Canberra to Batemans Bay

Begin in Canberra

Canberra was bestowed with the honour of being Australia’s capital in 1911 as a means of quelling the dispute between Sydney and Melbourne as to which city was the rightful capital.

Today, Canberra is a city coming into its own, after spending years being dismissed as a backwater of administrative politics. The city has begun to garner favour as a worthy destination amongst travellers and tourists alike. Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel of 2018 listed Canberra in its top three destinations of the year.

Discover Canberra’s Cool Factor

Braddon is Canberra’s hippest district, an area where coffee roasteries, cafes, and modern Australian eateries are housed in renovated industrial buildings. The area is also home to some great shopping with an ever-changing array of boutiques and craft shops selling locally made items that Canberra is steadily becoming famous for.

New Acton is another innovative cultural district that is contributing to Canberra’s reputation as a city synonymous with design, creativity and culinary brilliance.

The city’s cultural institutions have seen heavy investment in the last few years and are breathing new life into the city. Take time to wander through the galleries and museums within the Parliamentary Triangle, then grab a bite to eat or take a stroll out in the fresh air around Lake Burley Griffin.

The Regional Beauty of Braidwood

After exploring Canberra, head forBraidwood, a beautiful regional town on the way toBatemans Bay and a place that has somehow managed to retain a strong sense of its nineteenth century history.

With beautiful buildings that date to the gold rush era, there’s plenty to see and do when taking a stroll. In recent times, there has been an influx of artists to the town, which has seen many boutique shops opening. It’s the perfect place to stop, stretch your legs and maybe buy a gift for a loved one before heading on to your next destination.

Overnight in Budawang National Park

From Braidwood, jump in your rental car and head for Budawang National Park, which is home to Mount Budawang. The mountain’s name is derived from the Aboriginal word ‘Buddawong’, and was once used as a vantage point by Indigenous people for making signal fires.

The park is home to the Corang Peak hike, which offers visitors the opportunity to go deep into the bush on an overnight hike. The hike begins at the Wog Wog campground on Charleys Forest Road. When hiking across the Budawang Range, visitors are treated to incredible views of The Castle and Pigeon House Mountain. The hike can be done most of the year, but is best avoided on hot days in summer.

Discover the Splendour of Batemans Bay

The beauty of Batemans Bay is in its location, encircled by national parks, gorgeous waterways, and a whole host of world-class beaches. It’s a glorious place for a holiday or weekend getaway for those looking to get out into nature. With plenty of affordable accommodation options, including waterfront camping, it’s ideal for families on a budget.

Batemans Bay is located at the mouth of the Clyde River and is the biggest town on the Eurobodalla Coast. Eurobodalla means "land of many waters", and it’s easy to see why. There are all manner of water activities and outdoor adventures on offer in the area, with over 100 kilometres of spectacular coastline and pristine hinterland waiting to be explored.

Other nearby townships worth visiting include Moruya, Bodalla, Tuross, as well as the historic villages of Mogo and Nelligen.