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An enduring escape destination for couples, families and friends, the NSW south coast has plenty to offer.
But an adventure to Batemans Bay and nearby Mogo – both dotted within the Eurobodalla region – is where you’ll find Mother Nature’s best on show.
Beaches, rainforests, swimming, surfing, snorkelling, camping, fishing, hiking, delicious local restaurants and countless locally owned boutique shopping options complete the region, which has everything you could ever want in a holiday.
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The beaches in Batemans Bay will keep you busy for weeks. Picture: Destination NSW/Jason Ierace Global Roaming, EscapeSource:Supplied
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The district’s reputation for quality produce and great food is also well founded, with charming eateries and working farms to visit, as well as enough bays and beaches to have you busy for weeks on end.
The south coast stretches from Wollongong in the north to the Sapphire Coast in the south, but a visit to Batemans Bay and into Mogo are two spots not to leave off your bucket list.
If you’re a lover of local produce (and freshly shucked oysters) this is the place for you. Picture: Destination NSW/Jason Ierace Global Roaming, EscapeSource:Supplied
With a population of 17,500, Batemans Bay is the bustling coastal hub only two hours’ drive from Canberra and four from Sydney.
With cool small-town charm, fresh coastal air and some of the most stunning beaches in the country – like McKenzies Beach in Malua Bay, Denhams Beach, and the stunning Corrigans Cove – you’ll wish you never had to leave.
After the beach, head back into town for a quick game at Batemans Bay Mini Golf, cruise down the Clyde River to Nelligen or visit Birdland Animal Park in Catalina, which is home to more than 100 species of native birds and animals.
Scenic aerial view overlooking Montague Island, Narooma, near Batemans Bay. Picture: Tourism NSWSource:Supplied
The Eurobodella region, which includes both Batemans Bay and Mogo, is a nature-lover’s wonderland. Picture: Tom ParkSource:Supplied
If shopping is more your scene, drop into the Batemans Bay Sunday Market, held the first and third Sunday of each month and peruse the stalls selling books, clothes, food, collectables, plants, gifts, antiques and more. For some stunning handmade jewellery, Juela Mogo is a hidden gem full of unique pieces.
To escape the hustle and bustle, head north to discover hidden gems like Depot Beach, Durras and Bawley Point, where you’ll experience the magic of the Murramarang National Park with plenty of hiking trails, beaches and even kangaroos.
The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage on Montague Island off the south coast Picture: Justin Gilligan [email protected]Source:Supplied
Batemans Bay is the heart of Australia’s Oyster Coast. Appreciate the Clyde River oysters at
Pearly Oyster Bar and Farm and pick up a dozen or two of fresh oysters from the Wray Street Oyster Shed. Make sure you visit Narooma for its annual Narooma Oyster Festival.
The region is filled with crystal-clear waters, especially along the Batemans Bay Snorkelling Trail. This underwater adventure trail explores three snorkelling locations – Maloneys Beach, Sunshine Cove Beach, and Guerilla Bay.
No trip to the region is complete without a visit the Montague Island Nature Reserve, where you can snorkel with the fur seals and explore the historic lighthouse – or even spend the night.
The quaint little town of Mogo was devastated by the 2019 bushfires, losing both homes and shops in the blaze. But over time, the town has started to rebuild from the ashes.
Only 10 minutes south and inland from Batemans Bay, Mogo is nestled in gorgeous bushland, and home to the iconic Mogo Wildlife Park, which is home to more than 250 animals, and one of the only two places in Australia where you can see the majestic white lion.
The doughnuts at this bakery near Mogo are next level.Source:Supplied
After your doughnut, check out the more than 200 animals at the Mogo zoo. Picture: Toby ZernaSource:News Corp Australia
While living and breathing nature, explore the hectares of parkland at Murramarang National Park and Birdland Animal Park, home to an abundance of Aussie wildlife including the Eastern Grey Kangaroo and over 100 species of Australian native birds.
After exploring the zoo, make sure to stop into Gandary Bakers in Moruya – home to a little ‘locals gem’.
Serving up delicious doughnuts with a twist, such as lemon-filled or even with a layer of custard, you will be coming back for more of their baked delights considered “the best” in the region by locals. Oh, and you’ll want to leave room for a pie at Mogo Pies, where they serve up homemade pies which are considered the best in the region.
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