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OLIVIA BOURKE explores Batemans Bay, where Canberrans come to play

A favourite among the locals of Canberra, Batemans Bay is 4 hours south of Sydney and 2 hours east of Canberra by car. This laid back town is the closest coastal area to Canberra. With lovely beaches, great attractions and activities, and fresh succulent seafood, it serves as a perfect location to relax and unwind.


Batemans Bay is part of the Eurobodalla region, and is surrounded by many natural attractions, national parks and beaches. The most notable attraction is Clyde River. Surrounded by such beauty, locals and visitors can partake in snorkeling, kayaking, cycling, picnics, hikes, sightsee, superb dining and much more. Here are more things to do in Batemans Bay.


Explore Batemans Bay

Clyde River - Natural Beauty

The Clyde River National Park is an outdoor haven. With delightful walks and impressive sights, the river is particularly popular for the many water activities. You can swim, fish, canoe, kayak, water ski and even jet ski here. Just be wary of other boats.


If you want to be even closer with nature, camping is also permitted without any requirement of bookings. There are 2 sites, the ‘Beach Campground’ is a quiet secluded area that is only accessible by water. This site is far from the crowd making it a great spot to have some time out from the suburban areas. It also makes a great picnic spot.  Anchor your boat or unpack your kayak and immerse in the natural beauty surrounding you. For those that want an easy-accessible campground, head to ‘Red Gum’. This site is a basic campground for any camper to enjoy. 


Or, if you would want an overall look at the waterway in comfort, you can hop on the  Merinda River Cruise and enjoy gorgeous views at an easy pace. You can also enjoy a mouth-watering seafood lunch while cruising along the marvelous river.


The Juicy Batemans Bay Oyster

With clear clean water, Clyde River serves as a fantastic spot to grow oysters. These tasteful oysters are praised as some of the best oysters in the world, and the awesome thing is that they are available to the public straight from the farm! So you can skip the wait and snatch quality oysters at bargain prices. 


The oysters are not the only main attraction, there is a whole range of fresh seafood available. With some of the best fish & chips in the region. You will surely get your share of seafood with the many great joints around the area.



There are a few farms that let visitors pick their own fruit. Blueberries, boysenberries, strawberries, pears, plums, loganberries...and the list goes on...Typically only available in Summer - you only pay for what you pick. Don’t bite off more than you can chew! Clyde River Berry Farm is a great start for this.


Snorkel About

Besides all the other water activities, snorkelling should be a must. With clear clean waters, there are spectacular snorkelling hotspots either at the waterways or on the beach. Some notable snorkelling sites are Long beach, Maloneys beach, and Sunshine Cove. There is an underwater wonderland waiting to be explored.


Other Fun-Filled Family Activities

There are many more things to see and do in Batemans Bay, other fun-filled family activities are museums, galleries, mini-golf, Birdland Animal Park and a family-run cinema.


There are also ongoing events all year around within the community or in the area. Some popular events are Bay Stages Rally, Colour Me Fun Run, Bells Family Carnival, and the Batemans Bay Triathlon Festival.


There is a wide range of Batemans Bay Accommodation available, from caravanning parks to retreat lodges, making this location an excellent place to explore at any pace. A few days would be ideal for this area - and much longer if you want to explore the surrounding Eurobodalla region. So with the amount of attractions and fresh inexpensive seafood that tastes absolutely amazing, why wouldn’t you head over the the South Coast.


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Written by: Olivia Bourke
Published: 6 June 2017

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