Bateman's Bay was named by Captain
Cook in 1770 after his superior officer on the Northumberland. The
first Europeans in this South Coast region were the survivors of the
Sydney Cove, shipwrecked nearby in 1797. Three survivors of the
shipwreck lasted the long and arduous journey back to Sydney, some
280 km. George Bass was to visit the area later in 1797, continuing
south to Eden. Today, we have the George Bass Memorial surf boat
race, which covers his journey from Bateman's Bay to Eden.
Bateman's Bay Clyde River ferry crossing was established in 1871,
being replaced by a lifting span bridge in 1956. This is the oldest
bridge of its type in Australia and is a recognised landmark on the
The Clyde River is popular with anglers looking for bream and flathead, as well as the offshore, reef and game fishing. Come taste the Clyde River oyster and local seafood.
Check out our listing of Batemans
Bay accommodation and
South Coast accommodation. As well as our listed travel guide info, for more
attractions, tours and other information contact the local tourism visitor