Surf Beach- Canberra’s Summer Playground
Situated in New South Wales’ South Coast, Surf Beach is a 10 minute drive south of Bateman’s Bay and approximately 286 kilometres south of Sydney. Surf Beach is one of the closest seaside locations to Canberra, Australia’s national capital, situated approximately 156 kilometres west. It is, not surprisingly, a very popular destination with Canberra residents. This whole area around the spectacular Bay boasts some of the most striking and unspoiled New South Wales Coastline. The whole Bateman’s Bay area is Shangri-La for fishing enthusiasts, boasting several world records for locally caught game fish. With tourism being the economic mainstay in the area, there is definitely no shortage of holiday accommodation in Surf Beach, of every type and to suit all pockets, from camping on the beach or budget accommodation to top of the range holiday villas.
Surf Beach is just a short 10 minute drive south of the central business district in Bateman’s Bay; this family friendly beach is extremely popular and is the ideal family getaway. So, if travelling with the whole clan in tow, self-contained accommodation or even pet friendly accommodation will not be difficult to find. Surf Beach has pleasant shady and grassy areas overlooking the beach, is patrolled during the summer season and has a Surf Club, with showers and a change room available. Surf Beach is great for body surfing and boogie boards and there is a surf school which offers lessons for beginners.
If you like to go for walks you can go Denhams Beach to the north of Surf Beach, either walking along a shady walk or strolling along the beach which is nice and firm for strolling along the sand. Denhams Beach is popular for board riding, and in the mornings it’s quite common to spot dolphins. Much of the holiday accommodation in Surf Beach is never far from the water, so it would not be uncommon for you to spot whales and dolphins from the deck, terrace or balcony of your holiday rental.
You can also stroll south along Surf Beach to Wimbie Beach, a dog friendly beach which is great for kids, as it is sheltered by rocky headlands, making it very calm on most days. Wimbie is also excellent for fishing and snorkeling. Surf Beach has a beach Kiosk which sells newspapers and magazines, as well as takeaway food. Surf Beach caters for the holidaymakers’ everyday needs with a small shopping centre for provisions for your holiday home which includes supermarket, an eat in or take- away restaurant serving pizza and pasta as well as fish and chips, a medical centre and chemist, a hairdresser , a bottle shop, as well as a Chinese and a Thai restaurant.
Holiday Home in Fisherman’s Utopia
This region around Bateman’s Bay from Durras to the north of Surf Beach to the Tomaga River to its south is well known for its exceptional fishing and it is here that the best marlin in New South Wales is caught. This area around Surf Beach offers fishermen a variety of environments and protection from heavy seas. It’s not difficult to spot dolphins and whales while fishing around the Bateman’s Bay area. Both reef and deep sea fishing trips are available and offered by charter boat companies.
Here are some of the world’s cleanest most pristine waterways, so whether you choose to go fishing on the reef, or go for the game fish, you are bound to enjoy the excellent catch as well as the experience. For fresh water fishing, the lakes and other pristine waterways in the surrounding area also cater with excellent fishing for those preferring the serenity of freshwater fishing. When holidaying with the whole family, the children are also welcome on charter boat’s fishing trips, with some companies offering holiday deals with packages which include both fishing and accommodation. A diversity of accommodation needs is covered. Bunkhouses are available for those in search of budget accommodation to family accommodation for those seeking greater privacy and comfort. Cod, leatherjacket, redfish and sergeant baker are abundant winter species, while the warmer weather favours catch of kingfish, marlin, tuna and sharks. Many other species are abundant all year round.
The Relaxing Effects of Water
As well as the enviable beaches in this part of the world, there is also an abundance of waterways for the boating enthusiast who will find plenty of boat ramps, wharfs and jetties and boat hire outlets. If you have come to Surf Beach to rest, you may relax on the beach; go for long de-stressing walks along the sand or take in some sunshine by the pool of your holiday house. If the sound of waves breaking on the shore relaxes you, you will have no problem finding holiday accommodation close by the shoreline. Step out onto the terrace of your holiday apartment to watch the horizon for spectacular sunrises and sunsets. For complete rest and relaxation, serviced apartments would be the ideal choice for a lazy holiday.
Between Ocean and Forest
Even though holidaying at a beach, it’s not just sun, sea, sand and surf at Surf Beach, as it is located in an environment where you may enjoy peaceful bush walks, trekking and other activities in bush, mountain or forest. Just a stone’s throw away from magnificent National Parks and State Forests, in less than an hour’s drive north, you can visit Pigeon House Mountain, where, if you have the energy to climb up to its summit, you will be thrilled with magnificent views of rugged cliffs and gorges and the Clyde Valley below. To climb up to Pigeon House Mountain and return takes approximately four hours.
Amongst the flamboyantly colourful and chatty birdlife you are likely to meet, will be brightly coloured parrots, and, in contrast, perhaps the shy and demure lyrebird. Some of the native fauna you could meet in these hinterland parks and forests include wallabies, kangaroos, possums, and if it’s your lucky day even those elusive creatures such as wombats and platypus.
For rare and exotic wildlife species both native and foreign, the holidaymaker may visit the privately owned Mogo Zoo, in the neighbouring historical gold mining town of Mogo. The zoo owns the largest population of primates of any private Australian zoo, and is 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.
Mostly Mild and Pleasant all Year Round
Surf Beach and it surrounding area enjoys warm summers with mild and sunny winters. Winter nights can be cold, however. It rains mostly during summer, with thunderstorms occurring mainly from November to March. Any time of year is great for visiting Surf Beach, as there are many activities to be enjoyed in the area; although the best time to enjoy the many water sports it has to offer is during the summer months from November to February.
Find your Way to Surf Beach
The closest large city to Surf Beach is Australia’s capital, Canberra, situated approximately two and a half hours drive inland, along a 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, which is quite a distance away at between ten to eleven hours away. There are bus services from Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne to Surf Beach. The nearest airport is a small regional terminal at Moruya, approximately a fifteen minute drive away. Rex Airlines fly into Moruya from Sydney and Hertz Rent a Car operates a car hire service at the airport, but arrangement must be made before you arrive.