A happy mix of seaside village and cosmopolitan town, Batemans Bay has an easy and relaxed charm that reminds you life is to be enjoyed. From families looking for calm bay beaches to enjoy a leisurely dip, to fishing enthusiasts who like estuary, beach or rock fishing. The coastline around Batemans Bay is stunning with a string of golden beaches, mangroves and oyster flats, and sheltered coves that offer numerous activities; fishing, diving, snorkelling, kayaking, boating and more. Enjoy the Clyde River on a lunchtime cruise; if you enjoy oysters, buy some succulent Clyde River oysters.
Few places offer as many unspoilt landscapes so close to a town centre. The Clyde is one of the cleanest estuaries on Australia’s east coast. A short walk from the town’s cafe strip and across the bridge will have you on its sandy northern beaches - ideal for swimming, fishing or picnicking.
National parks and marine sanctuaries, secluded headlands and rock pools, sandy creeks and riverbanks, and bay and ocean beaches are all within minutes of the town centre (these are easily found, mostly by following your instincts).
This diverse and unspoilt environment is reflected in the quality of the local food, with the region blossoming as a centre for sustainable agriculture and distinctive regional produce. Clyde River oysters are widely regarded as Australia’s finest, and fresh local seafood is easy to find in shops and on menus. Dining options range from formal to relaxed, from innovative modern cuisine to old-school beachside takeaways.
There are plenty of things to do around Batemans Bay. Drive south along Beach Road, stopping at a string of picturesque coves, lookouts and beaches. Drop in a line from any number of good spots and you could hook a bream, flathead or mulloway. If golf is more your game, a round on the 27-hole Catalina Country Club, rated one of the finest courses on the South Coast.