Batemans Bay is fast developing into a modern seaside town with just the right balance between cosmopolitan convenience and the natural environment. Fashionable shopping facilities, waterside and alfresco-style dining combined with deep sea, river and rock fishing, sailing and boating from the marina, outstanding sports facilities including a twenty seven hole golf course, first class bowling greens, a tennis club with thirteen courts, an Olympic-size swimming pool as well as cinemas and contemporary clubs make the town a centre for entertainment surrounded by soaring forests and glistening beaches.
On the Clyde River's broad estuary, Batemans Bay is the launching point for houseboat adventures along the river's 38 navigable kilometres. Sail in the wake of early traders and travellers, from the river’s entrance to quaint Nelligen and beyond. Or join one of Batemans Bay's river and estuary cruises on fully enclosed river boats.
Drive the old forest road along the Clyde's northern bank to Shallow Crossing, a vanished pioneer settlement. Take a 4WD tour into remote wilderness where the bush discloses gold mining ghost towns, waterfalls and rugged rock climbs.
Take Tourist Drive 7 and call in to the National Heritage Area of Guerilla Bay to observe the ancient rocks which are among the oldest on the East Coast of Australia. If you examine the rocks at close quarters you will see banding, colouring and twisting which has resulted from eons of relentless pressure generated by continental plate movement torturing the rocks into their present shapes. Travel further south to Broulee and take a walk around Broulee Island Nature Reserve to observe the tiny pebbly beaches and the proliferation of birdlife.
Soak up seclusion on picnics and walks in remote and beautiful areas or join in the nightlife of Batemans Bay. Art and craft galleries abound and local seafood, including sensational Clyde River oysters, feature on the tempting menus of fine restaurants and casual cafes.
Batemans Bay Historical Society's museum located in Museum Place off Orient Street tells the story of Batemans Bay's progress from a tiny fishing village to a bustling commercial centre.
Visit Birdland Animal Park to cuddle, touch and feed the animals. Set in extensive gardens and adjacent to the Clyde River, the park is an ideal venue to experience Australian native animals. There are plenty of activities like: koala feeding (10.30am daily), cuddling a wombat or holding a snake (11.30am and 2.30pm daily). Other attractions include feeding the friendly birds or riding the train. There is a kiosk on site and the park is open from 9.30am - 4.30pm daily (except Christmas Day).
The Catalina Country Club has one of the best 27-hole golf courses in Australia. Level landscaped fairways stretch between tees and greens combining to provide three courses of over 6,000 metres each. Nineteen of the holes include water features of one sort or another making for a lush environment and pleasant views. The courses are known as The Red, The White and The Blue and can be played in any combination due to the layout employed at Catalina Country Club.
Explore the coastal localities of Surfside, Long Beach, Batehaven, Surf Beach, Lilli Pilli and Malua Bay; all just minutes away from the retail centre of Batemans Bay. Go sailing or deep sea fishing, hire a bike, play lawn bowls, tennis, squash and mini golf, even play croquet at Broulee.
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Natural Attractions - More than 60 named beaches fringe the Eurobodalla coast and you'll find surfing, swimming and fishing conditions of every kind just minutes from the centre of Batemans Bay. Surf with dolphins, snorkel the colourful underwater environment and explore the ever-changing rock pools. Forest and bush walks proliferate in the area, including the historic Corn Trail, which was the route used by drays to carry supplies from the Clyde River to Braidwood before the Braidwood Road was cut.
On the northern shore of Batemans Bay, Murramarang National Park's undisturbed coastline includes sand and shingle beaches and rugged headlands. There are plenty of marked walking tracks for exploration. Call in and visit the kangaroos at South Durras and keep an eye out for dolphins playing just beyond the beach. In spring, watch out for magnificent migrating whales breaching off shore, on their way to the southern oceans to nurse their young.
Magnificent views of the area can be obtained from Big Bit Lookout on the western side of the Princes Highway north of Batemans Bay. Turn west into Big Bit Road and travel along the unsealed track for about three kilometres. The last section of the road approaching the lookout is very steep and can be climbed by 2WD cars only in dry weather.
You can explore the 42 hectares comprising the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens located five kilometres south of Batemans Bay via the Princes Highway. The gardens grow and display only the naturally occurring plants from the region including many threatened and endangered species. There are four walking tracks winding through the gardens with plans for a track for the disabled in the future. The tracks pass gardens, lakes and river courses and traverse woodland and rainforest sections. The length of the tracks vary and walks can range from 30 minutes to an hour.
Barbecue and picnic facilities and amenities for the disabled are located at the visitors centre. A café is available for refreshments and you can buy plants from the nursery and souvenirs from the visitor centre where information on the region and its flora is also available. The gardens boast a Herbarium containing around 8,000 dried, annotated and identified specimens of the local flora, as well as around 500 species of fungus. The Gardens are open Wednesday to Sunday, school and public holidays from 10.00am until 4.00pm.