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Batemans Bay: Escape Naturally
Batemans Bay is a quiet coastal town at the mouth of the Clyde River and a stone’s throw from the Tasman Sea. Visitors travelling to the area have access to a wide range of water sports and plenty of opportunities to spot local wildlife. Families can enjoy sheltered beaches and surfers aren’t far from rougher waters. Meanwhile, the town centre has just enough to keep you entertained when you aren’t by the beach or trekking through the bush. Holiday rentals in Batemans Bay include bungalows, houses and apartments at the heart of town.
Waterfront Action in Batemans Bay
Chances are you’ll spend most of your Batemans Bay getaway by the water. The beaches in the region are known for their golden sand and wild beauty, seemingly untouched by humans. There is a beach for every type of swimmer or water sport enthusiast. If you’re just looking for a calm spot to swim with the kids, opt for those beaches with few waves and shallow water. If you’re a surfer, you can take your pick of beaches hit by rougher waves. These rambunctious waters are also ideal for a wide range of other water sports, such as waterskiing, wakeboarding and tubing. In addition, many native fish species dwell just beneath the water’s surface, creating prime fishing opportunities. Several companies in Batemans Bay rent out charters, so you can go reef or deep sea fishing, too.
Batemans Bay Wildlife Close-Ups
As Batemans Bay is removed from big urban centres, you’re quite likely to spot some favourite Australian mammals on your getaway, just going about their business. Lots of animals call the region home, including kangaroos, wallabies and platypus. Make sure you look up as you walk around, because there just might be some local parrots in the trees. To optimise your wildlife spotting opportunities, you can for a walk along the many trails close to town, which take you by the coastline and beyond. Alternately, head to Birdland Animal Park, a small wildlife reserve in the area. You’ll be able to observe koalas, wombats and numerous bird species. While you’re here, you can visit the nursery to see some newborn baby animals or, if you dare, pick up a snake. If you don’t feel like walking the whole time, hop on the reserve’s train.
What to Do in Town
The town of Batemans Bay has quite a few activities for visitors of all ages. You can easily spend the afternoon at the miniature golf course, with challenging holes for both children and adults. To get some more exercise, you can head to the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife and if you’re hungry, stop for a bite at the gardens’ restaurant. There are quite a few shops in Batemans Bay, as well, where you can purchase everything you need – or want – like souvenirs and sweet treats from local bakeries.
Dining Out in Batemans Bay
As Batemans Bay is a seaside town, it goes without saying that locals and visitors have fresh seafood at their disposal. Simply stroll past the restaurants in the town centre and those along the Clyde River to check out their offerings. If you’d like a break from seafood one night, Batemans Bay also has restaurants of all price ranges which serve international cuisine, from Indian to Chinese to Italian. For an even greater selection, drive a short distance to the neighbouring towns of Nelligan and Mogo. On the first and third Sundays of each month, Batemans Bay plays host to country markets, where you can sample some of the region’s fresh produce.
Getting to Batemans Bay
Batemans Bay is set 150km from Canberra and 280km from Sydney. The easiest option for getting to Batemans Bay is to drive, but if you don’t have access to a vehicle, you can get to your destination via coaches departing both Sydney and Canberra.
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