12 Best Batemans Bay Beaches Everyone Should Visit 2024 Guide
Looking for the best Batemans Bay Beaches but overwhelmed by the amount of choice on offer? Located on the shores of the Tasman Sea, it sure does pack a punch for some of the most stunning coastal areas to visit. With so many beaches to choose from, here’s our guide we know you locals and visitors alike will love!
What’s so special about the beaches in Batemans Bay?
I have to admit, whenever I’ve driven down the South Coast before, I have pretty much just driven straight through Batemans Bay until recently. This is when I realised why it is such a popular holiday destination for local Australians. There are plenty of campsites located next to the beaches and picnic area, and it’s home to some of the best beaches in Australia in my opinion.
To be honest, all the beaches in the area are amazing here, it’s just up to you which one’s to visit next!
Wondering if it’s too far of a drive from Sydney? I suppose I always thought it was about a 5 hour drive away. It turns out, it’s not. It’s just a 3h30m drive from Sydney, and a 2hr drive from Canberra. This means you could easily spend a weekend getaway here or even do it as a day trip from Sydney too.
After our recent visit, it’s the kind of place we would come back to time and time again because of the beaches.
1. North & South Durras Beach
Murramarang National Park is absolutely stunning and is home to the best beach in Batemans Bay in my opinion! It is a large national park on the South Coast that offers stunning views of the Tasman Sea and so many beaches to check out.
But, when I first saw North Durras and South Durras beaches on Instagram a long time ago and always wanted to visit them. They were some of the first places I knew I needed to see during our recent visit and they did not disappoint. While it is technically one long beach, they have a different vibe for both sides. I really loved South Durras Beach, there’s something really special about it you need to see.
2. Depot Beach
Now Depot Beach isn’t only one of the best South Coast beaches, it is up there as one of my all time favourite beaches in Australia. This is the beach of dreams, a beach that certainly feels like you’re so far away from everything as it is backed by the stunning national park which has beautiful rainforest vibe to it.
There’s a campsite right next to the beach, somewhere we’ll be booking on our next adventure down the South Coast. The views out to the National Park from the beach are super special and it’s one of those ‘pinch me’ moments that you’re actually in Australia.
3. Pebbly Beach
Located next to Depot Beach, Pebbly Beach is an absolutely stunning undeveloped beach. There are a number of walking tracks and bushwalks to explore the coastline, and the beach is home to a number of kangaroos, which can often be seen hopping around on the sand.
4. Cookies Beach
We loved visiting Cookies Beach next to South Durras Beach. It’s a super popular beach for families as the Depot Beach Boat Ramp sits here too.
5. Mill Beach
And located right next door to Cookies Beach is Mill Beach. You can sit on the grass in between Cookies Beach and Mill Beach and have a picnic here. When we visited, kangaroos were hopping about which was pretty cool considering the beaches were busy as it was the Easter holidays.
6. The Gantry at Bawley Point
Although it’s a 30 minute drive north, I loved The Gantry at Bawley Point. The jetty off the water is perfect for jumping from if you can get around the fishermen sitting at the end of it. The water here is crystal clear and turqouise, it reminded us of the Med, which you can watch our Reel here and see why.
7. Batemans Bay Surf Beach
While there are plenty of surfing beaches in Batemans Bay, come to the aptly titled Surf Beach which is undoubtedly one of the most popular beaches! It is a large, sandy beach with plenty of space to spread out.
And obviously, this great spot is also a great place to go surfing, as it has consistent waves. There are also surf breaks, some nearby shops and a number of cafes and restaurants located near Surf Beach Batemans Bay, so you can grab a bite to eat or a drink after a day in the sun.
8. Corrigans Beach
If you’re looking for a small and secluded beach, look no further! Corrigans Beach is perfect for those who are looking for a beach offers a quiet and peaceful place to relax away from the crowds!
9. Malua Bay Beach
Known for its dramatic rock formations and clear blue water, Malua Bay Beach is a great place for swimming, sunbathing, fishing, surfing, swimming and fishing.
10. Guerilla Bay
If you’re looking to go snorkelling, head to the spectacular Guerilla Bay which has super clear and pristine water. With loads of rocks off the beach, it’s the perfect beach for exploring the underwater life.
Barlings Beach is a beautiful beach that is known for its clear blue water and white sand. There is also a number of walking tracks located near Barlings Beach, so you and the kids can explore the area on foot too!
12. One Tree Beach
If you’re happy to drive 40min south or you’re on a South Coast road trip, stop off at Tuross Head. The beaches here are beautiful and the One Tree Point Lookout is spectacular. We loved the tee pees made out of driftwood scattered on the beaches here, which gave them something a little special between Tuross Beach (Main Beach) and One Tree Beach.
Looking for more beaches on the South Coast?
You have to stop by Mossy Point, Narooma surf beach, Mystery Bay and Pebbly Beach at Horse Head Rock. They are all absolutely incredible!
More places to visit on the South Coast
Check out our guides for the best places to visit on the South Coast!