Situated in New South Wales’ South Coast, Bateman’s Bay is approximately 280 kilometres south of Sydney, and, as the closest seaside town to Canberra, Australia’s national capital, situated approximately 151 kilometres west, Bateman’s Bay has become a popular destination for the capital’s residents. The Bay and its surrounding area can claim to have some of the most panoramic and unmarred shoreline in the state, and is a fishing enthusiast’s paradise, boasting several world records for locally caught game fish. With a well established tourist industry, it offers a diverse and comprehensive choice of accommodation, ranging from camping on the beach or budget accommodation to holiday villas.
Bateman’s Bay is an idyllic fishing holiday destination, as the region comprising from Durras in the north to the Tomaga River in the south is famous for its all year round great fishing and includes the best marlin fishing grounds in New South Wales. The Bateman’s Bay area offers the fishing enthusiast a variety of fishing environments whilst being protected from heavy seas. Charter boats offer reef as well as deep sea fishing trips. Watch the sun rise over the horizon silhouetting the beautiful Tollgate Islands against the early morning sky, as you depart for a great day of fishing. Dolphins are often sighted during fishing trips in Bateman’s Bay, and if you are lucky you might see whales during the migrating season.
Families and children are welcome on charter boats fishing trips, and some charter boat companies offer holiday deals including fishing and accommodation packages with a variety of accommodation needs covered, from budget accommodation in bunkhouses for the seasoned fisherman, to family accommodation. The species of fish caught may vary with the time of year with cod, leatherjacket, redfish and sergeant baker more abundant during the winter months, and kingfish, marlin, tuna and sharks in warmer weather, whilst snapper, morwong, wrasse and flathead are abundant throughout the year. Whether you choose a reef, deep sea or game fishing trip, you are bound to enjoy the experience as well as the catch from some of the world’s cleanest and purest waters. If you would like to try fresh water fishing, the lakes and other pristine waterways around Bateman’s Bay also offer excellent fishing opportunities.
There is no shortage of beautiful unspoiled beaches to suit every type of water activity and to fulfil everyone’s expectation of a seaside holiday. There are beaches with calm, shallow waters which are perfect for family holidays and others to challenge the keenest, most experienced surfers, as Bateman’s bay is the delight of both body and board surfers alike. With an abundance of waterways, the boating enthusiast will find no shortage of boat ramps, wharfs and jetties, as well as boat hire outlets. The adventurous holidaymaker will not be bored in Bateman’s Bay, whether diving, windsurfing, or catching a wave.
If, on the other hand, relaxation is more your style and you’ve come to Bateman’s Bay to unwind, you can laze on the beach, play on the water, take a leisurely morning walk along the beach or just sunbathe by the pool of your holiday house. If you have chosen holiday accommodation close by the beachfront, wake up to the lapping sound of water meeting the shore, or step out onto the terrace of your holiday apartment to watch the sunset. If you are craving complete rest and relaxation, the option of serviced apartments, would be the ideal choice for a stress free holiday, while if travelling with the family, self-contained accommodation or even pet friendly accommodation might prove more suitable. Much of the holiday accommodation in Bateman’s Bay is situated close to the beautiful beaches, while other holiday rentals are placed in advantaged positions to benefit from the spectacular views across the Clyde Estuary.
When you have had your fill of the sand, sea and surf, Bateman’s Bay is perfectly situated for the enjoyment of peaceful bush walks, trekking and other activities. With just a short drive into its hinterland, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in nature in one of its neighbouring mountainous National Parks and State Forests. Less than an hour’s drive to the north, you can visit Pigeon House Mountain, and those visitors with the energy and willingness to make the effort to climb up to its summit will be rewarded with magnificent views of rugged cliffs and gorges and the Clyde Valley below. The climb and return takes approximately four hours.
Some native fauna you may chance upon include wallabies, kangaroos, possums, and even shier creatures such as wombats and platypus. Amongst the birdlife you may encounter brightly coloured parrots, and maybe even the elusive lyrebird. Once you have enjoyed the native fauna in its natural habitat, you may admire rare and exotic wildlife species both native and from distant lands at the privately owned Mogo Zoo, in the historical gold mining town of Mogo, just over 10 kilometres south of Bateman’s Bay. The zoo not only boasts the largest population of primates of any private Australian zoo, but is also home to Timbavati white lions. The Birdland Animal Park in Bateman’s Bay houses over 50 species of birds, animals and reptiles in lush parkland where you may enjoy a barbecue, and where the younger members of the party may enjoy a playground and a train ride.
As its climate is moderated by the sea, Bateman’s Bay enjoys warm summers and its winters are quite mild and sunny, although nights can be cold. The wettest months are the summer months, as thunderstorms can occur from November to March. Although any time of year is suitable for visiting Bateman’s Bay due to the many varied activities which can be enjoyed in the area, the best time to enjoy a dip in its sparkling, azure blue waters is during the summer months from November to February, although spring and autumn are also excellent times to visit Bateman’s Bay
The closest larger city to Bateman’s Bay is Canberra, the national capital, which is approximately a two and a half hour drive along the Kings Highway, a quite busy road with one lane in each direction and a 100 kilometre per hour speed limit. The other major cities are Sydney, between three to four hours drive away and Melbourne, at a distance of between ten to eleven hours driving time away. There are bus services from Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne to Bateman’s Bay. The nearest airport is a small regional terminal at Moruya, 27 kilometres south of Bateman’s Bay, or a twenty minute drive away. Rex Airlines fly into Moruya from Sydney and Hertz operate a car hire service at the airport, but arrangement must be made before you arrive.