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Batemans Bay Touring Information

It's easy to get to Batemans Bay. The town is near the junction of the Princes Highway running along the coast between Sydney and Melbourne, and the Kings Highway from Canberra.
The Princes Hwy is part of Australia's 'Highway No1' system, which follows the coastline of our island nation. From Sydney south to Batemans Bay or from Melbourne travelling north east, travel is a scenic delight by whichever means you choose to arrive. For detailed times and bookings on commercial services outlined below, contact one of our Tourist Information Centre.

How to Get to Batemans Bay

FROM SYDNEY : | Drive South from Sydney | | Fly, Coach and Train from Sydney |

FROM CANBERRA : | Drive East from Canberra | | Fly, Coach and Train from Canberra |

FROM MELBOURNE : | Drive North from Melbourne | | Fly, or by Coach from Melbourne |



Drive South from Sydney

This delightful journey on good roads will take less than 4 hours by car. From the south eastern outskirts of Sydney, follow the Hwy 1 signs to Wollongong. Just before you descend the escarpment into this city, it is well worth stopping at one of the lookouts for a breathtaking, panoramic view of Wollongong, the Pacific Ocean and the coastal plains below.

After passing through Wollongong and its near neighbour of Shellharbour, you reach Kiama, home of the amazing water display which erupts through the rocks at Blow Hole Point. (You will need to leave the highway and enter the town centre to see the Blow Hole near the Tourist Info Centre.)

After Kiama and Gerringong (home to the magnificent Werri Beach), travel to Berry - the 'Town of Trees'. The larger town of Nowra is next, followed further south by Milton and Ulladulla with its pretty fishing harbour left of the town centre. Soon after you will pass through the villages of Burrill Lake, Tabourie Lake and Termeil. Within another leisurely, forested 30k, your destination of Batemans Bay arrives with its welcome of the sparkling waters of the Clyde River estuary.

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Fly South from Sydney

From Kingsford Smith Airport in Sydney (next to Mascot International Airport) catch a flight to Moruya, twenty minutes drive from Batemans Bay,( check for shuttle service with your accommodation venue.). This is a non-stop flight taking less than an hour, with breathtaking views of the coastline.

The flights are conducted by Regional Express whose timetables can be obtained from the Regional Express website - or you can call 131713 for reservations and information.

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Coach and Train South from Sydney

Two companies offer coach transport from Sydney to Batemans Bay. You can choose to travel the entire route by coach or first travel by train to Bomaderry (Nowra), and then connect with a coach service to travel on to Batemans Bay.

Buses, Taxis & Hire Services in the Batemans Bay District

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Drive East from Canberra

This is an easy two hour drive along the Kings Hwy, through forests, farmlands and down the Clyde Mountain to the more temperate coastal strip. From Canberra, travel east through Queanbeyan. The eastern exit from this city in its own right, is the Kings Hwy. (Stay on this road until you reach the Princes Hwy at Batemans Bay). Travel next through the quaint village of Bungendore, where you'll find crafts and refreshments etc. Next is the halfway mark of Braidwood, an attractive town renowned for its beautifully restored, historic buildings and its craft and artisan galleries.

Soon after Braidwood you begin your descent of the Clyde Mountain. Whilst the road is good it still requires careful driving as the actual descent is steep with a few sharp curves. The pass is particularly demanding in wet weather when the road may be slippery and there is often mist with limited visibility during rain. After the mountain you will enjoy the rolling, forested foothills of the Clyde Mtn, cross the Clyde River first at Nelligen, 15k from its mouth, and then reach Batemans Bay and the wonderful fragrance of the ocean. Turn right (south), at the T-junction with the Princes Hwy and cross the river again to the central business district and Tourist Information Centre (about 1/2k south on highway, on the left at the traffic lights).

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Fly, Coach and Train East from Canberra

A flight from Canberra Airport to Moruya (20 minutes south of Batemans Bay) takes less than half an hour. While there are no scheduled services at present, charter flights are readily available.

Two coach companies, offer a service from the Jolimont Centre in Canberra City to Batemans Bay and beyond.

There is no train connection, although you could take the thirty minute train trip from Canberra to Bungendore and then wait for the next coach to take you on to Batemans Bay. Either way, the trip is diversely enjoyable.

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Drive North from Melbourne

It takes around ten hours to drive the Princes Hwy from Melbourne in Victoria to Batemans Bay. Travel from Melbourne to the east coast and follow it north to the state border with NSW, (no restrictions here but on the journey south it is forbidden to carry any fruit intoVictoria). You'll pass through the coastal towns of Eden, Bega, Narooma, Moruya and finally Mogo just before you reach your special destination of beautiful Batemans Bay.

A faster, but less scenic route from Melbourne involves driving along the inland Hume Highway to Canberra, then travel east along the Kings Highway from Canberra to the Bay (as described above).

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Fly North from Melbourne

Whilst the domestic service from Melbourne to Moruya near Batemans Bay is currently not available, it is still possible to charter flights (or fly yourself) and enjoy the beautiful journey along our coast from the air.

Coach and Train North from Melbourne

You can travel to Batemans Bay using a combination of train and coach. Alternatively you can choose to coach the entire route. The journey will take around ten hours.

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By Water

There are no commercial ferry or other passenger services to the town. However if you are sailing yourself, you need to find the Clyde estuary, enter past the Tollgate Islands to Batemans Bay. Please contact our Tourist Information Centre for information. There is always room in the marina in the Clyde River estuary for visiting boats.

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