Like many coastal towns, Batemans Bay, settled by Europeans in the 1820s, relied on timber, ship building, dairying and fishing as its main source of income over the past two hundred years.
The town is accessed from the north by its famous lifting span bridge, the oldest of its type in Australia. aNow a thriving regional centre and major tourist destination, people come to Batemans Bay from all over Australia for its natural beauty.
Situated on the banks of the magnificent Clyde River, water is deeply ingrained in the culture of ëthe Bayí. Swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking, surfing and diving are all within easy reach of town. The Batemans Marine Park ensures that the coastal environment is protected for future generations.
Hire a boat, kayak or a houseboat to explore the spectacular upper reaches of the Clyde River.
Batemans Bay is a great destination for families, with its array of outdoor activities and attractions such as mini-golf, a cinema, animal park, tennis and a carnival in summer.
There are lots of great national parks to explore within easy driving distance. Head west along the Kings Highway past historic Nelligen and up Clyde Mountain to see beautiful escarpment forests in the Budawang National Park. The beautiful township of Braidwood is also worth a visit.
Batemans Bay has a fantastic 27 hole championship golf course, and there are plenty of other courses to play within easy driving distance.
The Bay is famous for its Clyde River oysters, and there are plenty of cafes, restaurants, clubs and hotels offering local seafood on the menu.
Follow the coastline south to explore beautiful beaches to be found at Malua Bay, Rosedale and Broulee.