February 3, 2019 / By Tim Falk
Surrounded by sparkling beaches and ancient forests, the charming seaside town of Batemans Bay blends natural beauty with a a busy coastal vibe. Located at the entrance of the Clyde River, two hours from Canberra and less than four hours south of Sydney, the town is the perfect base from which to explore the wider Eurobodalla region. Whether you want to immerse yourself in nature, sample an array of foodie delights or just feel the sand between your toes, you’ll be able to find your perfect holiday experience in and around Batemans Bay. Here are five great activities you should do to make sure you get the most out of your visit.
1. Hit the beach
When in Rome ... or rather when on the far south coast of NSW, go to the beach. The Eurobodalla region is littered with pristine beaches everywhere you look, so take some time to explore their many highlights. Surf Beach Batemans Bay, located 10 minutes south of town, is a great place to start. It’s patrolled during peak season if you feel like a refreshing dip, while there are plenty of grassy spots overlooking the beach where you can enjoy a scenic picnic lunch. Further north, locations like Surfside and Long Beach provide protected swimming spots ideal for families, while keen surfers might find themselves drawn south to the likes of Broulee. Best of all, no matter where you decide to go, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a patch of sand (or water) you can enjoy all to yourself.
2. Go on a snorkel safari
Right along the NSW South Coast, the clean and clear waters of the Pacific are famous for the diverse array of marine life they nurture and protect. Batemans Bay is no exception, with rocky reefs and a huge variety of fish species all calling this part of the world home. If you want to check out the underwater life in and around Batemans Bay, the Batemans Bay Snorkelling Trail is ideal. It starts 12km north of town at Maloneys Beach, where you can spend a morning investigating the bay and then sit down to a picnic in the grassy reserve. The next stop is 5km south of Batemans Bay at Sunshine Cove Beach, where you can expect to encounter everything from red morwong and luderick to lobsters and the majestic groper. Finally, head a further 8km south to the ancient surrounds of Guerilla Bay, home to fascinating rock formations and beautiful blue water just waiting for you to dive right in.
3. Go wild at Mogo Zoo (below)
Magnificent southern white rhinos, critically endangered Sumatran tigers and gorgeous red pandas — they may not be the first creatures that come to mind when you think of wildlife in the Batemans Bay region, but you can meet them all at Mogo Zoo. Located 10 minutes southwest of Batemans Bay, the zoo proudly boasts a remarkable collection of endangered and exotic animal species. It’s spread over many acres, giving the animals a chance to roam free, and there are regular keeper talks for those who want to learn more about the zoo’s animals. Mogo Zoo even offers up close and personal encounters with a wide range of amazing creatures (anyone fancy feeding a lion?), so why not embrace your wild side?
4. Immerse yourself in nature
Take a look at Batemans Bay and the wider Eurobodalla region on a map and you’ll immediately see that this part of the world is dotted with national parks. These pristine areas offer a diverse range of experiences for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, so pick a park and choose your own adventure. Clyde River National Park is the closest to the centre of Batemans Bay. Situated right on the banks of the river, the park is a must-visit for anyone who loves aquatic activities. Excellent kayaking, canoeing, swimming and fishing are all on offer, not to mention some beautiful water views. Just to the north of town lies Murramarang National Park which, while it feels remote and secluded, is close to all of the Bay’s facilities and creature comforts. Home to eastern grey kangaroos (above) and a wide variety of birdlife, it features a long stretch of unspoilt coastline just waiting to be explored. Finally, you can also turn your attention inland to the untamed wilderness of Deua National Park, or the ancient forests of Monga National Park.
5. Eat and enjoy
The varied and unspoilt natural environment around Batemans Bay not only offers great experiences to travellers, it also results in a wonderful array of fresh local produce. In particular, with the town sitting right in the heart of the Oyster Coast, Batemans Bay is famous for its Clyde River oysters. Of course, if freshly shucked oysters aren’t your cup of tea, you might like to sample some of the delicious fare from the Bodalla Dairy Cheese Factory, tuck into some fresh seafood at one of several waterfront restaurants, or track down some mouthwatering local produce at Moruya’s SAGE Farmers Market. Whatever you choose, your taste buds are in for a treat.
Whatever type of getaway you’re planning, the Batemans Bay region really does offer something for everyone. Whether you’re staying for a weekend or a week, you won’t have enough time to fit it all in — all the more reason to come back again and again.
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