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If you’ve been following my blog posts on my Melbourne to Sydney road trip, you’ll know I spent a day exploring peaceful Eden before following the beautiful Sapphire Coast Drive north from Merimbula to Bermagui.

My next overnight stop in South Coast New South Wales was popular Batemans Bay in the Eurobodalla region. I spent two nights here, as I needed a break from driving. But I was so glad I did as I found plenty of things to do!

Batemans Bay itself is very scenic, but I spent most of my time exploring nearby Murramarang National Park. This rugged coastal area is full of isolated beaches, leafy walking tracks and cute little villages. Here’s my guide on what to see in Batemans Bay and Murramarang National Park!

Batemans Bay Town Centre

Batemans Bay town lies at the entrance to the Clyde River, and has a beautiful waterfront area with plenty of places to eat. Since it’s on the Oyster Coast, there’s lots of fresh seafood on offer.

It’s a convenient place to base yourself, with easy access to the national parks to the north. Around Batemans Bay town itself you can enjoy flat, family-friendly cycle paths, river kayaking, beaches and the Batemans Bay Snorkelling Trail.

Batemans Bay town centre in New South Wales.
Batemans Bay foreshore

Murramarang National Park: South Durras

One of the top things to do in Batemans Bay is visit Murramarang National Park, which lies less than 20 minutes north of the town, via Batemans Bay Bridge. My first stop was the area around South Durras.

Driving through beautiful Murramarang National Park near Batemans Bay NSW. Discover what to see in this coastal wilderness.
Driving through South Durras in Murramarang National Park

Durras Lake

I pulled over at the end of Lakeside Drive to take a look at the beautiful, clear Durras Lake. Alternatively, you can park on Lake Road in North Durras and do the 1.5km loop walk called Durras Lake Discovery Trail.

Crystal clear Durras Lake near Batemans Bay Australia.
Durras Lake

Durras Beach

Head to Durras Lake Road to visit long, beautiful and rugged Durras Beach.

Rugged Durras Beach - one of many Batemans Bay attractions in Murramarang National Park Australia.
Durras Beach

Durras South Beach

Continuing south down Dilkera Street takes you to the lovely township of South Durras and Durras South Beach.

Durras South Beach near Batemans Bay
Durras South Beach

It’s a really cute place to wander around, full of big, beach-style houses surrounded by tall trees.

Beautiful beach houses at Durras South NSW.
Beautiful beach houses in South Durras

Emily Miller Beach

To explore somewhere more isolated, take the unsealed Old Coast Road into the forest. You’ll find a choice of quiet beaches and short walking tracks. My first stop was Emily Miller Beach, which lies at the bottom of a steep, winding staircase.

Emily Miller Beach in Murrararang National Park
Steps to Emily Miller Beach

Dark Beach

A little further south is Dark Beach, at the end of a 250m track through spotted gum forest. The beach lives up to its name with both black and white sand and a band of volcanic rock. There’s also interesting rock formations and very clear water.

Interesting sand at Dark Beach

Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach was one of my favourites! It’s about a five-minute walk through natural bushland (known to locals as the ‘enchanted forest’!) to this huge, isolated beach. There’s beautiful, clear water as well as a little cave at the end!

Interesting caves at Myrtle Beach in South Durras.
Peeking out of a cave at Myrtle Beach!

Murramarang National Park: North Durras

After exploring South Durras I drove back to the highway then through the forest to get up to North Durras. This is another little township on the other side of Lake Durras, about half an hour away by car.

Pebbly Beach

Pebbly Beach in Murramarang National Park is well known for its population of kangaroos! I thought the beach might be a bit over-hyped, but it was actually even better than I expected!

Gorgeous Pebbly Beach, New South Wales.
Pretty Pebbly Beach

With the pretty plants and grassy area behind the beach, it had quite a different look to the other beaches. And there really were lots of kangaroos everywhere!

Tiny baby kangaroo at Pebbly Beach near Batemans Bay.
Peek-a-boo! The youngest joey I’ve ever seen!

Just don’t get too close. Kangaroos have very long claws and one tried to swipe me! Remember they’re wild animals. I always see visitors trying to get selfies with them! You might just lose an eye!

Kangaroos at Pebbly Beach in Australia
Kangaroos grazing at Pebbly Beach, NSW

Pebbly Beach is also known for its tame, exotic birds! You can buy food for the many Rainbow Lorikeets and Australian King Parrots that live there. I didn’t have any, but a bird still landed on my arm!

Lorikeet at Pebbly Beach, Murramarang National Park
A curious lorikeet at Pebbly Beach

If you want to stay somewhere more rural than Batemans Bay town, you can camp at Pebbly Beach camping ground or stay in beach shacks!

Bird feeding at Pebbly Beach NSW
Australian King Parrots and lorikeets

From here you can continue further north to Pretty Beach, but I didn’t make it that far.

Depot Beach

Further south is gorgeous Depot Beach, which has a small residential area as well as Depot Beach camping ground and beach cabins. It’s a really beautiful, rocky beach backed by rainforest. I took this photo looking down from Fairley Street.

Stunning Depot Beach in New South Wales, where you can go camping.
Looking down at beautiful Depot Beach

You can also do a 400m walk from Depot Beach picnic area through an area of littoral rainforest that’s listed as an endangered ecological community.

Durras North Beach

My last stop of the day was Durras North Beach, which didn’t disappoint! The tiny village was similar to South Durras, but had kangaroos grazing in the front gardens!

Gorgeous beach house at Durras North near Batemans Bay.
Spot the kangaroo!

The beach itself is really impressive, with a big, golden sand bank running between the ocean and the mirror-like entrance to Lake Durras.

Beautiful entrance to Lake Durras at Durras North Beach in Murramarang National Park.
The entrance to Lake Durras

It was definitely the most interesting beach I saw, and a great way to end the day!

A kayak stranded on North Durras Beach in Murramarang National Park, New South Wales.
A lone kayak at Durras North Beach

Batemans Bay Accommodation

Browse through the many accommodation options in Batemans Bay on Hotels Combined. They compare the best prices for each accommodation across all the major booking providers.

Batemans Bay has all sorts of places to stay, from campsites to hotels. There’s even a hostel if you’re backpacking!

Batemans Bay YHA

I stayed two nights at Batemans Bay YHA, which also has Shady Willows Holiday Park on site. It was definitely quite dated compared to other YHAs – they’re usually really modern – but as it was out of season only two other people were staying there, so I had my own dorm!

Batemans Bay accommodation - backpackers hostel.
Batemans Bay YHA and Caravan Park

The hostel isn’t far from the town centre and waterfront. It also has all the usual facilities like a shared kitchen, lounge area and lockers.

Book Batemans Bay YHA

Batemans Bay YHA, New South Wales.
Inside Batemans Bay YHA

How to Get to Batemans Bay

The distance from Batemans Bay to Sydney is 278km, which takes about four hours to drive. Canberra to Batemans Bay is about half that distance. There are some beautiful places to visit along the coastline if you’re driving from Sydney.

Try coming off the highway north of Wollongong and taking the scenic Grand Pacific Drive via Sea Cliff Bridge instead. Kiama is also an ideal place to stop in South Coast New South Wales. I always head for the blowhole, where there’s lots of free parking, toilets and amazing views to look at while you stretch your legs!

If you’re on a road trip from Melbourne to Sydney, read about Jervis Bay next. I’d thoroughly recommended an overnight stop there after Batemans Bay. Happy travels!

Lisa Bull
Written by Lisa Bull

Lisa Bull, founder of Dreaming of Down Under, has been living in Australia as a British expat since 2015. After travelling to every state and territory in Australia and living in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney, Lisa knows from first-hand experience the best destinations to visit in Australia and the best budget travel tips. Her guides on this blog have been read by over 700k readers and helped thousands of people achieve their dream of living in or travelling Australia.