Malua Bay area including Surf Beach and Lilli Pilli

MALUA BAY covers a wider area that just around the main Malua Bay beach.

To its north is Mosquito Bay where you will find a public-access boat launching ramp giving great access to the snorkeling and fishing this area has to offer. Garden Bay is also a must to explore. From here the coastline continues northward to the stunning secluded beach of Lilli Pilli. To the south are the
coves of Pretty Point Bay and a local favourite surfing spot called McKenzies Beach. Further to the south is Rosedale and Guerilla Bay

Recreational fishing is popular from the rocks and sea ledges at the heads of many of these beaches.

Malua Bay has a shopping area that accommodates general needs and the local Malua Bay beach is patrolled in summer that brings many families to the beach.

Care should be taken when swimming at other spots as rips and currents are always present.

Lilli Pilli, the Mosquito Bay and Garden Bay areas, and Malua Bay are more or less continuous urban areas in a relatively narrow band of open space and bushland that fringes the foreshore and headlands.

Some History:

The area retains a continuing cultural significance to local Aboriginal people , mostly in the Grandfathers Gully to Lilli Pilli area where the foreshore traditionally provided, and continues to be used for, food and other natural resources.

Lilli Pilli and Circuit Beaches, and their tidal zones, are still valued food resource areas as they have been since pre-contact times. “Garara sticks”, for making spears, are also found in the Circuit Beach area.


Grandfathers Gully to the narrow tidal beach to the south, have also been more recently used as a resources gathering area, meeting place and living/camping place (perhaps as other beach areas became more developed and less appealing).

The beach at the mouth of Grandfathers 
Gully Creek is known by many local Aboriginal people as the “Chapman’s Beach” after Henry Chapman who was born at Moruya in the late 1800s.

It was a popular camping, diving and food gathering place in the 1960s and 70s with lobsters, “muttonfish” (abalone) and “conk” (the shellfish Anadara trapezia) collected at low tide with the latter two usually cooked and eaten on the beach. “Bush cherries” and won-dharma vine were also gathered from the surrounding bushland.


An ochre “pit” in the cliff face, immediately below Denise Drive at Lilli Pilli (visible from Chapman Beach at low tide), is understood to have been used since pre-contact times and into the present day. This collection of places are all interlinked as resource harvesting, camping, and meeting as well as sites for teaching Aboriginal cultural and resource practices.

Below are ALL KNOWN eating options in the area


Shop 3, 4 Kuppa Avenue Malua Bay

Everybody loves Raymond's. This family-owned restaurant has provided the local Batemans Bay and Malua Bay community with authentic Chinese cuisine for more than 30 years. If you enjoy a delicious meal at a good price, then Raymond’s will delight you. Ph 4471 3848

10 Kuppa Ave, Malua Bay

Ph 4471 3055

366 George Bass Drive, Lilli Pilli

Eat in or out on the deck - Coffee, Lunches - Mon to Fri 7:30 til 4 CLOSED Tues, Sat and Sun 8:30 to 4pm

Broulee, Long Beach, Mosquito Bay and Mossy Point

Cut and Run and Kerbside Feast are a local food truck, specialising in hand-crafted pizzas and yum food made fresh to order. They host regular kerbside pop-ups, and also cater for private parties, weddings, festivals and community events around the Eurobodalla Shire. Check here for more info

Mondays: 5pm - 7.30pm @ Broulee  

Tuesdays Long Beach 5pm - 7.30pm
Thursdays: 5pm - 7.30pm @ ‘The Anchor’ on Mossy Point Headland 
Fridays: 5pm - 7.30pm @ Mosquito Bay Boat Ramp

647 Beach Road Surf Beach

Delicious fish & chips and scrumptious burgers. Daily selections of sandwiches, wraps, salads and sweet things, and you simply must try our coffee! Ph 4471 3522

3 Beach Parade, Surf Beach

Holy Crust Pizza offers delicious handmade pizzas, pasta and salads in a relaxed and modern space.

Located in Surf Beach Plaza, Holy Crust is open from Thursday to Sunday from 4.30pm – 8pm. Dine in the newly refurbished restaurant with BYO, or take your meal away to enjoy at home. Home delivery is also available. Ph (02) 4471 1470

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Below are ALL KNOWN major accommodation providers in the area


1 Banksia Grove, Malua Bay

The Ploughman's Rest offers unique, luxury, motel style accommodation in a self-contained suite with a private entrance. The area is adjoined to a family home. Guests have their own outdoor area and access to the garden. The suite has a bedroom with a queen bed, a sitting room with comfy chairs and a breakfast bar, an ensuite and a hallway area providing plenty of space for baggage etc. Tea and coffee making facilities are provided along with a microwave oven and a fridge. Guests have the use of the family barbeque. Bookings Essential. Ph 44713278

676 The Ridge Rd, Malua Bay

Quality accommodation is provided in the Chalet, the Lodge and in self-contained Cabins.

All rooms and cabins have private ensuites and are air conditioned.The Executive Spa Ocean- view room, Deluxe balcony ocean view rooms and Deluxe Rooms are 4 star rated, and are located in the CHALET. The LODGE has 3 star double rooms or family rooms – some are  interconnecting. They have garden views.The 4 star Spa cabin and the 3 star Family cabins are located close the Chalet. They have bush and rainforest views. Tel: 4471 3671

15 Fairview Drive, Lilli Pilli

Lilli Pilli Beach Bed and Breakfast is located opposite Lilli Pilli Beach (30 metres walk to the sand).
Lilli Pilli Beach Bed and Breakfast is on the ground floor of the main residence, with a northern sunny aspect. A continental breakfast basket is provided and delivered to your door. Off street parking is available. Ph 44711453

34 Parker Ave, Batemans Bay

Parker by the Sea offers a choice of townhouses located conveniently to all that Surf Beach and this area has to offer. the Parker by the Sea is located at Surf Beach just 7kms from Batemans Bay. Surf Beach is a quiet, relaxed, picture postcard, beachside locale offering every convenience: 4471 3338

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