Follow the scenic Kings Highway past grazing sheep, across the stark and dramatic Monaro Plains and through the tablelands of Clyde Mountain to the coastal town of Batemans Bay, then continue south on the Princess Highway to Moruya Heads.
Along the way, discover an unspoiled coastline of beaches, river estuaries and craggy headlands offering a variety of activities to keep you busy.
Hike to the peak of Mount Dromedary (Gulaga) – a sacred site for the local Yuin people, enjoy reef fishing at Batemans Bay and meeting grey kangaroos at Pebbly Beach, cruise the pristine Clyde River and explore the region’s many historic villages.
Or simply relax in one of the numerous charming cafés, wander through craft galleries, browse local artworks and indulge in fresh seafood, especially Clyde River oysters.
Trip length from Canberra 2–3 days; Total distance 300km (186mi); Road conditions Sealed and unsealed roads; Segment distances: Canberra to Batemans Bay – 150km (93mi), 2hrs; Batemans Bay to Tilba Tilba – 88km (54mi), 1hr 10mins; Suggested overnight stops: Batemans Bay and/or Tilba Tilba.
Must-see sights along the route, include…
Enjoy exploring this friendly and historic village set in a pretty green valley, just 30 minutes from Canberra.
Admire the old stone, brick and timber heritage buildings, many of which were constructed in the 1840s, including the post office and Anglican Church.
Browse the numerous art, craft and antique shops in the village square; taste a range of wines at the cellar doors of surrounding wineries – don’t miss Lark Hill Winery, one of Australia’s highest vineyards; and head to Bywong Gold Mining Town to see a recreation of an authentic gold mining village, just 12km (7mi) northwest of town.
Bungendore is located in the Southern Tablelands near Lake George around 40km (24mi) from Canberra and 109km (67mi) from Batemans Bay.
Discover this charming, one-time gold-mining town with 100-year-old oak trees, beautiful stone churches and numerous studios in the town’s historic Georgian buildings that house artists, craftspeople and fashion designers.
Ride a horse-drawn carriage or take the self-guided heritage walk to see dozens of historic buildings dating from the gold rush days – don’t miss the Bedervale Historic Homestead, one of the finest colonial houses in NSW.
Pop into the Braidwood Museum to learn about the gold rush, then taste local organic foods and browse through galleries, antique shops and craft stores.
Explore walking tracks, picnic areas and a restored water wheel at Lowden Forest Park and discover waterfalls and caves amid native flora and fauna along bushwalking trails in the surrounding Deua, Budawang and Monga national parks.
Braidwood is located 85km (52mi) west of Canberra on the Kings Highway and 60km (37mi) north-west of Batemans Bay.
Close to great beaches, forests and bushwalking trails, the bustling and attractive fishing port of Batemans Bay offers a good base for scenic drives along the coast past a string of picturesque coves and beaches.
Batemans Bay is the closest seaside town to Canberra and is popular as a holiday destination with numerous activities on offer including bushwalking, fishing, sailing, kayaking, scuba diving, surfing, cycling, boating on the river and visiting the zoos.
Cruise upriver on the Clyde River from Batemans Bay to Nelligen, then hire a houseboat and stay overnight.
Walk the Durras Discovery Trail under the shady canopy of eucalyptus trees, past ferns, spotted gums and stands of palms in Murramarang National Park.
Go game-fishing offshore or tee-off at the 27-hole Catalina Country Club, rated as one of the finest courses on the south coast.
Visit the Eurobodalla Native Botanic Gardens, browse the local art and craft galleries, or relax and savour fresh Clyde River oysters by the water. Don’t miss Birdland Animal Park, which has a huge collection of Australian native birds, duck ponds and waterfalls, and offers rides on a train through 3ha of parkland.
Popular beaches near Batemans Bay, include Surf Beach, Malua Bay Beach and Broulee Beach. Further south lie Moruya Beach, Congo and Bingi, and the Bingi Dreaming Track.
Enjoy scenic views along the 37km Coast Road between Batemans Bay and Moruya taking in Batehaven, Surf Beach, Malua Bay, Rosedale, Tomakin, Mossy Point, Broulee and Moruya Heads along the way.
Panoramic sea views abound along the coast. Go for a swim Malua Bay – the Batemans Bay SLSC is located on the beach, check out scenic views from Burrewarra Point or head to Mossy Point headland with its views over Broulee Beach, walk around Broulee Island then enjoy the views up the Moruya River and north along Bengello Beach.
Batemans Bay is located 150km (94mi) southeast of Canberra via the Kings Highway and the Princes Highway, and 280km (175mi) southwest of Sydney
Discover a range of galleries, craft shops and cafés in this former historic gold mining village.
Explore the streets of Old Mogo Town, a re-creation of the 19th century gold rush village, complete with houses, shops and a walk-through mine.
Enjoy a close and personal experience with the animals at Mogo Zoo. See red pandas, snow leopards, golden lion tamarins, otters, ring-tailed lemurs, Syrian brown bears, lions and Bengal tigers. The zoo is dedicated to the preservation of endangered exotic species.
Don’t miss the Mogo Eucalypt Walk, which winds through Mogo State Forest.
Mogo is located 156km (97mi) from Canberra via the Kings Highway and the Princes Highway, and 10km (6mi) south of Batemans Bay.
With a choice of secluded coves and fine beaches to kick back and relax on, Broulee is perfect for a beach getaway.
Situated 20km (12mi) south of Batemans Bay, Broulee Beach is a long sweeping beach protected by Broulee Island – a nature reserve with outstanding views along the coast.
Check out the great coastal views from Burrewarra Point Lighthouse, paddle the rock pools and shale formations of Guerilla Bay, fish for whiting off the rocks, dive or snorkel at Black Rock and surf Pink Rocks on the northern side of Broulee Island – a nature reserve at the south end of the beach with outstanding views along the coast.
The sleepy coastal resort town is also known for fishing, snorkelling, diving and surfing.
Broulee is located 165km (102mi) from Canberra via the Kings Highway and the Princes Highway, and 26km (16mi) south of Batemans Bay via the scenic coastal drive along George Bass Drive.
Explore the pristine wilderness of Deua National Park (south of Braidwood), one of the state’s largest natural forests.
Well known for its limestone caves, don’t miss the Big Hole, a 100m deep trough caused by the collapse of a cave roof, located along the western boundary of the park.
Drive the scenic route to Araluen along the Moruya River via Merricumbene, fish or paddle a kayak on the broad Moruya River, surf the waves at Moruya Heads or tee-off from the lush greens of the 18-hole Moruya Golf Club course.
Don’t miss the Moruya Jazz Festival in October, a long weekend full of non-stop jazz.
Moruya is located 173km (107mi) southeast of Canberra via the Kings Highway and the Princes Highway. It is situated on the Moruya River 8km (5mi) inland from Moruya Heads.
Discover this quiet, idyllic town built on a coastal headland surrounded by ocean beaches on one side and on the other side a network of tidal lakes that offer great fishing, boating and walking trails.
Absorb the panoramic views of mountains, lake and ocean from Tuross Head Country Club as you tee-off on the 9-hole golf course.
Caste your line for tailor, salmon and drummer off Binji Beach or head to Lake Coila for bream, whiting and flathead.
Go surfing at Dalmeny and Kianga beaches or settle down for a relaxing picnic as the sun sets on the coastal headland.
Or explore the waters of Coila and Tuross lakes by kayak. Both lakes are circumnavigational: for a total distance of 18km (11mi) around Coila Lake and 25km (15mi) around Tuross Lake.
Along the way look out for pelicans, cormorants, falcons, sea eagles, ducks, kingfishers, herons, black swans and little terns. Emus and kangaroos may be seen swimming in the quiet waters.
Numerous scenic walks around the lakes and along the beaches offer the opportunity to fully experience this scenic region.
Explore the walking trails through Eurobodalla National Park and along the coastal track from Blackfellows Point.
Burrewarra Point Banksia Walk – Enjoy this 1.5km (1mi) return walk through a mature banksia forest with views of the south coast and hinterland.
It's also a good place to spot whales from September to November. In autumn, the large grey-green flower spikes of the banksias open, attracting a variety of nectar-eating birds.
Located between the coastal towns of Batemans Bay and Moruya, the walk traverses the cliff tops at Burrewarra Point, which overlooks Guerilla Bay and Broulee Bay,
The walk starts from the car park at the end of Burri Point Road in Guerilla Bay, just off George Bass Drive south of Batemans Bay. Allow 50 minutes to complete.
Note: The cliff edges are not fenced making the walk unsuitable for toddlers and small children.
Plantation Point Walk – This easy walk combines a short 100m walk to the memorial walls, with a 1km return stroll to the point and a longer 2.5km (1.5mi) walk from One Tree Point.
Access is from Plantation Point car park at Tuross Head. From there you walk beneath a canopy of majestic Norfolk Pines to the manicured Tuross Memorial gardens, with stunning coastal views from the remembrance walls.
Beyond the memorial walls a pathway leads out to the point which offers a stunning vista to the south and onto the beach. Continuing to walk along the beach takes you to two pristine beaches and an easily accessible rocky point of majestic grey granite tors.
One Tree Point is a popular spot for reflection as well as watching passing whales, pods of dolphins, the occasional seal and the endless rolling in of the surf.
The village founder, Hector McWilliam grew all the Norfolks pines in Tuross Head from the seeds of just one tree.
Sadly, the Norfolk pine on One Tree Point is a recent planting replacing an original tree planted by Hector McWilliam in the 1930's that was senselessly destroyed by delinquents. The new tree was planted in July 1994.
From One Tree Point you can return via the cycleway that runs by the side of Tuross Boulevarde.
Tuross Head Foreshore - This 5.5km (3.1mi) shared cycleway hugs the shore of Coila Lake, fringing the scenic Tuross coastline before ending at the Tuross Boatramp on Tuross Lake.
The path allows you to walk or cycle from one end of the village to the other. Allow 2 hours to fit in a coffee at one of the boatshed cafes.
Features along the way includes One Tree Point, Plantation Point and the Memorial Gardens as well as Coila Beach and Lake.
Coila Lake is located east of the Princes Highway and north of the town of Tuross Head. The entrance is located at the southern end of Bingie Beach.
Bingi Dreaming track – Follow in the footsteps of the Indigenous Brinja-Yuin people as you walk this scenic track in Eurobodalla National Park.
The 14km (8.6mi) coastal trail traces the ancient Song Lines of the Yuin Aboriginal people.
The trail passes through different types of coastal habitat with opportunities for birdwatching among the heath lands, forests and lake shores. Look out for kangaroos and wallabies relaxing in the sun and enjoy panoramic views of Gulaga (Mount Dromedary) and Baranguba (Montague Island).
If you’re walking during whale watching season, be sure to stop off at one of the vantage points along the way for a glimpse of the majestic creatures.
Stretching from Congo in the north to Tuross Head in the south, you can start the walk from either end, or break it up into a few shorter walks to enjoy over a couple of days. There are lots of places to stop for a swim or picnic along the way.
Allow four to six hours to complete the walk.
Eurobodalla Coast Walk – This 43km (26mi) point-to-point trail from Tuross Head to Mystery Bay features deserted beaches, curious rock formations and across lush green headlands with beautiful wild flowers.
The trail is accessible year-round. Allow two days to complete the walk.
Mystery Bay lookout is located in the most southern part of Eurobodalla National Park not far from the picturesque hamlet of Mystery Bay. The lookout offers scenic views out to the Pacific Ocean where you are likely to see whales during their spring migration.
Other activities at Mystery Bay, include swimming, snorkelling, fishing and surfing at nearby beaches.
Tuross Head Scenic Drive – This pleasant drive around Tuross Head starts at Coila Beach, continues to Plantation Point and One Tree Point and then follows the southern shoreline with views across the Tuross River and around to Lavender Bay and the Tuross boat-sheds.
Tuross Head is located between Moruya and Narooma on the South Coast around 190km (118mi) from Canberra via the Kings Highway and the Princes Highway.
Located on the Wagonga River estuary, Narooma is best known for the beautiful blue waters of Wagonga Inlet, which offers a range of activities including bushwalking, birdwatching, swimming, surfing, water skiing, kayaking, sailing, fishing and wind surfing.
Here you can find beautiful, lonely beaches, a coastline of inlets, lakes and rivers and substantial areas of natural beauty.
Take a cruise to see the wildlife on Montague Island, just 11km (7mi) off Narooma. Look out for Australian fur seals as well as sea eagles, little penguins, mutton birds, hawks, terns, harriers and peregrine falcons. Or tee-off on the cliff tops above a raging sea at Narooma Golf Course, a picturesque course rated as one of the country’s finest.
Wander the tracks of the Eurobodalla National Park, a protected coastal wilderness where ocean beaches meet spotted gum forests, and wetlands offer a variety of scenery. Don’t miss dining on fresh local oysters.
Mill Bay Boardwalk – Starting from Apex Boat Ramp, this 4km timber walkway wraps around the banks of the Wagonga Inlet offering walkers and cyclists the opportunity to fish, watch the marine life or just stroll. Allow 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on how far you wish to walk.
Narooma is located 217km (134mi) from Canberra via the Kings Highway and the Princes Highway.
Discover a picture-perfect country village perched on a green ridge, set against the towering peak of Mount Dromedary. Wander streets lined with local galleries and produce shops housed in buildings that date back to the 1890s.
Sample the specialty cheese at the historic cheese outlet, savour delicious gourmet pies from the bakery and enjoy a refreshing tipple at Dromedary Hotel, the town’s historic pub.
Take an Umbarra cultural tour with the local Yuin people and enjoy the walking trails and views over the coastal lakes in Gulaga National Park from Mount Dromedary (Gulaga). The surrounding landscape has great spiritual significance to local Aboriginal people, particularly Aboriginal women.
Try the scenic route north out of Central Tilba along Punkally Tilba Road and then back to the Princes Highway just south of Corunna Lake. For great fishing, surfing snorkelling and swimming head to sheltered Mystery Bay.
Tilba Tilba – Discover a pretty, rural town on the foothills of Mount Dromedary (Gulaga). Climb the walking track past former gold mining areas and moist rainforest gullies to the summit.
Meander around the romantically styled Foxglove Spires, a luscious woodland garden planted with fragrant wisteria, lavender, clivea and arum lilies – and don’t miss the 55m arbour of espaliered Manchurian pears.
Relax on the region’s pretty beaches and browse the shops and galleries that line main street of town.
See gentle alpacas at farms in the foothills of Mount Dromedary or head to Tilba Valley winery for a tasting. With a variety of good eateries and a range of lovely cottages oozing rustic charm, Tilba Tilba is perfect for an overnight stay.
Central Tilba is located 232km (144mi) southeast of Canberra via the Kings Highway and the Princes Highway. Tilba Tilba is 2km further south.
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Canberra – the capital city of Australia – is located at the northern end of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), 280km (170mi) south-west of Sydney and 660km (410mi) north-east of Melbourne.
The city is situated near the Brindabella Ranges, approximately 150km (93mi) inland from Australia's east coast.
The most convenient route to Canberra is by air to Canberra Airport (CBR), located about 8km (5mi) from the city centre.
From some international destinations this may require first flying to Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney, followed by a connecting flight to Canberra Airport.
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