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Batemans Bay is the gateway to the Eurobodalla region, renowned for being Australia’s Oyster Coast.

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Location

Batemans Bay is a coastal town on the South Coast of NSW, it is located 290 km south of Sydney (4 hr drive) and 150 km (2 hr drive) southeast of Canberra. Given the town's proximity to Canberra it is a popular weekend and holiday get away for many Canberrans who head to the coast.

As a coastal resort town, it is most famous for oyster production in the Clyde River estuary, with oysters widely available in local restaurants.

How to get there

Regional Express (REX) offers daily flights from Sydney to Moruya Airport (located 26 km from Batemans Bay).

There are a number of coach companies offering daily services to the Eurobodalla Coast from Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. There are also local buses services to get around and explore the region. Assistance and timetables are  available from Batemans Bay Visitor Centre.

Population

Batemans Bay is home to more than 11,200 people, the median age of residents is 53 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 7% of the population.

Batemans Bay is located within the South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network, this Population Health Profile provides an overview of community health for the region.

Healthcare facilities

Batemans Bay Hospital is a medium-sized regional public hospital (less than 50 beds) with an emergency department.

The closest major regional hospital is located in Bega (nearly 2 hr drive from Batemans Bay) and offers 134 overnight beds, 15 emergency department bays, 4 emergency medical unit beds and 46 acute medical inpatient beds.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station at Batemans Bay.

Accredited GP practices

  • Batemans Bay Medical Centre
  • Katungul Aboriginal Medical Service - Batemans Bay
  • Surf Beach Surgery

  • Industry

The major industry sectors employing residents of Batemans Bay are: accommodation, cafes and restaurants, aged care residential services, supermarket and grocery stores, and takeaway food services.
  • Education

There are four schools in Batemans Bay: Batemans Bay also has a Community College and a University of Wollongong Campus.
  • Childcare

For young families, Batemans Bay region has facilities offering a range of pre-school, long and occasional day care, after school and vacation care services.  
  • Shopping

There are two shopping centres in Batemans Bay, Village Centre and Bridge Plaza, with Woolworths, Coles, Kmart, Aldi and more than 40 other stores including cafes and eateries, fashion, beauty and other  services. Other major retailers in the area include Harvey Norman and Furniture One.
  • Places of worship

There are a number of places of worship in Batemans Bay including Catholic, Anglican, Greek Orthodox, Presbyterian and Uniting churches. The nearest Buddhist Temples and mosques are located in Canberra (2 hr drive from Batemans Bay).  
  • Points of interest

Batemans Bay has lovely beaches, the picturesque Clyde River and surrounding bushland. Great food can be found in the region, including its famous oysters and fresh local seafood. The town is home to a thriving arts and crafts community and many of the local attractions, such as Mogo Zoo, Bodalla Cheese Factory, and the Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens are recipients of major tourism awards.  
  • Sporting activities

Batemans Bay has a range of social and sporting clubs. Sporting facilities include an aquatic centre, tennis courts, numerous sports grounds and a 27-hole championship golf course. There is also a great range of water sports such as fishing, surfing, kayaking and scuba diving.
  • Community groups and activities

There are a range of sporting clubs, community groups and service clubs in Batemans Bay including Batemans Bay SLSC, Batemans Bay Fishing Club, Batemans Bay Tennis Club, Rotary Club and Lions Club. Local events are listed on What's On Eurobodalla.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in the area. A good place to start are the Facebook pages: Eurobodalla - South Coast NSWBatemans Bay Notice BoardBatemans Bay Buy, Swap, Sell and Batemans Bay Mums Group.