BATEHAVEN is just a few minutes away from the Batemans Bay CBD yet has a different feel all together to its bustling cousin. At its heart are the local shops and there is a village feel to the mood as locals stop to talk, often strolling with a dog or with young ones in prams.

Batehaven was once a busy thoroughfare along the coast road that links the smaller towns together however since it was by-passed it has settled into a quiet, family friendly area that has embraced coastal time.

The local Corrigans Beach is a summer playground of water based sports from kayaking to stand up paddle boarding and off- the-beach sailing. A family safe cycleway connects the town to Batemans Bay while also providing pedestrian and cycling access to the nearby Hanging Rock Sporting precinct that offers quality tennis courts, a basketball stadium, groomed fields to kick a footy and the areas primary boatramp.

The Batehaven area hosts three caravan parks and a choice of motels and restaurants. In summer the area is always abuzz and visitor numbers swell over January when Corrigans Reserve is transformed into an annual day/night carnival.

Just around the corner from Batehaven you will find Observation Point and Caseys Beach, Sunshine Bay, Denhams Beach, Surf Beach and Wimbie Beach. Each of these residential areas have their own unique little bays and secret beaches that should be explored. Some are covered in the BEACHES
section of this Guide.


 

Batehaven has a very strong connection with our local aboriginal families.
 

“....When I was 5 or 6 we first lived at Corrigans Beach, then we lived at the old racetrack where the hospital is now. My Uncle Hubie and his family lived there in an old house. Then we moved into Hanging Rock and lived in a bush camp. Hanging Rock was very important to our people as a meeting place. When we lived at Hanging Rock I remember walking along Corrigans Beach to get pippis. Further along they‟d dive or we‟d fish off the rocks under Observation Head there. When I was a young girl, the whole lot of us would get together and walk around here. Once me and Noelene Chapman my first cousin got a big flathead down off the rocks. High tide was best for divers; sometimes they‟d swim from Observation Head to Snapper Island.  Georgina Parsons 8.2.2011
 

Violet Parsons recalls camping at Chapman's Beach. The family would wait for the tide to go out before venturing onto the rocks to catch lobsters and muttonfish. There was no need to dive for muttonfish; they were exposed on the rocks at low tide. The kids would get conks and muttonfish hiding beneath the seaweed. A feast was had on the rocks, where the food was collected..... We would always have a fire going before people went diving, so when they got out, they could get warm quickly. After having a fill of food at the beach, if there was any left they would take it home to share with family.There is a certain area for cooking and throwing away the shells, like the rubbish tip [ie Shell Middens].....lobsters are better boiled, so it was always good to take them home to cook, whereas Muttonfish and conks taste better when cooked on the hot coals ....Violet Parsons 6.4.2006
 

....Observation Head was a place to get tucker. There is Wondarma bush, dotter vine,and cherry tree here at Observation Head. The old people use to tell us not to pick the Kangaroo tails when they are green or you'd bring a storm. The quartz here would be used to sharpen the spears. Kooris used the black quartz found here to keep the heat in the fire, there's lots of black quartz here. They are like little hot plates to cook on. They hold the heat. The ones here are smashed. The hollow trees were used to store water and other things. There is one hollow spotted gum there at Observation Head that would have been used to store things. ...... Georgina Parsons 8.2.2011
 

...There is also red clay down below. When I went walk about I'd eat that, but not now I don't know what is in it. The special clay was eaten when we had to have vitamin when we were carrying our babies, unborn babies that is. We collected that red one and the white pipe clay you get around Wallaga and Nerrigunda straight out of the bank, when ever we needed it. Our mother's told us how to do that to stay healthy when we were having our babies. The knowledge was passed onto us; we'd go to where the clean clay was up past the cattle.... Georgina Parsons 8.2.2011

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Below are ALL KNOWN major accommodation providers in the area

BATEHAVEN TO STAY:

222 Beach RoadBatemans Bay

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property and off street free parking to all guests, comfortable rooms containing HD LCD TVs with USB inputs, coffee and tea facilities, private bathrooms and private courtyards 44726511

226 Beach Road. Batemans Bay

Modern seaside accommodation to suit any budget. From spa rooms and waterview suites to family rooms, as well as affordable self-contained rooms and apartments for longer stays 44726266

51 Beach Road Batehaven

Suitable for travellers, couples and families, we’ve a huge range of accommodation options – Cabins, Studios, Ensuite sites and Camping sites. 44724541

414 Beach Road, Batemans Bay

Accommodation that suits every budget offering 3 styles of  accommodation from cabins to two bedroom villas. All fully self contained.Grass and slab sites available for the caravan, camper or tent. 44724226

Clyde View Holiday Park offers a wide variety of villa accommodation situated in beautiful Batemans Bay to suit all budgets for a perfect family holiday or for that weekend escape.
44724224

204 Beach Road Batehaven

Corrigans Cove offers 4½ star spacious and contemporary accommodation, including studio rooms to fully self contained 1, 2 and 3 bedroom and spa apartments. 44726111

384 Beach Road, Corrigans Bay

Ideally suited to those seeking a relaxed a tranquil location, lush gardens and motel style facilities providing a haven only moments from the hustle and bustle of the town centre. 44724381

Beach Road Batemans Bay

The Hanging Rock Family Motel has a range of accommodation to suite everyone from singles to families.

Enquire at the reception area for any special needs.

220 Beach Road, Batehaven

Enjoy the comfort and convenience of a two bedroom apartment for the price of a motel room. Located opposite Corrigan's Beach 44722233

438 Beach Road, Batemans Bay

Located directly opposite picturesque Sunshine Bay just minutes from Batemans Bay offering 3 styles of accommodation. Cabins, Caravan sites and Camp sites PLUS "Scrumptious" licensed restaurant, heated swimming pool and grassed tennis court. 44724258

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Be sure to look at Our MUST DO and MUST SEE menus above

BATEHAVEN TO DOs:

Bells Annual Carnival

Bells Family Carnival has been visiting Batemans Bay for over 20 years. The carnival beside the water at Corrigans Beach is a ritual for many enjoying the fireworks on New Years Eve and Australia Day.

55 Beach Rd, Batemans Bay

8 acres filled with Australian animals, birds and reptiles. Hands on with the animals. Open 9:30am daily 44725364

A cycleway leads to Batemans Bay CBD. Continue over the bridge into Korners Park. then along the roadway to the end of Myamba Pde and explore the Cullendulla Boardwalk. Approx 18 kms of cycling. Click on the link to visit our CYCLING Page that has all the info you need.

Eurobodalla is a fishing wonderland with land and water options available to suit all ages and all abilities. For tips and location info visit our FISHING page

Visit Observation Point

Observation Avenue, Batehaven

Just along the beach from Batehaven, Observation Pt is a lookout with views overlooking the Clyde River and Snapper Is. Picnic and toilet facilities available

The Batemans Bay area has a rich and interesting history. Have a read, maybe visit the museum, and then watch the town come alive as you walk it with fresh eyes.

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Below are ALL KNOWN major Eateries in the area

BATEHAVEN EATING OUT:

Batehaven Bakehouse

Edward Road, Batehaven

A bustling cafe popular with locals and tourists. Offering coffee, a variety of meat pies, sweets and breads

Berny's at Batehaven

246 Beach Rd, Batehaven

Seafood, Fast food Wednesdays to Mondays 10:00am to 7pm 44724947

154 Beach Road Batemans Bay, New South Wales Phone: 02 4472 4022

Catalina Restaurant is open every day for lunch and dinner. Choose from the a-la-carte menu serving fresh local seafood, including the famous Clyde River oyster and gourmet wood-fired pizza and steaks.
Chef’s daily specials are also available.

Open for lunch 12pm to 2pm open for dinner from 5.30pm 7 days a week

204 Beach Road, Batehaven

Open 7 days for breakfast and dinner. Breakfast 7:30 to 9:00 am weekdays and 7:30 to 10:00 am weekends. Dinner from 6:00 pm 44726111

268 Beach Rd, Batehaven

With a menu to suit all tastebuds and offering GF options. Mon - Fri 5:30 - 4:00 Sat 6:00 - 2:00 44721486

 

Araluen Motor Lodge 226 Beach Rd, Batehaven

Serving high local quality produce with matching service. Mon to Sat / open from 6pm 7 nights in holidays 44728780
 

270 Beach Rd, Batehaven

Local favourite for authentic Italian woodfired pizza, Eat in & takeaway Sun & Wed - Thur 5:00pm - 8:30pm Fri - Sat 5:00pm - 9:00pm 44727400

Ocean Breeze Takeaway

248 Beach Rd, Batehaven

Seafood, Fast food, Australian  44721802

264 Beach Rd, Batehaven

Modern retro icecream shop. Number 1 Brooklyn Boy Bagels & awesome hot dogs.

57 Beach Rd, Batemans Bay 0428824718

The outdoor area is perfect for a relaxed coffee or scrumptious lunch... like the ever changing, always healthy, hearty + filling soul bowls. Dog friendly Health Food Cafe Vegetarian, Vegan & Gluten Free options available!
Open 7 til 2 except Sunday

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Some of the beaches local to Batehaven are covered in the BEACHES section of this Guide.

To The South

  • Casey’s Beach – no waves – good for little kids.

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  • Denhams Beach – Surf Beach – Patrolled during January – popular with board riders.

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  • Surf Beach – surf beach – patrolled during January.

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  • Wimbie Beach – not many big waves.

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  • Lilli Pilli – surf beach.

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  • Malua Bay – Surf Beach – patrolled (surf club).

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  • McKenzies Beach – surf beach – popular with board riders.

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  • Broulee – surf beach – patrolled (surf club)– popular with board riders.

To The North

  • Long Beach & Maloneys Beach – Gentle waves and often not very crowded.

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  • South Durras, North Durras & Depot Beach very popular surf beach with board riders.


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