Batemans Bay is a town in the South Coast region of the state of New South Wales located on the Clyde River about 280 km (170 miles) from Sydney, 760 km (470 miles) from Melbourne and 151 km (94 miles) from Canberra. It is the closest seaside town to the city of Canberra, making Batemans Bay a popular holiday destination for residents of Australia's National Capital. Batemans Bay and its neighbouring area boast some of the most spectacular and unspoiled coastline in New South Wales.
It also has beautiful lakes and other waterways offering bush walks, coastal frequenting birds and fishing. Native wildlife that you may encounter include; kangaroos, wallabies, possums, bandicoots, sea eagles and brilliantly coloured parrots amongst others. If you are lucky or persistent you may even encounter some of our rarer or shyer creatures such as a lyrebird, wombat or even a platypus.
You may also visit Nelligen, a quiet village located on a calm and attractive reach of the river. On the way, get a magnificent view of the town and the beautiful river from the Holmes Lookout. You should also visit nearby historic Mogo, where the rustic atmosphere has been preserved in the newer buildings in the town, resulting in a quaint village in which you can find a wide variety of unusual and attractive craft and antique items. Step back in history at the pioneer village or the dinosaur museum; visit the famous Mogo Zoo or even pan for gold in the pioneer tradition.
The expansive waterway at the mouth of the Clyde River was named by Lieutenant James Cook on his voyage of discovery along this coast in 1770. However it wasn't until well into the 19th century that the township of Batemans Bay appeared.
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