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Road Trip to Batemans Bay

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Published July 28th 2020
Be sure to add this road trip to your bucket list
Batemans Bay is a vibrant seaside town home to magnificent beaches, fresh seafood, an abundance of nature and land activities, attractions, and more. With so many things to do, see, explore and discover, Batemans Bay makes the perfect holiday getaway. The drive from Sydney is around 3hrs 40mins (278km) or 2hr drive from Canberra.

* Please note due to the recent devastating fires and COVID-19 pandemic, some attractions might be closed. Check website for all details.

Also, please take into consideration that the bushfires have caused extreme damage to many areas in the South Coast, and it can be quite emotional seeing these areas after the bushfires. Please do not let this dishearten you from visiting.

The scenic coastal road trip drive passes the oldest National Park in the world, the Royal National Park winding its way down to the coastal town of Wollongong and continues to Kiama, Nowra, Ulladulla and ending at Batemans Bay. There are plenty of stops along the way, transforming this drive to an epic road trip.

Detour stops include:

Stanwell Tops for the spectacular bucket list Grand Pacific Drive which crosses the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge.

Bulli for the beaches and lookouts

View of Sea Cliff Bridge from the Royal National Park

Wollongong for fresh seafood, lookouts, scenic coastal walks, lighthouses, and more.

Lake Illawarra- enjoy a dip, fishing, and boating experiences

Shellharbour- enjoy the beaches, detour to Jamberoo Action Park or Minnamurra Rainforest.

Enjoying the sunshine and the beauty of Lake Illawarra

Kiama for the famous blowholes, lighthouse, fresh seafood, and local attractions

Jervis Bay- explore the world's whitest sand beach at Hyams Beach and other white-sanded beaches.

The secluded Seven Mile Beach

Lake Conjola and Ulladulla for nature overload. Explore the National Parks, lakes, birdwatch, whale watch (during migration season), camping, and more.

Enjoying rainforest walks at the beautiful Murramarang National Park

Things to do in Batemans Bay:

Click here for the list of Things to Do.


It is essential to explore the bounty of water sources in and around Batemans Bay! Aquatic attractions are abundant, including kayaking, canoeing, swimming, snorkelling, surfing, and fishing. Some beaches to visit include McKenzies Beach, Maloneys Beach, Long Beach, Guerilla Bay Beach, Malua Beach, Mosquito Bay Beach, Surf Beach, and Rosedale Beach.

Click here for list of beaches.

The tranquil Maloneys Beach at Batemans Bay

Clyde River:

Nestled between rugged coastal mountain ranges, Clyde River flows south through the spectacular mountain regions, through three National Parks and widens into a broad, navigable estuary and finally reaches the Pacific Ocean. There is plenty to do here, from fishing to houseboat hire. Click here for the website.

Clyde River

Birdland Animal Park:

This gorgeous 8-acre waterfront Animal Park is home to around 100 species of native animals, reptiles, and birds. There are up-close animal encounters, a playground, and train rides. Click here for the website.

Murramarang National Park:

Bursting with natural attractions, Murramarang National Park offers a wealth of breathtaking views, lookouts, walking tracks, beaches galore, and a rich collection to bird species and wildlife. Click here for the website.

The beautiful & tranquil Durras Lake North at Murramarang National Park

Oyster Shed on Wray St:

If you love oysters, then the Oyster Shed is a must-visit. It is home to the regions famous oysters. Feast on delicious and fresh oysters while admiring the sparkling river views. Click here for the website.

Batemans Bay Heritage Museum:

For the history buffs, the Batemans Bay Heritage Museum will undoubtedly leave you impressed. The museum was the town's former courthouse and police residence building, today it houses an assortment of historical relics detailing a wide range of themes, including Batemans Bay timber, military and maritime heritage.

Click here for the website.


There are plenty of lookouts and viewing areas across Batemans Bay and surrounding. Some lookouts include Observation Point Lookout, Big Bit Lookout, Holmes Lookout, Folders Hill Lookout, North Head Lookout, and more.

Click here for the list.

Big Bit Lookout

Batemans Bay Marine Park:

With 210,039 acres (85,000 hectares) of estuaries, creeks, rivers and lakes, Batemans Bay Marine Park makes the perfect spot to enjoy the great outdoors and enjoying water-based activities. The is a wide range of recreational activities to enjoy including fishing, snorkelling, swimming, boating, kayaking, river and creek walks, mangrove walks, and much more. Click here for the website.

Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens:

Nestled between 42 hectares of forest, the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens is home to a spectacular display of native flora and fauna, including more than 2,000 species of plants, trees and shrubs. Wildlife can be spotted here too. Keep an eye out for kangaroos, wallabies, bandicoots, possums, echidnas, snakes, lizards, frogs and many birds. Highlights at the Gardens include display gardens, walking tracks, picnic & barbecue areas, children's playground, and cafe. Please note that sadly, the Gardens were affected by the devastating January bushfires. Click here for the website.

One of the many paths at the stunning Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens

Mogo Zoo:

Established in 1989. Mogo Zoo is home to an adorable collection of gorillas, rhinoceros, silvery gibbons, Bolivian squirrel monkeys, giraffes, zebras, meerkats, cheetahs, cotton-top tamarins, snow leopards, Sumatran tigers, Nepalese red pandas, ring-tailed lemurs, oriental small-clawed otters, siamangs, white lions, and more. You can also experience animal encounters and explore the zoo's gardens. Click here for the website.

The beautiful lioness at Mogo Zoo

Clyde River National Park:

This natural wonderland is home to an abundance of water-based activities including boating, swimming, snorkelling, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. It is also home to 9km of river frontage, steep forest hills, tree-lined foreshores, mangroves, rare patches of saltmarsh, wildlife & many birdwatching opportunities. Click here for the website.

Exploring Clyde River National Park

Where to Eat:

Batemans Bay is home to fresh seafood, including oysters. There are many eateries, including cosy coffee shops and cafes, waterfront dining, restaurants with a view, bars, and more. Click here for the website.

Where to Stay:

There are many accommodation options, including hotels, motels & resorts, self-contained and house stays, houseboats, holiday parks and camping, and B&B stays, cottage stays, and retreats. Click here for the website.

Getting to Batemans Bay:

If you are leaving from Sydney, take A1, M1, Princess Highway and A1 to Beach Road/Old Princes Highway in Batemans Bay. If you are leaving from Canberra, take Kings Highway/B52 to Beach Road/Old Princes Highway in Batemans Bay.
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Why? A spectacular coastal road trip
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The Clyde River Blueberry Farm is worth a visit even just for their ice cream. Blueberry picking in summer time was fun. It's about a half hour drive from Burril Lake and off the beaten track.
by Patricia Wood (score: 1|18) 857 days ago
Detour to the little hamlet of Nelligan.
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