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Batemans Bay
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Batemans Bay Waterfront, Southern NSW Coast

Batemans Bay is a large bay on the NSW coast. It is very open to the east and has limited shelter, despite its size. The town of Batemans Bay sprawls around the edges of the bay and is accessible to those boats able to cross the shallow bar into the Cylde River. There is a marina, adequate anchorage spaces and full amenities in the town. The Bay is part of the Batemans Marine Park and there are restrictions on fishing in some areas. Boat users must avoid anchoring over seagrass in declared Sanctuary Zones.

Charts

See New South Wales.

Weather

See New South Wales.

Passages

See New South Wales.

Communication

  • Marine Rescue Batemans Bay monitors both VHF and HF. They are based on the river bank close to the bar

See also New South Wales.

Navigation

The Tollgate Islands form a barrier across the mouth of the Bay, though they do not greatly reduce the swell that enters the rest of the Bay. Black Rock and Trennant Rock lie in the gap to the south of the Tollgates. The Bay is relatively shallow, especially in the north western end and care should be exercised in conditions of large easterly swells.

Note the white sectors of the Square Head light, which define safe approaches into the Bay.

Clyde River Entrance

The bar at the entrance to the Clyde River is shallow,less than 2.0 metres at high tide (April 2012). There are plans to dredge the bar, but, as at April 20l2, no work had been done. Any easterly swell reaches the bar and causes the whole thing to break. If you are not experienced with bars or lack local knowledge, attempting a crossing could be very dangerous.

There is a conspicuous set of leads identifying the approach to the bar, but there are reports that the leads do not currently show the best approach. Marine Rescue Batemans Bay may be able to clarify this for you. Note that the approach defined by the leads may not correspond with what is shown on some charts.

There are port and starboard markers showing the point at which to leave the track defined by the leads - this is extremely close to the seawall. Once by the seawall, follow the port and starboard markers, staying clear of the sand bank which defines the seaward side of the channel.

Berthing

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Batermans Marina

Batermans Marina/wiki/Batemans_Bay#Batermans_Marina
Berth icon Batermans Marina [[Batemans Bay#Batermans Marina|Batermans Marina]] 35°42.883'S, 150°11.390'E

The existing marina has a somewhat run down appearance. There are reports of a redevelopment in the pipeline, but no signs of it commencing at this point. It is a very sheltered location, behind a substantial seawall. There are security gates on all fingers.

XX@XXX; Tel: +XX XX XXXX-XXXX; Fax: +XX XX XXXX-XXXX; VHF channel XX
Address:
Hours:

Anchorages

Clyde River Bridge

Chain Bay

Chain Bay/wiki/Batemans_Bay#Chain_Bay
Anchorage icon Chain Bay [[Batemans Bay#Chain Bay|Chain Bay]] 35°42.036'S, 150°10.719'E
Chain Bay on the northern side of Batemans Bay is an excellent anchorage in northerly conditions. Anchor off the sandy beach in 3 - 5 metres on a sandy bottom. In easterly conditions, swell penetrates the anchorage, but it is still probably preferable to any other anchorage in the outer bay. There is a charted reef on the western end of this bay.

Snapper Island

Snapper Island/wiki/Batemans_Bay#Snapper_Island
Anchorage icon Snapper Island [[Batemans Bay#Snapper Island|Snapper Island]] 35°43.518'S, 150°12.747'E
It is reported that it is possible to anchor behind Snapper Island, from where a good view of the state of the bar could be obtained. This area appears to have limited shelter, but could be OK in suitable conditions.

Cylde River, East

Cylde River, East/wiki/Batemans_Bay#Cylde_River.2C_East
Anchorage icon Cylde River, East [[Batemans Bay#Cylde River, East|Cylde River, East]] (E of bridge) 35°42.323'S, 150°10.820'E
Cylde River, east of the bridge, provides a convenient, if cramped, anchorage in the middle of the town. Anchor just outside the permanently moored boats on sand in about 5 -7 metres. Holding appears to be good, but there is a strong tide flow and the consequences of dragging into the bridge just upstream would be significant. At high tide, this anchorage can be a bit mobile as the swell comes in over the sand bar, but at lower states of the tide, it is very comfortable. A dinghy can be taken to the public jetty (closest to the bridge).

Clyde River, West

Clyde River, West/wiki/Batemans_Bay#Clyde_River.2C_West
Anchorage icon Clyde River, West [[Batemans Bay#Clyde River, West|Clyde River, West]] (W of bridge) 35°41.874'S, 150°10.591'E
Clyde River, west of the bridge, offers more sheltered anchorage. The bridge lifts twice a day to accommodate a cruise boat (11:50 and 14:20 in April 2012) and it is possible to follow this through if prior arrangements have been made and vertical clearance is sufficient for your rig. Call 02 44727263 to check details and make arrangements or contact Marine Rescue Batemans Bay and ask them to assist. Note that less than a mile beyond the bridge, the river is crossed by high voltage wires. It is reported that there is a 15 metre clearance to these wires at HWS, but you should check this before attempting to procede further upstream.

Broulee Bay

Broulee Bay/wiki/Batemans_Bay#Broulee_Bay
Anchorage icon Broulee Bay [[Batemans Bay#Broulee Bay|Broulee Bay]] 35°51.032'S, 150°11.053'E
Broulee Bay, immediately to the south of Batemans Bay offers a couple of good anchorages, depending on conditions. In southerly conditions, anchor inshore of Broulee Island. In northerly conditions, Barlings Beach near Tomakin offers a comfortable anchorage.

Amenities

Facilities
Water Available at the marina
Electricity Available at the marina
Toilets ?
Showers ?
Laundry At the marina
Garbage There are good bins all around the waterfront, suitable for disposal of small amounts of rubbish
Supplies
Fuel Available at the marina
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers Power and Sail, 6 Sharon Road Batemans Bay, NSW 2536
Services
Repairs There is a slipway at the marina
Internet ?
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals ?

Provisioning

Woolworths, Coles and Aldi have major stores within a 2 minute walk of the public jetty.

Eating out

  • There is a large number of restaurants and takeaway stores around the waterfront.


Transportation

  • Batemans Bay is on the Princes Highway.

Tourism

History

Give a short history of the port.

Places to Visit

  • Visit the Broulee Island Nature Reserve

Friends

Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.

Forums

List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)

Links

References & Publications

See Australia.

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