News + Things To Do
From the 1st of June - 30th November is Whale Watching Season.
Twice each year Humpback, Right and Minke Whales (to name a few) pass our shores on their seasonal routes to Antartica. One of the most amazing coastal experiences is watching these spectacular mammals, play, dive and teach their young just off the coast.
Check the Wild About Whales website for tips on whale watching, download their App to log and share your own sightings and learn more about these gentle giants of the sea.
The spectacular Murramarang National Park is home to unique rainforest area, protected as an endangered ecological community, it provides an abundace of wildlife. Take the opportunity to meander along the Depot Beach Rainforest Walk and observe the coastal flora and fauna; or peer into rock pools along the Depot Beach Coastal Walk, stop for a picnic lunch at the Depot Beach Picnic + BBQ area then come home to watch the kangaroos and their joeys from your balcony.
A short drive from Depot Beach, North Durras Beach and Durras Lake also offer opportunities for surfing, canoeing, fishing and other water sports.
Meander through the ferns and spotted gums along the Durras Discovery Trail which loops on the north side of Durras Lake. Rough-hewn gates at the beginning and end make for a fairy playground. Thick moss carpets long-fallen logs, the core decay of which was not evident to long-gone loggers. Lyrebirds mimic other early morning calls.
From the house, drive (or walk!) along Depot Beach Road, turn right at North Durras Road, travel 650m, turn left into Lake Road (dirt track) and park in the designated space 1.5 kms along. A tad more than the advertised 1.5 kms (say, 3 kms!), the trail includes a 200m incline followed by a 200m decline, but is otherwise fairly flat.
Why not venture into Ulladulla for a day? ARTfest is a celebration of the full spectrum of arts in the Milton-Ulladulla region. It is generally in the last two weeks of September: enjoy some of the finest local art, poetry, music, photography, and cuisine the South Coast has to offer.
It is just one of the many events on at Ulladulla - check out the Ulladulla Events website for the exact dates of this event as well as dates and details of other events.
Batemans Bay Events also has details of a range of cultural and sporting events.
One of those (generally early September) is the Batemans Bay Writers Festival. The Sydney Morning Herald's literary editor, Susan Wyndham had this to say about it in 2015:
“I spent last weekend at the Batemans Bay Writers Festival and I want to praise the entrepreneurial organisers. In its second year, the festival attracted a small but happy audience of South Coast locals plus some from Canberra and a few from Sydney and Melbourne.
Held on two bright days in a seaside resort with cabins for guests and a central hub for talks and book sales, it felt like Byron Bay Writers’ Festival in its early days 20 years ago – interesting, intimate and relaxed, if less bohemian. Festival Director Marion Roubos-Bennett put together a great program of talks and workshops by 20 writers including Graeme Simsion, James Bradley, Linda Jaivin, Mark Henshaw and Gabrielle Lord, as well as new and local names.
With just two sessions going at once I could see speakers I have missed at bigger festivals and discover others, and have dinner or coffee with them. Authors and audience members had a chance to talk. Roubos-Bennett and her volunteers were well-organised, generous and attentive hosts, and her husband Henk manned the green room, making excellent coffee and soup.
I urge any writer to accept an invitation, book lovers to plan a weekend there, and businesses to support a cultural event that enriches the region.”