As a Sydneyite, I often take my holidays up the North Coast of New South Wales but recently I’ve chosen to venture south for something different and I have to say I’m impressed! There are many hundreds of kilometres of beautiful coastline stretching south from Sydney with a smattering of pretty coastal towns along the way. Of these, Batemans Bay is probably my favourite as there are enough Batemans Bay attractions to keep anyone and everyone entertained but the town is still small enough to have that welcoming small town feel.
If you like a holiday where relaxation is the key, then the beautiful beaches of Batemans Bay won’t disappoint. Surrounded by some of New South Wales most unspoilt coastline, the beaches, bays and sheltered coves of Batemans Bay are quiet and secluded and loaded with the promise of nothing to do except swim and explore the coastal surroundings. Batemans Bay is also a great whale watching vantage point during the annual migration of whales up and down the east coast of Australia.
Holiday makers who prefer to keep busy will be pleasantly surprised by the range of Batemans Bay attractions including the popular and unique Mogo Zoo. The privately owned zoo is ten kilometres south of Batemans Bay and houses over 200 beautiful and rare animals in an up close and personal environment and boasts the largest collection of primates in a private zoo in Australia. Daily keeper talks and animal feedings are engaging and insightful and the animal encounters provide a memorable experience.
A day trip to nearby Montague Island about an hour’s drive down the coast and 9 kilometres offshore, is a must do if you’ve got the time. The island is a nature reserve and is home to thousands of little penguins, the state’s largest colony of fur seals and 15 bird species. There are a range of guided tours run daily including two night tours with its nightly parade of little penguins returning to their nests after a day’s fishing in the ocean.
Birdland Animal Park is an intimate nature park spread over eight acres of landscaped gardens brimming with over 100 species of native birds, reptiles and animals. Visitors can have their photo taken beside a koala, experience the sensation of a snake draped around your neck or cuddle an orphaned baby wombat.
Batemans Bay also boasts beautiful national parks to explore, cycle ways to ride on, family attractions such as mini golf, cinemas, dirt karts, kayaking and more. An abundance of restaurants, cafes, clubs and pubs offer a multitude of dining options and there is even a winery or two to visit.
All of this is right on your door step when you stay at the Comfort Inn Lincoln Downs, a gorgeous country retreat set amidst ten acres of English style gardens and on the edge of a private lake. The Comfort Inn is a boutique Batemans Bay hotel with a multitude of little extras such as tennis courts, outdoor pool, Billiards table, games room, exercise room and more. The ideal base to explore all of Batemans Bay’s attractions.