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.
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
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 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.