Batemans Bay

Batemans Bay, Tourism New South Wales

Population 10843

Batemans Bay is a popular town for holiday-makers at the mouth of the Clyde River. It has something for everyone with rolling surf beaches, quiet coves and rockpools, and wonderful views upriver to the hinterland mountains, and out to sea to the islands on the horizon. It is the home of the famous Clyde River oyster and other excellent fresh seafood.

Visitor Information

2A Beach Rd; (02) 4472 6900 or 1800 802 528

Nearby national parks

  • Murramarang National Park

    Murramarang National Park rims the south coast for 44 kilometres and includes Durras Lake and several small offshore islands. The park...more

  • Eurobodalla National Park

    This sliver of national park runs in three sections along the south coast between Moruya Heads and Tilba Tilba Lake, just south of Cape...more

  • Conjola National Park

    Located on the state’s south coast, Conjola National Park embraces a landscape of woodland and heath, creek and river estuaries, the...more

Nearby towns

  • Moruya

    This town on the Moruya River was once a gateway to local goldfields, but is now a riverside township. It is known for dairying and oyster...more

  • Braidwood

    Braidwood is an old gold-rush area that has been declared a historic town by the National Trust. Gold was plentiful here in the 1800s, the...more

  • Ulladulla

    This fishing town, built around a safe harbour, is surrounded by beautiful lakes, lagoons and white sandy beaches. It is a popular holiday...more

In Town

Birdland Animal Park:  a hands-on experience with more than 80 species of native wildlife; from 9.30am daily; 55 Beach Rd; (02) 4472 5364.

River cruises: daily cruises at 11.30am on the Merinda to historic Nelligen depart from the wharf behind The Boatshed; 1 Clyde St; (02) 4472 4052.

Houseboat hire and fishing charters: bookings at visitor centre.


Mogo Born in a gold rush, Mogo is alive with a quaint village atmosphere. It has antique and collectibles stores, art galleries and specialty shops. At the Original Gold Rush Colony, pan for gold and experience life in a recreated 19th-century goldmining town, with bushrangers, mine tunnels and authentic houses; 26 James St, Mogo; (02) 4474 2123; open 7 days 10am–4pm winter, 10am–5pm summer. Wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy Mogo Zoo – it specialises in raising endangered species such as tigers, white lions, snow leopards and red pandas; 22 Tomakin Rd, Mogo; (02) 4474 4930; 9am–5pm 7 days. Mogo offers fabulous village-style shopping and cafes, featuring antique and collectibles stores, art galleries and specialty shops. Mogo State Forest is popular with birdwatchers and bushwalkers, and is home to lorikeets, kookaburras, rosellas and cockatoos. Enjoy the sclerophyll forest of the 1.3 km Mogo Bushwalk. 8 km S.

Eurobodalla Native Botanic Gardens: 42 ha of native plants, walking tracks, nursery and picnic area; open 9am–4pm Wed–Fri, 10am–4pm weekends, school and public holidays; Princes Hwy; (02) 4471 2544; 5 km S

Murramarang National Park: undisturbed coastline and abundant kangaroos; 10 km NE.

Murramarang Aboriginal Area: signposted walk through 12 000-year-old Aboriginal sites and the largest midden on the south coast; just north of Murramarang National Park.

Nelligen: an important Clyde River port in pioneer days, when goods were shipped from here down to Sydney or sent into the hinterland; nowadays, holiday-makers use the historic town as a base for waterskiing, fishing and houseboat vacations; 10 km NW.

Malua Bay: excellent surfing; 14 km SE.

Durras Lake: fishing, kayaking and swimming; 16 km NE.

Tomakin: coastal holiday village by the Tomaga River with miles of pristine family-friendly beaches and forested hinterland. 15 km S.  

Fishing spots near town

Narooma Offshore 54 km

Narooma is one of those pleasant destinations that offers piscatorial delights most of the year, ranging from gamefishing offshore to rock, beach and estuary. Situated on Wagonga Inlet, the port is best known for its... Find out more

Bermagui 88 km

Bermagui is small fishing port but a world-famous gamefishing destination. It owes its fame to an American western writer, Zane Grey, who went there in 1936. Little has changed since then. ‘Bermi’, as most... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Bushwalking on the South Coast, NSW 39 km

From meanders along isolated beaches and around heath-covered headlands, to long hikes up rugged mountains in Budawang, Morton or Deua national parks, the South Coast provides limitless possibilities for great... Find out more

Sailing around Jervis Bay 80 km

Imagine. No engines. Just the flapping of a sail and the splash of the waves. The South Coast’s tranquil lakes and inlets are ideal for sailing. Jervis Bay Sailing Charters is one of several operators who will take... Find out more

Cycling in Jervis Bay 86 km

For a pleasant family cycle with young children, hop on the safe and gentle cycling path that winds around Jervis Bay at Huskisson and Vincentia, beside beautiful coastline and some fun playgrounds. A longer bike path... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Narooma Golf Club 57 km

Narooma is a small coastal haven with world-class beaches. It has become renowned for the whales, seals and penguins attracted to the pristine waters offshore. But one of the town’s major attractions remains its... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Briars Restaurant

Briars Restaurant is part of the Lincoln Downs country resort, set on hectares of English-style gardens and boasting a private lake. Stained-glass windows highlight the restaurant’s rustic charm, and the modern... Find out more

On the Pier

On the Pier is everything you expect from a highly rated waterfront restaurant: casual sophistication and fresh seafood. Alongside marine delicacies such as the Atlantic salmon with a yellow curry cream, or the... Find out more

Starfish Deli Restaurant

The welcome at Starfish Deli is warm, the views are terrific and the menu is varied, making it a definite must-do for a relaxed meal any time of the day or night. Whether you feel like a coffee paired with cake, a... Find out more

Campsites around town

Benandarah Rest Area 7 km

The state forest rest area is a small spot with basic facilities for camping and is really only suitable for an overnight pit stop. Bring your drinking water and firewood.... Find out more

North Head Beach camping area 9 km

Basic and very secluded, North Head Beach camping area is accessible via North Head Rd. Bring your own drinking water and firewood.... Find out more

Depot Beach camping area 16 km

You’ll find plenty of grassy camping areas shaded by tall eucalypts at this well-appointed campground next to the beach. It’s 20 km north of Batemans Bay via Mount Agony Rd off the Princes Hwy. Powered and... Find out more

Bush camping areas 17 km

There are a number of opportunities for self-sufficient campers to strike out and find a site for themselves. The rules are you must camp more than 100 m from the coastline and roads, and 500 m from villages, and camping... Find out more

Currowan Creek camping area (bush camping) 17 km

Basic bush camping is available by the Currowan Creek bridge in the forest. Bring your own portable toilet, food and drinking water.... Find out more

Pebbly Beach camping area 17 km

Pebbly Beach is sheltered and tranquil, ensconced in eucalypts, ringed with low hills and populated with laid-back wallabies, which wander through the campsite and lounge on the grass just behind the beach. The... Find out more

North Head Campground 22 km

A friendly and picturesque campground ringed with Norfolk pines and eucalypts, North Head is within walking distance of the beach and river. The other drawcard is the nearby town of Moruya, with its craft and novelty... Find out more

Pretty Beach camping area 23 km

Pretty by name, pretty by nature: grey kangaroos, wallabies, brush-tail possums and myriad birdlife against a backdrop of blue ocean, white sand and towering eucalypts. It’s a well-equipped campground complete with... Find out more

Bakers Flat camping area 23 km

You can reach this camping area near the Deua River via Araluen Rd. There’s a short walk (70 m) from the carpark to the tent sites, where you can camp under the trees on a hillside above the Deua River. Boil... Find out more

Dry Creek camping area 24 km

It’s 4WD access only to this camping spot, via Dry Creek Fire Trail off Araluen Rd. It’s not dry, as the name suggests – if you plan to drink the river water, boil or treat it first. Bring your own... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

BIG4 Batemans Bay at Easts Riverside Holiday Park 1 km

The East family name is well known in the caravan park industry and this park is one of several owned by the group. Superbly located on the north bank of the Clyde River, this park has good amenities and lovely views... Find out more

BIG4 Batemans Bay Beach Resort 3 km

This great beachfront park is about 3 km from the centre of Batemans Bay. It has good amenities and gets extremely busy; bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies during Christmas, Easter... Find out more

BIG4 Nelligen Holiday Park 8 km

What makes this park so appealing is its lovely setting on a grassy bend of the Clyde River. The township of Nelligen, just 10 km from Batemans Bay, is a great place to stay for a few days or even just overnight. The... Find out more

Murramarang Beachfront Nature Resort 12 km

This is a large resort complex that includes a caravan park. There are extensive activities on offer, all in a great beachside location. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at... Find out more

Lakesea Park 13 km

Strategically located between the beach and the pristine Durras Lake, this park has a well-stocked shop and good facilities. With its fabulous location, it is no wonder that it is such a popular south-coast holiday spot.... Find out more

BIG4 Broulee Beach Holiday Park 16 km

This is a quality caravan park located on a picturesque patrolled beach. There is a resort-style pool and undercover barbecues. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at Christmas and... Find out more

River Breeze Tourist Park 23 km

This park overlooks the Moruya River on the north bank adjoining the highway, just a short walk across the bridge to the centre of town. It is a well-maintained park, popular with travellers. Bookings are required in... Find out more

BIG4 Moruya Heads Easts Dolphin Beach Holiday Park 23 km

This is a popular park with spacious lawns. It has good facilities and we have stayed here often. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies during all holidays.... Find out more

Kioloa Beach Holiday Park 25 km

Located south of the town of Kioloa, this large owner-operated park has good facilities, including a tennis court. It fronts onto a swimming beach where snorkelling is popular. There is also good fishing in the area.... Find out more

Racecourse Beach Tourist Park 27 km

An award-winning beachside park just 9 km from the Princes Highway, this place has good facilities including mini-golf and a tennis court. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Chalet Swisse Spa at Surf Beach Retreat

Rising high above Surf Beach and Malua Bay on 32 hectares of unspoilt bushland and rainforest, Chalet Swisse Spa provides the perfect escape into a natural world of relaxation and comfort. The variety of accommodation... Find out more

Mariners on the 

On the waterfront at Bateman’s Bay, guests make the most of their large private balconies overlooking the bobbing boats and pelicans angling for a meal. The coastal guest rooms have every contemporary comfort and... Find out more

The Bower at Broulee

Owners Mar and Sue Berry used their ‘sea change’ to create an escape for couples in the heart of sleepy Broulee, building a cluster of self-contained, architecturally designed eco cabins in natural surrounds.... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Waldrons Swamp rest area 18 km

8km N of Moruya (R) or 20km S of Batemans Bay (L)

Just off the highway under a few trees.

Burrill Lake park area 43 km

At Burrill Lake

Just off the highway overlooking the lake on the south side of town.


Bodalla Forest Park rest area 50 km

9km N of Narooma (L) or 32km S of Moruya (R)

Secluded well off the road in the forest.

Corunna Lake park area 62 km

71km N of Bega (L) or 6km S of Narooma (R)

Just off the highway on the shores of the lake.

Mystery Bay camping area 66 km

T/O to Mystery Bay

On the foreshore 2km east of the highway.

Bewang park area 76 km

38km N of Ulladulla (L) or 30km S of Nowra (R)

Adjacent to the highway and across the road from the roadhouse.

Quaama rest area 89 km

31km N of Bega (R) or 46km S of Narooma (L)

Just off the highway at the turn-off into Quaama.

What's on around town

Batemans Bay Markets: Marine Rescue Market at Corrigans Reserve, 1st Sun each month; High School Market at Corrigans Reserve, 3rd Sun each month; Beach Rd.

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