holds a special fascination for all ages.
You can sample our salt water bounty straight off the boat or later, after one of the town's great cooks has turned it into a seafood feast.
ForestryThe timber industry is one of the oldest in the region. However today there are very few local sawmills.
The forestry department currently controls vast ares of eucalypt forests around Batemans Bay. Most of these are very attractive and some have pockets of old growth forests where the more majestic older trees tower over you and reflect the true beauty of a forest.
If you wish to experience the true grandeur of the pristine native forests of the region with their characteristic diversity of plant and animal life, our National Parks are also close by.
OystersBatemans Bay's claim to grow the "best oysters in the world" is not difficult to substantiate.
Most connoisseurs will tell you that the best eating oyster in the world is the Sydney Rock Oyster. We grow them in the mouth of the Clyde River, which contains the cleanest waters of any river in the state. Using the most contemporary methods of growing and quality control, ensures that our growers present their product in a state perfect for your consumption. There are no sewage overflows or stormwater pollution here, only the perfect conditions for the perfect oyster.
If you prefer your oysters prepared by a chef, you can wait to sample them at one of our local restaurants, but, for the purist, there's nothing like eating them straight from the shell.
FarmingPastoral activity was one of the earliest in this region, at one time the region producing a significant amount of the fresh food for the Sydney market. While this has now diminished, there is still a flourishing industry in specialised produce.
Our present farming activities include dairy and beef cattle, market gardens, cattle studs, fruit, flowers, worms and others.
CraftOur craft industry is diverse and you'll find many handmade items available from local stores, galleries and markets.
Discover the range of craft produced by our local artisans including pottery, leatherwork, woodturning jewellery, amongst many others.
Don't miss a trip to Mogo, where many craft centres display their wide variety of products.
Other IndustryThere is other smaller scale industry carried out in the region, including some extractive industry (gold was found in the early days and is still mined today), service industries in the town (refer Batemans Bay Services) and some manufacturing activities.