Escape to Batemans Bay, NSW

Escape to Batemans Bay, NSW

There are many beautiful destinations along the New South Wales (NSW) coast of Australia. And while few offer world renowned wonders, they do offer the opportunity for a relatively inexpensive and enjoyable coastal holiday.

One such location is Batemans Bay on the south coast of NSW.

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This town is situated on the estuary of the Clyde River, approximately 9kms inland from the ocean (named the South Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea).

It is said that many residents of Canberra (Australia’s National Capital) holiday in Batemans Bay, as it it their closest seaside town. Even in winter it’s a nice place to visit.

This is where we stayed.DSC03852Mariners On The Waterfront Hotel – Offering comfy accommodation, with a water view

In mid June (2019) we spent three days here and really enjoyed it. On our first full day in “Batemans” we decided to take a river cruise.

DSC03901Cruise boat, Escapade, being tied up and made ready for us to board

DSC03892Maggie waiting patiently in the sun to board the cruise boat



Pelicans and Seagulls patiently waiting for a feed from the local fish cafe

DSC03862That’s it, face the camera …. and perhaps you should comb your head feathers

DSC03958Tons of jelly fish in the river – these were about to be minced by the boat’s propeller

DSC03937A typical private, riverside jetty. This one includes a water pumping facility

We travelled up river to the small town of Nelligen

DSC04008The Old Steam Packet – previously a boarding house, now a private residence

DSC04011The Mechanic’s Institute, now the Community Arts Hall

DSC04025The old Court House, now the meeting place for the Anglican Church

DSC04028The old Anglican Church, now a private residence


There seems to be a theme here. Previously was …. now is …. : Old buildings repurposed and history preserved.

DSC04040The Nelligen Post office and General Store

DSC04038View of the Clyde River and Kings Highway bridge, from near the old Anglican Church

It’s just 9 kilometres back to Bateman’s Bay via the Kings Highway, but much further by the river.

DSC04071On the return journey the Escapade’s deck hand found time to read and relax behind the bar, after serving us lunch and drinks, plus afternoon coffee and tea

DSC04085Approaching the Bridge on the Princes Highway (The A1), the main road into Batemans Bay

It looked as if we would approach the bridge through the middle of these house boats (in above photo). However, from here we veered hard left towards the northern riverbank, keeping all of the house boats on our right (Starboard side).

The smoke, wafting from the South was the result of a controlled back burn. South is to the right of above and following two photos. The burn-off continued into the next day, as seen in the photo from Holmes Lookout below.

DSC04097With our return booked, the crane operator dutifully raised the bridge to let us pass. Note the large safety chains and concrete counter weights on both sides of the opening section.

There are several vantage points from which to view the sea and urban areas.

DSC04117Batemans Bay, as seen from Holmes Lookout

Another point to visit is North Head Lookout in Murramarang National Park. Although it is worth the view, we weren’t there at the right time of day to make interesting images.

If you are looking for an enjoyable (but not too difficult) four wheel drive experience, the dirt road from North Head Lookout to Maloneys Beach, via Caris Mountain Road, could be for you. Our advice is use low range transmission on the Caris Mountain Road section.

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The following three photos were taken from Maloneys Beach, just north of Batemans Bay


As well as day time activities, you’ll find plenty of places to dine in Batemans Bay. Our favourite is JJ’s at the Marina. We also discovered Sam’s Pizza restaurant, on the waterfront near our hotel. Sam offers a variety of Italian meals. You will need to book ahead for both.

There are also several attractive coastal towns just north of Batemans Bay. The largest of these, Ulladulla, offers good fishing, boating and great meat pies; while Milton offers history, craftwork and attractive old architecture; and Narooma is a lovely, small beachside town.

Happy travelling!

Please feel free to leave a comment below.

  • Peter Stanton
    Posted at 14:29h, 23 July Reply

    Wonderful cruise with you and enjoyed seeing the town of Nelligen…thanks for taking me along. Stayed at Narooma years ago and loved it…thanks Alistair…great shots as usual.

  • alistairstravel
    Posted at 10:06h, 24 July Reply

    Thanks for your response Peter. I’m pleased you were able to enjoy something from the photos. Yes, Narooma is beautiful and worth a return visit.

  • Richard hawkins
    Posted at 13:55h, 25 July Reply

    Hello Alistair,
    So many times gone through Batemans Bay, however guess what is on our bucket list to do in B.Bay next time.
    Your an amazing photographer and am still trying to learn from you.
    We have been to Darwinand will email when home .
    A big thanks to you again Alistair.
    Shirl H. 🦋👍🦋

    • alistairstravel
      Posted at 17:04h, 25 July Reply

      Thank you once again for your response to one of my blogs and I’m pleased you got something from our recent Batemans Bay trip.
      I’ve had a lot of help along the way, so I’m always happy to pass on what I’ve learnt and what I will learn. Safe trip home and look forward to seeing your photos from Darwin etc..

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