Batemans Bay coastal headlands walking trail

Project: a coastal walking trail linking the headlands and beaches of Batemans Bay's southern shoreline, including construction of a lookout at Observation Point in Batehaven.

Funding: $5.25M from the Commonwealth and NSW Government’s Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, $672,000 from Building Better Regions Fund, $145,000 from Bushfire Regional Tourism Fund, $75,000 from Stronger Country Communities Fund, along with contributions from Rotary Club and Council.

Timeframe: High level planning is complete. Detailed design underway for first stage of work at Observation Point. Aim to start construction first half of 2021.

Last updated: February 2021

Project details

Council will deliver a coastal walking trail to improve and manage access to the existing informal network and to further enhance the area as a nature-based holiday destination.

The Batemans Bay coastal headlands walking trail will be a 33km continuous walking track linking headlands and beaches, starting from a new lookout at Observation Point in Batehaven and stretching to Pretty Point at McKenzies Beach. The trail will also connect the retail centres of Batehaven, Surf Beach and Malua Bay with the broader network of walking and cycling trails at Batehaven and Batemans Bay.

The trail will be easy to navigate and feature interpretive signage, Aboriginal and European cultural and historical referencing, and viewing spots. It can be experienced as a single day walk or short walks over multiple days, linking into the popular National Parks four-day signature Murramarang walk.

Aim

The project aims to improve the management, conservation and access to community lands in the Batemans Bay area.

Whilst the primary user market will be local residents and especially those living close to the walk it will appeal and be attractive to high yield overnight visitors and day visitors interested in undertaking shorter segments of the walk.

As a tourism product it will aid bushfire recovery and level out Eurobodalla's seasonality with a year-round attraction that isn't beach dependent.

The trail is forecast to attract around 26,000 visitors a year.

The direct spending associated with these visitors is approximately $0.4 million per year.

Nature based tourism opportunities

We commissioned the preparation of a concept plan for the Batemans Bay Coastal Headland Walking Trail in 2010.

We acknowledge the 2010 document and appendices may not confirm to accessibility requirements, please contact the officer below for copies.

Eurobodalla’s Nature Based Tourism Feasibility Study (Inspiring Place May 2019), identified the opportunity to drive visitation growth with the coastal headland walking trail.

This short video highlights key opportunities for the walk.

Contact us

For more information please contact Divisional Manager Strategy and Sustainable Growth: