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Clyde River  / Clyde Coast - Cities, Towns and Localities
• Batemans Bay
• Milton
• Murramarang NP
• Nelligen
• Ulladulla
• Shoalhaven
• South Coast
Other towns, villages and localities in the Clyde Coast / Clyde River region include:
• Bawley Point • Benandarah • Boyne • Brooman • Budawang • Budawang National Park • Clyde State Forest
• Cockwhy • Currowan • Depot Beach • Durras Lake • East Lynne • Kioloa • Kioloa State Forest • Lake Tabourie
• Merry Beach • Mogood • Morton • Mount Durras • North Durras • Pebbly Beach • Pigeon House Mountain
• Racecourse Beach • South Durras • Termeil
The Clyde Coast and Clyde River offers a unique destination for visitors encompassing many popular towns, Mount Durras and the Budawang Mountain Range that includes Pigeon House, Corang Peak and the Castle, a number of aquatic and beach locales along the coast, the Clyde River and other waterways.

The Clyde River (“Bhundoo” to the local Aboriginal people) begins its journey 125 km from Batemans Bay in the rugged mountain region to the north. Sometimes merely a trickle in the upper reaches, the Clyde River passes through pristine forest areas and National Parks flowing with clean pure water.

As the river nears Batemans Bay it becomes wider and deeper, with the last 35 km being accessible by larger water vessels. The Clyde River can be navigated from Shallow Crossing to the Tollgate Islands at the entrance to Batemans Bay. Although Batemans Bay is the largest town on the Clyde River this was not always the case, with Nelligen being the first to have a Post Office in 1858. Batemans Bay did not have a Post Office until 1894. The early 1900s saw the population of Batemans Bay overtook that of Nelligen.

The Clyde River estuary was a major part of the development of both Batemans Bay and Nelligen, providing transport and pure waters for the development of the Clyde River oyster industry. The Sydney Rock Oyster is generally regarded as the ultimate in oysters being reared in the clean water of the Clyde River. Although Oyster farming is still important on the Clyde River, the river is more popularly used for recreation including, fishing, water skiing, canoeing, kayaking, jet skis, cruising and houseboats.

Check out our listing of Clyde River / Clyde Coast accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Clyde River / Clyde Coast Attractions

Beaches and Waterways
• The beautiful Clyde Coast region has numerous waterways and beaches, least of which are:
  • Clyde River
  • Durras Lake
  • Lake Tabourie
  • Merry Beach
  • Pebbly Beach
  • Racecourse Beach
  • Wairo Beach

Pigeon House Mountain
• Yadboro State Forest, Morton National Park via Yadboro Rd, Milton NSW 2538
Named by Captain James Cook during his 1770 voyage of discovery along the eastern coastline of Australia, Pigeon House Mountain is a prominent remnant of a two tier sandstone structure, with a summit that rises to some 720 m above sea level. Located within the Morton National Park, the nearest town to Pigeon House is Milton.

The local aboriginal name for the mountains is ‘didhol’, which is said to mean depending on your interpretation ‘big mountain’ or ‘woman’s breast’.

In 1828 Pigeon House was recorded by Surveyor Thomas Florence as as ‘Dithol’, although some early survey maps give spelling as ‘Diddel’.

Pigeon House Mountain has become a popular destination for those interested in climbing to the summit. From here there are magnificent panoramic views of the cliffs and gorges carved out by the Clyde River and its tributaries. To the north-west are two elongated plateaux of Byangee Walls and The Castle. On a good day, you can see the coastline stretching from Point Perpendicular in the north to Mount Dromaderry in the south.

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