Things To Do
Spectacular coastal loop walk from Pebbly Beach to Snake Bay via Little Pebbles Beach and Clear Point. On the return you can walk around the headland from Little Pebbles Beach back to Pebbly Beach – this is only accessible on low tide and the swell conditions need to be considered. This is a medium grade walk and should take about 2 ½ hours. The short trip over to Little Pebbles Beach is an easy ½ hour return.
Whale season is May – November with the northern migration during May, June & July and Mums returning south with their calves in the latter part of the season. With kilometres of dramatic coastline, this area is a great spot to explore the cliffs, headlands and pristine beaches of the NSW south coast, with many whale watching opportunities. Head to Snapper Point at Pretty Beach or North Head lookout to spot migrating whales. Pods of dolphins can also be spotted year round and are often in the bays in and around Pebbly.
Heading north from Pebbly Beach as if heading to Snake Bay, but take a left at Clear Point and follow the track up to Durras Mountain. From here there are sublime keyhole views of the coast and ranges. This is a steep grade walk and can be completed in approximately 2 ½ hours. If that’s not enough, you can take the track from the top right through to Pretty Beach, and return to Pebbly via Snake Bay along the beach (on low tides) – add 2 ½ hours for this leg.
A beautiful walk along the rock platforms and sands that stretch between these two iconic south coast beaches. This is an easy walk that takes you through Tranquility Bay and is particularly beautiful around sunrise for the early birds! It should be a 2 hour return – this walk can only be done on lower tides. From Depot Beach begins the rainforest walk. A rare look at the way the coast used to be 50 million years ago. This easy walk of only 400m, meanders through precious remnants of temperate littoral rainforest. This is a great add on to the walk from Pebbly Beach to Depot Beach, or it’s a 10 minute drive from Pebbly Beach to Depot Beach to the starting point at the depot Beach Road day use car park.
This is a driving trip over to ‘Sandmines’ Beach at Bawley Point. There is a back track from Pebbly Beach to Kiola, but ask us for directions and vehicle suitability, otherwise it’s accessed off the Princes Highway into Bawley Point. Park at the Sandmines carpark and take the 5 minute walk through to the beach where the walk begins up on the southern headland. The area is a headland complex of Aboriginal middens that contain evidence great cultural and and scientific value. Signs along the track provide information on this significant site. A 25 minute drive to Sandmines, then a medium grade walk of about an hour return.
While you’re in the area head to Pretty Beach and check out the lookout at Snapper Point, it’s a spectacular view down the coast as far as the eye can see!
The NSW South coast is littered with world class surf breaks. From beginners to those looking for the ultimate barrel, the region has it all. In our local area there are great waves at Depot Beach, North Durras Beach and Cookies Beach. For the more advanced there are quality reef, point, bombie and beach breaks stretching from Mollymook to Batemans Bay. We won’t give up the secret spots but if you do a little research you should be able to find the perfect break for you!
Grab one of our complimentary Foamie Surfboards or Boogie Boards to hit the waves right out the front.
The area is host to some incredible inland lakes and lagoons and we are lucky enough to have Durras lake just 10 minutes away. Why not hire some SUP’s or kayaks and discover the beauty of the local waterways or book a guided sunset tour or even a glass bottom kayak tour! Hire and guided tours can be booked through Bay & Beyond on 0404 477 288. If you’d like to discover Durras Lake but stay dry, jump on the ‘Discovery Trail’ which starts on Mount Agony Rd.
f you like getting under the water the pristine water quality in this area is perfect for snorkelling around the bays and rock shelves in the area. If you have your own scuba gear or are in to free diving, the rewards will be plentiful with all sorts of fish and crustaceans on offer. Always check the Marine Park rules for the area your diving in before setting out. Copies of the Batemans Marine Park user guides are available in your room.
This is a great activity for the kids. Just around the little headland to the south of Depot Beach you’ll find the first rock platform. The platforms are part of the Batemans Marine Park and are great places to discover the fascinating marine life that occurs in the intertidal zone. Sea urchins, starfish, marine plants, tiny fish and colourful crabs make watery homes in and around the rock pools. Low tide is safest time to go.
Whether you have your own boat, would like to hire one, head out on a charter boat or even like fishing from your kayak, there are plenty of options to choose from. The local water ways including the estuaries and inland lake system are a mecca for the keen fisherman. Head out to the deeper water for adrenalin packed marlin fishing or gently paddle around Durras lake with a rod chasing flathead and whiting, which are summer staples. We can put you in touch with charter operators and fishing guides if you’d like some local knowledge. Always check the Batemans Marine Park guidelines before dropping a line.
OUT & ABOUT
We are spoilt with top quality dining experiences ranging from the freshest local ‘fish and chips’ straight off the boat to celebrity chefs such as Rick Stein at Bannisters. With an abundance of amazing local seafood at our door step, this is generally the focus of the local restaurants, however for the carnivore we have plenty who plate local beef sourced from the prized Milton and Moruya districts. We particularly recommend The Sandbar, Kohlis Waterfront Indian, Cupitt’s Estate, Sam’s Pizzeria, Gwylo, and The Oyster Shed right on the water in Batemans Bay. You can also grab some delicious ‘Signature Oysters’ from the General Store at East Lynne.
Wow, where do we start? With the Clyde River literally just down the road, you’ll be tasting some of the freshest, top shelf oysters available. The Clyde is home to several award winning oyster farmers growing Sydney Rock, Pacific and even the native Angasi. You can get them shucked, bagged, grilled, served to you or open them yourself. If you’re an oyster nut and need more, why not hop on Oyster Farm kayak tour where you can harvest, learn to shuck and sample them straight from the water.
Mogo Zoo is a privately owned zoo situated just behind the township of Mogo, about 30 minutes from Pebbly. It supports an amazing collection of endangered and exotic animal species. The zoo is spread over many acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and proudly boasts the largest collection of primates in Australia. Zebras and Southern White Rhinos wander the Savannah plains alongside majestic giraffes. If you want to get up close and personal, visitors to Mogo Zoo can engage in close up encounters with the wildlife; including meerkats, feeding a lion or tiger, or simply enjoying our affectionate red pandas. This is a great zoo and perfect for the whole family.
The South coast is home to some exceptional wineries like Cupitt’s in Milton, Bawley Vale Estate, Silos Estate, Two Figs in Berry and Cambewarra just to name a few. Stop in on the way to Pebbly, save it for a lunch experience with a difference on the way home or make it an afternoon at one of the more local wineries. Cupitt’s has its own micro-brewery and fromagerie, and a fabulous view from their casual outdoor dining area to round out your experience
Whether you’re travelling from the south, the north or the west, you’ll travel through some fun little towns with great boutiques, dining and fabulous quirky character. Bungendore and Braidwood, Mogo and Moruya or Milton and Berry, just to name a few. My tip is to stop at the famous donut van in Berry!! There’s also fabulous growers markets around the area on a regular basis selling fresh Clyde River Berries and the like.